Updated: Jun 10, 2019
To many people outside the world of paddle boarding Casper Steinfath is a relative unknown. However to those within the world of SUP he is like a god, someone to aspire to and someone we deeply respect.
Arriving in swanage for the N1SCO Championships we were greeted with the news that Casper would be joining us for the two day event. To say that left an element of excitement among us would be an understatement. Having the 4 x World Sup Champion there to cheer you on while racing was inspiring. The fact he joined us on the water throughout was beyond believable, and yet there he was.
During day one of the races Casper was on hand to share tips and pointers with everyone, provide support and motivate all that took part, especially the kids. His humble demeanor and laid back nature was a pleasure to endure and you couldn't but help be in awe of his skill, sharing the water with him was a privilege.
Following a great first day on the water competing, it was now time to kick back and enjoy some much needed rest, time for food and drinks with friends and fellow competitors. Being part of N1SCO is very much like being part of a community, like having an extended family that get together periodically over the course of the year. Alex Tobutt the man behind N1SCO and all this had a very special treat in store for us this evening.
We were to be treated with a Q&A session with Casper, providing us with the opportunity to delve inside his mind, something to which we took full advantage of. Sitting around in deckchairs listening to Casper impart his knowledge on us while answering questions of various sorts, all while tucking into fish & chips, a must when by the beach.
This proved to be a very enlightening experience as Casper had not long completed his viking crossing. He openly shared some amazing insights and stories about the journey which left us all so looking forward to the movies upcoming release.
I believe as we all retired to bed that night you couldn't help but feel somewhat elated and yet privileged to of been part of something quite intimate. Casper is a true ambassador for Naish and a gentleman wise beyond his years. Alex had certainly surpassed himself with organizing this.
The following day proved even better than the previous, as I sat down with Del and Robin to fuel up for the day ahead we were to be pleasantly surprised.
Politely we were interrupted by Casper who proceeded to ask if it was OK to join us for breakfast. I mean come on really, who wouldn't love that.
Conversation again was brilliant and having some quality time with Casper to ourselves priceless, we considered ourselves very lucky indeed.
Following food and much needed caffeine there was just enough time to grab a couple of photo opportunities before heading off to prepare.
Casper would be conducting some sup workshops this morning before the races and I
was to be part of the first group to receive personal instruction from him. This was going to be epic and I was so excited but nervous at the same time.
Under his watchful gaze Casper had us paddle along side him to begin with before one by one demonstrating our ability to him on the boards with a paddle past.
Now was Casper's turn to showcase his abilities before speaking with us individually to offer expert advice on how best we could improve and in which areas.
Receiving constructive criticism from such an accomplished paddle boarder is priceless. He complimented me on my sup and gave some very useful tips for self improvement. I still use this those and implement them in my training and coaching now.
For all that attended over the weekend and had the pleasure of his company and certainly for me it is easy to see why he is a world class athlete. A gentleman and a true ambassador for the sport of paddle boarding, Casper carries a certain aura about him, one that leaves you with nothing but admiration and respect. His accomplishments to date are an inspiration to others at what you can achieve.
I would just like to say thanks to Alex and his team from Naish UK who without, none of this would have been possible.