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OPS LAKE SAMISH SURF SKI SUPER SALE!

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We’re excited to announce some amazing end of season deals at the Lake Samish Race this Saturday, September 23rd!

Here are some of the bargains that will go home with happy paddlers –

Surfski Deals

Fenn Hybrids – USED ONE WEEK – $3000, weight 26 lbs
Elite S, Swordfish-S

Fenn Full Carbons – USED ONE WEEK – $3700, weight 22 lbs
Elite-S, Swordfish-S, Blue Fin-S

Vac Glass – Blue Fin-S
USED one week – $2300
Brand New – $2500

Fenn Elite Spark – Hybrid, used one week – $2800

Fenn XT-S Double – $4500

GEAR DEALS

Orca Paddling Vests – while supplies last – only $10 when you buy another item – while supplies last!

Vaikobi Puffy Jackets – at cost ‘pro-deal’ for the Bham Paddling Community                     Payment of $125 via check to OPS, order will be placed early next month, jackets will be shipped directly to Bellingham for direct distribution right in time for the cold weather!  Demo jackets will be available at demo day to check out & size!  This is an ‘one time deal‘ to get this new product out into our test market!

Vaikobi V-Cold Paddling Gear – Sale prices will be available on what inventory we have in stock, special orders can be taken for what you need!

FENN SURFSKIS – What sets them apart is their consistent quality construction and innovative designs.  Fenn is owned and operated by the Fenn family, build in South Africa by paddlers, for paddlers.

Ocean Paddlesports prides itself in representing quality brands – skis & gear that we like to paddle and that will last for years.  We enjoy supporting local and national surfski racing & paddling events to help build a strong foundation for our growing sport.  We look forward to supporting the local paddling community for years to come.  Please stop by our tent at Lake Samish and check out our end of season sale.

Like always, please contact us directly with questions or for your own individual demo opportunity.

See you on the water,

DJ – 360.305.9517

 

LAKE SAMISH FENN DEMO DAY

Hello Whatcom Paddlers –
OCEAN PADDLESPORTS and VAIKOBI are excited to be able to sponsor the last local race of the ’17 season –  Lake Samish Salmon Roe just around the corner on September 23rd!
We will have several end of season deals that you’ll want to check out –
One lucky racer will win the VAIKOBI VCold Pack!
VCOLD STORM PANT
VCOLD BASE TOP
VCOLD STORM TOP
(Total Value USD 335)
Vaikobi Puffy Jackets – SUPER DEAL!
Ocean Paddlesports and Vaikobi have teamed up to offer this new product for Whatcom Paddlers at cost.  Vaikobi has obviously established itself as a leader in water-sports clothing and now is branching out into the winter market – and we are the test market!!
 
The deal… brand new VAIKOBI PUFFY JACKET for $125;

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We will have sample sizes to try on at Lake Samish and will be taking pre-orders at that time.  Please bring a check to secure one of these new products that are available to our paddling community first!  Please contact DJ for more info!
Vaikobi V-Cold  SALE
We have healthy inventory of Vaikobi V-Cold paddling clothing that will all be on sale to help you get ready for the upcoming cold paddling season.  What we don’t have in stock, we can special order for you! V-Cold paddling gear will keep you warm this winter!
 
