team mike's paddle
That's right we have a race team...but don't be intimidated! Our team is all about the spirit of O'hana (Hawaiian word for family) sharing the stoke, and living healthy lives. Team members range from beginners to locally/nationally-ranked racers. Come practice, laugh, and sweat (and sometimes cry) with an amazing community of dedicated paddlers!
At Mike's Paddle we understand that diet is a huge part of fitness, so each practice features a designated cook who brings delicious and nutritious food curated by our on-staff nutritionist Suzie Lee!
Qualifications: Must have completed Level 1, 2 and 3 classes. Must have the O'hana spirit.
Do I have to race? Not at all! The main goal of the team is to train, not to win, So you can set your own goals and challenge yourself to race, to paddle longer distances, or to just stay fit. And of course, being part of a team doesn't always mean competing, it also means helping out with organizing races and coordinating the team to get to the races. There is always work to be done, and we handle everything together as one.
Apply for the team now!
Please talk to our head coach, Mike Wang. Call 415-867-6542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2018-19 Winter Team Practice Dates
11/11/18 Sunday 2pm-8pm Staff and Team Appreciation @Alameda Marina
11/17/18 Sunday 9am-12pm Team Practice @SF Giants
11/24/18 Saturday 9am-12pm Social Paddle @Mike’s Paddle
12/1/2018 Saturday 9am-12pm Team Practice - Alameda Island Circumnavigation (7 miles or 16 miles)
12/8/2018 Saturday Terrapin Crossing 13 Miles to 101 Surf Sports
12/15/2018 Saturday 9am-12pm Excursion @ Treasure Island
12/23/2018 Sunday 9am-12pm Skills Clinic: Forward Stroke @Mike’s Paddle
1/1/2019 Tuesday 9am-12pm Team Practice - Alameda Island Circumnavigation (7 miles or 16 miles)
1/5/2019 Saturday 9am-12pm Excursion @Redwood City
1/19/2019 Saturday 9am-12pm Excursion @Richmond
2/2/2019 Saturday 9am-12pm Social Paddle & Skills Clinic: Turns @Mike’s Paddle
2/10/2019 Saturday 9am-12pm Skills Clinic: Start and Finish @Mike’s Paddle
2/16/2019 Saturday 101SurfSports Race @Redwood City
2/23/2019 Saturday 9am-12pm Excursion @Crissy Field or Fort Baker
3/10/2019 Sunday 9am-12pm Excursion @Pinole
3/17/2019 Sunday 9am-12pm Social Paddle @Mike’s Paddle
3/22/2019-3/24/2019 Friday-Sunday Angel Island Camping with Mike
3/28/2019-3/31/2019 Thursday-Sunday Santa Cruz Paddlefest
4/6/2019 Saturday Skills Clinic: Downwinder @Mike’s Paddle
4/20/2019 Saturday Team Practice @Sacramento River
5/4/2019 Saturday Paddle Imua Race Day in Maui
5/12/2019 Sunday Social Paddle @Mike’s Paddle
5/18/2019 Saturday Skills Clinic: Downwinder @Mike’s Paddle
5/25/2019 Saturday/Sunday Race Day Cali River Quest
Sample Team Practices
Team practices are every two weeks for 3 hours. During a month, one of the practices is based in Mike's Paddle and the other is based out of another location in the Bay Area. Transportation to the secondary location is either provided or we carpool. The format of the practices can vary but generally it is as follows:
adult, junior, grom practices
All adult team practices are on Saturday mornings. We will have dedicated coaches for each of the teams, on occasions we might combine teams when appropriate.
All Junior and Grom practices are on Sunday mornings. We will have dedicated coaches for each of the teams, on occasions we might combine teams when appropriate.
Mike's Paddle Location Practice
Hour 1: Info, land warm up and paddle warm up
Hour 2: PaddleFit either on the beach or on water (see PaddleFit class)
Hour 3: 2-4 mile paddle
Bay Area Location Practice
Note: this practice could take up to a whole day due to distance travelled
Hour 1: Info, land warm up and paddle warm up
Hour 2-3: Long paddle (this paddle could be a flat water paddle, a downwind paddle or surf depending on the season and conditions)
We may have different paddles for adults, junior and grom teams in away locations based on abilities.
