Larry Cain: Midlife in the Fast Lane

Larry Cain DOB: January 9, 1963 Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist 75 Canadian Championship Gold Medals 4 times Canadian Athlete of the Month Member of Order of Canada Member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Larry Cain is 54 years old. His enthusiasm, physical fitness and results on the water rival competitors half his age. One look at him and you know right away Larry stays in shape. What’s really remarkable, however, is that he Read More

Epic Downwind Surf Crossing with Kai Bartlett & Bobby Pratt

Incredible video footage of Kai Bartlett and Bobby Pratt paddling a special 30 mile downwind run from Maui to Lanai Watch what an outrigger canoe can really do, and what paddling is really about.  “It’s more than racing, it’s lifestyle.”

Surfski Training Principles with Michael Booth & Cory Hill

The boys at Elva Oceansports are back with some more great training advice. Following up on their interview focused on the benefits of mental focus and positive thinking for athletes, Michael Booth and Cory Hill have each given us a list of their basic training principles for surfski paddlers. Both Michael and Cory came up in the Australian lifesaving scene, and have competed for years in numerous ocean disciplines at the highest levels. Today, both Read More

The PaddleLife with Sean Rice

“Humans thrive on reward for success by achieving the goals we set out for ourselves. If you never set goals then you can never achieve success. Learn to enjoy racing. Race your Garmin, race your mate, and race the local ferry – even race the setting sun! Make your paddling enjoyable by coming out of every session with some sort of outcome, good or bad. If you’re on flat-water, mark out a 500m, 1000m and Read More

Mental Training and Focus with Michael Booth & Cory Hill

Michael Booth and Cory Hill are two of the strongest surfski paddlers on the international racing circuit, and are considered by many to be key players in the sports future. Both paddlers have come up in the Australian lifesaving scene, and have competed for years in numerous disciplines at the highest levels. Today, both Michael and Cory are sponsored surfski paddlers and are teammates on Team Fenn. They are also partners in a new paddlesports Read More

The SUP/Surfski Dichotomy – with Michael Booth

Whether you’re into it or not, it’s pretty hard to deny that Stand Up Paddleboarding has been an incredible force of growth in the world of paddlesports over the last 5-10 years. It seemed to come out of nowhere, spreading from the big waves of Hawaii to just about every type of waterway in the world, used by surfers, fitness paddlers, racers, nature lovers – it seems like no one is immune to the SUP Read More

Looking For A New Level 2 – Surfski Training with Oscar Chalupsky

Oscar Chalupsky needs very little introduction in any article discussing surfski paddling. The 12 times Molokai Champion has a paddling biography that inspires both amateur and elite athletes, equally impressive in its longevity as its list of titles. His legend status isn’t just based on the number of victories he has attained, however. While his notorious competitive fire still burns fiercely, Oscar has more or less transcended the podium. These days it is his reputation Read More

Sean Rice: A Year on the Podium (INTERVIEW)

“Humans thrive on reward for success by achieving the goals we set out for ourselves. If you never set goals then you can never achieve success. Learn to enjoy racing. Race your Garmin, race your mate, and race the local ferry – even race the setting sun! Make your paddling enjoyable by coming out of every session with some sort of outcome, good or bad. If you’re on flat-water, mark out a 500m, 1000m and Read More

Kayak Strength Training (Part 2): Michael Booth

“Michael Booth is a small man with big muscles, an infectious smile, and a mop of blond hair piled in a floppy top knot: part Popeye, part Eveready Bunny, part stylish Samurai.” – Joe Glickman, Steelcase Dragon Run: Year of the McGregor, Surfski.info Part one of our kayak strength training series featured advice from Dawid Mocke, a top South African surfski paddler who has spent the last decade as a dominant force on the international Read More

Kayak Strength Training with Dawid Mocke

The concept of strength training has come a long way. The stigma of muscle-bound gym rats throwing weights around no longer applies; neither do misconceptions about excess bulk and loss of flexibility and mobility. Today, strength training and working out with weights is considered an essential component of fitness training for everyone – whether an elite athlete or someone just trying to stay fit and healthy. Spending some time in the gym each week will Read More

Speedstroke Gym Ergometer Q&A – No Water Necessary!

Passionate paddlers are a hardy bunch. It takes quite a bit to keep them off the water. Particularly if they are committed to maintaining a certain level of paddling fitness for training and racing. They think nothing of heading out on the water in conditions that make the non-paddlers around them shake their heads and utter the ubiquitous: “you guys are crazy”. Foul weather, freezing temperatures and intimidating winds? No match for the determined paddler Read More

Rice, Mocke, Eray – Training With The Pros

Do surfski paddlers ever stop thinking about their training? Fitness and racing is such an integral part of the sport that many ski paddlers, never mind their rank, eagerly succumb to the lifestyle of “amateur athletes.” There is no free time anymore; the days revolve around jobs, family, school, and the time left to work on becoming a better paddler! Of course, the camaraderie of fellow paddlers and the natural beauty of paddling venues all Read More

Oscar’s Molokai – The Chalupsky Identity

Oscar Chalupsky is one of the most recognizable figures in surfski racing, and Molokai is the reason why. The notorious channel crossing between Molokai and Oahu is a title that ocean athletes of all disciplines aspire to. It has been regarded as the unofficial world championship in surfski racing since the 1970’s – and Oscar has won it twelve times spanning three decades. It’s probably hard for some of the younger athletes in the paddling Read More

Race Preparation & Strategy with Grant Van Der Walt and Sean Rice

Sometimes the little things do matter. During the lead up to a race, a paddler’s focus is generally on building speed and fitness, big picture concepts. But as race day approaches, sharper focus on the details, such as equipment setup and personal nutrition, can be game changers. Checking rudder cables, selecting the right hydration, tapering training: having all the pieces in place allows you to settle in and enjoy the work once the race begins. Read More

Looking For A New Level – Surfski Training With Sean Rice

Surfski paddling is so much fun, just getting out on the water is enough to keep you hooked for life. But, surfskis and fitness paddling go hand and hand, which often leads to paddlers discovering the fantastic world of surfski racing. A new commitment to the fitness paddling and training lifestyle shortly follows! In the beginning, just adding miles, keeping track of times and exploring new conditions to paddle in is usually enough for those Read More