I owe a quick thank you to the entire paddling community for helping to make 2013 an outstanding year! The year started out with a bang as Kristen and I welcomed our son, Hank, to the world. He’s now an energetic eleven month old and it’s been fantastic watching him grow and become incredibly mobile.
Surprisingly, this also has also been my most fulfilling season in a surfski. I entered the season with the mindset to enjoy the process of training & only selected a couple races to focus on. The depth & strength of our local community and the US Surfski community keeps getting stronger – everyone seems only to be getting faster, so watch out for the pace to bumping up a notch in 2014!
There were many paddling highlights from last year that made the season memorable. Our Wednesday night drag races are always fun midweek burnouts, the local downwind crew was always eager to hit the bay for mild-to-mild conditions, enjoying a bit of Gorge downwind time & teaming up with Austin again for Wildside has become a summer tradition, and being part of a solid PNW crew at US Champs was good motivation to keep the boat moving throughout the year. Looking forward to doing it all again and more next year!
The Ocean Paddlesports product line-up only continues to grow stronger and it’s been fun teaming up with them for the past three years. The Fenn Surfski flotilla only continues to grow stronger with the addition of three new designs. The Elite Spark & Elite Glide have the top end market nailed and it’s been impressive how these designs shine in all conditions. Also, the new Blue Fin offers new paddlers the opportunity to hit the water and chase waves on a sleek comfortable ride. The quality of the Fenn products speaks for itself and continues to goes unmatched. We kept the boat transport company busy last year making local paddlers happy and look forward to doing it again next year. Also, check out the new Mocke products that are uniquely designed specifically for surfski performance. Look for the new Gara wing paddles that have taken over the South African surfski scene, new Jantex blades, and more exciting products to be hitting the water near you soon!
Big thank you to all local paddlers who have continued to support Ocean Paddlesports and we look forward to continue to offer quality surfski products & service at the best value on the market. It’s been rewarding being a part of our paddling community and exciting to watch it continue to grow. Hope to see you on the water soon!
Happy New Year,