End of Season Ski Sale
We will have all Fenn ‘S’ series demo skis at reduced prices at this event.  Most of these skis have only been used for one week during the Gorge Festival. Some of the skis available at Lake Samish will include;
Fenn Elite-S – there are now over 20 Elite-S’s in town – you know it’s good when small old Bham hits these numbers! Favorite design of Austin Kieffer!
Fenn Swordfish-S – according to Dawid Mocke, 90% of ski paddlers should be in this design.  Fast and stable, dominates the downwind, good reliable ski for cold paddling conditions. Be safe this winter, fast next gorge season!
Fenn Blue Fin-S- Best beginner ski one the market; extra stable, aces surf and chop, safe winter ski!
Fenn XT-S Double – Everyone wants one, and we have one that needs a new home.  Stable and comfortable, surfs like a dream. Great Value$$$.
‘Don the Local’ Deal at Lake Samish Roe
Buy a ski at the race – get a coupon for a FREE LARGE RUDY’S PIZZA, best pizza and beer spot in town!
(we’ve also heard DK might come to town to show his guns….something about Lipp units)
Other deals will include Vaikobi Lifejackets, Orca vests, t-shirts, caps, and much more!
See you at Lake Samish, please feel free to contact me directly with questions or to set up your personal demo opportunity.
-DJ
oceanpaddlesports.com
360.305.9517
OCEAN PADDLESPORTS and VAIKOBI are excited to be able to sponsor the last local race of the ’17 season –  Lake Samish Salmon Roe just around the corner on September 23rd!
We will have several end of season deals that you’ll want to check out –
One lucky racer will win the VAIKOBI VCold Pack!
VCOLD STORM PANT
VCOLD BASE TOP
VCOLD STORM TOP
(Total Value USD 335)
Vaikobi Puffy Jackets – SUPER DEAL!
Ocean Paddlesports and Vaikobi have teamed up to offer this new product for Whatcom Paddlers at cost.  Vaikobi has obviously established itself as a leader in water-sports clothing and now is branching out into the winter market – and we are the test market!!
 
The deal… brand new VAIKOBI PUFFY JACKET for $125;

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We will have sample sizes to try on at Lake Samish and will be taking pre-orders at that time.  Please bring a check to secure one of these new products that are available to our paddling community first!  Please contact DJ for more info!
Vaikobi V-Cold  SALE
We have healthy inventory of Vaikobi V-Cold paddling clothing that will all be on sale to help you get ready for the upcoming cold paddling season.  What we don’t have in stock, we can special order for you! V-Cold paddling gear will keep you warm this winter!
 
End of Season Ski Sale
We will have all Fenn ‘S’ series demo skis at reduced prices at this event.  Most of these skis have only been used for one week during the Gorge Festival. Some of the skis available at Lake Samish will include;
Fenn Elite-S – there are now over 20 Elite-S’s in town – you know it’s good when small old Bham hits these numbers! Favorite design of Austin Kieffer!
Fenn Swordfish-S – according to Dawid Mocke, 90% of ski paddlers should be in this design.  Fast and stable, dominates the downwind, good reliable ski for cold paddling conditions. Be safe this winter, fast next gorge season!
Fenn Blue Fin-S- Best beginner ski one the market; extra stable, aces surf and chop, safe winter ski!
Fenn XT-S Double – Everyone wants one, and we have one that needs a new home.  Stable and comfortable, surfs like a dream. Great Value$$$.
‘Don the Local’ Deal at Lake Samish Roe
Buy a ski at the race – get a coupon for a FREE LARGE RUDY’S PIZZA, best pizza and beer spot in town!
(we’ve also heard DK might come to town to show his guns……)
Other deals will include Vaikobi Lifejackets, Orca Vests, t-shirts, caps, and much more!
See you at Lake Samish, please feel free to contact me directly with questions or to set up your personal demo opportunity.
-DJ
oceanpaddlesports.com
360.305.9517

OCEAN PADDLESPORTS/FENN SURFSKI DEMO

WHAT – FREE OCEAN PADDLESPORTS DEMO CLINIC

WHEN – Wednesday, June 14th: 4pm-5:30

WHERE – BLOEDEL DONOVAN PARK, BELLINGHAM

THEN WHAT…stay and race the Wednesday night race!

We are pleased to announce an OCEAN PADDLESPORTS/FENN demo clinic this coming Wednesday, June 14th, at the Bloedel boat launch.  We will have a full line-up of the FENN SURFSKI quiver for demo, including the super popular entry level Fenn Blue Fin-S and the super FAST Fenn Elite-S.

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Austin will be leading a clinic with both dry-land and on the water components.  His clinic will focus on the technique fundamentals that will make you paddle fast & efficiently – plus he will share his insight into the world of surfski racing as he prepares for the summer Surfski World Series.  Bring your paddling gear and get ready for a top rate clinic!

