Blog update (full speed ahead)

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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.

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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.

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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

Episode Two (Locals only) Furteventura 2014

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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.

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Episode 1 (Airport, Chilling And Climbing A Volcano) Furteventura

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“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..

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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.

Blog update

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thanks to all the photographers.

The season is drawing to a close but far from it.

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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.

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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.

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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 Sup grom of the year.

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.

 

 

 

Blog update

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The days are getting shorter and summer is coming to a end. I had a action packed summer with lots of water time at home and abroad. I just came back from a fun weekend at the national water sports festival in Hayling island which was massive with windsurfing, sup racing, kitesurfing and kayaking. Plus throw in a few world champions, olympic medalist and a few thousand people it made a busy weekend of action. Team starboard dominated the Sup racing and windsurfing with more podium finishes then any other brand. I managed to get a 2nd in the Battle of the Paddle, 5th in the 6k race, 5th Sup run sup and 1st in the Survivor course. I was pretty stoked with my performance but can’t wait to get back winter training. Check out this video of the action. Skip to 9 mins for the sup race.

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Two weekends ago was the annual Wesup Battle of the brands down in Falmouth, Cornwall. Again team Starboard dominating pretty much every race with dream team Ryan James and Roman Frejo taking out first place followed by team Surtech with Ollie Shilston. Myself and Paul Simmons taking third place. The great British summer was out in force with a strong breeze and the rain constantly pouring down for the entire day. Check out this cool video of the event.

The weekend before that it was surf comp time with the Strandhill surf festival. Another great event with again team Starboard taking out first and second place with Finn Mullen taking first and myself taking second. The waves weren’t the best but a well organized surf event kept the action rolling. I was riding my starboard 8,0 pro which worked amazing in the mushy on shore waves.

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All summer long I have been surfing my Starboard 8,0 pro and have been loving every moment of it. It rips in everything from 1 foot to 8 foot and everything in between. I find the thruster works best giving you the best of everything and only making minimal adjustments to the centre fin.

Peter Kosinski Summer 2013 from Peter Kosinski on Vimeo.

I also had good fun finless sup surfing which was a new perspective to sup surfing. Loosing control and just being able to glide across a wave slipping and sliding every were and randomly catching grip every so often to pull off a turn is the coolest experience.

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The 2013 season is not slowing down with my focus now moving to local Irish events and possibly securing a few national titles along the way.

The Basque country

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Last week I traveled to the Basque Country for the 4th stop of the Stand Up World Series in the beautiful city of Bilbao. The Ria de Bilbao was the battle ground for the worlds top racers in a highly organized and well produced event.

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After the spectacular opening ceremony in the Iberdrola Tower on Friday night it was back to serious racing on Saturday with a race start set for around 4 o clock. The event site had proper facilities for the racers and with friendly staff the atmosphere was set for a good race on the interesting extended 18 km course. It involved everything from upwind, downwind, side chop and buoy turns. The start line was just infront of the Guggenheim museum and with the worlds top racers I knew it was most important to get out infront quickly. I did exactly that I got out with the lead pack and stuck with them for the first kilometer before they chopped and changed the draft. I fell back into the second draft shortly after being dropped. My good friend Aaron Rowe was well tucked into the draft train as I took second in line of a huge train which Sonni leaded up to the far mark upwind. I knew I could catch the lead group downwind as I rounded the top mark and sprinted for every little runner I could. I broke away from the draft and started to close the distance on the lead group but ran our of chop before I could half the distance. My fuel tank was pretty much empty at this stage of the race rounding the second last marker about 2 km from the finish. I could see the big draft train had broken up and Aaron was tucked in behind local Ander. Aaron sprinted on his pink board right on to my tail around 500 m from the finish. The last mark beaconed and Aaron with another burst of energy got in front of me just before the mark. A quick mark rounding for me and we were clashing paddles all the way down to the finish. He beat me by 10 sec in a 2 hour race to secure 14th place and me in 15th.

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Sprints day on Sunday was fun filled for sure and I got into the last 16 of the consolation finial. I fell on the second last mark to get a 15th place overall of the event. Congrats to Aaron for beating me on his pink board and bring on Hamburg.

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Sup racing

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Sup racing season is in full swing with big races every weekend all over europe including Ireland and sup race series happening every week. It is full on for the next few weeks.

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Since the Head of the Dart it was straight back training for the Battle Of The Thames in London. The event was filled with some of the best paddlers in the U.K and Jamie Mitchell of Australia joining in on the racing as well during his tour of the U.K. Jamie is a ten times Molokai to Oahu paddle board world champion and the current Long distance world champion so I was pretty chuffed with myself to be only 5 minutes behind him after more then 16 km of racing. I had a poor start and had to play the catch up game for the rest of the race which got me in 5th postion over the line. Chris Parker aka Mr Supracer gives a good review of his week in Engaland. At Supracer .com

 

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The Dublin Bay Sup Classic happened last weekend and in conjunction with the Pure Magic Battle for the Bay. The event had a nice festival atmosphere and the weather was sunny at least but with a good sea breeze the temperature was pretty chilly. On Saturday Morning the inaugural JM Survivor race was done in front of good crowds. I loved this race format it keeps the racing more interesting then the boring course racing which is normally grinding. Then the Technical race was held in the afternoon. In my opinion the race organizers should have preplanned a better course taking in the one variable they had control on the TIDE. Never the less a rather water less race was had with lots of running around the course. Next morning it was the 20 km long distance race which was a love/hate race as it had some nice downwind sections but had tough upwind paddling and  lots of crosswind paddling. A good training course which really tested your paddling style and endurance as it took close to three hours. Overall lots of windy paddling and really nice paddles made by MR OWNES.

