Chris is a USA Canoe Kayak Olympian competing in 1992 in the 1000m K4, he continues to race today in surf ski races and Sprint National Championships. However his true passion is coaching the young athletes on the San Diego Canoe Kayak Team (SDCKT). He has been the Head Coach and Founder of SDCKT since its inception in 1996, but also has National and International Coaching experience as the Mens Coach at the 2009 and 2011 Junior World Championships in Moscow and Brandenburg, he Coached at the USA Camps OTC Chula Vista in '07, '08, '09, '10, '11. Chris was named Head Coach of the USA Junior National Team for the 2010 Pan American Championships in Mexico City. Chris has been a Director with the Sprint Coaches Association since its formation in 2007. Chris is a certified "High Performance Two Coach" with the USA Canoe Kayak Coaching Education Program.
Coach Heather found her way to SDCKT in 2010 when she was referred by one of her lifeguard sergeants to learn how to surf ski. Heather worked as a seasonal ocean lifeguard for the City of San Diego from 2006-2010 as a Central Area Lifeguard, Junior Lifeguard Instructor, and an avid competitor at surf life-saving competitions. After a few lessons with Coach Barlow and Coach Zimmer, Heather knew SDCKT was a great fit for her and she joined as a volunteer SUP coach and started competing with SDCKT at the SoCal winter race series in both surf ski and SUP. After two years of volunteer coaching Heather was hired as the Assistant Head Coach for Canoe/Kayak/SUP (2012) and is also the current Head Development Coach. Heather holds coaching certifications with the International Canoe Federation "Coach Level" and USA Canoe/Kayak "High Performance II." In 2015 Heather was recruited by the US Women's Canoe Polo Team to participate in a local training camp and was named to the team in 2016; recent achievements with the US women's national team include a third place finish at 2016 Pre-World Championships and first place finish at 2017 Pan-American Championships. Heather enjoys canoe polo as she can combine her love of water polo (2004-2008 SDSU varsity alum) and kayaking. Heather enjoys coaching because she likes to share her love of water sports and help young athletes grow into confident and strong young adults. She likes coaching with SDCKT because it’s a fantastic organization with drive, dedication, and an overwhelming sense of Ohana!
Cris has been involved in Surf Life Saving competition since 1986 and is a 4 time National Champion. In 2005 he started kayaking and also began racing the International Ironman. Cris is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, a certified Personal Trainer and a certified Massage Technician. He has been the Head Strength and conditioning Coach for Francis Parker CIF Champion Women's Soccer, the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach UCSD, Women's Basketball, Mens and Women's distance track and field, Mens and Women's Cross Country, Women's Softball, Head Track/Head Cross Country Coach Cuyamaca Community College, Head Cross Country Coach Lincoln High School, Head Conditioning Coach San Diego Flash, Mens professional soccer, Head Conditioning Coach CIF Champion La Jolla High School Women's Soccer. Cris feels that "athletics/physical fitness are fantastic arenas to develop confidence, manage stress and lay the foundation for solid life long work ethics." Cris enjoys coaching with SDCKT because it "fosters a high quality, high integrity team concept and is a perfect way for me to encourage and help the next generation of water-men and water-women enjoy the sea and enjoy life". Cris is currently writing a book aimed at helping aging athletes continue playing the sports they love while decreasing the number of injuries along the way. The book is called “The 5 Pillars of Life Long Fitness. ”Check out Cris' website at:- www.MonumentalResults.com
Keith Keillor has been Paddling outriggers, surfskis and kayaks for many, many years, 52 to be exact. He has been coaching for 50 yrs. He is working on his Coach Level Certification with USA Canoe Kayak. About Coaching Keith states "I just like to teach and see people paddle correctly and see young paddlers enjoy the sport". When asked why Keith coaches he replies "Why? I just like working with kids of all ages 6 to 76! " "My rewards are seeing the kids smile, getting their thanks after a good session, knowing they are interested by asking questions, when out on the water having them challenge me to a sprint, even having them smoke me, that shows me that we are all doing a good job"! Keith makes the Valhalla Surfski and is a huge help to everyone at SDCKT when it comes to boat repairs!
Ken Austed has been been paddling surfski and paddleboards for approximately 4 years and he started SUP approx 2 yrs ago after Mitch (Mitch’s Surf Shop) lured him in by giving him some free board time. Ken has been the Lead Coach for the San Diego Canoe Kayak Team's development program with assistance from Jim Williams for over a year. When asked "why do you like to Coach?" Ken answers... "I really enjoy watching the beginners who could initially barely sit in a kayak and had minimal confidence change within a few months to kids that are moving up to the racing team and are brimming with confidence and swagger." The coaches goals for the development team "are to make sure the kids have fun on the water and stay engaged". Ken Coaches for SDCKT because It gives him an opportunity to "give something back to the community and be involved with a bunch of great folks."
Jim has been paddling surf skis for the past 7 years. Prior to that he paddled white water kayaks and sea kayaks for 10 years. Jim helps Ken with the development team, coaching the youngest kids in paddling techniques, boat handling skills, self rescue and how to race. Jim loves to coach because... "It is fun giving back to the sport and watching young paddlers develop their skills." Jim coaches for SDCKT because he enjoys "assisting the paddling community and watching the kids as they advance as paddlers and young athletes." Jim also likes to see the competition develop among the paddlers whether they are learning how to race or chasing a Frisbee, a ball or playing "beat the coach"!