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Certifications: ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Kayak Instructor, Level 4 Instructor Trainer, Level 3 Surf Kayak Instructor and Level 2 SUP Instructor. PADI Rescue Diver. Ambassador for Kokatat Watersports Wear and a Team paddler for Werner Paddles. Sean originates from the UK and is now a resident of Marin. He began kayaking at the age of ten and even as a youngster often paddled alone, exploring the relatively sheltered waters of the south coast of Cornwall. He was always curious to see what he would find beyond the horizon and dreamed of a continuous journey around every headland and across every bay until eventually he had paddled all the way around Great Britain. In 2004 he achieved his childhood dream by completing the first solo circumnavigation of the UK and Ireland by sea kayak; the first ever to include all of the inhabited islands. The 4500 mile expedition took 183 days and is the longest kayak journey ever undertaken in British waters. In 2006 Sean competed at the Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival as a way as a way to promote a new surf kayak he helped design. There he met Gina who became his wife and the mother of their two fantastic kids. In 2008 Sean attempted to break the record for the fastest circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. He completed the 700 mile (1000 km) circumnavigation in 17 days, 4 hours and 49 minutes taking over 6 days off the previous record. Sean’s record breaking days are over but he still loves to explore and surf and share his passion for all paddlesports with River and Ocean customers.

The Art of Downwinding Series

The Art of Downwinding Series Featuring Shanna Upton Spring is just a few weeks away and with it comes longer days, warmer weather, blooming flowers, chirping birds, my birthday, but most importantly…howling winds. That’s right paddlers, after a long wet winter the downwind season is right around the corner. YAY!! I’m [...]

By | March 19th, 2017|Events, SUP|Comments Off on The Art of Downwinding Series

Simposio de Kayak del Pacifico Sur – Buena Vibra!

SKPS, 2016. Photo by Roberto Saldias Andahur This was my first time to Chile and only my second time to South America. My lack of ability to speak Spanish had caused me to decline a previous invitation to teach at the Simposio de Kayak del Pacifico Sur (SKPS). But brothers Eduardo and Roberto [...]

By | December 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Simposio de Kayak del Pacifico Sur – Buena Vibra!

River & Ocean – A Paddlesports Coaching Collective

A Paradigm Shift in Bay Area Paddlesports Instruction Since the mid 1980's California Canoe & Kayak (CCK) has been introducing new paddlers to sea kayaking and much more recently, stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Other businesses have come and gone and some remain but it's fair to say that CCK has built the most comprehensive paddlesports school to [...]

By | September 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on River & Ocean – A Paddlesports Coaching Collective

Exostosis – Surfer’s Ear

I know, ear's are kind of disgusting to look at. So why post a picture of my ear? I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase; “Do as I say, not as I do.” Well listen up my fellow paddle surfers, river paddlers and sea kayakers. If you like to stick your head in that wave [...]

By | August 6th, 2016|Personal, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Exostosis – Surfer’s Ear

A new Ride

At the Santa Cruz Paddle Surf Festival in March I picked up a new 'ride', pun intended. The Ride Eclipse is a bit of a hybrid surf kayak, with the lines of an International Class kayak but with a set of three fins and a length of 2.7M (8 feet and 10.3 inches) it fits [...]

By | May 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A new Ride

Changing Priorities…

At the end of the month I will be stepping down as Program Director for California Canoe & Kayak, a position I have held for the last 16 months. I do so with very mixed feelings and my intention in writing this blog post is more about explaining my decision to myself than it is [...]

By | March 7th, 2016|Personal|Comments Off on Changing Priorities…

Dawn Patrol at the Golden Gate

San Francisco Bay is a fascinating place to paddle, whatever your craft. The interplay of wind, tide and swell produce endlessly variable conditions that can change considerably during any given day. Aside from the pervasive marine layer (which really is such a blessing saving us from incessant heat) the only downside to summers here are [...]

By | July 24th, 2014|Paddling Destinations|Comments Off on Dawn Patrol at the Golden Gate

Trinidad Head – A North Coast Haven

California’s North Coast can be so forbidding; sheer cliffs wreathed in fog, cold stormy seas pounding treacherous reefs and unrelenting miles of often steep beach that offer few places to find shelter. Trinidad Head And then you come to Trinidad Head. I can only imagine how relieved the crews of the Spanish naval [...]

By | July 3rd, 2014|Paddling Destinations|Comments Off on Trinidad Head – A North Coast Haven

Cal100 – Rivers for Change

The Cal100 is an ultra-distance paddle race on the Sacramento River from Redding to Chico organized by Rivers for Change, a non-profit founded by Danielle Katz and John Dye in 2011 that connects individuals, communities and organizations to rivers through collaborative events and campaigns. And the Cal100 is about much more than the race. It [...]

By | June 7th, 2014|Events|Comments Off on Cal100 – Rivers for Change

Paddling with Giants

On a recent business trip to Montana, Wyoming and Idaho I was fortunate enough to meet and paddle with some true giants of paddle sport. I flew to Bozeman, MT rented a hire car (which I almost immediately destroyed by hitting a deer at 80 mph on I90) and eventually got to visit Mike Donovan, [...]

By | June 5th, 2014|Paddling Destinations|Comments Off on Paddling with Giants