Seventy48 Race Training


Signed up for the Seventy48 (or the Salish 100) but not sure what to do or how to get there? I can help relieve your confusion of how to tackle this epic race.  My methodology for racing is paddle smarter not harder. My 2018 Seventy48 team name is Salmon Bay Paddle.  Also check out my blog for Seventy48 tips.

Training includes everything you need to know to paddle from Tacoma to Port Townsend from tidal currents and tides to how to avoid wind, ferry crossings, boats and paddling at night. We’ll discuss outfitting, picking the right gear, communication, how to go ultra-lightweight as well as endurance race nutrition and hydration. If you don’t want to camp out, I can provide a list of luxury hotels and AirBnB’s so you have a great night’s sleep!

Winter-Spring Expedition and Long Distance Racing Courses on Puget Sound with R2AK’s Karl Kruger and Rob Casey  / Orcas Island (Feb 1-3 and April 26-28)

Skills Classes & Clinics

Hands-on How to Outfit & Pack Your SUP, OC, Prone or Kayak to Maximize Space

Have you thought about how you’re going to carry your camping gear, food and hydration? Learn about different methods of securing gear to your board, OC, or kayak. Learn how pack like a minimalist, keep your weight super light but still bring the essentials to stay healthy and comfortable. We’ll discuss how to outfit your board deck, keep your load compact and how to prevent shifting, as well as how to maximize interior cockpit space for kayaks. Less is more if you’re in a hurry.

Duration: 3 hours / Seattle.

Cost: $199

Starting Date: TBA or Private Clinic.

Location: TBA. Contact me first before signing up. Sign Me Up!

Using a 2 piece kayak paddle on your SUP? Learn How to Kayak Efficiently

I know of a few SUPs and other craft who are using a two piece kayak paddle as a backup or alternative solution for up wind paddling and/or to give the feet a break. I’ll teach you how to paddle with a kayak paddle efficiently with speed yet finesse and turn your SUP of any length on a dime.

Duration: 3hrs / Seattle.


Group rate (2-4 people): 199 with rental gear / 179 with your own gear

Individual 1-1 – 299 with rental gear / 279 with your own gear.

Rental gear includes board, kayak paddle, leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves, hood. 

Starting Date: TBA or Private Clinic

Location: Ballard.

Contact me first before signing up.

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Worried about Paddling Up the Flood in PT Canal? Learn how to Read Water and Paddle Up Current

The biggest thing I hear from those doing this race is their fear of the flood current. In this class I’ll show you how to read water so you know where the currents are so you can find the smartest path ahead. I’ll also show you how to paddle up current in bays, around points or in areas where you only have a 2′ wide eddy to work with. If you’re on sup, I’ll suggest a few gear additions and paddling tips to give you an up current and up wind advantage.

Duration: 4hrs / Deception Pass

Dates: See the dates for the Tidal Rapids class at Deception Pass or Private Clinic

Cost: 225 for 3 or more people / 299 for 2 people / 599 for 1-1 custom scheduled sessions. All gear provided for SUPs. Can provide wetsuits and PFD’s for other craft.

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Rough Water Paddling for Racing

There’s no telling what sort of conditions we’ll get for this race. But we will get rec boat, ship and ferry wakes and possible wind waves. Can you handle a 5′ freighter wave on your beam side? Do you know how to take advantage of a wave or downwind conditions to get you a free ride? Can you downwind at night? In this class I’ll show you how to paddle in a variety of funky conditions and big waves whether on a sup, kayak or other craft. The more comfortable you are in waves the more fun you’ll have, and get there sooner!

Duration: 4hrs / Deception Pass

Dates: TBA or Private Class.

Also consider my Tidal Rapids in Deception Pass, Freighter Surfing, Coastal Surfing and Downwinding classes.

Cost: 199 for 3 or more people / 299 for 2 people / 325 for one person. All SUP gear provided (for non sups, we can provide wetsuits, helmets, PFDs, etc.

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Consulting Session Details

What You’ll Learn and Walk Away With:

  • ​Choosing the best local tide, traffic and weather forecasting tools for reliable real time data
  • Assistance with your route options using current, wind and waves to your advantage
  • How to paddle at night safely staying on track and off the news
  • Developing a successful fitness program by working with a local fitness trainer and physical therapist
  • Safety – Choosing communication devices, signaling, backup plans and the right paddling buddy
  • How to outfit your paddling craft and pack for an overnight trip
  • Developing a nutrition and hydration plan
  • Recommended pre-race paddle training to make sure you’re prepared
  • Where to camp and take breaks along the race route
  • Traveling to the area? I can assist with finding local resources for your trip


Consulting Session Rates

Non-PSUPA Members

  • Hourly: First 10min free. Then 125 – 2 hour minimum. Additional hours per session or post session @ $150 (phone and/or email.)
  • Monthly: 600. Includes two 1 hr phone chats and unlimited emails.

PSUPA Members:

  • Hourly: 115 – 2 hour minimum. Additional hours per session or post session $125 (phone and/or email.)
  • Monthly: 500. Includes two 1 hr phone chats and unlimited emails.

“Rob is an expert in SUP and offers even more relevant training and helpful information because of his background in kayaking. His skill, knowledge and expertise exceeded my expectations. He presented the information and training in a very clear and concise manner; adding many various tips throughout his instruction. Rob is encouraging, patient and practical – all very important traits when teaching a subject. The course more than met my needs – I learned a lot and as a beginner – I have a lot to learn. I will continue to turn to him as my ‘go to’ resource in all matters SUP. I’m extremely glad I chose Salmon Bay Paddle and Rob for my first professional training in SUP. I felt safe and confident with him the whole time.”

- Leah R

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