39 episodes

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.

Peak Paddle Performance Podcast Nick Murray

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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 39: Downwind Jam Session

    PPP Episode 39: Downwind Jam Session

    This podcast was an experimental downwind jam session. The idea was to setup a Zoom call open to any and all paddlers to join and share their stories and experiences around downwind paddling. We got off to a rough start when the initial call was highjacked by hackers, but were able to regroup and have a great session.







    I was hopeful that we could share video over the Zoom call and narrate the paddling. That sort of worked, but I missed some key optimization settings in Zoom which resulted in the video recording being choppy, so I haven't yet posted the video to YouTube.







    We had a great group of participants from the US and Canada and they shared a wealth of experience that I feel will be helpful to those just getting into downwind paddling of any kind.









    https://youtu.be/YujDuTE-d7o

    • 1 hr 48 min
    PPP Episode 38: Doing The Work with Rob Hartman

    PPP Episode 38: Doing The Work with Rob Hartman

    My guest on the podcast today is long time friend and paddler Rob Hartman.







    Rob is a husband and father of three girls. He works full time as a software developer, plays the Upright Bass as an accomplished jazz musician, and has long been one of the top masters paddlers in the US. In recent years Rob has competed primarily East of the Mississippi, where he is a top contender in any race he enters. His most recent racing efforts were focused on the Chattajack where he narrowly missed the overall Surfski win when Carter Johnson came off his draft to outsprint him at the finish.







    In our discussion we talk about Rob's first exposure to kayaking in an old school fiberglass surf kayak. Rob talks about his early days as a teenager fearlessly playing in the cold and crazy surf on Lake Michigan. This ultimately led to a couple of Sea Kayak races, which led to Rob joining the US Canoe and Kayak Team and training and racing with them for a couple of seasons.







    One of the things that has amazed me the most about Rob is his ability to consistently paddle at a very high level despite the demands of family and career, and of course aging. At 52 Rob is as fit as ever. What became a key theme in this podcast, as evidenced by the title, is that there is no shortcut. You've got to show up and consistently do the work if you want the type of results Rob has been able to achieve.







    I always enjoy spending time with Rob, and this podcast was no exception. It went a little longer than most, but we had a lot to catch up on. I hope enjoy the discussion as much as I did.







    P.S Below is a little bonus if you want to see Rob in action on the Bass. He doesn't know I've linked this, and would probably be embarrassed by it, but it is a great demonstration of his humble talent!









    https://vimeo.com/488791879

    • 1 hr 48 min
    PPP Episode 37: ACA Surfski Instruction with Matt Murphy

    PPP Episode 37: ACA Surfski Instruction with Matt Murphy

    My guest on this podcast is Matt Murphy. Matt is a Naval Architect and Ocean Engineer by trade, who grew up in and on the waters of Northeastern Canada. After school, Matt made his way to Houston, Texas where he currently lives with his wife and four kids.







    Matt has a very diverse paddling background spanning both racing and multi-week adventures. In this podcast we cover much of Matt's paddling background and the paddling scene in Houston and across Texas, but most importantly we talk about the work Matt has done helping to build the American Canoe Association (ACA) surfski education curriculum.







    The ACA serves as the National Governing Body for paddlesports (Sprint, Slalom, Paracanoe) for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and as the U.S National Federation to the International Canoe Federation. They have recognized Surfski as a unique discipline and are excited to support it's growth both through competition and education. Matt has worked extensively over the past four years along with Ben Lawry to develop a four stage curriculum of education including the following:







    * Level 2: Essentials of Surfski* Level 3: Fundamentals of Open Water Surfski* Level 4: Downwind Surfski* Level 5: Advanced Open Water and Downwind Surfski (Under Development)







    The ACA is hopeful to start certifying surfski instructors across all major regions of the US. If you are interested, please don't hesitate to reach out to Matt







    * Fort Myers Level 3 Instructor Certification March 11-13* Website: http://www.shamrockpaddling.com (note: don't be confused when you land on his social media and website, Matt has also launched a product for Standup Paddle Fishing - but this is the same guy)* Instagram: @ ShamrockPaddling* Facebook: ShamrockPaddling* YouTube: https://youtu.be/hikNNrDDqto

    • 1 hr 15 min
    PPP Episode 36: Downwinding the Carolina Coast with Rod and Barry

    PPP Episode 36: Downwinding the Carolina Coast with Rod and Barry

    In this podcast episode I had a chance to connect with Rod and Barry of ThePaddleChannel. Rod and Barry have progressed from SUP to OC to SURFSKI and their YouTube channel documents, in full transparency, the trials and tribulations of their journey along the way. They are both super passionate about paddling and more so about downwind. Their videos bring a great perspective that should resonate with both new paddlers and those transitioning across paddling disciplines.







    Many of you may have heard of the Carolina Cup, which is one of the biggest paddle events in the US (possibly just behind the Gorge and Chattajack). This race is put on by the Wrightsville Paddle Club which is about a 45 minute drive North of where Rod and Barry paddle at Carolina Beach.







