Paddlecast #32: Andrey Kraytor talks “Olympics vs. Reality,” multiple passports and coaching Chinese canoe champions

Andrey Kraytor is an Olympic athlete who competed in sprint canoe at the 2016 Games and now coaches the Chinese national team. I had the pleasure of chatting with Andrey about the realities of being an Olympian, the incredible subtleties of paddling a sprint canoe and what it’s like to coach Chinese champions (spoiler alert: it’s a lot of pressure).

We also get to watch a whole bunch of canoe races, of which I’m becoming a big fan 🤨

Andrey was in the final of the C1-200m at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and these days lives in China where he’s the technique coach for the women’s national team. He’s also a total badass on a SUP even though he’s only been paddling on his feet for 2 or 3 years — he almost took the gold medal off Connor Baxter at the ICF Worlds last year in the fastest sprint race our sport has ever seen.    → READ MORE

Paddlecast #30: Tommy Buday talks Olympics, canoe racing and paddling in the bathtub

Tamas (or “Tommy”) Buday Jr. is a three-time Olympian and gun paddler from Canada (via Hungary). I love catching up with Tommy when we’re traveling to events — he’s got a great insight into paddling and is just an all-round good guy — so it was a pleasure to have him on Paddlecast today.

We had an interesting chat about Olympics, the cross-over between canoe and SUP, the introduction of women’s canoe events, his early days paddling with Larry Cain and Jim Terrell, and his first memories of pretending to paddle in the bathtub as a kid.    → READ MORE

ONE designer and ocean master Ben Tardrew talks foiling, downwinding and growing up on a yacht

Ben Tardrew is the chief designer at ONE Ocean Sports and the man responsible for the magic “rocket ship” race board. He’s also a gun paddler in his own right and spends a lot of time riding and innovating foils.

I have the privilege of working alongside Benny here at ONE every day (their warehouse on the Gold Coast is home to the SUP Racer podcast studio) and it’s been exciting to see what these guys are whipping up behind-the-scenes…   → READ MORE

Paddlecast #27: Nicola Masci talks about 45-day lockdowns in Italy, paddling addiction and SUP11 City adventures

I caught up with my good friend and fellow shaved-head-enthusiast Nicola “Nico” Masci from Italy to chat about living in isolation, craving the ocean and a renewed appreciation of paddling. We also reminisce about the rollercoaster of emotion that is the SUP11 City Tour — Nico joined me in Holland last year where we both tried out the new “rocket ship” race board from ONE.

Nico used to live in Australia and train with the ONE crew here in my hometown before returning to Italy with his family a year ago. That country has been harder hit by the coronavirus than anywhere — Nico hadn’t been outside (let alone paddling) for almost seven weeks. But despite the extreme situation, he’s staying positive and looking forward to when Italy reopens the ocean.
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Paddlecast #26: Fernando Stalla talks Tahiti, travel and teaching his daughter spearfishing

Fernando Stalla is a master of the ocean who has competed at the highest level in SUP racing and surfing for years, and who is now enjoying his isolation days spearfishing and living the Tahitian life with his wife and daughter.

It was great to catch up with an old friend and talk about travel, children and the desire to have more fun on the water. We also reminisced about the Battle of the Paddle, Payette River Games and mythical “Beach Flags World Tour” — plus spicy margaritas in Sayulita 😉   → READ MORE