In 2010, Annie Pizey and six other Telluride area residents pioneered the sport of SUP, stand up paddle boarding, on Cambodia’s Mekong River. The group spent close to one month paddling roughly 400 miles from the border of Laos to the capital city of Phnom Penh. Along the way they helped count the endangered Mekong Dolphins for World Wildlife Fund, raised local awareness about the threat of dams, and fell in love with Cambodia. Annie now owns and operates the educational tour company SUP Asia in Cambodia. SUP Asia offers SUP lessons and adventures and also leads environmental campaigns and projects to protect rivers throughout Cambodia. Pizey is currently working with renown Cambodian illustrator Sao Srey Mao on a series of children’s books about life along the Mekong.
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