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About mattdrayer

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  1. Wat? Tell that to Scott Ide and Jerry Madore who tackled this years Blackburn Challenge with a C-2 in 4:13:39. Matt
  2. You can watch me go around on Saturday morning all the same! I'm planning on doing a prep run, starting from the typical spot between 8:00am and 8:30am. You may see a couple other people doing the same...but it's not a race... Matt
  3. This was such a fun morning, and you all did great! Thanks @Jim Snyder for organizing (and re-organizing) the session, and thanks to everyone who attended! Matt
  4. Hope y'all had fun today -- I saw a lot of empty roof racks in the Riverhead parking lot when I finished my session this morning! I'll try to swing by Devereux this afternoon to hang out for a bit. Matt
  5. For planning ahead I use Windfinder and for real-time radar visualizations I like MyRadar. I am currently running an iPhone 6s. Matt
  6. Agreed that this will be an introductory workshop with the expectation that you have some sea kayaking experience, although you certainly do not have to be a renowned Arctic explorer or Olympic K-1 sprinter. As a general agenda we can plan on the following: Part 1 (Dryland): Orientation, Concepts/Theory, Technique, Training Part 2 (Shallow Water): Stroke/Rotation, Boat Mounting/Remounting, Getting Going Part 3 (Deep Water): Form, Stability, Stroke, Cadence, Glide, Speed, Hollering with Delight Jim and I spent about two hours going through the above with just the two of us -- for a group of 10 I think we should assume three hours for the session. For those of you who have your own surfskis, please also bring a leg or waist leash if you have one, in addition to your PFD. I have an extra leg leash and also a waist leash that I will bring for people to see/try. A shorter surfboard leash can suffice in a pinch, although they can be bulky. Also if your skis require any sort of tools for setting the footplate/leg length, etc., please bring those as well. Happy to answer any/all additional questions you might have. Matt
  7. That was fun! We hit 9mph on our final sprint in the double -- teamwork makes the dream work! Matt
  8. I'm overjoyed by the amount of enthusiasm! We will definitely hold at least one more surfski workshop at some point this summer. And, as a reminder, there is a surfski get together every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm at Lynch Park in Beverly (55 Ober Street) all summer long. We call it a race -- but you don't have to race. You can go for a paddle, hang out, try out some of our skis when we get back to the beach, and talk skis in the parking lot afterward. (Also FYI that I will not be there tomorrow night). Matt
  9. I think it would be best to use an actual surfski versus the Eddyline -- the Caribbean is designed for fishing and so it's super-stable, but I think it would prevent you from really getting the feel of the ski's length, pedal/rudder system, and the nature of the forward stroke. Based on what I'm reading in this thread and my side-conversation with Jim Snyder, as well as a few friends of mine who have said they're interested in helping, it seems like we'll be able to pull together enough skis for everyone to use. Matt
  10. I haven't tried these wing paddles, but for $189 + free shipping I'm like wow: https://www.amazon.com/CISI-SPORT-Performance-Lightweight-215-225cm/dp/B0776BF67S/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=CISI%2BSport&qid=1623350899&sr=8-2&th=1 I believe they are off-brand Braca paddles, possibly the IV or XI model. I contacted the seller to see if he's getting more after his current inventory runs out and he said he's not. EDIT: I have an Epic V8 G1 to lend for the workshop, as well as an Epic wing paddle. I also have a V12 available, but learning on a V12 is basically just a swimming lesson I will also bring the Double which will be fun. Matt
  11. I have recently come into possession of a really sweet Epic V10 Double surfski! If anyone would like to go for a ride in Nahant Bay sometime, please PM me and we can work out a day. I have an extra wing paddle that you can use as well. Matt
  12. Agreed the Ivan Lawler videos are excellent — I rewatch the full master class video at least once a season. There is also great Australian podcast Paddle2Fitness which covers a lot of technical aspects of paddling — short focused episodes are released fairly regularly. As far as paid online courses go, the OSK course appears to be expensive but at $119 for the annual subscription and ~20 hours of video content that’s only $6/hour plus it looks like there’s more included. Not sure how “good” the videos are, or how vibrant their online community is but it’s always YMMV with these things.. Mocke Paddling offers a bundle of courses as well for $20 per — I think they contain approximately three hours of content each which is ~$6/content-hour as well — seems to be the going rate for paid content. Their online courses are geared toward surfskis but there are lots of crossover concepts. If you are looking for a more interactive experience there are also many sport-specific coaches now who will work with you virtually in pursuit if almost any type of goal, however the cost is obviously higher than static video-based courses. Matt
  13. Reminder that weekly Tuesday night racing at Lynch Park in Beverly starts tonight at 6:45pm! Average course length is 5 miles. Sea kayaks (SK/FSK) very much welcome to participate, although be warned you may find yourself taking a surfski for a spin post-race Matt
  14. Oh, I so wish that I could have attended this session -- I ended up helping my son with his math homework and that was the right choice, but still Matt
  15. Wow, pace > 4mph makes it a L4 trip? That's basically every surfski paddling session regardless of conditions -- you'll go faster than 5mph even just paddling lightly on a calm day.
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