Past Race Blog

Reflections on the experience of racing: adapting to new venues, physical and mental challenges, battling international champions and paddling in a vast range of ocean tides, currents, swells and weather conditions. 

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...

February 24, 2017

One of the most exciting things about surfski racing is the head game. 

A good race is just as much, if not more, about mastering tactics and race strategy than it is a test of fitness. Flat water races, or races with distinctly different pieces of water are particularl...

January 28, 2017

After putting in a miserably cold first month of training in Seattle, the Hanohano Race in San Diego was a welcome slice of sun and summer weather. The race consisted of an 8.5km flat water short course and a 12.5km ocean long course with only an hour of rest between....

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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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