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Larry Cain never put his paddle down, even after a successful Olympic career. The gold and silver medallist in sprint canoe in the 1984 Summer Games continues to win, and beat paddlers younger than him, in the burgeoning sport of standup paddleboard racing. Cain’s prowess with a paddle combined with his 18 years of teaching high school phys-ed gave him the skill set to capitalize on a trend.Cain and American John Beausang co-founded Paddle Monster, a subscription-based coaching website, which launched in May. Cain says 80 people signed up on the first day.
“I think being a teacher for so many years has helped because I know how to communicate and explain things in various ways until someone understands.”Cain claimed his fourth Surf to Sound Challenge — a 10.5-kilometre race — in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., in November in a time of one hour 12 minutes 35 seconds.
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Because of his canoe background, Cain excels at the hard slogging on the calmer waters of rivers, intercoastal sounds and inlets.
Open surf racing, in which there’s less paddling and more catching waves to locomote, isn’t Cain’s forte. He’s working on it.