June 2, 2013
by Hannah Greenstreet
Want to know how to be a professional paddler while living at almost 7,000 feet of elevation? Well then the person to learn from is Mr. Mike Gabor, the head coach of the South Lake Tahoe Outrigger Canoe (OC) Team. With 8 years of extreme and dedicated experience in outrigger canoeing, Gabor is not only a powerful OC athlete, but also a talented standup paddler.
In this week’s podcast with Dreu Murin, Gabor explains his deep passion for OC, but also shares his love for SUP. According to Gabor, he was skeptical of SUP at first, but just like so many, was immediately hooked after discovering the fun of simply standing on the water and paddling. “It’s a great way to hang out with friends.” And that’s the beauty of standup paddling; it’s a sport that is social and brings nature to the foreground of your experience.
Gabor is the owner of the local company Mountain Paddler, a company designed to publish Gabor’s book, Training the Average Person to be an Extraordinary Athlete, that holds the secrets to becoming an top water athlete high in the mountains. Not only has he written a book with his extensive knowledge, but he brings the newest technology to Tahoe for optimal training. There is a combination row-paddle training device by Concept2 that morphs a typical rowing machine into a paddle machine. It’s the perfect way to train through the winter and cold spring months here in Tahoe. And Gabor has all the skills and treasures of how to be a supreme athlete.
You can catch Gabor and friends at Wednesday Night SUP Series this summer at Eldorado Beach. Gabor believes it’s the best way to spend a Wednesday evening, truly a “fantastic fun experience.” You can also look for the second edition of his book coming out in the coming months. The first edition is currently available on Amazon, iBooks, and Kindle so grab yourself a copy and get training today!