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Visualization

If you want to feel less fearful and more confident on the river it’s worth taking the time to visualize yourself feeling good and making the moves you want to make. Visualization is a technique that’s used successfully by countless …

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Tips on Basic Stroke Technique

  As the paddling season approaches many of you are probably hitting the pool to practice some rolls and get back in the groove before venturing out on the chillier rivers.  Pool sessions are a great opportunity to practice your …

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Finishing the Roll

The most common problem I see women (and men) have with their roll is that they lift their head up first when trying to finish the roll. Some even have great roll technique up until the very last second, but …

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The Sculling Draw

  The sculling draw is a stroke that will allow you to slide sideways in the water in both whitewater and recreational kayaks.  In whitewater it’s useful for maneuvering in small eddies, for positioning yourself next to an eddie line …

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The Boof

The boof is my favorite river running move. It’s usually considered a must-make move in some class IV and V rapids, but it’s a move you can easily practice in class II and III. It’s really fun! The name comes …

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Wide Angled Forward Fold

Yoga and kayaking make a great combination. Yoga helps us focus and relax. The practice also teaches us to be more aware of our bodies and to take care of ourselves. If you feel physical pain or discomfort during or …

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My trip to Boulder, CO

I just returned from Boulder, CO today where I taught two clinics for Outdoor Divas.  Boulder is one of my favorite U.S. cities and Outdoor Divas has a lot to do with that.  It’s an outdoor gear store specifically for …

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GAP Summer Tour in PA

  The Girls at Play Summer Tour kicked off in Confluence, PA at Riversport.  As I was driving into the area, Andy from Riversport called me to let me know that there was a tornado warning for the surrounding region.  I …

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Silver Surfers Workshop

Silver Surfers is a beginner white water kayaking class for women over 50.  The idea behind the class is to create a friendly and supportive space and environment for women over 50 to try white water kayaking — a sport …

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How do I have control in kayaking?

During a recent visit to a college where I was a keynote motivational speaker one of the students made a comment about whitewater that I had never heard before.  She was a sea kayaker and climber who was interested in …

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