MEET TEAM PADDLE CALIFORNIA
Michele Eray & Maggie Hogan have over 40 years of Elite Paddle Sports behind them.
With 5 Olympic Games and 40 World Championships across a multitude of paddling disciplines, their experience is unparalleled.
From their homebase in Newport Beach, they attend events worldwide - surfski, flatwater marathon and river races - both as competitors and coaches.
Let their enthusiasm for the sport fuel your training and push you to reaching your goals.
We have chosen to partner with quality, self-tested high performance brands.
We are stoked to be able to offer our years of testing to back these products.
We are the official dealer for Nelo (Kayaks, Canoes & Surfski) for the US West Coast & Hawaii, and are very proud to be 100% Nelo!
We also have a few Paddle California products, with some great ideas in the pipeline.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Frederik Farina (Vietnam)
I have been training under Michele's guidance for the past 8 months to prepare for events of different size. I can see the results of training smart when dreaming big, especially when having a busy working life and a family to run. Thanks for the support and keep up with the good work. Ciao, Frederik
Carter Johnson (Downwind Guru, USA)
Over the years, Michele Eray has established herself in a league of her own when it comes to both downwind surfing and coaching.
She has both been to the Olympics and coached Maggie Hogan who just qualified for RIO. This on top of her second to none surfing ability puts her in the unique spot of possibly being the most qualified Surfski coach on the planet.
Chris Hipgrave (USA)
Working with Paddle California has been enlightening. After years of building my own training plans, it was time to reach out to the professionals to change things up. The personalized plan we created is super fun, with a great deal of variability while still being focused on my goals and weaknesses. When I’ve had questions, the responses have been quick and spot on, while the platform we use to plan and log the training has been great to monitor my progress thru. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the progress I’ve made thru this detail orientated plan created by Michele and Maggie, two of the most passionate paddlesports professionals I’ve had the pleasure to work with.
Gregory Crouse (Team USA)
"THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE" Working with the coaches at Paddle Cal
and training with their programs, over the last 4 months, I have shaved off time from my Sprint competitions and gained strength and endurance in my Marathon races.
Races where I never finished in the top 20's, I am now finishing in the top 5. The program gave my training "structure"
and daily "building blocks" to success.
I plan to continue with
Team Paddle Cal.
Maggie Hogan (USA 2016 Olympian)
Michele agreed to coach me in 2014; within a year, her innovative approach helped me turn my sprinting career around. I went from being ranked 3rd in the US to 1st, won the first medal at the World Championships (by a US citizen) in 20 years and went on to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. Michele was a driving force behind the best two years of my sprinting career.
I'm very excited to join forces with Michele and offer this unique style and delivery of coaching to our paddling family around the world. By joining the Paddle California team, I know you will achieve your goals and have a blast along the way!
If you have a chance to attend Maggie and Michelle’s Olympic presentation, please make the time! It’s a tale of courage, grit and determination against all the odds, but always told with humility and self-deprecation. Both Maggie and Michelle are delightful speakers, obviously love what they do and their enthusiasm is infectious.
I’ve also been fortunate enough to benefit from Maggie and Michelle’s coaching and training program, which I also highly recommend. As a mid-pack enthusiast looking more for general fitness than racing prowess, their program has been perfect for me and allowed me to customize training based on my available time. I also find that the recommended volumes and intensities are extremely realistic.
Our coaching philosophy is a holistic approach to reaching your goals. The relationship between the physical preparation needs to tie in with your lifestyle demands.
Training for an event is a learning process, for both parties. Athletes need to understand the why of a session, and how it fits into the bigger picture, in order to give the session the attention it needs.
Knowledge is a beautiful thing, and we are continuously learning, growing and sharing.
We hold ourselves as coaches to the highest standards of sportsmanship and excellence, and expect the same of our athletes.