Sunday, October 23, 2011

2011 US West Final Placings

Below are the final placings for the Team and Individual competition for the 2011 World Surf Kayak Championships.

Great job, team, not only in placements but also in representing on and off the beach at the event.

US West Team             Third Place

Dave Johnston             First Place        Masters Short

Buck Johnson              First Place        Grand Masters Long
Dennis Judson             Third Place       Grand Masters Long
Dan Crandall               Fourth Place     Grand Masters Long

Rachael Krugman:       Second Place     Womens Short
Devon Barker:             Fourth Place     Womens Short

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2011 US West Team Blog 10/4/2011

It's been an amazing time of competition, camaraderie, and good times on the beach here at Jennette's Pier in Nag's Head, North Carolina.  The team has been surfing their hearts out in varying conditions, from 2 foot shorepound to well overhead perfect beachbreak.

The team has made it in to the finals...the best 3 team advanced, and the US West team will be surfing against England and Basque Country for the highest honor in the surf kayak community.

In the individuals competition the current situation is:

Womens Finals:
     Rachael Krugman
     Devon Barker

Mens Short SemiFinals:
     Galen Licht
     Dave Johnston

Masters Short Finals:
     Dave Johnston

Grand Master Short Finals:
     Buck Johnson
     Dan Crandall
     Dennis Johnson

Visit for more, including pictures and score results.

Monday, September 26, 2011

2011 US West Team Blog 09/23/2011

Its September 23rd  and Teresa, my friend, and I (Galen) are one long day or 800 miles from Nags Head. Nags Head is the new location of the 2011 World Surf kayak Championships presented by Valley Surf Kayaks. The contest had to be moved after Hurricane Irene devastated Cape Hatteras. I can only imagine the organizing committee has been working overtime to get everything in line for the event. We, the US West Surf Kayak Team, are grateful for their extra work and effort to host us.
I would like to thank Kokatat for sponsoring the 2011 US West Surf Kayak Team as we get ready to compete at the World Championships. The entire team will be proudly wearing special edition knappster shorty tops and the orbit pfd. The 2011 USWSKT is made up of 18 surf kayakers ranging from 14 to 62 years old. The team brings a wealth of experience and excitement. We are especially excited to bring two juniors from Idaho, Jeffery and Troy, who will be competing in their first world championships.  

Here is the 2011 USWSKT:
Johnson      Mens HP
Bensch       Mens HP
Crandall      Mens IC
Johnston     Mens HP
Judson        Mens IC
Barker      Womens IC
Licht           Mens HP
Riser        Womens IC
Steehler      Junior HP
Mitravich  Womens HP
Duncan    Womens HP
Hoff          Mens IC
Radis         Mens HP
Krugman  Womens IC
Starr         Mens HP
Wilson      Junior IC
Waddington  Mens IC

The Team has been training hard for the past 6 months getting ready for the contest. We are excited to work our hardest to bring back the team title. The US West Surf Kayak Team last won the team title in 2005 when the worlds were in Costa Rica and we are ready to bring it back again.  Follow the US West Surf Kayak Team at We will have daily updates with pictures

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2011 WSKA Rules

Suffice to say, there are a lot of rules.  Visit here for a complete listing.

2011 World Surf Kayak Championships

The 2011 World Surf Kayak Championships and related events are being held September 28th through October 10th, in Nag's Head, North Carolina.

Stop by and see the US West Team represent!

2011 US West Surf Kayak Team

Congratulations to the 2011 US West Surf Kayak Team!  They will be representing the West Coast at the World Championships in North Carolina this September & October.

Devon Barker
Chris Bensch
Dan Crandall

Kate Duncan
Jim Grossman
Mat Hoff

Buck Johnson
Dave Johnston
Dennis Judson

Rachael Krugman
Galen Licht
Julie Mitravich

Matt Radis
Jameson Riser
Rick Starr

Jeffrey Steehler
Wayne Waddington
Troy Wilson

Special thanks to Morlee Griswold, Dick Wold, and all the other team supporters

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pacific City Surf Off

There's an exciting new surf competition looming on the near horizon! This contest is in the process of sanctioning from the WSKA and is worth a mention promising some new energy and stoke. It's also one of the most affordable contests on the West Coast. Get your paddle out and take a break from the off-season blues!

Pacific City Surf Off
June 4-5, 2011
Pacific City, OR

Details and registration can be found here: Pacific City Surf Off and Registration Information.