About Me

I am an American Surfski racer currently living in San Diego with my wife, Emily. As current National Champion, my goal for this year is to chase a top finish in international events around the globe and share my experience through my revamped PTX Blog.


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Ranked 5th in the World in 2019

Austin Kieffer

Exploring the world of competitive Surfski racing 

The science of training, the art of surfing, and the experience of racing. With this website, my hope is to share the joy of Surfski with as many people as possible.

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March 9, 2020

Article written for and originally posted on The Ready State Blog 

When I young, I believed that to endure and overcome pain was an essential part of becoming a successful athlete. Pain wasn’t just essential, it was glorious. An athlete’s pain either came through traini...

December 10, 2019

What a year it has been! I was seconds away from my first international win, placed 5th overall in the World Surfski League, and grew in leaps and bounds as an athlete. Links to all my articles for the year can be found on the PTX Partners official website. 


December 6, 2018

Race Setting A New Standard

What a race!?! The 2018 Shaw and Partners Doctor has joined the Gorge Downwind Festival in a new class of international surfski events. Drawing over 400 of the best surfski paddlers from across Australia and around the World, the whole week b...

September 25, 2018

The inaugural Irish Coast Paddling Championships was quite an experience and though conditions were tough, it was one of the best races on the calendar this year. I decided to compete in the Irish Champs as a perfect mid fall tune up to test out my Doctor training. Plu...

August 27, 2018

Hood River, Oregon is the windsport mecca of North America. And now, thanks to race director Carter Johnson, who has done a fantastic job organizing a world-class paddling race, the Gorge Downwind Champs is an event not to be missed! Why, you might ask? 

To start,...

May 30, 2018

In 2018, I decided to attempt my first ever Molokai Challenge. The race starts on the island of Molokai and spans 50km of open ocean to the shores of Oahu. The channel’s Hawaiian name translates to “Channel of Bones” and if that wasn’t nerve wracking enough, the 2018 f...

November 21, 2017

ICF Ocean Racing World Championships, Hong Kong, November 19, 2018

I was definitely nervous the week leading into the ICF World Championships. It was my first time competing in the ocean racing world championships. The women’s field raced the day before and conditions w...

August 1, 2017

Three years ago I competed in the 2014 inaugural Canadian Surfski Champs where I was properly walloped by an impressive field of international athletes. Sean Rice claimed the title and beat me by a staggering 6 minutes. I will admit, after that race I avoided the CSC i...

April 18, 2017

Last weekend, I competed in my first Hawaiian channel crossing. A 42km journey from the beaches of Maui to the rugged coast of Molokai, a race known for its incredible downwind conditions. 

On race day the wind was blowing 10-15 knots (weak wind for most bodies of water...

March 30, 2017

Last weekend, I ventured down to Southern California to compete in my third and final race of the Winter SoCal Series, the California Champs. Mere days before I boarded the plane, however, the 17 mile crossing form Malibu to Marina Del Ray was canceled. The frustration...

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