Ian Black completed his first 56 Kilometre Cape Point Challenge at the age of 17 in 2001 with his brother (then 15) in a double surfski. From there on he was hooked on distance racing and after finishing school completed his first 220km Berg River Canoe Marathon. Most comfortable in a surfski, Ian progressed over the years to finish 2nd in the 2007 Cape Town Surfski Series.
Sam Djodan (Australia)
Sam Djodan is an Australian paddler who has been around the water his whole life. After progressing from surf lifesaving sprint kayaks, he soon entered the world of ocean ski racing, and has been on board a Stellar since 2014. In that time, he's represented Australia at multiple ICF World Championships.
Mike Herbert is one of the most competitive paddlers in the US with the greatest of dispositions. Residing in Arkansas, Mike travels far afield in the South and Midwest, making his mark on distance and sprint events alike! We are excited to have Mike paddle our boats and he has many course records to his name with the SEL Ultra. This Mike will also be paddling our Apex 85 ICF K1, so watch out on those calm days
Joe Zellner is an ultra-marathon machine, competing across the country in long distance races upwards of 340miles, frequently over multiple days! Joe is from Northern Minnesota and competes in the S18R, finding it suitable for such events, with high top end speed, good stability for when fatigue is a factor and storage capabilities too. Joe has set many course records at these events, maintaining top end speeds over hundreds of miles that most would find challenging for a couple hours. We are also fortunate to have Joe as a dealer too - his knowledge from personal experience can be passed on to other paddlers in the community.
Nik is relatively new to the sport and was born and raised in Montana, where he joined the Marine Corps when he turned 18. He has excelled in local surf ski races as well as being the US Paracanoe representative at the 2013 World Championships. Nik is an above the knee amputee, crushed hip, and ruptured aorta, due to mechanical injuries sustained from a careless driver running a stop sign. In 2011, Nik met Chuck Conley, a Stellar Dealer, who helped him into a Stellar SR and rigged a single foot steering mechanism.
Anita began kayaking in 1997 to compete in Adventure races and fell in love with paddling and began completing in other paddling events eventually expanding to surf ski, outrigger canoes, stand up paddle boarding. Kayaks and surf skis reign as her favorites.
Hollie Hall began competitive kayaking in 2018 and was immediately captivated by the sport. In 2018, she took 2 silver medals (women's tandem, women's unlimited) and a gold (women's sea kayak) at the USCA Nationals in Syracuse, NY. Hollie also entered her first Chattajack 31 in Chattanooga, TN, and took first in the women's kayak division. She attended the 2019 USCA Nationals in Warren, PA and swept all three categories bringing home 3 gold medals (women's sea kayak, touring, and unlimited). The USCA also awarded her with the "Outstanding Paddler of the Year Award" 2019, one of their most prestigious awards given. In 2019, Hollie also competed in her second Chattajack and placed third in women's surfski in the Stellar SEA. She's looking forward to many upcoming exciting competitions.