Tag Archives: surfski

December 21

VIDEO: MILLERS RUN, SOUTH AFRICA

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December 16

Downwind Camp: Fish Hoek, South Africa

We’d been on the beach for just 2 minutes before the Mocke brothers started dropping nuggets of surfski knowledge on our international group of paddlers, underlining just how little I knew about the finer points of the downwind surfski padding. Over the next 2 weeks we’d be participating in their Downwind Camp at the famous […]

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 […]

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 […]

September 09

REVIEW: PYRANHA OCTANE / THINK NITRO

With manufacturers turning their attention to introducing polyethylene surfskis and lowering the financial entry barrier for the sport, this is an exciting time for the growth and popularity of surfski. Doing so will open the door to surfski performance for paddlers everywhere, leading to, what I suspect may be a rapid increase in those using […]

July 28

Gorge Downwind Championships

With incredible scenery, almost guaranteed perfect daily downwind conditions, simple fast shuttles, great organization, abundant support from almost all the industry and a well contested competition … you are probably thinking of somewhere in Hawaii, South Africa or Australia. But no … this is the Gorge Downwind Championships in Hood River, Oregon and it is […]

May 15

Road to recovery – Paddle Battle

Injuries suck! But bouncing back feels great! I’d mixed my winter plans up this year to include more wildwater racing and add a real focus on general conditioning by adding Crossfit. The winter plan appeared to be working well with a strong set of results in the Winter Wildwater Series and significant strength improvements. But […]

September 23

Chucktown Showdown

Historical and beautiful Charleston, SC hosted the Chucktown Showdown this past weekend, and it was a grand display of the health of paddlesports with over 200 participants on SUP’s, surfski, outriggers and kayaks. The incredible weather only magnified the beauty of the Charleston peninsula which is best observed from the water anyway.

September 15

LITTLE TYBEE CHALLENGE

Some events stand the test of time and carve strong enduring memories. The Little Tybee Challenge is one of these races for me. The diversity of the race course is second to none. Starting in a powerful tidal river, the course then jogs into a super narrow and twisty tidal creek before leading you out […]