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Training Camps

Race Linked Training

One of the best opportunities for training with great paddlers has now become common at major paddle races. The biggest surfski and outrigger races typically draw many of the world's best paddlers some of whom provide either multiday training or daily training runs that you can sign up for well in advance. Downwinders in surfski or OC doubles with a champion can be an eye opener. Races such as the Gorge Downwind Championships, Canadian Ocean Racing (on hold), Maui to Molokai, and The Doctor will have several training opportunities that will be advertised (and often fill up) well ahead of their associated races.

There are now some companies that are combining training with full support packages for your paddling centered around some well known races. Packages can include accommodations, coaching, paddle equipment, all race related logistics, etc.

The list below is supposed to primarily include sites/places that are more or less permanent locales for multi-day training. Notice that a number of the online coaches will schedule intermittent training camps based on demand in various locations. So it can be worthwhile to check with them about scheduled trainings with open signups, particularly if you are looking for one that might be closer/more convenient for you.

Gorge Surfski Champs 2019 Class, photo: Peter Johnson

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Surfski - Training Camp Locations


Australia

Ocean Paddler

Paddle 2 Fitness - Brisbane/Gold Coast

Pushing Limits Coaching

Sydney Harbour Surf Club

  • Race Support/Travel Camps

World Paddle


Canada

  • Canadian Championships Race Week ClinicsThe Canadian Champs Race has been on hold since Covid started. We hope it will be reinstituted.
  • Deep Cove Kayak in Vancouver, BC offers special clinics during the year. The women on water clinics have been popular. Drop Bob Putnam & co a line if you are interested in a training. He may schedule something new if he gets adequate interest.

Canary Islands

Fuerteventura

Gran Canaria

  • Living Sea currently not scheduled camps, but you can plan your own multiday trainings. Esteban Medina, Judit Vergés…

Tenerife


Croatia

  • SurfskiFun Camps SurfskiFun in Hungary organizes a number of camps on the Croatian coast (Šibenik, Brač) for different skill levels

France


Germany


Hawaii


Italy

  • Sardinia - Week long Camps that appear to be primarily for beginners (Epic V5s), great scenery * also sales and rentals

Japan


Madagascar


Malta


Mauritius


Portugal


South Africa

Mocke Paddling

PaddleAfrica

South Africa Surf Ski Barry Lewin


Spain

Canary Islands

Catalonia

Ceuta

Tarifa

Valencia


Sweden

Spring Camp 2018 Haverdalsbukten/Halmstad


Tarifa


Thailand


USA

  • Gorge Championships Race Week Clinics check website and facebook page for clinic announcements coinciding with upcoming Gorge Championships (This has been out of date as of at least 2023 - there was at least one set of trainings available in 2023 from Three Oceans) You may also want to check for camps done in conjunction with the Gorge Vortex races that precede the Champs week in May and June.
  • Three Oceans Camps They may not have information about their camps on their website yet, but our understanding is that Three Oceans will start offering downwind camps in the Gorge in 2024. You can inquire via their website.

Wales

  • Fishguard Ben Edom, some scheduled courses, also can arrange courses by request, 1 day or multiday

Outrigger - Training Camps


Canada


Canary Islands

Fuerteventura

Tenerife

  • PaddleSports Downwind camps for OC and SUP - based in Raiatea, last camp in Canaries was 2019

Guadeloupe


Hawaii

Kauai

Maui

Oahu


Puerto Rico


Ra'iatea (Raiatea)

In French Polynesia