Seventy48 Race Training

Signed up for the Seventy48 but not sure what to do or how to get there? I can help relieve your confusion of how to tackle this epic race.

Schedule: You have two options - Take one of my clinics which I'll be offering throughout the Spring. OR if you're not in the NW or prefer 1-1 instruction, you can sign up for a phone or in-person 1-1 consultation session.

Location: Classroom sessions will be held in Seattle. On-water sessions may be in Seattle, Deception Pass and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Who Should Sign Up: You have been accepted as a participant in the Seventy48, or you're thinking about signing up.

Why Hire Me? As author of Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans and with 17 years of experience as a paddler on Puget Sound I have an in-depth knowledge of this waterway in all seasons and conditions. I started as a sea kayaker and later added SUP to my skills thus can help you no matter your craft. My business Salmon Bay Paddle provides SUP instruction throughout the Sound including Deception Pass and surfing on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. I'm known for surfing freighter and tug waves in Seattle on Shilshole Bay. My methodology for paddling is paddle smarter not harder. My Seventy48 team name is Salmon Bay Paddle. Check out my blog for Seventy48 tips.


Hands-on Seventy48 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: 2hrs / Seattle. Cost: $75 / 1st Date: Tues April 24th. Location TBA. Contact me first before signing up. SIGN-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: 2hrs / Seattle. Cost: $199 / 1st Date: Tues April 22, 9am. Location: Ballard. Contact me first before signing up. SIGN-UP

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 / DateDeception Pass May 12th OR Cost: 199 for 2 or more people / 475 for 1-1 custom scheduled sessions. All gear provided for SUPs. Can provide wetsuits and PFD's for other craft.

Seventy48 Class - Rough Water Paddling

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: 3hrs / Deception Pass (Feb 17 / April 14). Cost: 199 for 3 or more people / 299 for 2 people / 399 for one person. All SUP gear provided (for non sups, we can provide wetsuits, helmets, PFDs, etc.

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/li>
  • Where to camp and take breaks along the race route/li>
  • Traveling to the area? I can assist with finding local resources for your trip/li>

    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.