We will also have a selection of wing paddles and VAIKOBI gear and a grab bag of goodies for purchase that will fit all your paddling needs.

Please contact us with any questions and we look forward to seeing you on the water.  Like always, please feel free to contact us at anytime for a free demo paddle and discover why FENN surfskis and OCEAN PADDLESPORTS products are the truly the best on the market.

Hope to see you at the demo!

DJ

360.305.9517

DEMO / CLINIC DATE CHANGE!

Just a quick update that we have changed our next demo clinic from tomorrow (5/31/17) to Wednesday, June 14th.  More info to follow  -but we’ll have a ‘race a pro’ (ie Austin) drag race challenge after the clinic and see if any of us can battle it out with him on the Wednesday night course – maybe in doubles?!  I know Bham superstar junior paddlers Elena and Anna can give him a run for his money in a k-2!

Like always, we are available at anytime for a free 1:1 or small group demo paddle of any of our FENN SURFSKI/ Ocean Paddlesports fleet!

Hope to see you on the water!

-DJ

360.306.9517

 

 

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Thank you to all local ski paddlers who joined us at the OCEAN PADDLESPORTS demo on Wednesday.  It was great to get new paddlers in skis and have Austin psych-up clinic participants!
Like always, please feel free to contact me at anytime to set-up a free private demo paddle of the full line-up FENN surfskis and Ocean Paddlesports gear & paddles.
We look forward to hosting more clinics throughout the season and hope to see you on the water soon!
Cheers,
DJ
360.305.9517

Free Pre-S2S Surfski Clinic & Demo

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Ocean Paddlesports Demo Clinic!!
Wednesday May 3rd, 3:30 to 6pm
@ Bloedel Park, Bellingham

Come join DJ and Austin on Wednesday to try out the full line up of FENN boats and Vaikobi gear!!
And while you are here don’t miss out on the Free Ski to Sea Prep clinics!
Beginner Clinic 4 to 5pm
Advanced Clinic 5 to 6pm

Don’t miss your chance to check out all the best gear and sharpen your skills!!

 

#1 Ranked North American Ski Paddler Austin Kieffer will make you a FASTER PADDLER – guaranteed!!!!

PNW Ocean Paddlesports rep will show you the best surfski  gear on the market – guaranteed!!!!

Need More info – Please contact DJ @360.305.9517

Hope to see you there!

March SoCal Warm Surfski Blow-Out!

 

socal#1Recently I was fortunate enough to find myself on an early flight heading to California for four days of warm weather paddling. I knew it was going to be a good escape from the La Nino winter in the PNW, but like the last time I escaped to SoCal for some warm waves, I was blown away by the local paddling opportunities around Costa Mesa. Don’t tell the Hawaiian tourist industry, but hands down the best warm water paddling adventure starts with a quick flight to the John Wayne Airport.   We got a couple interesting looks from fellow passengers as the plane approached the airport and we did a happy airplane seat dance after seeing the whitecapping ocean swell out the window.

 

Day One

Patrick Hemmens, co-owner of Ocean Paddlesports and local paddling guru, picked Austin and I up at the airport and our paddling clock officially started. After a quick hello to DeAnne and the family over lunch, we loaded up and headed for the open water. The palm trees were blowing and Austin was doing the happy downwind dance as we headed for the water. On schedule, we headed to 19th Street, met up with paddling powerhouse Philippe Boccar, and headed out to sea. Unlike most of our sheltered local paddling around Bellingham, getting out past the breakers acts as a sort of natural filter on windy days.

 

It was on – immediately we headed out about a mile into some healthy beam sea and we quickly noticed we were among some lively gray whales. Once out about a mile, we regrouped, pointed south, and followed the wind & swell. Every time I get into swell after a couple months on smaller wind generated stuff I have I have a couple minutes of the Wizard of Oz ‘We’re Not in Kansas Anymore’ moments. For me it’s been a long winter with my nose hard at the grindstone, so my Kansas moment lasted most of the downwinder. Towards the end I started to feel my sea legs, or so I thought, but failed to see the gray whale surface 20 off my bow, or so I was told at the take out.

