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The Imperfect Paddler comes to grips

11807635_904756926229487_6570856213164732811_oI’m a mid-50s guy who has been paddling professionally since 1993, and racing since 1996.  Primarily I race surfskis, but have also raced sea kayaks, marathon canoe, K1, K2, K4, OC1, tandem surf ski, OC6, and even high kneel canoe.  In addition I can frequently be found in a surf kayak or on a SUP.

I have been race director for countless races, have run a couple of paddling businesses, achieved paddling certifications through the ACA (L1 SUP, L3 Surf Kayak, L4 Sea Kayak), been president of the local racing club (MAPA) and run the local paddling meetup.  Currently I run Virginia Beach Paddlesports.   The company sells Stellar surf skis and kayaks, GPower and Orka Paddles, Mocke life jackets and various other paddling accessories.  Instruction for standup paddleboard, surfski, sea kayak, and surf kayak is offered through the store as well.

I train a lot, help other people train, and love paddling.  But I’m only a man.  I drink beer and whiskey, love Snickers, chips, and ice cream, and naps-whenever possible.  I work a day job, run a paddling retail and instruction shop in my spare time, and am chapter coordinator for a national non-profit that takes wounded warriors paddling. My kids are technically adults but require my attention at times, and I try to keep my yard looking halfway decent as well as do the more minor repairs on my fleet of 4 aging vehicles.

This blog will be about paddling everything, racing almost everything one can paddle, the products I use and sell, and other fun stuff along the way.

So I am in the pursuit of balance.  I need to train more, eat better, lose some belly and get faster-all while Father Time is breathing down my neck.