Summer is here and I have been busy doing events, traveling and surfing. I am going to keep this short but there is a lot to blog about.
I was in Dublin for the Third annual Dublin Bay Sup Classic as part of the Pure Magic Battle for the Bay. The forecast was mixed but I enjoyed competing at home for a change. The event was world class with lots of international attention and a good beach vibe for the entire weekend. I got 1st in both events which I was pretty stoked with.
After Dublin it was straight on a plane to Bilbao, Spain in the beautiful Basque Country.The Bilbao event is amazing with friendly people, good organisation and a good vibe from the side of the River. I had a disappointing event in terms of performance and couldn’t find that sixth gear that I can normally depend on when racing. Plus it was 30 + during the day witch made it feel like a oven.
After Bilbao it was road trip time from Bilbao to Oleron,France. There was a bunch of guys making the same trip and it made for a epic week of surfing in pretty small waves. Everyone was enjoying the European Summer and the beach breaks of the south of France.
The island of Oleron was the location for the next stop of the European tour. Forecast was for a epic downwinder which actually materialised and made for a fun race. Again a disappointing result for myself made a few stupid mistakes. The sprint races were super fun and decided to go all out on them and ended up with a 10th place finish in the sprints. Overall a 13 th place finish.
Credit to Big Smoke for second picture
The racing season is full speed ahead with races every weekend and lots of traveling for myself. I have been in the U.K racing on the British Sup Clubs race series and preparing for the European racing tour.
I got a 2nd place at the Central Sup race in Birmingham, England. I made a stupid mistake leaving out one of the marks costing me 1st place. It made for a exciting finish for the crowd but lots of work for me to do. Myself and Sonni had a photo finish. I learnt my lesson that day and moved on to the next race. Thanks to all the guys at central sup for a amazing event.
Next race was the Battle of the Thames in London city. The weather was mild with no wind. I made a early lead and held a gap on the chasing group. It was a grind by myself with no one to draft. I came out on top after putting the work in early. My first for the year and hoping to keep the good results going. Big thanks to Blue Chip for more great organising.
A quick update of my life. I went on a epic 6 day road trip with Scott Warren of Starboard UK. It was a last minute plan as I had time off school for Easter. We drove Dublin – Cork – Dublin – Galway – Westport – Sligo – Portrush – Dublin. A total of 2000+km… The van was filled with the latest and greatest gear from Starboard. It was a networking/sales mission. We talked and showed off the boards and paddles and met a bunch of cool people.
We ended up at the Causeway coast surf festival. The surf was less then ideal with small conditions and shifty peaks it was difficult to secure the waves I wanted. I ended up in 2nd place behind Finn Mullen. Stand out Gearoid Mcdaid pulled off the biggest move of the contest in the finial of the open men. I was lucky enough to have captured it on Video. Check out my video of the event.
Photos: Bosco Macualey and Peter Kosinski
My Season has officially started with lots of racing planned. I have decided to focus 100 percent on racing this year. As well as only race in the 12,6 race class. Last year was a huge learning curve. Traveling lots and learning how to race at a high level were just some of the challenges I had but this year I am happy with my training and ready to start posting good results.
I have been really enjoying making videos and posting them on you tube so I have bought a point and shoot camera and will try and capture my adventures. Check out my You Tube Channel (Sea Season).
I have just arrived home from Head of the Dart in Devon, England. It was one of my best races last year and was the perfect first race of the season with a 9 mile paddle up the river. I was up against Aaron Rowe and Ollie Shilston in the 12,6 class. Ollie powered ahead after leading the draft most of the race for 1st place while I took 2nd 30 seconds later with Aaron 10 seconds behind me. I am happy with my performance but I have room for improvement.Check out the write ups on.
Check out my video of the trip.
The Surfdock timetrial is in its fourth week. Come down and give it a go. It’s free and all you have to do is show up and paddle around the dock. Wednesday night at 6 pm down at Surfdock. Check the Surfdock Facebook for more info. Surfdock Facebook page
During the entire trip I shared a good few sessions with the locals. The island has heavy localism at some spots and I respect that. As some of the guys live and breath the spots. One morning during a larger swell this left hander was packed with some local talent. I decided not to go out and shoot them for a few hours. Check out the vid.
After a while the spot began to empty out and managed to snag a few rights and was one of the better sessions of the trip. My k4 fins were working a treat with a thruster set up. 10’s in the side and a 12 in the middle.
“A dusty rock in the middle of the Atlantic ocean” That is the best description of the Island of Furteventura which a friend told me a few years ago. Last week I headed down to the ‘dusty rock’ with my camera and board bag set for a week of adventure. The coastline and landscape has been shaped by the volcanoes of the island. Creating a paradise for people with a thirst for salt water activities. I had packed my Starboard 8,0 and Starboard Astro touring 12,6 into my bag hoping that the wind wasn’t going to get up. I scored some waves but nothing amazing. It was good to thaw out my bones from the cold winter I had just left. I had a few fun sessions on the 12,6 in the surf..
