“Paddling is for life, and I enjoy sharing what I have learned about paddling efficiently, injury-free, for fitness and pleasure – whether for the recreational surfski paddler, or the passionate racer.” For Kenny Howell, surfski paddling is a journey, not a destination. His journey into the universe of paddling began in 1978 while learning to kayak on San Francisco Bay, and the journey continues ever further and farther. From Baja to Alaska, from the Hawaiian Islands to Florida’s Gulf coast, he keeps searching for the “perfect surfski day”. “The perfect day is racing across the Molokai Channel on my surfski with 100 other athletes – or any race, for that matter! Another perfect surfski day might be downwinding with friends at the Columbia River Gorge, or just surfing the point break inside Mavericks near my home in Half Moon Bay.” For nearly two decades, Kenny wandered the wilderness of North America, guiding sea kayak and whitewater raft trips. He has kayaked dozens of whitewater rivers, once paddled across the Sea of Cortez from the Baja Peninsula to the Mexican mainland and back (the first crossing in single sea kayaks), and now loves to compete in ocean surfski races. He won the infamous Tsunami Rangers extreme conditions race several times and was the first place solo paddler in the 2015 California 100 miler. He now works full-time for Epic Kayaks from his seaside home in Montara, California. Kenny has been a certified instructor with the American Canoe Association in three disciplines: Coastal Kayak, SUP, and Surfski.

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