Tim Jacobs on his way to winning silver in the SS1 Open Men's class at the Ocean Racing World Championships in Portugal.
Tim Jacobs has just finished a successful campaign at the Ocean Racing World Championships in Portugal, where he finished first in the SS2 Open Mixed event and came second in the SS1 Open Men's, not far behind South African Sean Rice. Jacobs, a family man who coaches the NSWIS sprint squad, is currently coaching the U23 kayak team in Canada as they prepare for the U23 & Junior World Championships.
How long have you been paddling and how did you get into the sport?
I first picked up a paddle and ski at Freshwater surf club when I was 17.
I come from a competitive swimming background which I had been doing from the age of 10. Swimming was my major focus until I started work as a carpenter and couldn't get to all the sessions due to work commitments. Ski paddling filled the training void and allowed me to get all my training done around my work hours.
Where do you live and train?
I live on Sydney's Northern Beaches and most of my sessions are still done out of Freshwater Surf Club. It is a great location to train from and no matter what the wind or swell is doing I can get a good session done. I can head off in any direction and get some great and varied training conditions.
How often do you train? Do you do any cross training or other sports?
Leading into a competition I usually give myself 12 weeks of solid training to prepare for a race. My training fits in around coaching my NSWIS kayak squad and family. Sometimes I get out on the water with the squad depending on the session they are doing. Other times I train by myself or with a mate who travels and competes in most of the same races that I do. During the week depending on the training load I would still try and get out 6-8 on water sessions and a couple of gym sessions.There is no time for any other cross training as the spare time I have between work and training is spent with my family.
What do you love most about the sport?
The freedom. Ocean paddling is just that, paddling out in the ocean often with no one else around. The tactical aspect of our racing is also what drives me. You need to be able to read and use the conditions that the ocean provides on race day better than anyone else. Most of the big International races are held upwards of 20km, which means you have to race smart and be able to adapt your own race plan to cover what other competitors are doing out there.
How did you prepare for the World Championships?
Just as I do for my athletes I gave myself a plan leading into the race from about 14 weeks out. I knew what sessions I wanted to do and what distances I wanted to achieve in each weeks training.
Being the first ICF World Championships I made sure I did everything right; nutrition, training and recovery, while maintaining a good family and work balance. This was to be our biggest race to date.
What were your race tactics and did they go to plan?
My race tactics worked well, I was relaxed off the start and in a great position early. I had my own water (not in a bunch) and the conditions were favourable with a light cross tail wind with little runs pushing us along. The Nelo 560 ski that I was racing was perfect for those conditions.
As the race progressed the wind died and the conditions flattened out. Sean is super strong in flat conditions and we battled it out from the 14km mark. Sean was just too strong in the flat conditions and gained a lead in the last 3km. I was stoked with my race, to finished 2nd in the World Champs was not disappointing.
How did you meet Michele and come to race with her?
Michelle and I have known each other for many years and teamed up before in surf ski relay events. Michelle has consistently been one of the strongest female ski paddlers in the world for the last 4 years and when I heard there was going to be a mixed double races, Michelle was the first person I called. Michelle is also a Nelo Team paddler and I thought that it would be great to race together at their event in their new double ski.
There was some confusion over the finish in the SS2 event, what happened?
Over the last 6km in the SS2 race Michelle and I were taking ground off the leaders and knew that the finish was going to be close but not as close as it turned out. Rounding the last turning buoy I took an outside line on the ski in front who then proceeded to try and push us out of the finishing shute. We had nowhere to go and that is why there was a clash of paddles. Jasper, who was steering the other double got a bit too competitive and himself disqualified in the process by not holding his line and interfering with our finish. We had the better boat speed coming into the beach and he did everything he could to try and slow us down.
At the end of the day it was an ICF event with rules and he was disqualified for breaking them.
What are your goals now?
At present I am in Canada as Head Coach of the Australian U23 Kayak Team. My goal is to lead them into their World Championships in the best physical and mental condition possible.
For me, my next International race will be the Dragon Run in Hong Kong which I have won for the past two years. Between this, time with my family and getting my NSWIS squad ready for the 2013-14 sprint kayak season.
How did you celebrate your success?
I was lucky enough to have my dad there watching me so it was a good meal with him and some of my mates that were competing there as well.
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