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Top Five Reasons to Take an International Paddling Trip

Traveling and whitewater kayaking are two of my passions so I naturally get excited when I have the opportunity to combine both!  As the regular paddling season comes to an end for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s …

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Fun, Learning and Sharing at the WW Symposium!

If you haven’t experienced the Whitewater Symposium then you best put it on your calendar for 2010.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn, to share and to paddle with top padders, instructors, industry leaders and paddling enthusiasts.  There are all …

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Gauley Fest and Ladies on the Lower G '09

Gauley Fest is one of my favorite events.  Not only is it a gathering of thousands of paddlers on one of the best stretches of whitewater in the world, but it’s also a huge fundraiser for American Whitewater.  This year’s …

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Whitewater Goddess Retreat Photos and Wrap-Up

Whitewater kayaking, yoga, massage… awesome!  The Whitewater Goddess Retreat is all about fun, confidence-building and relaxation.   We started on Friday afternoon/evening with massages and dinner at Relia’s Garden.  After the meal we met in our Goddess room to sit in …

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Teachings from the River

Does kayaking make you feel happy, exhilarated and passionate?  Yes, the adrenaline rush, being outside and being active is really fun, but what about that present moment awareness? That’s the real juice! I remember one late afternoon at the height …

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Paddling in Central Park, NYC!

This past weekend Confluence and EMS teamed up to provide a unique paddling experience for New Yorkers in Central Park as part of the Adventures NYC event. Put on by NYC parks, the event encourages city dwellers to get outside …

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Girls at Play/Kokatat Giveaway!

Congratulations Carrie Richardson!!  Our Winner! Kokatat and Girls at Play are teaming up to bring you the chance to win an awesome package that includes a Kokatat Knappster Gore-tex shortie, a Shred Ready Limited Edition Girls at Play Helmet and …

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Photos of 2009 GAP Summer Tour, Retreats and Clinics

I’ve had a really fantastic summer of travels and teaching up and down the East Coast.  I’m very grateful for all of the wonderful women that I’ve had the honor of meeting and paddling with in paddling retreats, clinics and …

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Whitewater Kayaking Basics: Eddy Turns

Eddy turns (getting into eddies)  and peel outs (exiting eddies) are the foundation of good river running technique and it’s important to practice being as precise as possible.  In my experience, learning and performing good eddy turns is one of …

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Whitewater Kayaking Basics: The Ferry

Crossing the current without being taken downstream is a very important skill in white water kayaking. Ferries help to slow things down and they develop boat control, balance and edge control. Throughout your paddling career you’ll probably see many rapids …

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