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.
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.
Lisa Hertz Malick
2018: K1 Marathon FCPA Open Women's Champion
Weeki Wachee River 15 miles
Great Pickle Race 12 miles
Rainbow River 12 miles
Wekiva River 12 miles
Loxahatchee River 10 miles
April O'Gorman is the current USLA National Surf Ironwoman Champion and the youngest member of the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Team. Only 19 years old, she has traveled to the Netherlands & Australia for the World Surf Lifesaving Championships (2016, 2018) and Japan for the Sanyo Bussan International Cup (2017, 2018) to race against the best in the world. Since the Lifesaving Sport is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), her position on the USLA National Team makes her a representative and ambassador of both USLA and the United States.
Age: 30 Height:
Marathon, Flatwater Sprint, Surfski, Sea Kayak Profession: Environmental Policy, The Wilderness Society
Master of Science in Environmental Policy, 2011/Bachelor of Art in Landscape Architecture & Environmental
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.