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2017 Frostbite Coaches (as of Oct 6th)

Jason Cross (Frostbite organizer) grew up as a competitive swimmer. In his teens, he was introduced to the sport of surf lifesaving and took up surf ski to compete internationally. Jason represented Team Canada at the Surf Lifesaving World Championships 5 times as an athlete and later as a coach. He began sprint kayak racing in Nova Scotia in 2001 and paddled with SCKC 2007-2015. Jason coached swimming professionally for two decades and is a level 4/5 certified swimming coach. He has organized the Frostbite camp since 2011.
Aasim Saleh (OKC) is the Oklahoma City RIVERSPORT Canoe/Kayak Team head coach and previously was the Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club head coach (2009-2010). At both clubs, he has helped numerous paddlers reach the podium at the national and international level. He was the USA Canoe/Kayak Development Coach of the Year in 2010 and has been USACK Head Coach for the Olympic Hopes Regatta Team 2014-2017.
Doug Ritchie (SCKC) is the head coach of the Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club and previously was head coach of the Kenmore Canoe and Kayak Team. He is a 9 time member of the US Wildwater team. He has competed at both the World Championships and Master's World Championships and is twice US National Champion in Wildwater. Doug was team manager for the 2011 and 2013 Jr. National Wildwater teams. He coached the Sr. US Wildwater Team in 2007 and 2014. Doug has training as a coach from USACK and ICF in Wildwater and Sprint and is an active masters racer in sprint, surf ski, and wildwater.
Juraj Osusky (SCKC) began paddling with SCKC on the junior team. He raced on the US Junior National team 1991-1993. In 1997, he was selected for the Senior World Championships team that competed in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and in 2002 selected for the Pan-American Games team. He served as the SCKC head coach in 1998. He is still actively competing in both sprint kayak (Senior division) and in local PNW surf ski races.
Aaron Huston (GHCKRT) is the high performance coach for the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team. He coaches both kayak and canoe, with an emphasis on canoe. In 2017, he was one of the USACK coaches for the Olympic Hopes Regatta team. In addition to coaching sprint canoe and kayak, he is head coach of the Narrows Swim Club and Team Highlander Weightlighting. When not coaching, he is a nurse practitioner in trauma surgery and critical care.
Greg Barton (SCKC) won two gold medals in sprint kayak in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and was an Olympic bronze medallist in 1984 and 1992 in the K1 1000m. In 1987 he was a double world champion in the K1 in 1000m and 10,000m and won world championships in the 10,000m in 1985 and 1991. He also won multiple U.S. Canoe Association marathon (20km+) championships from 1982 through 1994. He is still actively competing in surfski races. His company, Epic Kayaks, designs and produces Olympic sprint kayaks, paddles and surfskis.
Chris Barlow (SDCKT) coaches the San Diego Canoe Kayak Team. He was on the US National Team from 1989 to 1995 and during that time, he won two silver medals at the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba and two silver medals at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina. In 1992, he represented the US at the Barcelona Olympics and finished 9th place in the K-4. He is a certified "High Performance Two Coach" with the USA Canoe Kayak Coaching Education Program. He was Head Coach of the 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015 Junior World Championship Teams and coached at the USA Camps at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center from 2007 to 2011. In 2010 and 2013, he was named USA Canoe/Kayak Coach of the Year.
Misha Riszkiewicz (RTR) is coach and co-founder of the River Town Racers (Petaluma, CA). He has been coaching adults and youth in surfski and sprint kayak for the past 15 years and is an ICF Level One certified coach. He is also an active masters racer in surfski and sprint K1.
Kenny Kaspbergber (SCKC/GHCKRT) raced canoe with Gig Harbor as a junior. He was on the Junior National team for three years and raced in the Junior Worlds (earning a silver in C-2) and at the Olympic Hopes Regattas and Pan American Games. He is a student at UW and coaches with SCKC during the school year.
Eli Holmes (SCKC) coaches for the SCKC sprint team and masters program. She rowed crew in college for 4 years, competing in the US Nationals and PAC-12 Championships. In 2015, she took up sprint kayak and competed at the 2015-17 US Masters Nationals. She has coached nordic skiing for 25+ years and is PSIA Level III certified. In 2016, she was the PNW Ski Instructor of the Year. She is an active masters racer in surf ski and sprint kayak.