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Just two weeks after the Dublin Bay Sup classic it was pack my bags and head for the airport once again for the Oleron Sup challenge world series race. It was a stacked field with the top 20 guys in the world attending. Names like Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter, Paul Jackson, Caspear Stienfeth, Beau O’brien, Chase, Jake Jensen, Eric Terrien plus a bunch of other european talent all took part in this cool event organized by Dider(Diablo Fun). Watching those guys race was a huge learning experience and then going up against them was a bit intimidating but seeing them push themselves to the limit shows how much dedication it takes to paddle at that level. Thanks to the Jersey crew, Starboard UK and a special mention to Tim Rowe for picking me up at the airport on the first day.


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On Saturday morning it was the Long distance which was supposed to be a 30 k downwinder which was changed to a upwind downwind course of about 5-6 km. Not so much of a distance race but more of a long sprint. Never the less after waiting in the freezing cold for 15mins on the start line it was all GO GO GO. I had a good start off the beach and was around 10th postion but quickly lost places as we headed to the upwind mark. A combination of the cold and rough water made it was hard to settle into a fast pace so rounded the first marker far behind the main pack. The rest of the race was more a race of survival rather then trying to grind it out and gain a few postions. I finished around 30th postion.

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Sunday was sprint race day. Another rainy day with a triangular style course in and out of the beach. My first heat and I was up against Kai Lenny and a host of other world class paddlers. I managed to get 4th postion which gave me a direct route in to the Quater finials. Each heat had 8 paddlers in it and the top 4 advanced into the next stage of racing. Then when I was lining up for my quater finial heat with Kai Lenny, Eric Terrian,  Chase Kosterlitz, Beau O’Brien and a few other top guys I knew I was going to need a clean start to stick with these guys. I fell off my board during the inside mark and couldn’t catch the guys once I fell off. After the race I was pretty chuffed with myself to be able to stick with those guys until I fell off. My finial postion was 27th overall and 3rd int eh Na Kama Kai(U16). Aaron Rowe from Jersey paddled the best I have seen him paddle ever beating me overall and claiming 2nd Na Kama Kai(U16)

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After coming back from France I took out my credit card and booked my next flights to the Bilboa immediately . I can’t wait to race again on the Stand up world Series next weekend.

Credits to all photographers.

 

 

Blog update

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The spring is finally here with the weather warming up and the days getting longer. I have been busy with events almost every week and fitting some school work in as well. Lets hope we get a nice few weeks of sunshine and embrace the westerly winds for a change.

The Portrush open happened back in March in small 1-2 ft waves on Whiterocks beach. The suppers were well represented with Finn Mullen taking first place behind Finn was fellow team rider Lewis Ekiolt. I got fifth in the event which was a nice ease into the season. After the Portrush event I flew back down to Dublin dropped off boards and packed myself up for a beach lifeguard course with atlanticcoastlifeguards. I had a nice week in Bundoran with good weather and small surf. I took my bodyboard with me on my journey and I had the most fun I had in years. Trying to get into mini barrels, dropknee and a bit of bodysurfing all with my fins,board and wetsuit. I went bodyboarding everyday after the course finished and it was weird going from a 12,6 to a 41 inch piece of foam with no fins. In between the fun there was serious lifeguarding training done and a real life emergency. 903769_571519199547792_87697286_o

After a week in Bundo it was back to school and normal life resumed with the Surfdock race series starting up on Wednesday evenings. A good crowd showing up for two of the three races with the finial race happening this Wednesday. The second race last Wednesday was officially my windest race I have ever paddles in with wind gusting up to 50 knots in the dock providing a technically difficult environment and with a m style short course it was filled with bouy turns and sprints.

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Lastly I travelled to England last weekend for one of the biggest events in the British Sup racing calendar the prestigious Head Of The Dart a 10 mile river race through the Devon hills. Meeting up with the guys at Centralsup in Birmingham for a fun filled weekend of sup racing. On Friday evening a solid crew of guys from the Central sup club tied down their raceboards and we all convoyed down south to our accommodation in the small village of Hope Cove on the coast.

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Turning up to the start at Totnes and meeting up with all the Starboard UK crew. I got my 14 ft Ace 23,5 race ready for the days racing and waited for the precise pre race meeting and start. Close to a hundred paddlers showed up so a rolling start was chosen to make sure everyone could get across the line. At the start of the race I took the less favoured end of the line to try and get a clean start from the boat wake which paid off getting me clean off the line in second postion behind Ryan James. Ryan then went into extending his lead on his 14ft sprint which cut through the flat water with ease.

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Then it was a straight 10 mile downriver paddle to Dartmouth and trying to hold on to my position in the race. After about half way the pack began to split behind me and eventually I had two 12,6 raceboards on my tail. Pete Holliday and Ollie Shilston. I knew they were conserving energy on my tail and made a tactical choice to chase a boat wake which I saw building. I knew if I got on the boat wake I could gain a substantial distance so I went for it. Ryan  now had a good 400 metres on me and I knew I needed that wake to have any chance of getting him. Then the two 12,6 racers attacked and I made a bad decision of trying to squeeze them to get on the boat wake which almost ended in a disaster so I just choked down on my paddle and went for it with the finish in sight. All my training had paid dividends with a third place finish with Ollie making a smart route on the inside of the chain moorings.

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Here are some links to media and write ups of the event.

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Can’t wait to get training again and try to improve on this result. Hopefully I can make it to The Battle of the Thames next month and with Jamie Mitchell attending it’s going to be bigger and better.

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Photo credits to Phillip Arthur / SUPboardermag.com