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MP – Technique Day 2

Last week we discussed 2 problem areas, 1) the recovery being real flared out and wide, 2) the frame of the stroke was small and hindered. We worked on opening the stroke by raising the top arm, then getting more reach. Your setup is looking real good Matt, and much improved from last week. There are some issues lingering with the top arm on the exit that is hindering your setup however. Take a look at this screenshot, you can see the movement caused by dropping your top hand. You are hinging from the hips quite a bit, which makes you lunge, and brings you closer to the water making the top hand...

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RW – Technique Day 1

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 There are 5 basic phases of the stroke Setup Catch Drive Exit Recovery There may be multiple phases, but there is no separation between each phase. Each phase transitions smoothly into the next. There should be no stops, stalls or pauses. That does not mean that every phase moves at the same pace, just that there is no separation. The Setup is perhaps the most important phase of the stroke. If you do not position yourself to make a good Setup, you can not make a good Catch. If you do not make a good Catch, there is nothing you can do downstream in the stroke...

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MP – Technique Day 1

MP – Technique Day 1

Paddling technique is broken into 5 phases: Setup Catch/Plant Drive Exit Recovery The catch phase and plant phase are essentially one in the same, two parts of the same phase that cane be called either catch or plant. However, first you catch then you plant, it is very subtle. A single phase must be executed correctly for the next phase to have a chance to be correct. For example, if the catch is messed up that entire stroke is flawed and there is nothing you can do to salvage, and to get a proper catch you need a proper recovery, so the entire process is cyclic. The...

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December Practice

Team PNW Olamau 2012 training has started. Aside from your individual training, SSPO is allowing us to use their facility for group practice. The objective will be 1: blend 2: miles. We are starting with 12-15 miles, then 15-18 miles and working up to 25-30 mile training runs. It is imperative that we get these training sessions in. No excuses! If you can't make it at a specific time, then suggest a new time. Use the polls and comment area below.

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Training Principles

This article pretty much sums up what I have learned through reading and lots of trial and error over the last 5 years. A definite must read for my fellow athletes. Erik Borgnes   General Training Principles for Surfski Racing   By Erik Borgnes   The purpose of this article is to lay down some basic training principles for the developing paddler or new athlete and to offer some suggestions on how experienced paddlers can think about the structure of their current training program.   Like it or not, we are all continually bombarded with information...

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Seattle V6 Build

Seattle V6 Build

Jono Saunders has a new project in the works, an unlimited six man canoe. The philosophy going into this canoe is simple yet significant; local design for local waters using local timber. SVA is stoked to support the build and are currently looking for sponsors to help us purchase this canoe. If you are interested in supporting, lets talk, we can discuss ways this canoe can help your cause or business. Jono and his father John Guzzwell (http://www.johnguzzwell.com) are extraordinary boat builders, sailors and watermen. John and Jono both compete in Trans-Pac sailing races and build beautiful...

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V1’s arrive from Tahiti!

V1’s arrive from Tahiti!

The shipping company said this was the first time a container arrived early from Hawaii. SVA has 4 V1's ordered from Tahiti, and believe me this has been a long process to order, fund and ship. Big mahalo to Tim from Hawaiian Paddle Sports for coordinating the effort. Wow, these boats are amazing.

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Will there be a V3 Revolution?

Will there be a V3 Revolution?

Going back over the last 60 years or so, OC6 has been the driving force behind the growth of Hawaiian Canoe paddling. As a team sport, this is how new paddlers are exposed to Outrigger Canoe paddling, learn the fundamentals, take part in the culture and build life long friendships. OC6 does have its challenges, that a Tahitian V3 could address. Here are my thoughts. Background The canoes are 44ft, 400lbs and require a trailer and a team of paddlers to transport the canoe. There needs to be an ideal location to store the canoe with water access. Not a big problem for a club to handle, and this...

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Super Aito 2011 – Recap (results, stories, videos)

Super Aito 2011 – Recap (results, stories, videos)

Results from Super Aito, 2011 1 Rete Ebb 5:23:42 2 Yoann Cronsteadt 5:23:43 3 Heiva Paiea Amo 5:27:37 4 Christian Roihau 5:27:46 5 Manutea Owen 5:29:01 6 Terearii Hamblin 5:32:31 7 Christopher Moua 5:34:05 8 Kevin Céran Jérusalemy 5:34:11 9 Teihotu Dubois 5:35:58 10 Steeve Teihotaata 5:35:59 The Battle of the Century While on honeymoon in Tahiti, Luke Evslin (of Hawaii Va'a Association and Kamanu Composites) follows the Super Aito 2011,  world championship of V1 paddling. Here is his account of what has been called one of the greatest finishes in this race: “Un… Duex… Trois….”...

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Paddle Grand Prix – Bellingham

Our friends up in Bellingham are putting on this race. Let's support the cause and join them for this event. http://paddlegrandprix.com/race-info DATE: Saturday, August 27th 2011 LOCATION:  Boulevard Park, Bellingham, WA. Boulevard Park is located on Bellingham Bay along South State Street and Bay View Drive. RACE DAY SCHEDULE: 8:00 – 9:00 AM Race check-in and day-of-race registration 9:15 AM pre-race meeting 10:00 AM Race Start 11:45AM Paddle Hand Prix DASH FOR CASH!!!! 12:00 Post Race BBQ and Awards THE RACE COURSE: The race course will consist of a roughly 2-mile oval...

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