    Rod and Barry have an 8 mile downwind that they typically run starting at Fort Fisher and finishing at Carolina Beach or in the Carolina Beach Inlet. This run takes advantage of the the prevailing south/southwest winds that run throughout the summer. There aren't any points, bays, shoals, or other factors to greatly influence the wave conditions along the route, so conditions remain pretty consistent. The biggest challenges are in launching and landing. The launch is directly off the beach, so there is often a surf break to navigate. They have the option of either finishing on the beach or in the inlet, both have their pros and cons which we discuss in detail during the podcast.







    Carolina Beach is a busy beach town in the summer, but in the spring and fall things quiet down, but the water is still warm and the wind still blows, making this an excellent time to take a paddling vacation. There aren't many other paddlers or paddle businesses in the area, so your best bet is to take your boat, but you can always get in touch with Barry or Rod and they will be more than happy to help you with finding a boat if possible.







    The detailed Google Maps discussion starts at around minute 24:00 on the video and in the podcast.







    I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Carolina Beach is now on my short list of downwind destinations. I really like the idea of an April or May trip when Lake Michigan is struggling to get above 40 degrees :-)









    https://youtu.be/PLTKGs7Y7Es

    • 1 hr 15 min
    PPP Episode 35: Bellingham Downwind, and Creating a Paddling Community

    PPP Episode 35: Bellingham Downwind, and Creating a Paddling Community

    In this podcast I'm joined by Reivers Dustin, who at 70 years old, is still every bit as passionate about downwind paddling as anyone I've met. Reivers is highly regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Bellingham surfski community.







    This story started out with my intent to explore the downwind paddling in Bellingham Bay. Anyone who has raced on the West Coast, knows that there is some serious talent developing in this hotspot and I was excited to learn about the paddling conditions that are making this possible. But in speaking with Reivers, I soon realized the story of Bellingham's success in creating a sustained paddling community, is much more than the downwind conditions. I'll leave the details for the Podcast/YouTube, but to summarize, I believe the five key elements in Bellingham are:







    * An extremely welcoming community of paddlers who go out of their way to introduce newbies. This is supported by a simple but effective message board that greatly facilitates communication and open discussion (side note: feel free to join this message board, there is a wealth of information on it)* Although there are no significant dealers or retail shops in Bellingham, there are reps for all the major brands who have boats available to be loaned out* A large multi-sport team race (Ski to Sea) that includes an ocean paddle as the last of 7 events. This is the event that first brought surfskis to Bellingham Bay, and continues to be a big motivator for interest in performance paddling* A long running Wednesday night flat water handicap start style race. This works very well as a non-intimidating, safe, fun way to introduce new paddlers. They can spend the time needed developing fundamental skills, power, and fitness before hitting the ocean* Technical, but not massive, downwind conditions that provide plenty of challenge even for experienced paddlers to continuously hone their skills and build the fundamentals to paddle anywhere in the world.







    I don't have the data, but would speculate that Bellingham has the highest per capita number of surfski/OC paddlers of anywhere in the US. They have achieved this despite not having a big ocean sports / surf heritage, and water temperatures that are always cold (see below). I find this all quite impressive.







    If you are interested in visiting Bellingham, it is no doubt one of the best outdoor active sports towns in the United States. In the same day you can shred powder in the morning and surf runs in the afternoon. if the wind doesn't blow and the powder isn't dumping, there are endless hikes and world class mountain biking everywhere. Below I've pasted a promotional video for the Ski to Sea race, as I think this tells the Bellingham outdoor story much better than I can with words.









    https://youtu.be/I7U2Cvsfjqc



















    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT_NDQpjtVg

    • 1 hr 19 min
    PPP Episode 34: Exploring Cape Town and Durbin Downwind Routes with Oscar Chalupsky

    PPP Episode 34: Exploring Cape Town and Durbin Downwind Routes with Oscar Chalupsky

    It has been a long hiatus, but the Peak Paddle Performance Podcast is back in action. We're going to try out a new format where we find paddlers enthusiastic about sharing their local downwind routes for the world to see. We'll record via a Zoom meeting with screen share where the guest can walk us through a map view of the paddling hot spots as we geek out on all the wind and wave nuance they've discovered. Additionally we want to collaborate with and cross reference the great work being done by Lizelle Kemp and her team at Downwindable.com. Check out this link for all the downwind routes in SA, many of which Oscar describes in this podcast.







    In this first episode, we start with the legendary Oscar Chalupsky as he walks us through the iconic Millers Run in Cape Town SA. Oscar gives us a great sense of the overall Cape Town paddling scene and what to expect out on the water. He then heads north to give an overview of his hometown Durban, SA where the water gets warmer, but the surf and swell gets much bigger and the conditions are about as gnarly as anywhere in the world.







    It is never a dull conversation with Oscar, and this one was no exception. While the focus of the discussion is on walking through the downwind routes, there is inevitably a wealth of valuable information around paddling downwind and keeping it safe









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNjXj_-jdR8









    We made a few references to water temperature, below are the 10 year monthly averages for Cape Town and Durban from seatemperature.com

    • 1 hr 19 min

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Great podcast for all levels of Surfski paddlers

Interviews with many of the top paddlers in the world. Stories, technique and inspiration.

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