Ms. Tourista – picked up new Current Designs Siroccos in Victoria (they deliver)!
Newsletter, July 2003
Just Some Quick News
Yes, July is almost half-way over, the summer seems to be going so fast while we enjoy all this great weather in the northwest. Thanks to modern transportation I can teach a whitewater kayaking class near the Cascades on Sunday and be back to Port Townsend touring on salt water. Monday I taught a bracing clinic to a woman who is riding with her partner across country to benefit breast cancer – on a huge pink motorcycle!
The San Juan tour has solidified – we are taking the whale watch boat to Friday harbor on Thursday, touring the local islands and returning the same way Sunday. I have had requests to add another in late August or early September so if you are interested send an email!
Ongoing Tuesday and Thursday evening skills clinics – drop in!
July 24 – 27 San Juan Tour – learn by doing – take the whale watch boat from Port Townsend and start kayaking in Friday Harbor
July 31, August 1 – Roll class, whitewater update – Redmond
August 3 – Beginning sea kayaking -one day
August 9 – 10 Beginning and intermediate sea kayaking, Port Angeles
August 14 – 18 Outdoor Retailer Show, Salt Lake City
August 23, 24 – Deception Pass/San Juan Tour
August 30 – Intermediate whitewater or ?
September 5 – 7-
September 19 – 21 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium
October 1 – 6 – American Canoe Association instructor development workshop and exam, Hong Kong
October 10 – 12 – American Canoe Association instructor development workshop, Port Townsend, Washington
October 24 – 26 – American Canoe Association instructor development workshop , St. Augustine, Florida
October 17 – 19 – American Canoe Association instructor certification exam, St. Augustine, Florida
In the works: January – IDW, ICE and a fun kayak tour in Veracruz…
How about some teambuilding by kayak – great for those intra-office dynamics!
*deposits needed to hold spaces in above courses
I heard a rumor a few weeks ago that teaching people to set up with a J-lean (or boat tilt) might be counter productive – so I kept this in mind during the whitewater class last weekend. I had eleven people on the river and almost all of them went over in current using the pose of my little stick figure – until they integrated mooning the current or correcting (through muscle memory) the dropping of the head (head dink) to bring the knee up. Either moving the head to the side (knee-bone-to-the-chin-bone) or to the armpit does the trick!
I also modeled the position (with the head going to side) for a physical therapist and he said “you have to teach people that? It’s perfectly natural!”
Tooting One’s Own Horn –
Whitewater – “Great intro…felt like I got a good overview of strokes, river reading and safety.”
Deception Pass – “Fun! Bracing/rescue/stroke instruction explained well, and I enjoyed the current/eddy play (good weather too!).”
My article on whitewater kayaking – City Sports NW – Whitewater Kayaking
Brochure – Brochure
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