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

Paddlecast #25 – “Storytime with SUP Racer” part 1: How, when and *why* SUP Racer began…

Welcome back to Paddlecast. I was really excited to release a two-part episode with Annabel Anderson yesterday and today. We had a great chat last week — I talked with Annabel for more than two hours about what she’s been up to over the past couple of years and her thoughts on the sport in general. But I messed up the recording and the audio got jumbled 🙈

I’m going to see if we can get back on the phone with Annabel this week (she’s a fascinating person). But until then, I decided to fill in today’s episode with a little “Storytime with SUP Racer”…   → READ MORE

Team Brazil’s Vinni Martins talks paddling, traveling and his lifelong love of the ocean (and… gardening)

Vinnicius “Vinni” Martins is one of the hardest-working and most-positive paddlers you’ll ever meet. His energy is contagious. Vinni is also a damn fine athlete, having won an ISA gold and Pan-Am silver medal in season 2019.

Vinni joined me today from his paradisaical hometown of Búzios, Brazil, to chat about traveling, paddling and playing in the ocean on as many different craft as possible. We also get Vinni’s ranking of the best ISA after-parties of all-time and an insight into his new gardening career 😜   → READ MORE

Paddlecast: Susak & Paolo talk racing, relationships and razzle-dazzle board design (plus: 11 Cities addiction)

Two of Europe’s finest paddlers, Susak Molinero and Paolo Marconi, join us from their Canary Island isolation to chat racing, relationships and running mountain ultras. We also talk about Paolo’s new love for the SUP11 City Tour, razzle-dazzle design and looking forward to the day we can all meet up on the water again.

Susak & Paolo are not just two of the best athletes you’ll meet, they’re two of the finest people, period. These guys always spread smiles and good vibes at the events, and it’s always a pleasure to catch up with them even when we’re stuck on the other side of the world.   → READ MORE

“Stuck” in Bali, Daniel Hasulyo talks 11 Cities, 11 Islands and competing against his brother

I caught up with distance race superstar Daniel Hasulyo (who’s currently stuck in Bali with his pregnant partner) to chat about the allure of the 11 Cities, 11 Islands and competing against his brother.

We also hear what it’s like to be a Starboard ‘Dream Team’ athlete plus Daniel’s thoughts on the 2021 ICF Worlds set for his home nation (and paddling powerhouse) of Hungary.    → READ MORE

Paddlecast #20: Japan’s number one Kenny Kaneko talks Molokai, family and the future of paddling

My guest today is a great paddler and an all-round great guy, and he’s someone I have a great deal of respect for. Kenny Kaneko is Japan’s long-time number one, but he’s also a fantastic ambassador for paddling in general.

We chatted about his love of Molokai, outrigger and his original plan to become a pro football player. Kenny also shared his thoughts on the power of paddling, the future of the sport and life as a family man in the quarantine era.

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Paddlecast #19: Watch party preview with “King of the Ultras” Bart de Zwart

“King of the Ultras” Bart de Zwart joins us from Maui to preview tomorrow’s Midnight Sun watch party and chat about the raw attraction of paddling the Yukon River.

Join us tomorrow for a special screening of our Yukon River Quest documentary with bonus commentary from Bart and I. We’ll be live-streaming “Chased by the Midnight Sun” on the SUP Racer Facebook page and adding our comments/stories as we all watch it together.    → READ MORE

Seychelle talks emotional wins, heated buoy turns and why she’s never been busier…

Seychelle is a Paddle Monster coach, the reigning APP world champion and current world number two on the SUP Racer World Rankings.

The Floridian has also won the famous SUP11 City Tour three times, including an emotional, come-from-behind victory in 2018, which we chat about on today’s episode of Paddlecast: Quarantine Edition. Ironically, the Seychelle has been more active than ever now that she’s technically out of a job. You can find her doing daily live shows on Instagram and Facebook.   → READ MORE

Paddlecast #16: Master coach Larry Cain talks quarantine, training and the fine art of cold water paddling

Master coach Larry Cain talks quarantine, training and the “zen” of cold-water paddling. We also watch some classic footage from Larry’s gold medal-winning canoe race at the ’84 Olympics.

Larry is the co-founder and head coach of Paddle Monster — join today on paddlemonster.com if you want to step up your paddle game, and follow the Paddle Monster Facebook page for free daily live shows ✌️

Next week, I’m going to invite you to join a paid, members-only group “Club SUP Racer” if you want to support the creative work of SUP Racer. For just a buck a week you can help ensure these daily podcasts keep rolling as well as all the other work from SUP Racer continues. Keep an eye out for launch details in a few days…   → READ MORE

Paddlecast: Fiona Wylde chats downwinding, downtime and foil addiction on episode #015

Fiona Wylde joins us from Hood River, Oregon, to chat about life as a professional stand up paddler, her love affair with foiling and what she’s been up to during the coronavirus downtime.

Are you enjoying the show? The SUP Racer podcast is now a DAILY SHOW — I’ll be doing a new episode of Paddlecast every single day for as long as we’re all stuck indoors. That’s my commitment to you and my way of giving back to the SUP community ✌️

I’ll also be inviting you to join ‘Club SUP Racer’ next week — a special “Insider’s Club” where you can pay a few bucks a month to support the creative work of SUP Racer (and score some cool bonuses while you’re at it). Keep an eye out for the launch details in a few days…   → READ MORE

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Paddlecast – Daily Quarantine Edition

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The sport might be on hold but the SUP community is still connected ✌️ I want to do my part and help provide your daily dose of SUP goodness, so the SUP Racer podcast, “Paddlecast,” will now be a DAILY SHOW. Each and every day, I’ll chat with an interesting paddler from around the world to get their perspective and find out what they’ve been doing during this downtime. And you can listen free on YouTube, Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Subscribe today and tune in tomorrow for my chat with the 🐐 Connor Baxter.

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