The "SINGLE DOUBLE" is that goal you set yourself but you can never really think: "I have this in the bag," It is heavy. You first have to put all your focus on the Molokai - the Holy Grail of paddling and the hardest race in the world to win. It is technical, long, scary and just so gnarly. Then you finish that and you have less than a month to get ready to be back on the start line for another 32 miles of straight up paddling, no runs just hard work to get you from A to B. Catalina is a race where you really can't hide from hard work, not that you can in Molokai either but during the Molokai you get runs, in Catalina it's just a grind - you just have to paddle.
It was a great year for me this year. I can really say I have reached a couple of my dream goals, but I think I have also just set a whole lot more.. I have to thank my family: Mel, Miah & Marlo for putting up with me; the Barks for letting me stay & making me boards - and for just been awesome, Steve Shlens for being a straight up legend and everyone else that helped me along the way.
To my sponsors: I couldn't do it with out your help! Massive thanks to Patagonia, Dragon Eyewear, Bark, Surftech, JM Sup.com & Reef.