I am a 22 year old male canoe/surf ski paddling athlete, that travels the world in order to train and compete in races such as the Molokai (Hawaii), Perth Doctor(Australia) and other races within the World Surfski Series. This blog is about my adventures to achieve my dreams of competing around the world and one day being the best of the best.
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I am currently counting down the days until the 2015 Molokai Challenge and World Surf Ski Championships in Hawaii on May 30th, the Molokai will be the 3rd race of World Surfski Series. Within this blog, I am going to share the experiences that I will face within my journey to paddle the great race. Just a brief explanation of the race, it starts from Kaluakoi Beach on the island of Molokai, and crosses the Ka’iwi Channel (Channel of bones) and finishes at Hawaii Kai, Oahu. The Molokai race tackles 53km (32 miles) of Pacific Ocean, in which some cases has provided some rough challenging conditions, and in other year’s flat glassy racing conditions. This will be my second channel crossing as I completed it last year, last years race provided a taste of what the channel can produce. The race can take from anywhere between 3.5 hours to 7 hours +, depending on the skill level of the athlete. This year I will be doing the Molokai in the race category of Surf Ski 1(solo) (SS1) as I did last year. My ski that I will be using in Hawaii will be an Epic V14 as it is the same ski I’m currently training on in Australia. If all goes to plan within the next few months I will be able to post my race results.
The weekly wrap up.
This week has provided some interesting conditions to live and train in, with tropical cyclone Marcia brewing just of the east coast of Yeppoon, it has cause the beaches to be closed, rivers to become flooded and mass amounts of rain. But it hasn’t stopped me from training both in the gym and out on the water. Off the water I had received exciting news from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Where I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education/ Bachelor of Science. They had notified me in regards with being selected as a sports scholarship member for the 2015 college year, which I am grateful for. I have recently caught up with a few of the sport staff members at the University where I have received my gym and swimming membership, All in all it has been a challenging week.
What a couple of weeks I've had, preparing for
my second Molokai to Oahu channel crossing. This year I arrived a little over a
week before the race giving myself some time to recover and get over jet lag. For
those who don't know what the Molokai Challenge and World Surfski Championships
is, it is a 53km (32 mile) channel crossing from the island of Molokai to the
island of Oahu. The race starts on the western side of the island
on Kaluakoi Beach and the finish line was at the Maunalua Beach Park,
This year I used an Epic V14 in the ultra layup
as I made the step up from Epic's V10L late last year. For the past 20 weeks I
have been training hard with Clint Robinson back home on the Sunshine Coast
(which is just 1 hour North of Brisbane, Queensland). This year I finished 2nd in my age group of 19-29's and 22nd in Open men Solo surf ski, with a time of 4 hours 17 mins. Which was 12 mins quicker than last years time and 1 position better!
It’s been a
while since posts, but during this time I’ve enjoyed my offseason, it gave me a
lot more time to chill out, go surfing, play golf and go on mini adventures
with my friends and family. I also got the chance to see one of my favourite
bands, Coldplay live in Brisbane and it was one of the most incredible things
I’ve seen. I started training again the second weekend of
January and was feeling stronger, jumping back into gym with Miguel at Miguel’s
24-hour fitness which is conveniently a 3 min bike ride from house. Oh and I
started bike riding- Yes I have joined the trend and have become a man in
lycra. As the weekend of Australia day (January 26th) went by, so
did the feeling of good training. I went to the doctor with sore throat and
blocked sinus’s, I was told to relax and take a few days off, so as a good boy
I did that until I wasn’t getting better. 3 weeks had past and I scheduled
another appointment this time with a different doctor who informed me I had a