Paddling Preparation: A Land Session

We don’t often think about having a formal regimen to warm up for a day of paddling. I know mine often consists of a practice roll and then paddling a few strokes in order to peel out of the eddy. In reality, a lot of our warm up happens on the river. For newer paddlers, however, even being on the river can be a place of dis-ease, but warming up is just as important. As a yoga instructor and general river enthusiast I have put together some guidelines to creating a land-based warm-up to prepare your body for a day of paddling, before you even get on the water. Warming up lessens your risk for injury, increases performance, and even helps out with the psychological aspect of the sport.

ACTIVE STRETCHING

Before paddling, repetitive movements that focus more on engagement and less on long-deep holds will prepare your body better for movement. In order to spread more oxygenated blood throughout our body we want to increase our heart-rate. This could be anything from sun salutations to lunges and squats. Save the longer stretches for the take-out.

Queens of the Wave

On a beautiful California day, a bunch of rad women came out to surf, hula hoop and lifestyle when Cali Collective hosted a free playboating clinic at Barking Dog wave on the South Fork American.

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On a beautiful California day, a bunch of rad women came out to surf, hula hoop and lifestyle when Cali Collective hosted a free playboating clinic at Barking Dog wave on the South Fork American.

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Pro-kayaker turned television producer, Katie Scott, took time out of her schedule to give tips and instruction to all the ladies who came out to paddle.

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We began the afternoon with twelve enthusiastic students, but as the day progressed, nearly thirty women turned up to the wave, and the clinic quickly turned into a surf festival!

Everyone made progress- some girls learned to spin, some to blunt, others learned to carve and a couple beginners managed to surf onto the wave for their very first time.

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Later on in the afternoon, some river surfers came down and a few of the ladies hopped on surfboards.

There was a lot of laughter and an abundance of smiles, as women were helping women tear it up!

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