With all the rain we’ve been experiencing in Ecuador this season we’ve had plenty of big water opportunities . Big water can mean big features in the form of waves and holes that form and change shape and size, and that come from all directions. Those features can knock you flat if you shy away or have an improperly placed stroke. They can also provide incredible support and help you along your way if you know what to do. That’s where a hybrid-high brace/sweep stroke comes into play.
Most people think of bracing as a recovery stroke, something done to right yourself after tipping. That’s only part of the story. It can also be a great preventative stroke, done in anticipation of tipping, then transitioned into a propulsion stroke that keeps you moving. Continue reading “Technique Tip-Hybrid High Brace/ Forward Sweep”→
We’ve been getting a number of requests for Mary’s recent article on the Mental Game of Kayaking that appeared in American Whitewater. We had posted a link to the article on our Facebook page for all of those good dues-paying members out there. After letting some time go by we are now make it available as a pdf download. Click here.
We had a super fun crew of eager instructors-in-training join us for a five day combo ACA (American Canoe Association) development and certification course surrounding the Memorial Day weekend. Classroom sessions were based out of our house here in the Coloma/Lotus valley and on-the-water development was never more than a ten minute drive away. We experienced weather that was all over the board, from rain to sun, hot and cold and flows that were bouncing between 2500 and 4000 cfs.
The gang didn’t let the cold get them down as we practiced bow rescues, “hands of god” and dealing with a yard sale on the water- all of which meant they were getting wet while practicing. In addition we worked on chalk talks, on-the-water progressions, tips and tricks for trouble shooting, video review, group management, logistics, course planning and stroke development. These classes are a super fun sharing of ideas for everyone involved and we too come away with new tools and tricks for our classes as well.
Students from as far away as Washington and Colorado made the journey. Thanks to Brandy, Rene, Max, Kevin, Steve, Collin, Sam, Lena and Eric. We look forward to seeing you all out there on the water bringing in the next wave of boaters.
I spent 2 weeks during the first part of April in Arkansas teaching an ACA instructor course. Folks came from all over the state as well as from Oklahoma and Louisiana. Now, the Arkansas Canoe Club knows how to host a course! Dave and Cindy Robertson opened their home and we used the heated barn for our classroom (30 minutes from the river). Dave Reid headed up the dutch oven crews and produced some amazing meals and desserts to fuel us through the wild swings in weather. One weekend we had hail and wore beanies and pogies, the next we were in shorts! Continue reading “Mary Teaches Instructor Course In Arkansas”→