A brief bio to provide the context for craft write-ups.
I am NOT A KAYAKER!! never have been. I do not have an extensive background in any paddle craft other then Surf Ski. Up until 2010 all my salt water time was spent sailing multihulls (pretty well) and surfing shortboards (not very well). My over all philosophy of watersport is, and always has been, that great rides usually end up in a crash. Surf ski is no different for me, I consider swims not as failure but as an integral part of the game.
I am 5'11 and, and if I have been in the gym and eating enough in the winter, about 160+LBS at the beginning of race season. By fall I am usually a ridiculously lean 155lbs. I was a bike messenger and competitive cyclist in the urban North East. When we moved to our spot on the creek I sold my bike and channeled all the Thursday nights of my youth watching magnum PI. I am 48 so I believe in an efficient paddle stroke and high cadence, that is occasionally “adjusted” by Zsolt Szdovski. I am an absolute mid-pack racer in most East coast races.
My passion is “brisk” conditions on open salt water with minimal to no support. I paddle alone or with one or two other wingmen/women that are likewise motivated and equipped.