This Podcast goes deep with the world's best open ocean kayak and surfski paddlers to understand and extract the tips and tricks that all paddlers can implement to continually up their game.
PPP Episode 33: Starting a Surfski Journey in Middle Age with Greg Greene
In this podcast I sit down with one of the many dear friends I've met through Surfski Paddling. Greg Greene and I first crossed paths when we battled it out in my first surski race ever in Duluth, Minnesota. Although 20 years my senior Greg managed to take me at the line and despite that first encounter we've been great friends ever since.
I wanted to bring Greg onto the podcast because he exemplifies what the surfski journey is all about. Starting the sport in his late 40s and in a town without a surfski community, he also represents a large portion of surfski paddlers in the US.
While I want to say that Greg's story is that of the "average paddler" as you'll find out, he has had some incredible experiences that make him both the envy and an inspiration for us all.
In this podcast we cover the following and much more:
* Attempting to paddle his first surfski, the Speedster* Moving into a Huki and really taking off in the sport* Doing the big races in the US including US Surfski Champs, The Gorge Downwind, and Chattajack* A trip to Tarifa to work with Boyan the Zen Master of Surf* Learning what intense surfski paddling is all about at the Mocke Brother's Downwind Camp in Capetown* Bringing it all together with the 2019 Molokai World Championship (hint : it almost didn't happen)* Getting diagnosed with A-fib after 30 years of high intensity training and racing* Views on paddling as an aging athlete approaching 64
I hope you enjoy this discussion as much as I did!
PPP Episode 32: SURFSKI on the Great Lakes with Nick Murray
In this podcast, the tables are turned and I'm in the hot seat as Buzz Burrell (a long time endurance sports athlete and entrepreneur and new surfski addict) interviews me. We cover a wide range of topics from paddling the Great Lakes through the winter months, to trying to make a surfski business viable in a small market with a short season. Some of the highlights of our conversation include:
* Paddling conditions on the Great Lakes* Risks with winter paddling and how I try to mitigate them* What I've gained from paddling a V8 for 6 months of the year* Challenges of running a surfski business* What keeps me going*
In the end, it was actually quite fun for me to be on the other side of the mic. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as Buzz and I enjoyed the conversation
PPP Episode 31: Calm Intense, Silly Songs, and Finding your Flow with Jasper Mocke
Today's podcast guest may be best known as the younger brother of paddling legend Dawid Mocke, but Jasper Mocke is in every way a legend in his own right. Jasper is an incredibly talented athlete with several notable accomplishments including World Surfski Champion in 2014, World Champion in K2 Marathon 2014, and 3x Perth Doctor Downwind champion. You may also recognize Jasper as the star of many of the best surfski promotional videos Epic Kayaks has produced, whether it be breaking the Miller's Run downwind record or deftly maneuvering a V14 in big breaking surf conditions.
In this podcast Jasper shares his wealth of knowledge and passion for the sport including, but not limited to the following:
* Jasper the prankster, stand up surfing on a surfski* Getting to watch Dawid as a junior and Oscar, Lee McGregor and the other legends as open ocean racing was just starting to evolve* Starting out in the Guppie / K1 as a pre-teen before getting into a surfski* Watching the young kids now getting into surfski paddling and downwind at the age of 9 or 10 and trying to imagine where they'll be in 15 years* The differences between surfski ocean racing and sprint kayak river racing* Navigation tactics and tips in racing, both surfski and flatwater* Getting into the zone for downwind paddling* Why you should focus on stability first then stroke rate* Thoughts on feathering the paddle* Examples of cadence and 10k times that the best in the world maintain* Choosing the right paddle blade size* Jasper's experimentation with going to a smaller paddle and even higher cadence
Where to find Jasper
Facebook Athlete Page
Jasper Mocke Personal Facebook Page
PPP Episode 30: Michele Eray, You Regret More The Things you Didn’t Do
In today's podcast I managed to catch up with Olympic athlete, coach, and co-founder of Paddle California, Michele Eray. I somehow coerced her into sitting still just long enough to record a great podcast session. The title of this episode and Michele's personal mantra says it all, "You regret more in life the things that you didn't do than the things you did". Michele takes her mantra quite serious and I'm certain you'll agree after listening to our conversation.