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Day Two

AM intervals in the ocean with Rich Sprout. Anytime I go for any kind paddle with Rich I know it will threshold-plus, but the clear glassy swell and pod of dolphins made any hurt well worth it. Austin took the morning off trying to recover from a man-flu he caught after spending 15 minutes with my kids the week before, but I think he was waiting to be fresh for the PM wind.

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The afternoon brought another nice breeze and a line of us found ourselves bobbing about a mile off shore, again in the company whales. This time my sea legs were back as we throttled downwind and watched Austin disappear into a spec in the distance. Second great downwinder of the trip!

 

Day Three

socalaustinsingleOriginally we came out to race the final race of the California winter series, but the last second cancellation of Malibu to Marina gave Patrick just enough time scrap together the new ‘Patrick Hemmens Newport Classic’. A nice and short ten kilometer dice in the morning swell, or so we thought, till the Slovakian Olympic team showed up.  The mood at the start felt something like a trip back to kindergarten lunch line mixed in with the upper class seniors. But, what goes fast on 1000 meter flatwater doesn’t necessarily mean it will dominate ocean distance. Austin and Tim Burdiak (current lifesaving spec ski World Champ) made short work of beating the foreign fast lycra out of the starting gate as they headed down the coast for the first turn buoy. Both were riding fast in new Fenn Elite-S’s (Austin wants to mention he was still in the recovery phase of acute man flu) and quickly gapped the rest of the field. Philippe, the second Slovak ski, and I bunched together towards the 5 km mark, Philippe hit a throttle at the turn and jumped ahead of the group, the Slovak bailed on the race and jumped on the rescue boat, I ended up keeping even with the 50 meter gap to Philippe on the way back to the finish. Austin edged Tim out at the finish – probably safe to say that these two paddlers are the fastest two ski paddlers currently in North America.

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Who had the smartest race of the day? Probably Rich Sprout. He arranged to have a top muscle bound Slovak sit in his double and they were off in the distance all alone. Rich said in was like having after-burners built into his ski as they chased swell back to the finish.

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Top Slovak K1 Female, first time in a surfski and first time paddling out at sea, jumps on a Fenn Swordfish-S and takes charge.  She gaps local female paddles Maggie and Michael and gives a technique lesson to all on the water as she blazed towards the finish.  Hope she doesn’t quit her day job and take up ski paddling!

PM session consisted of about an hour of out and back in 2-3 foot wind driven waves. There was a full line up of spring breakers on the beach hoping for some wave carnage when we launched, but luckily session #5 had no drama, just more warm waves!

 

Day Four

Last day, and most of us were ready for a light session. I did an hour session with Austin and got some much needed technique coaching from a pro. Funny how a winter of dark paddling makes you have crazy technique ideas, luckily an hour of Austin’s knowledge worked on some of the details.

 

PM – last session, #7 and another line of college co-eds hoping for a dose of carnage in the breakers. No carnage, but more whales and warm waves as we did some ocean intervals. On the last set I passed the finish buoy and was taken for a ride towards shore by one last warm rogue wave trying to make a swim happen before the flight home. Interestingly, I did some kind of full 360 degrees turn on the foaming wave and paddled out the other side and hit the beach for the last sunshine before heading back north.

 

How good was the our 4 days of paddling based out of Costa Mesa? – GREAT!

  • – warm water and waves everyday. Two days of paddle-down surfing, a day of working for runners, and one day of swell driven bump – not bad by any standards!
  • – Easy logistics. Actually the easiest paddling logistics of any paddling trip. Multiple paddling options, sheltered flatwater for technique, small bump to get a taste of the goods, and consistent open ocean waves.
  • – Plenty of boats, 50 plus at last count between the OPS flotilla and NAC fleet.
  • – It’s close – 2 hour flight to John Wayne Airport, 15 minutes to the water from there, that easy.

 

Next time you want an escape of warm waves, put visiting Costa Mesa/ Newport on your bucket list – probably the best bang for your buck value for legit paddling. Seems like a hassle free option which is about a 2 hour flight from the PNW!

