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Austin Kieffer (USA)

 

Age: 28

Born: Asheville, NC, USA

Lives: San Francisco, CA

Weapon of Choice: Fenn Elite S

Favourite Vaikobi Item: Vaikobi Travel Bag! 

Austin, is one of the number one ranked US surfski paddler and competes in the World Surfski Series.

Austin was previously a member of the Team USA White Water Slalom Squad building up to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Austin has spent more than a decade racing in the highly competitive white water slalom kayaking discipline and is well known for his high work ethic and dedication to the sport. 

2014 was a breakthrough year for Austin where he became the US National Champion at the US Surfski Championships and then racked up numerous wins around North America over the Summer. 

In 2016, Austin returned to competitive surfski racing and raced with success at major events across North America, South Africa, Australia & Asia.

This year, Austin placed 4th at both the Gorge Downwind Champs in Hood River, OR and the Canadian Championships in Squamish, BC. He also placed top 10 in the Ocean Racing World Champs and locked down his first ever international podium with a bronze medal at the Doctor in Perth, Western Australia! 

Sizing Guide
XS S M L XL XXL
Chest (Centimeters)   70cm -80cm  80cm-90cm 90cm-105cm 105cm-115cm 115cm-130cm 130+ 
Chest (Inches)    27.55" - 31.5"  31.5" - 35.4" 35.4" - 41.3" 41.3" - 45.2"  45.2" - 51.1" 51.1" +  
Weight (Kilograms)  40 - 60kg 40 - 60kg  60 - 75kg 75 - 90kg  90 - 100kg  100kg+ 
Weight (Pounds)  88lbs - 132lbs  88lbs - 132lbs  132lbs - 165lbs  175lbs -198lbs  198lbs - 220lbs  220lbs+

Note: We recommend you select your Vaikobi PFD based on your chest measurement rather than your weight.

Vaikobi PFDs have buoyancy above the minimum floatation required for under our ISO 12402-5 certification.

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