Episode one of my mini series is all about the journey to the destination. The pilgrimage through Dublin airport to a foreign land is often one of excitement and anticipation. After a surf session one day we packed up and went to a volcano on the north side of the island we had less then a hour of light left.We ended up running back to the car in the dark.
It feels like a long time ago I was in rainy Devon, England at the British Sup National Championships. I traveled over in mid October for the weekend event in the little estuary village of Kingsbridge. I was sick with a flu but that never stopped me before so I downed the uni-flu and put my race face on. There was a stacked field of British talent and a few dark horses put into the mix. In the short distance race I went out like a cat on acid but that is not to good when your throat is killing you and ended up coughing my guts up for the rest of the race. Never the less I secured a 5th place finish with a fun sprint finish with Aaron Rowe and came out on top for the first time in a while. Sunday was the big three creeks race with first place taking 500 pounds home. Everybody went into serious mode and again I went out like the Tazmanian devil thinking I will try get out in front and suffer my way around the 10 km course. I was feeling powerful after the first buoy. I slipped back into fourth position on the draft train and tried to catch a break. I lost concentration for just 2 seconds while reaching for my water tube and they had put 20 meters on me. A rookie mistake. The rest of the race was playing the catch up game with big wave charger Tom Lowe working together. I kept my 4th position after another sprint finish. My body was completely ruined traveling home after the intense racing.
Next up was the La Torche pro France for the last stop of the stand up world tour. I had a lot of bad luck with my wetsuit getting stolen and didn’t feel 100 percent going over. It was still cool to see the level of stand up paddle surfing. I competed in the Trials but got knocked out first round. I had a bit of luck in the Na Kama Kai getting to the semi finials but getting knocked out by Mo Freitas of Hawaii and Christian Andersen of Denmark. Mo was surfing on boards which were pretty much under water all the time. The race event was canceled and the weather was pretty rubbish over the week of competition. Kai Lenny came out on top in epic conditions for the final with 10-12ft Sunset style conditions. I would like to give a big congratulations to Aaron Rowe for winning the Trials event and getting to round three of the contest.
Two weeks ago I traveled for the last time of 2013 to the Paris Sup Nautic. I did this race last year and this year it was a much larger affair with 300 paddlers paddling down the Seine. I went for a dip in the water this year not on purpose but with a flow of 4-5 kmh it made a bumpy ride along the 12 km route. I got 14 place overall including the pool racing which was super fun. A few mistakes early on cost me dearly on the river race but grinded my way through the rest of the race trying to catch the leading pack. For the last time this year I had another sprint finish but this time with my team mate Ryan James. Ryan had just picked me at the line but a good battle never the less.
I am struggling to get on the water these days with the temperatures so low but still getting some water time windsurfing and paddling in my wetsuit. I will post a end of year blog post around the new year.
Thanks to all the photographers.
After a busy few weeks getting back into the daily routine of school I have been training harder then ever to give the last few events of the season all I have to give me that motivation going into the winter months. Lots of news to get through.
Training in the dark now always test my determination
First of all I picked up the Irish racing title with the cancelation of the last event of the year in Kerry. Just a weekend before the second round of the racing tour happened in Bundoran with some extreme racing conditions going on it made for some fun racing. On the Saturday it was the short Bop style course in some nice solid 5ft waves on main beach in Bundroan. I had a lot of fun and only got caught once on the inside by a huge set which cleaned me up. I cruised around the course ahead of the pack and claimed first place. Sunday was the marathon race which was pretty crazy as it crossed over some of Irelands biggest reef breaks. I took an inside line which paid off but was pretty risky as if any big set came in I would have lost everything. I took out first place again. Look at the route. That big headland is Mullaghmore headland which Ireland premier big wave and lots of other world class reefs which I dodged.
K4 fins and Supboarder magazine are now supporting me with lots of valuable resources to help me grow and improve as a athlete. I am stoked to be apart of these two awesome brands. Supboarder magazine will be posting my weekly race tip and lots of ideas are being discussed for next year. Check out supboardermag for this weeks race tip. K4 fins recently launched their range of Sup fins which can be viewed at K4fins.
Frontside step back turn from Peter Kosinski on Vimeo.
The supconnect grom of the year awards are happening at the moment and you can vote for me at
This weekend I am traveling to the British national sup race championships in Kingsbridge, Devon. I have been training super hard for this event and lets hope it pays off. Then I am home for a few weeks before I am off again to the La Torche pro in Brittany, France with a surf and race event over one week.