Monthly Archives: April 2014



We are pleased to announce two upcoming demo days! Come out and demo the full Ocean Paddlesports line-up of Fenn surfskis and see why they are the best surfskis on the market.




Lake Padden, swim beach below bathroom




Bloedel Donavan Park on Lake Whatcom


Please feel free to contact us with specific demo wishes and we look forward to seeing you on the water. Remember to bring a lifejacket and appropriate coldwater paddling clothing. Demos will be rescheduled for high winds (aka nuking), please check this website prior to the demo day if it’s gusty for plan-B options. Please feel free to contact us for alternate demo opportunities at anytime throughout the year.


Hope to see you on the water!



Fenn Surfskis are made with pride in South Africa at the Fenn owned & operated factory, come check-out the quality of these amazing boats!

Vac Glass 31lbs $2500 Performance 34lbs $2795 Performance 34lbs $2695
Vac Hybrid 26 lbs $3100
Ultra 27.5 lbs $3795 ——
Vac Carbon 23 lbs $3900
Elite 24l lbs $5095 Elite 28lbs $3495

Hey Bellingham Surfskiers!


I am very pleased to say that I am coming back to Bellingham (my surfski roots) and I can’t wait to get the chance to paddle alongside the Bellingham crew once more. I will be racing in the Dan Harris Challenge, Lake Whatcom Race, and of course, I will be attending the Wednesday night race (where reputations are forged and shattered and pain is but a pastime).

I also wanted to announce that I will be doing a few paddling clinics for anyone who is interested. I have spent a lot of time, effort, and thought learning from the best and developing my stroke, training, and understanding of the sport.

I know a lot of you may be skeptical about improving flatwater stroke, but it is essential for any significant improvement. Just ask DJ about our whitewater days. In whitewater slalom we, along with the best whitewater racers in the world, would spend the first few months of EVERY year going back to the basics to tweak/improve our stroke (essentially, the foundation upon what your season is built).

The same is true for sprint national teams the world over. Even the best internationals refine and perfect their stroke every season. Therefore, in a sport like Surfski, where you don’t just paddle for 1000 meters in a race, but for tens of 1000s of meters, having the best flatwater stroke possible is paramount!

As for my flatwater stroke, I spent all of January, February, and March after returning from my South African surfski bonanza picking my stroke apart as I gear up for this season. If you are interested in benefiting from my experience, research, and training, then please attend one of my clinics.



Clinic Dates & Times

Saturday April 26th

Morning and Afternoon Session


Sunday April 27th

Afternoon Session – After Dirty Dan race


Friday May 2nd

Morning and Afternoon Sessions


Saturday May 3rd

Afternoon Session – After Lake Whatcom Race


Sessions will be limited to four paddlers. Please email DJ if you are interested in this coaching opportunity. I’m asking for a $30 donation for the coaching to help fund my next trip to South Africa to train and race in Fish Hoek next fall.



Please contact DJ at for more info and to sign-up for this coaching opportunity. He will work with all interested individuals to help arrange groups that will benefit all involved and set times/venue that work best for each clinic.


I look forward to seeing all of you & happy training!

– Austin

Vaikobi Press Release – Designed specifically for Performance Paddling

Picture 4North America- Austin Kieffer (USA) originally joined the Vaikobi Race Team, as one of the best up and coming paddlers in the US and Internationally. Austin loved the Vaikobi products and brand so much, that he wanted to become more involved and his experience and background made him a perfect fit for the Vaikobi Team.

Austin joins Vaikobi as our North American Marketing Representative and will be working hard to build our brand profile in the Paddle Sport market to support the growing number of stockists in North America.

Pat added that “From the first time I met Austin I was extremely impressed with him as an individual who is extremely capable and personable. His paddling & coaching skills on the water need no introduction and his passion for the Vaikobi brand is fantastic.”

Austin also represents Fenn Kayaks through the US based Ocean Paddle Sports.

Austin is based in San Diego, CA and can be contacted at: Ph +1 828 775 8989

For more information on Vaikobi, please visit For International Stockist inquiries, please contact


Europe- Robert Nagy (FRA) has joined Vaikobi as European Sales & Marketing Manager. With over a decade of experience in the watersports apparel industry plus a lifetime of high level racing in Sailboarding, Multihull, Olympic and Offshore Single Handed Sailing disciplines, Robert is well placed to help drive the Vaikobi business in Europe.

Robert is also the French Distributor for Epic Kayaks through his company, Wind Machine and will play a strong role for the Vaikobi brand both in France and throughout Europe.

Pat Langley, from Vaikobi, commented that, “Having worked with Robert over many years, we have developed a strong working relationship that will position us well as we grow in the watersports market in Europe. With our

strong focus on Paddle Sport, Robert will be working hard to support our building European network of stockists.”

Robert is based in Brittany, France and can be contacted at: Ph + 33 668 002 822