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Faster Farther


LIFE'S AN ADVENTURE, DRINK IT UP.

Welcome to Faster Farther

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Faster Farther


LIFE'S AN ADVENTURE, DRINK IT UP.

Welcome to Faster Farther

 

My name is Nicholas Cryder, and I am a competitive surfski paddler and expedition adventurist living in the Pacific Northwest. 

I started my athletic life as a serious cyclist, and moved to Belgium when I was in my teens to race internationally. I became deeply disenfranchised with the sport in the late 1990's, yet at the same time was personally enriched by the strategic and training disciplines imparted to me through my formative years. Upon my return to the US, I discovered mountain climbing and was enamored with the relative purity of the sport and the intensity of mountain climbing. The physical suffering and psychological battles of alpine style climbing were familiar to me, but doing so in a beautiful setting and without any finish lines was novel and enlightening. The extreme nature of the sport was a constant threat, and eventually I shifted my focus to backcountry ski mountaineering and less committing days in the backcountry. 

My love affair with the ocean is quite new for me. As a native of Montana, I was never particularly drawn to the water it until one fateful day my stepfather let me take his Hobie peddle kayak out in the Puget Sound. It looked like a plastic barge and I was skeptical. Until I actually hopped in it and started pedaling. I instantly knew this would be a new passion for me. It combined many of the best attributes of both cycling and mountain climbing, but offered a seemingly limitless number of places to go explore. When I am on the water, I feel a distinct and intimate connection to the world around me. But there is freedom too. There are no fences or gates. No traffic jams and no close calls with angry commuters. Just open water, and limitless potential for adventure and personal enrichment.  

My passion for speed and challenge has led me to embrace the surfski, a famously tippy but fast interpretation of the sea kayak. It demands the ultimate mix of cycling-like physical conditioning and mental toughness, but offers a stiff dose of adrenaline and adventure in a fashion similar to my alpine pursuits. Add in the ability to do multi-day trips, and you have a very special sport indeed. 

 
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Wind


Chase the wind long enough and it'll chase you back. 

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Wind


Chase the wind long enough and it'll chase you back. 

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Life


Life's too short to spend it all in one place.

Especially a cubicle. 

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Life


Life's too short to spend it all in one place.

Especially a cubicle.