About Us 2017-08-29T16:06:29+00:00

Who is Ocean Paddlesports

Ocean Paddlesports is a California based dealer of quality ocean racing and recreational equipment for surfski paddling, paddleboarding, Surf Life Saving and related sports.

We are the exclusive North American distributor for Fenn Kayaks , makers of renowned Mako surfskis and kayak racing paddles. All our surfskis are designed and tested by accomplished paddlers, not just computers.

Our products are used by the top athletes in ocean racing–champions like Dawid and Nikki Mocke,  Austin Keiffer, Cory Hill, Michael Booth, Dean Gardner, and Lewis Laughlin.

Our products are also for newcomers to the ocean lifestyle. We have pioneered the introduction of affordable equipment suitable for beginning paddlers. We are a leading supplier to lifesaving clubs, youth programs and lifeguard agencies.

Please have a look through our web site and let us know how we can serve you.

Our History

Ocean Paddlesports was founded in 1997 by Patrick and DeAnne Hemmens as a way to promote the sport of surfski paddling in the United States.

Patrick and DeAnne live in Costa Mesa, California and have 2 sons, Hayden and Reece and a daughter Danica.

Our Services

For information about current inventory, special orders, pricing ,shipping and next container arrival please contact DeAnne or Patrick Hemmens

OPS Team Members

DeAnne spent 10 years traveling abroad and competing for the USA Sprint Kayak Team. She is a gold medal winner in the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina. A member of the 1996 Olympic Sprint Kayak Team, she stroked the K4 and K2 in Atlanta finishing 10th and 15th respectively. She also ocassionally competes in lifesaving events. Winning the National Lifeguard Surfski Championships 2001 in Miami Beach, Florida as one of the highlights. As for her long distance surfski racing, she has won the USA Surfski Championships in San Francisco whenever she has raced it and has completed the Molokai Channel crossing 4 times (2 x double with Patrick, 2x single).
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1989-1997 USA National Sprint Kayak Team
1993-1997 World Championship Sprint Kayak Team
1991 Pan American Team, Cuba (2 x Bronze Medals)
1995 Pan American Team, Argentina (1 x Gold medal, 1 x Silver Medal)
1994 Goodwill Games, Russia
1992 Olympic Team Alternate
1996 Olympic Team Member, Atlanta (K2 & K4)
4 x Lifesaving National Championships
1997 Overall and surfski and paddleboard winner Budlite Series Lifesaving
2001 USA National Surfski Champion Lifesaving
2003, 2004, 2005 Long Distance National Surfski Champion
2 x Overall Champion Ocean Festival
4 x Molokai Channel Crossing (2 x double
2 x single)
South African Double Ski Championships 2003
World Cup South Africa Summer 2006 6th Place
Scottbourgh to Brighton Double ski race South Africa 2006, First Place Mixed
Culebra Challenge Puerto Rico 2006 First Place Women, Third Place overall
2007 USA Surfski Championships 1st Place
Cape Point Challenge 2007 2nd Place Mixed double, 4th Double over all

Patrick a native of South Africa has spent most of his life marathon river paddling (or canoeing as they say in SA) and surf lifesaving (swimming, paddleboard and surfski kayak). After moving to the United States, he trained 10 years with the USA Sprint Kayak Team and competed on the US lifesaving circuit. He has competed in Australia and New Zealand for the USA and continues to win races in the surfski long distance series and in the summer lifesaving competitions. He is a firefighter/paramedic in LA.
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4 x Berg River Marathons (South Africa)
5 x Cape Point Challenges (South Africa) Most recent 2007 mixed double.
2 x Breede River Marathons (South Africa)
1 x Fish River Marathon(South Africa)
10 x Lifesaving National Championships (South Africa)
4 x Lifesaving National Championships (USA)
1997 USA National Surfski Champion Lifesaving
6 x Molokai Channel (5 x single, 2 x double)
1989-96 USA National Sprint Kayak Team
Prince of the Harbor South Africa 2002
South African Double ski Championships 2003
World Cup South Africa 2006
Scottbourgh to Brighton South Africa 2006 First Place Mixed Double
Culebra Challenge Puerto Rico 2nd place overall