March 12th, 2014

Wednesdays Nighter’s Start TONIGHT!!!!

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Calling all PADDLERS!!!! The weekly Wednesday Night Races at Bloedel Donovan Park start TONIGHT!!! Every Wednesday Night from now through Ski to Sea and continuing right into the fall these 3.5-mile races draw anywhere from 35 to 70 or more kayakers, surfskiers, canoers of all sorts, SUP paddlers, … even a rower or pedal craft […]


February 13th, 2014

Tonight… the Ugly Hidden Side of Breaking the Guiness World Record!

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Brandon is going to be speaking about his World Record Paddle at the Rec Nw Expo tonight at 7PM at the Lakeway Inn! Anish Hikes will also be there speaking about her 60 day expedition on the PCT. Live the ugly details of going long and hard… and be inspired by two amazing athletes and […]


February 11th, 2014

Pacific Northwest Paddle Love!

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Mother Nature always provides the entertainment when you paddle in the Pacific Northwest. One day you are greeted by fog so thick and soupy you can only find your way home with the use of your compass. The next day you are paddling along with a playful family of otters under a bright blue sky. […]


February 3rd, 2014

LaConner 2014 Race Report

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The first race of the season is always a huge wake-up call. Sweat flying, muscles aching, everyone around you seems to have been doing secret ninja training behind your back and the racer in you refuses to back off… “MUST throw down,” some primeval voice in the back of your brain screams at you. This […]


May 28th, 2013

Double Ski to Sea Victory!!! Whatcom County Open AND Women’s Divisions!!!!!!!

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This year marked our 10th year in a row of racing the Ski to Sea!!! And we honored that anniversary by bringing home the heavy heavy hardware! Brandon’s team, Beaver’s Tree Service, won the Whatcom County Open Division, beating rival Klicks Running & Walking for the first time since 2o10. And Heather’s team, Kulshan Cycles, […]


February 26th, 2012

How We Pimped Our (Kayak) Erg!

In the last post titled “Ode to an Erg” Heather sang the praises of the device that she and I rely on when the weather turns icy and/or we’re short on workout time. The Kayakpro Speedstroke Gym kayak ergometer is hands down the most realistic replacement for actually getting on the water and getting that […]


December 9th, 2011

Ode to an Erg…

Hours after welcoming Jazlyn into the world last spring, we bought a kayak erg. At the moment of the arrival of our newest child, I think we realized, we were going to busy! And, boy we were right! Every second of my day and night are accounted for. So, walking down to the garage and […]


November 2nd, 2011

Stellar S2E Tandem Surfski

Disclaimer: this is going to read like a sales pitch. It is not. I’m in no way affiliated with Stellar surfskis, not sponsored, no kick-backs, nothing. I love my Epic V10 as much as any man can love a boat. It’s the perfect boat for me. But then, sometimes, when you least expect it, another […]


October 30th, 2011

Sound Rowers Lake Sammamish Race 2011

The highlight of my races these days is paddling across the finish line to the sight of my family cheering me on. They are easy to pick out, find the tallest person, note the cute-as-a-button baby girl strapped to his chest, and the tow-headed boy at his side yelling, ‘Go Mama Go!’ Then, I ask […]


October 17th, 2011

Paddle for Food Relay 2011

There’s something extra special when a paddling event combines with a fundraising effort. It’s the magic in and on the water. The humility — and charity — in the face of nature, that most experienced paddlers feel. The singular reason that defines both why most paddlers paddle, and also why they would choose to leverage […]


October 13th, 2011

The Most Affordable (Viable?) GPS Option?

We seem to go through GPS receivers like candy. If I had a pile of all the GPS’s we’ve bought, then stuck somewhere (?) when they quit working — 99% of the time because they got wet — I’d probably have a hill big enough for the kids to go sledding down this winter! And […]


October 2nd, 2011

Mercer Island Sausage Pull

Some races you go to for the competition, or the beauty of the place… but the Sound Rowers Mercer Island Sausage Pull is all about the post race BBQ sausage feast! I’ll explain more about the sausages later. We ARE there to race, too. So, a bit about that. There is a 6-mile short course and a 14.5-mile long […]