We cover a lot of ground in this episode, below are just a couple of the highlights:
* Michele's early days of paddling in her home town of Plettenberg Bay, SA (see the video below to get a sense of how beautiful it is)* Getting started in surf lifesaving and high school racing* Going to University to study bio-kinetics (Athletic Training / Physical Therapy)* Racing the Berg River Marathon* Making the decision to give up her bio-kinetics practice and become a full time paddler* Seizing the opportunity to race for SA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics* Five years of incredible support from the team at Nelo and racing all over the world* Coaching at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics* The decision to open Paddle California and bring Olympic level coaching and Nelo surfskis to the West Coast* Thoughts on Surfski becoming an Olympic Sport* Thoughts on paddling a K1 versus a surfski* The importance of cadence training and the power of the Vaaka Cadence Sensor to guide training (For an in depth podcast from the co-founder of Vaaka check out this link and to purchase one from TC SURFSKI click here)* Common beginner mistakes * Thoughts on downwind paddling* Favorite downwind paddles
If you want to connect with Michele for coaching or to purchase a Nelo, you can find her on the web at:
Business website: http://www.paddlecal.com
Business Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/paddlecal/
Personal Blog: http://micheray.com
Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicheleErayAthlete/
PPP Episode 29: The Early Days of Surfski Racing with Oscar Chalupsky
In early December the guys @CarbonologySport shared some vintage footage of the 1983 Port Elizabeth to East London (PE2LE) 4 Day Stage Race. It generated a lot of intrigue on Facebook, and I thought it would be great to sit down with Oscar and have him walk us through what it was like to race surfskis on the open ocean almost 40 years ago. We spend a large portion of the discussion on the PE2LE. But in classic Oscar fashion we also cover a host of other entertaining and educational topics including but not limited to:
* Oscar's first couple of times racing the PE2EL as a teenager* Surfski designs and construction in the early 80s* Paddle design, length, and feather in the early 80s * Gauging effort before the days of GPS and HR Monitors* Paddling the open ocean with no leashes, PFDs, or sunscreen* Nutrition and hydration strategies before the days of gu, energy bars, and hydration bladders* What has evolved for the better and what has proven the test of time
Here is a link to the book Waterlogged by Tim Noakes which Oscar references and in which he was one of the first athletes tested that led to Noakes ground breaking and controversial discovery that the conventional wisdom on hydration during sport was wrong.
PPP Episode 28: 20 Years of ERG Experience with Erik Borgnes
Today’s podcast guest is good friend and fellow Great Lakes paddler Erik Borgnes. Many of you may recognize Erik as the guy who has dominated the Chattajack 32 race for the past several years. He has also contributed several great blog posts to the surfski universe including boat reviews, technique analysis, experiments in dieting, and a treasure trove of information on ERG training, which is our focus topic in this podcast discussion.
It is always a great pleasure chatting with Erik and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that without Erik this entire podcast would not exist. Erik penned the first article I stumbled across back in 2005 that inspired me to figure out for myself just what surfski paddling was all about.
Below are some of the key tops we covered in this podcast and further down are several links to different material Erik has published on the internet:
* The various ERG trainers he has used over the years* The modifications that he's done to his ERG to make it most closely resemble his stroke on the water* How Erik retro-fit his ERG with a carbon paddle shaft from ZRE* Tips and tricks to avoid boredom on the ERG* How to determine your marathon race pace and build a training program based on it* The benefit of short intervals that are generally more sustainable on an ERG* How to think about paddle techinque on the ERG in a way that can actually improve your on the water technique* Transitioning back onto the water
Below is a list of various resources on the web that Erik has produced:
* Link to the Yahoo Kayak ERG Group Moderated By Erik* Chattajack Training Plan* Tips and Tricks I gleaned from the Yahoo Group into a Blog Post* Detailed review of the Kayak Pro Speedstroke ERG* How Erik introduced me to Surfski* Less is More interview with Erik on Surfski News* Avoiding the bonk with training strategies and diet (note: Oscar Chalupsky has long consulted with Erik in matters relating to diet and endurance performance)
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