THE PADDLING SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

We’re expecting our first shipment from Ocean Paddlesports into Bellingham very soon.  Please let us know if you would like something added onto the trailer.  We look forward to being able to support our local paddling community as we head into another great paddling season in the PNW!

As in previous years, we plan on having a full line of Fenn skis & paddles in town throughout the season.  We’re excited to be restocked shortly – include a couple Fenn Blue Fin’s – our most popular entry level surfski!  The Fenn Elite-S is an obvious favorite in Bellingham (a dozen in town at last count!) and the Fenn Swordfish-S has been another very popular design for the diverse choppy conditions that many of us enjoy.  Please feel free to contact us at anytime with questions or to set-up a demo opportunity and see for yourself why we take pride in standing behind the quality OPS product line!

We plan on continuing to offer private demo opportunities throughout the year.  **NEW FOR THIS YEAR** – Look for OCEAN PADDLESPORTS & FENN Athlete Rep AUSTIN KIEFFER to be offering monthly demo clinics as a way to tune local paddlers up for paddling adventures.  Austin will also be offering a Ski to Sea instructional course and downwind specialized clinics in June and July leading up to the Gorge Downwind Champs – more info to follow shortly.

Please feel free to contact us at anytime and we look forward to seeing you out on the water!

Cheers,

DJ

360.305.9517

Austin

828.775.8989

Ocean Paddleports

949.378.5972

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TEAM OCEAN PADDLESPORTS – Hano Hano Race Recap by Austin Kieffer

HanoHano Race, San Diego

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After putting in a miserably cold first month of training in Seattle, the Hanohano Race in San Diego was a welcome slice of sun and summer weather. The race consisted of an 8.5km flat water short course and a 12.5km ocean long course with only an hour of rest between. With a handful of fast doubles and the reigning surfski Surf Lifesaving World Champ, Tim Burdiak, on the registration list, I was fired up for a challenging day of racing.

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The short course started off fast! The local sprint club had come out in force and they roared off the line, pulling the pack for a blistering first kilometer (km). After that, things began to settle down and Tim, a K2, and I managed to break away from the pack. We tussled for two more km, probing each other for weaknesses, until I got an inside line on a turn and made my move. Early I know, but the other two boats were forced wide by the turning radius of the K2. I made the most of the gap and immediately put the hammer down. After about a 5 minutes, I checked over my shoulder and saw that the other boats had opted to work together to reel me in rather than chase me down immediately. Game on. To spare you the boring details, the rest of the race was a head down time trial to keep a lead that I only just managed to hold all the way to the finish.

After an hour respite, a few protein bars, and some time in the sun, it was time for the long course. Most of the field (plus some new fast doubles) lined up for the second portion of the Hanohano Race. The hour-long course in the ocean didn’t offer much in the way of helpful downwind, but there was plenty of chop to keep you on your toes. I opted for a more conservative start, not knowing how I would fair in the chop after so long away from the ocean. Right off the line I found myself surrounded by two of the fast doubles I had spotted on start list. When I managed to pulled away from them, I thought I was out in front, but I was sorely mistaken. Two boats (Tim and a new double captained by Rich Sprout) had taken a much deeper line and while they weren’t necessarily on a direct course to the turn buoy, they were a good 200m ahead. It took everything I had to reel in Tim by the first turn buoy (about a third of the way into the race) and for the next few km I pulled out my bag of tricks to work my way past him. We had quite the battle in the chop, his nose staying just ahead, but when general confusion finally lined up in a tiny section of downwind, I made my move. I inched ahead and worked every wave I could to open up a gap. Then I set my sights on the next rabbit, chasing down the leading double. Try as I might (and convinced i ate a lung in the process), the illusive double was able to hold me off and finish just 15 seconds ahead, claiming the overall Hanohano title.

All in all, it was an incredible day of racing and a wonderful way to kick off my 2017 season. Cant wait to be back in sunny So Cal for the NAC Race in two weeks time. Happy paddling and good luck with the early season training, wherever you are (even if that means you are sensible and are cross-training indoors).