Regional Races (Required)
We have all the logistics worked out for regional races. We organize rental houses, food and transportation for races in the Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and beyond! The 2018 required Regional Races for team members are:
At least two of the Mike's paddle Sunday Fun Races
At least two of the 101 Surf Sports Races
PaddleSplash by NorCal SUP - Folsom, CA - July 27-29, 2018
Tahoe Nalu Paddle Festival - Kings Beach, CA - August 11-12. 2018
Battle of the Bay by Bluerush Surf Sports - September 2018 TBD
PaddleSplash by Mike's Paddle - Alameda, CA - October 19-21, 2018
Regional and National Races (Optional)
Are you ready for the next level? Here are the regional and national races that we are considering to go to as a team. The final decision will be based on how many people are committed to go. Volunteers are needed, so please contact Mike if you want to organize it!
Santa Cruz Paddle Fest - Santa Cruz, CA - March 22-25 2018
Carolinas Cup - Wrightsville Beach, SC April 18-22nd, 2018
The Great Russian River Race - Guernville, CA - June 3, 2018
Gorge Paddle Challenge - Hood River, OR - August 18-19, 2018
PaddleFit Games - Canada - Summer 2018 TBD
Pacific Paddle Games - Dana Point, CA - October 5-8, 2018
Blue Water Paddle Race - Bodega Bay, CA - October TBD, 2018
Davenport Paddle Surf Classic - Davenport, CA - November TBD, 2018
Team Member Commitments and Benefits
Must represent Mike's Paddle with the spirit of O'hana and sharing the stoke
Must attend at least one of the team trainings each month
Must race/support/attend in above required regional races (you don't have to race)
Must wear Mike's Paddle jersey and hat in races
Volunteer to help support the team in a way that you feel comfortable
Belong to a great community of paddlers!
Be in the know for team-only paddles and trips
Half price in race/downwind/premium board membership $60/mo (usually $120/mo)
Team pricing for boards, paddles and gear (20%-50% off retail pricing)
Team fees are $40 per month to support group expenses such as food and incidentals
Ad-hoc team members (those who are not committed to all practices) - each practice is $40
Race/downwind/premium board fees for the team is $60/mo (usually $120/mo)
Race/downwind/premium board rental fees per day for team members (usually $90/day) - each practice is is $50
Wetsuit rentals are $20 per day
No booties rentals available
Paddle demos are free to all team members, first come first serve
Required Personal equipment
Personal Floatation Device
Spring/Summer - Farmer John/Jane 2mm-3mm
Winter/Spring - Full body 3mm-4mm
Spring/Summer - barefoot or sandals
Winter/Spring - booties 3mm-4mm
We do have team equipment of above but we cannot guarantee quantity or fit for any specific practice. So it is best that you have your own. There are team discounts on all equipment so please contact the shop if you need help with the purchase. Outfitting yourself with all the equipment above can cost anywhere between $300 (used, standard) to $1000 (new, top of the line) depending the quality and usage of the equipment.
optional personal equipment
Winter Paddling Gear: splash jacket, gloves, hats, booties
Board: race board, downwind board, SUP surf board
Adult team: we expect everyone to carpool and help with board loading and unloading - especially if you don't have a board. Usually for away races and outings, we meet at Mike's Paddle first to load the boards to the trailer with the van. All transportation are carpool and not commercial. We do not charge for people transportation.
Junior team: we expect parents to help carpool the junior team and with board loading and unloading - especially if you kids don't have a board. Usually for away races and outings, we meet at Mike's Paddle first to load the boards to the trailer with the van. All transportation are carpool and not commercial. We do not provide or charge for people transportation.
Team Rash Guards
Team T-shirts and Sweatshirts
Team Truckers Hat-2019