June 30, 2020

Episode 15: Michael Kelley, Outriggers, the Brad Pitt of Korea, and ‘Sup

In this episode, outriggers, the Brad Pitt of Korea and SUP. We speak with Michael Kelley, REI instructor, outrigger canoe and stand-up paddle board racer.


Show Notes

  • 00:36 – Introductions
  • 4:00 – How Michael first got started in racing outrigger canoes
  • 5:31 – Individual and team seasons
  • 10:30 – How SUP compares to outrigger canoeing
  • 12:07 – What kind of experience you need to get into outrigger canoeing?
  • 20:18 – The dynamics and size of the typical outrigger club
  • 24:15 – Surfing, SUP, outrigger canoeing… what other sports are you involved in?
  • 26:54 – Wildlife encounters in the water
  • 29:52 – Safety protocols on longer outrigger canoe paddles
  • 31:09 – Instruction and guiding
  • 35:30 – Backpacking the Trans-Catalina Trail
  • 40:40 – Surfing coach to the “Brad Pitt of Korea”
  • 48:05 – Competitive cycling in Europe
  • 56:26 – The joy of teaching

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