Austin's Blog Series

The 2019 surfski race season is fast approaching and I am excited to introduce Austin's Blog Series where he will share his thoughts, experience and commentary centered around each event on the calendar. Our intent is to provide first hand insight and perspective as Austin trains and prepares for each event, plans his race, executes and reflects on his performance. We expect to learn what it takes (the good, bad and sometimes ugly), to compete at an elite level in the greatest races around the world. Personally, I have enormous respect for the grit and dedication that it takes to reach this level of performance, and specific respect for Austin for his leadership and dedication to growing the sport of surfski here in the US. Enjoy.  ~ Gary Williams - Managing Partner

Growing the Ocean Community: L2L 2019

Growing the Ocean Community: L2L 2019 September 24, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Growing the Ocean Community: L2L 2019 September 24, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Growing the Ocean Community: L2L 2019 September 24, 2019 by Austin Kieffer The 2019 Lighthouse to Lighthouse Race (L2L) was a fun weekend celebration for watersport athletes and those who love the ocean. This is my 3rd year competing in the ... Read more
Austin Kieffer with paddle

Fueling the Fall

Fueling the Fall September 10, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Fueling the Fall September 10, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Fueling the Fall September 10, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Summer racing is over and my heavy volume training is back in full swing. I started gearing things back up in early August to get ready for the Fall races (Lighthouse to Lighthouse and Irish Coast Paddling Championships). ... Read more
Gorge Downwind Champs - Austin Kieffer

Gorge Downwind Champs Recap

Fueling the Fall July 23, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Gorge Downwind Champs Recaps July 23, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Gorge Downwind Champs Recap July 23, 2019 by Austin Kieffer The Gorge Downwind Champs (GDC) is a festival and celebration of downwind paddling and racing. Thanks to the visionary efforts of Carter Johnson (the event creator and organizer), the GDC has become a colossal event in ... Read more
Canadian Champs

Canadian Downwind Champs Race Report

Canadian Downwind Champs Race Report July 15, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Canadian Downwind Champs Race Report July 15, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Canadian Downwind Champs Race Report July 15, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Surfski races are usually far and wide apart, occurring on different continents around the globe. So it is a treat to be able to compete this summer in two back-to-back international races ... Read more
Austin Kieffer

Staying Tough from Race to Race

Staying Tough from Race to Race July 3, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Staying Tough from Race to Race July 3, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Staying Tough from Race to Race July 3, 2019 by Austin Kieffer Surfski, like any sport, requires hard work and discipline. But just as importantly, an athlete has to learn how to lose. Success doesn’t come without setbacks, as any champion ... Read more
Austin Kieffer - The Molokai - 2019

The Molokai 2019

The Molokai 2019 May 29, 2019 by Austin Kieffer The Molokai 2019 May 29, 2019 by Austin Kieffer The Molokai 2019 May 29, 2019 by Austin Kieffer The Conditions: One of the things that makes Molokai so challenging is that the conditions can vary so dramatically. It can be punishingly hot and flat where athletes must grinding across a mirror like ocean or the wind ... Read more
  • NAC Classic 2019

    Newport Beach, CA
    February 9th, 2019
    Austin's Blog

  • Maui to Molokai

    April 13, 2019  - 26 miles.

  • Molokai Challenge

    May 26, 2019

  • Canadian Downwind Champs

    Squamish, BC, Canada
    July 13th

  • Gorge Downwind Champs

    Colombia River Gorge, Oregon
    July 15-20, 2019

  • Lighthouse To Lighthouse 2019

    Sept. 14 & 15
    Norwalk, CT

  • Irish Coast Paddling Champs

    TBD Fall 2019