Name: Peter Redpath | Title and certification: Head Pickleball Pro, IPTPA | Certified Level 2 | Skill level: 4.5 | Home courts: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa Pickleball Courts
How were you introduced to pickleball?
Played in East Naples with a friend in August 2018. I gave away all my tennis racquets and have been playing pickleball ever since.
Do you have a racquet or paddle sport background? If so, how has that influenced your pickleball game?
I taught and competed at tennis and platform tennis for 60 years. The learning progressions have allowed me to help coach people with similar backgrounds transition to pickleball.
You are the head pickleball pro at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. Tell us about the pickleball program and why it is a premiere destination for pickleball players.
Sanibel is one of the most unique destinations in the world. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa has recognized the explosive growth of pickleball and has committed to providing a facility that is also world class. Our team of IPTPA professionals are committed to offer programs, camps and festivals that will be world class.
Do you have any upcoming events at Sundial you are excited about?
We will be having Sundial camps, tournaments, league play, ladder play, match facilitation all year. Sundial will have ongoing fun programs and fundraising events throughout the year.
Where are you originally from and what did you do before Pickleball?
I grew up in Montclair, NJ and have lived up and down the East Coast. I spent 26 years in the financial services industry managing offices, complexes and firms.
You play music at several of the venues around Sanibel. How did that come about and why is it an important part of your life?
Music has always been a huge part of my life. Playing solo, duos and bands throughout high school, college and a few more years. I moved back to Sanibel in 2010 and started playing again. I have been playing 4-5 times a week on Sanibel, Captiva and venues in Lee and Collier counties for the last 5 years. Music has always provided me balance and a place for perspective and gratitude. What better place to do that than on the gulf in this special place.
Which TMPR paddle do you play with and why?
I originally played with TMPR Tantrum LX, great name, feel, balance and control, but switched to the new EXPANSE LX which is a wide body paddle. Like all TMPR paddles the vibration dampening design is a huge benefit for myself and anyone who has suffered from pickleball elbow.