Getting started with paddling.
I currently paddle a Nelo Sete and Nelo 560 XXL for most of my training sessions. I started paddling 15 years ago. I grew up on the ocean in Connecticut as well as being a competitive swimmer in college, so always looking for ways to be around water. I also had taken up windsurfing during my twenties. With a new Achilles injury preventing my running, paddling a kayak seemed like a great sport to try. I live very close to a long river – the Sudbury River – as well as taking frequent trips to Atlantic Ocean at Cape Cod and my hometown Groton, Conn.
Live near a river and near Composite Engineering, the Mohican.
My first boat was a CD Solstice GT. I purchased it on Craigslist after doing a little research for kayaks for bigger sized athletes. I paddled it for a month, with a traditional flat paddle, and quickly realized I needed to move up in performance, so I picked up an Epic 18X and wing paddle. This worked great and I realized performance paddling was going to fill that gap of getting great cardio workouts without putting stress on my joints. Now I knew it was time to look for a lighter, higher performance boat for the river, and started investigating what boat may be good for the ocean as well. After about a month of Googling, reading message boards, reviews, etc, I stumbled across a guy in Colorado that had this boat called a “Mohican”. Sounded like exactly what I wanted. I’m 6’3″, 215lbs, paddling on rivers and was looking for something fast, that fit well, and that I could grow into and race as well. The Mohican sounded perfect! So where do I get one? Well, I found Ted Van Dusen’s information and was shocked that Ted’s Company, Composite Engineering, was located in Concord, MA – about 15 minutes from where I lived. After a brief visit to the shop ordered my first Mohican in 2009 (which I still paddle, having over 4,500 miles on it and still going strong!). Eventually Ted’s Braca XI Van Dusen ’92 would become one of my favorite paddles and one of our top selllers.
FastPaddler becomes exclusive Braca Dealer in USA due to commitment to service and online inventory!
A couple years later, motivated by the quality and performance of Braca-sport, I started FastPaddler focusing on Braca-sport® paddles in the USA. Through excellent customer service and easy online ordering, we have become the exclusive dealer for Braca-sport in the USA. I’m very excited to offer Braca-Sport®’s excellent products to the paddling community. Please check back often as we will continually be adding new products and new content. Any questions or suggestions are always welcome at Chris@FastPaddler.com.