Category Archives: Competition

August 06

Race Recap: Gorge Downwind Champs

The Gorge Downwind Championships has been an annual pilgrimage from its inception. It’s predecessor, the Wildside Relay, first introduced me to this downwind paradise, and I have enjoyed screaming upstream on the Columbia River in the shadow of snow capped volcanoes ever since. For 2017, the Gorge Downwind Championships would be my first “A” race […]

June 22

Outdoors Inc. Canoe & Kayak Race

This article is reposted with the kind permission of its author, Elmore Holmes. You can read his original post, here. Thanks Elmore! The Outdoors, Inc., Canoe and Kayak Race is in the books for another year.  This event has now happened 36 times, and I have participated myself 22 times. Today’s river level–13.5 feet on […]

April 27

RACE RECAP: CAROLINA CUP

The promise of a competitive surfski field drew me to the Carolina Cup for the first time this year. Historically a huge SUP race, the 13 mile Graveyard race is quickly gaining a reputation as a fun ocean race that now had the attention of the surfski community. Surfski participation jumped from just 12 in […]

April 14

2017 Shark Bite Challenge & Paddlefest

What does it take to run a massively successful paddling event with over 450 participants from all over the World, hundreds of spectators and dozens of vendors / sponsors? What does it take to bounce back to an even stronger event in the shadow of the US Coast Guard shutting down your event the year […]

March 30

REVIEW: EPIC KAYAKS V12(2G)

I’ve been waiting on the second generation Epic Kayaks V12 for a long time. As an early adopter of the V14, I’ve loved the speed, clean lines and comfort of this speed demon, but as an inland paddler, I struggled with the stability on rough days out in the ocean. Basically, I would cross that […]

October 24

VIDEO: 2016 Lord of the Fork

GoPro footage of my 2016 Lord of the Fork race. Tried a few different lines this year. Not sure if they are any faster, but they felt good. Ended up 3rd and very happy to be on the podium again. Winning this race, however, has been elusive. New year!

October 12

2016 TVCC OCOEE RIVER RACE

The annual Ocoee Race has quickly become one of my favorite whitewater races. With excellent organization, great participation, 5 miles of fun whitewater, plenty of opportunities to train with friends leading up to the event, and knowing that your entry fee is helping a great cause, it’s easy to see why. 2016 was no exception. […]

September 28

REPOST: Russell Fork is on!

This weekend marks the beginning of Russell Fork season. Breaks Interstate Park and the Russell Fork gorge are among my favorite places on earth. The high point of this month of releases is the Lord of the Fork race on the last weekend. Like many of you, the releases leading up to the race, give […]

September 19

The Cough-town Showdown

Beautiful and historic Charleston again played host to a fantastic paddle sports event this past weekend. The 4th edition of the Chucktown Showdown would take us along the famous Charleston Battery, around Shutes Folly and into the heart of Charleston Harbor before returning to the start/finish line at Brittle Bank Park 9 miles later. Although […]

August 10

Paddle Grapple – Fontana Lake

  Nestled at the southern foot of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Fontana Lakes cool emerald green waters offer a unique venue for a race. While most of the east coast is sweltering in heat, the mountains provide cool respite and an attractive venue for recreationialists, enthusiasts and expert paddlers looking for a mid […]