About Epic Kayaks Gold Coast
An EPIC and ongoing passion for Jeremy
A plucky five-year-old joins a dozen other excited kids as they wade through the shallow water as part of Queenscliff Surf Club’s newest ‘nippers’ recruits. Wearing the club’s red cap with a royal blue stipe down the middle, he leads the group as the surf splashes around them and they navigate their way back to the shore towards the finish line. The kid crosses the line first and is officially hooked. Fast forward 35 years and that kid is now EPIC Kayaks Gold Coast owner Jeremy Cotter.
Start of something great – Epic Kayaks Gold Coast
With a lifetime passion for ocean sports, Jeremy has been at the top level as a professional ironman and ocean paddler for over 20 years. But it’s Queenscliff, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where it all began.
With his father Billy guiding him, Jeremy’s drive and talent saw him make a mark in the sport of surf lifesaving from an early age. Training up to 12 times a week, it was hard work for Jeremy and Billy alike, with the 5am swim squads, afternoon ski and board sessions and travelling up and down the east coast for competitions.
It paid off though, with Jeremy claiming the junior Australian ironman title as an 18-year-old. This was his launch pad to becoming a professional ironman, and ultimately moving to Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Life as an ironman
Starting out as a professional during a time when ironmen were household names meant Jeremy took on the likes of the Mercer brothers and Trevor Hendy in competitions. For over 10 years life as Jeremy knew it was a professional ironman, first as part of the Uncle Toby’s series and later in the Nutri Grain series.
During his time on the circuit, Jeremy stood on the dais multiple times – either as a winner or placegetter. It’s a period that saw him represent Australia, NSW and Queensland in the sport of surf lifesaving. He’s also the owner of multiple Australian, NSW and Queensland surf lifesaving titles. And in 2005, when the iconic Coolangatta Gold race was making a comeback, he got race ready by watching the classic Aussie film of the same name and starring Colin Friels on repeat.
After claiming second in that race, he could never quite get the event out of his head. So, in 2015 as a 35 year-old-old and 10 years into retirement, Jeremy took on the 41.8 km event once more, crossing the finish line in a third place.
While competing as an ironman and living in Sydney, the sport of ocean paddling was taking hold. The sport’s Australian founder Dean Gardiner took Jeremy under his wing, where he saw a new sporting avenue open up to him. Training sessions were paddling around Sydney’s North Head, catching runners with a strong southerly buster blowing behind. It was love at first paddle.
In his first official ocean paddling race, the King of the Harbour, Jeremy hit the water as an unknown. But after claiming third place against a top international field, he became an instant known entity in the ocean paddling world.
In what he calls his ‘second coming’ Jeremy’s been racing on ocean skis at the top level for well over a decade. The sport has seen him travel across the globe, in races of all types of testing and varying conditions, against the best ocean paddlers there are. Jeremy lays claim to winning every major Australian race bar one, is a three times Australian ocean paddling series champion and twice runner-up in the world ocean paddling series.
With a long history of racing at the elite level, Jeremy also dedicates his time to building the sport he loves from the grass roots levels up. He’s the co-founder of the Gold Coast Paddlers Club, where he runs monthly races and free training sessions. The club also holds clinics for people with spinal cord injuries on Currumbin Creek.
Life outside of paddling
Now a Gold Coast local for over 10 years, Jeremy’s links to volunteer lifesaving through the surf club led him to his ‘other job’ – a paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service.
And if life’s not busy enough, he’s also the father to two boys. Like Billy before him, Jeremy now hits the beach with his boys each weekend for nippers at Currumbin Surf Club. So watch out, there could be another Cotter crossing the line first in surf lifesaving events!
EPIC Kayaks Gold Coast
EPIC Kayaks Gold Coast is the latest stepping stone in a lifetime of ocean sports for Jeremy. From that five-year-old nipper wading through the water at Queenscliff to today, his passion and commitment to ocean sports has never waned.
With over 20 years’ experience as an ocean sport athlete, Jeremy knows a thing or two about helping you reach your paddling best. So whether you’re wanting to improve your fitness, take up a new sport, or race against the best, Jeremy can help you get there.
“Ocean paddling is in my blood. I’ve watched the sport as it’s grown from a niche to becoming a popular fitness avenue and fully-fledged competitive sport,” Jeremy says.
“And now with EPIC Kayaks Gold Coast, we’re able to offer a brand of kayaks, surf skis and paddles that bring out legendary performances for the local paddling community and beyond.” Get in touch with Jeremy and EPIC Kayaks Gold Coast today