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Coach Amir (he/him) is the Estuary Coastal Rowing Program (ECRP) Director and sits on CRSD’s Board of Directors. He holds a USRowing Level 2 Coaching Certification and an Assistant Referee License, the latter of which he uses to support local regattas.

Coach Amir’s first row was actually a coastal row (learn more about coastal rowing here) launched on our waters in 2018 with fellow oceanic expeditionist Dr. Greg Spooner, heading out of the Mission Bay Jetty and North towards Alligator Head Point in a Maas Double. In addition being a coastal rower, Coach Amir is also an oceanic expeditionist (read more about his latest expedition here).

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Coastal rowing is a relatively new sport with a rather small footprint in SoCal, however, is slated to debut in the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. To help provide a platform to train future Olympic coastal rowers as well as share his passion of coastal rowing with the local community, Coach Amir has developed the ECRP.

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Adaptive rowing is another area Coach Amir is passionate about, with its roots originating in the time he spent under the tutelage of late ocean expeditionist and mentor Angela Madsen (read more about her legacy here). Due to the stability inherent to coastal rowing boats, the sport also makes rowing more accessible and, therefore, beneficial to more of our community.

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