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
More than 300 paddlers of all levels took part in the 2nd Annual Bay Bridge Paddle on Saturday, cementing this regional event as a bucket list race and reminding us exactly why our sport is so great to begin with.
“Bay Bridge” refers to the mighty Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a dual-span formation that stretches more than 4 miles (just under 7kms) across the largest estuary in the United States. To say the it’s an imposing structure would be an understatement. → READ MORE
In case you need some mid-week motivation, or if you just want an entertaining trip down memory lane, watch this four and a half minute montage from Quickblade, which features some of the biggest names and events in stand up paddling accompanied by a couple of iconic speeches from the wider sporting world.
Simply titled “Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” – the official mantra of QB Paddles – the clip is an interesting look back at the past eight years of not only one of the sport’s most iconic brands, but of the sport itself → READ MORE
Tommy Buday Jr has won the Surf To Sound Challenge in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina today, as Canada’s canoe specialists swept the men’s podium.
In foggy conditions, Tommy defeated fellow Canadian Olympic representative Larry Cain in a reversal of the results from 12 months ago. Local gal April Zilg took out the women’s race, going one spot better than in 2014. → READ MORE
The Surf To Sound event is happening this weekend in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (home of the Carolina Cup) and we’ve just finished the racing on day one. In the 6.5 mile “Surf To Sound Challenge” it was Jessica Rando defeating April Zilg in the women’s race, while Tommy Buday took out Larry Cain in the men’s.
The weekend isn’t finished just yet though: Today’s race will be followed with tomorrow’s 9 mile flatwater challenge. However I think the most interesting takeaway from the weekend is the background of the top two men’s finishers today: They’re both former Olympians in the sport of high knee canoeing… → READ MORE