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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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Be grateful and paddle well!

In my experience, when female paddlers mess up their lines it’s not usually because of their lack of physical skill (although that can be the case too), but it’s most often due to their lack of mental preparation and focus.  …

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Keep your eyes on where you want to go!

When we’re learning to kayak we like to focus on important techniques like torso rotation, edge control, angle, speed and so on.   As we focus on these kayaking skills, we often find ourselves staring at our kayaks.  I know that …

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The Emotional Side of Kayaking

Kayaking is a relatively intense sport, and all paddlers experience emotion on the river. Sometimes it’s the excitement of completing a challenging river or a new freestyle move. Other times it’s frustration that comes from failing to attain a goal, …

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Kayaking Gear and Outfitting Tips For Women

GEAR FOR WOMEN Ladies, you don’t have to settle for gear that doesn’t fit right or look good! Almost every manufacturer is now making gear specifically designed for women. There is a variety of women’s PFDs that fit the shapes …

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Welcome to the Girls at Play Blog!

Hi Everyone, I’m excited to introduce the Girls at Play blog!  I feel like this is another great tool to foster discussion about and promote women in kayaking.  Since I believe in a holistic approach to kayaking you’ll read entries …

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Whitewater Symposium 2007

I recently returned from presenting at the 5th annual Whitewater Symposium. The energy was high and discussions dynamic during the course of the weekend. Over 80 influential industry professionals from instructors, to kayak academic programs to manufacturers gathered to share …

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