Highlights of 2015

on Feb 17 in Evo II, Eze, Kenny Rice, mackenzie hynard, Sean Rice, Team Think, Tenleale Hatton, Think, Uncategorized, Uno Max, World Champion by

As we start into another big year, with lots of exciting stuff ahead for Think Kayak, I thought I would take a few moments to share some of my personal highlights from the year previous. As a brand we are continuing to grow, with our designs and products being adopted by even more paddlers, not only here in Australia, but worldwide.

 

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Sean Rice’s Visit

2015 started out with Sean Rice hitting our shores, running clinics nationwide, from Perth to Tassie,  and Sydney to the Gold Coast. All the paddlers attending were amped after the sessions, learning lots in terms of both paddling technique and ocean skills. For me personally, it was great to see Sean take out the Bridge to Beach race in Sydney. This was the first time Think Kayak have been top of the pile at this race, and it just showed me how far we have come as company in terms of the quality athletes representing us, as well as the great skis we manufacture.

 

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Paddle4Pink Does Molokai and Tamar

Paddle4Pink is a cause dedicated to helping support women fighting breast cancer. This year, Luke O’Garey headed to Molokai to take on the infamous channel crossing, with a push in the right direction from surfski frother, Julie Sladden, while she took on the Tamar River in Tassie. This pair have put it on the line a few times to support this cause, and for me it was an honour to help and be part of things. Two very special people indeed.

 

 

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Canadian Surfski Championships

A few ducks lined up and I managed to get across to Canada in July. It was a quick, but brilliant trip, which included some terrific downwind paddles. I can’t recommend it enough to pick an international race, train with some buddies, and get there and race hard. Myself and Cam Cox did just that and it was a blast. This is one race I’ll definitely get back to, and the vibe with all the team from Think Kayak there was great.

 

 

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Worlds in Tahiti

Team Think is a small and dedicated bunch of paddlers contesting races all over the world, and very, very often, winning them. The quality of the team is testament to the hard work and investment by Think Kayak HQ. Sean Rice was back to defend his title, with new team members Kenny Rice, Mackenzie Hynard and Teanlease Hatton completing the line up. Who would have thought the event would be such a success for Think, with Teneale smashing the women’s event, and Mackenzie being crowned U23 Champion? Kenny grabbed silver in the U23s, and Sean came 4th in the men’s. I think everyone involved with the team and the brand were very proud of the achievements of each of the athletes at Worlds, and it bodes well for the future.

 

 

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One Particular Eze Sale

All sales of our skis are special. The fact is we’re in a very privileged position to be able to provide products to fellow paddlers to enjoy the sport we love so much. It’s been said a few times I’m a bit like Rain Man is that I have an uncanny memory for customers who have bought skis from Think, where they are located, and what ski they decided upon, even years later. But one particular new Think Kayak paddler stands out for me this year as being rather special in terms of what we are trying to achieve with our range, and how we help paddlers. I’ve known Rozanne Green for a few years as we paddle out of the same club, and she was a very strong supporter of another brand. I always thought she should try our Eze to allow her to be a little more stable in choppy Harbour conditions, and give her a platform from which to excel in the long distance races she loves, like the Myall Classic and Hawkesbery Classic. Well what a success it has been. She has smashed her PBs in both of those races, in particular, the HCC by an hour, and now gets out through the Heads on the Harbour enjoying the more turbulent waters without fear of falling in. I like to preach that “from stability, comes improved ability”, and this has certainly been the case here. Roz’s enthusiasm for surfski paddling is infectious, and I’m delighted she chose the Eze and that we are part of her journey.

 

This list could have gone on for ages, it really was such a great year with even better memories. The ones above really stand out for me. Can’t wait to create a whole bunch of new ones throughout 2016 and get some great surfski paddling done. Hopefully we get to share them with you too.

 

See you on the water,

 

Stewart O’Regan

Think Kayak Australia

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