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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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Moosefest 2007

Report by Liane O’Hora With the water being low just about everywhere, Moosefest was the place to be this October. Lake drawdowns and a little help from Mother Nature made this Moose Fest good as ever. The Moose River runs …

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A Personal Account of the Tornado that Devastated Bearpaw

Story by Connie Rosinsky June 7, 2007, started out to be the prefect summer day, with the temperature just right to feel comfortable with a t-shirt, shorts and sandals on. Little did we know that the day was going to …

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Paddling and Wedding in the French Alps

I have to admit that France had never been high on my list of places to visit. Not because I didn’t think it would be a nice place, but because more exotic places in Latin America and Africa captured my …

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Yukon Trip Report and Video

This past July Mary-Jane and Vernon Oliver invited me up to Whitehorse in the Yukon to teach for their local kayak club. Whitehorse has a really friendly paddling community that boasts some fantastic paddlers, including kids in the River Raiders …

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