Rowing News: Calm Waters Rowing celebrates 20th anniversary, announces big changes to come
It’s been 20 years since Charlotte Hollings and John Dunn opened their now thriving sculling camp in Lancaster, VA. Says Charlotte, “When we started, there were so many opportunities for kids to get coaching but few places adults could go to get instruction in an environment that was comfortable and conducive to learning. “We spent two years looking for the right spot, and we loved what we found – a beautiful, fresh-water, protected lake and a historic plantation home just two miles up the road with plenty of room for our future guests.”
But now, after 20 years and much deliberation, Charlotte and John have decided to make some big changes.
“After the 2020 season,” says Charlotte, “we will continue to coach – we love that part – but we will no longer host rowers at our Levelfields Inn.
“Cooking and cleaning and caring for a 7-bedroom/7-bath, 6000-square-foot house has gotten old. Our fabulous chefs, Jill and Larry, don’t plan to work forever either (they’re supposedly retired!) and we have no desire to run the kitchen without them.
“We plan to do more traveling to coach at different clubs, and we may well continue to coach on our Camps Mill Pond. Guests can stay locally in any of the hotels, inns, B&Bs and even VRBOs and Airbnbs that weren’t available when we first set up business.”
Charlotte and John stress that this isn’t goodbye. In 2021, they will simply refocus their energies to include more coaching and rowing, but less hosting.
Rowers of all skill levels still have the 2020 season to enjoy the full Calm Waters experience.
Calm Waters Rowing opens its 20th-anniversary season on March 22. Learn more then contact Calm Waters to book your ideal three- or four-day sculling experience now.
“So many have helped us make Calm Waters Rowing successful for 20 years,” says Charlotte. “We invite you all to join us as we celebrate our big anniversary!”
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|Esther Lofgren’s 2k Clinics|
At this 1-day clinic, high school rowers will receive personalized erg coaching and learn drills and strategies for improving their 2K throughout the year. Rowers will also receive an overview of the college recruiting and application process, including scholarships and financial aid. For more information and a full list of locations, visit estherlofgren.com
|Washington D.C.||Washington D.C.||United States|
|Albany Rowing Center|
Albany Rowing Center’s youth summer rowing camp program offers instruction in rowing to students entering 6th to 12th grade (ages 11 to 18). For athletes looking for something new, this coed camp is a great way to find out if rowing might be a good fit. ARC teaches young athletes about the sport of rowing through participation in a fun and educational setting. Students will learn water and boat safety, stroke mechanics on the ergometer (rowing machine) and the basic techniques of sweep rowing and sculling on the Hudson River. While the majority of time is spent on the water, there is also fitness training on land and education about boats and equipment. Campers learn how to work as a team. No prior experience necessary.
ARC also offers Adult Learn-To-Row programs throughout the spring and summer. This program is for adults interested in learning the basic techniques and styles of sculling and sweep rowing. The program is a low impact sport available to adults of all athletic levels. The learn-to-row program includes instruction on land as well as on-water sessions to learn basic rowing technique.
Email: info@albanyrowingcenter. org.
|Albany||New York||United States|
|Pacific Rowing Club|
This program is open to all junior students 6th grade and up. Come and try the sport of rowing in a fun and informative camp designed for beginners and continuing new rowers! Each camp runs for one week, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and includes rowing, land training, video review, nutrition, and rowing in both small and large racing shells. No experience necessary! Just bring warm exercise clothes, and a desire to learn and have fun. To enroll, just fill out the registration and emergency release forms (which you can bring to the first practice). Each one week camp is a good introduction to the sport of rowing, however, if the desire is to prepare for High School rowing you are encouraged to enroll for two or more sessions. Generally, all participants are encouraged to enroll in as many sessions as desired, even if they are not continuous. The coaching staff will regularly assess the rower’s progress and find fun and interesting new boatings and challenges for each athlete. Email [email protected] with questions. pacificrowingclub.org/summer-learn-to-row
|San Francisco||California||United States|
Offering lessons and rentals as well as on-site demonstrations from all the best open water boat manufacturers. Individual and group lessons run April through November by appointment only. Call 518.745.7699 (ROWW), email [email protected] or write 46 Meadow Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804. www.adirondackrowing.com
|Queensbury||New York||United States|
|Indiana University Rowing Camp|
The 2014 Indiana Rowing Camp caters to both beginner and experienced rowers and coxswains age 13–18. IU Head Rowing Coach Steve Peterson and his staff offer a challenging, fun, and rewarding experience where beginners learn fundamental skills and experienced athletes focus on technique development and performance. Learn why rowing is the ultimate team sport!
For more information, visit www.hoosiersportscamps.com.
|Penn AC Gold|
Penn AC Gold provides the most complete competitive summer experience in preparing male and female high school athletes for all aspects of collegiate and pre-elite rowing. Housing, meal plan, and all travel expenses are included in the cost of the program.
|All American Rowing Camp|
Offering several camps each year for masters and juniors. Contact Mark Wilson at 865.441.0880 or email [email protected].
|Various locations||Various locations||United States|
|Argonaut Rowing Club|
Offering youth and adult learn-to-row sessions throughout the spring and summer, on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the sheltered water behind the Toronto Western Beaches breakwall.
|Berkshire Community Rowing|
Offering lessons and rentals from May 1–Sept 30. Reservations must be made in advance.
|Brock Rowing School|
Brock has been offering lessons in sculling and sweep rowing since 1994 on the world famous Royal Canadian Henley course in St. Catharines Ontario. We offer lessons and coaching for all skill levels; introductory to advanced, and all ages; 12–80 years old. For more information contact Peter Somerwil [email protected] or go to our website at gobadgers.ca/index.aspx?path=wrow.
|California State University at Sacramento’s Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma|
Offering sculling and sweep classes and programs for high school, college and masters levels during the spring, summer and fall. Find out more information at www.csusaquaticcenter.com.
|Calm Waters Rowing|
Calm Waters Rowing offers a full-service sculling camp vacation catering to the master’s rower. The Camp is “The Perfect Sculling Destination.” Whether you are a beginner, recreational rower, or experienced racer, our rowing camp will focus on your needs.
|Charles River Rowing Camps|
For high school students, from novice to experienced, day or overnight. For information email [email protected].
|Craftsbury Sculling Center, Lake Hosmer|
The oldest sculling camp in the nation, Craftsbury remains one of the definitive training locations and experiences for scullers worldwide. For nearly three decades, beginners and Olympians alike have returned season after season to train with our world-class coaches in a setting of unrivaled natural beauty. May to September; week, weekend, and four-day camps.
|Craftsbury Common||Vermont||United States|
|Detroit Women’s Rowing Association|
A beautiful location with calm water canal access for Learn to Rows and technical instruction and the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair for all out power and distance rowing. Offering sculling and sweep classes and programs for middle school, high school, college and masters levels during the spring, summer and fall. Aside from scheduled camps; private, semi-private and group classes are offered by appointment. Popular Ladies Weekend Rowing Retreats include a gourmet Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast served on china and optional yoga in the historic Lawrence Fisher Mansion.
|Eton Rowing Courses, Eton College|
*Overseas students please note: Eton is < 20 minutes from Heathrow airport, and students can book for 2 weeks if 1 is not enough!
|Florida Rowing Center|
Seven, four and three-day sessions are held between mid-December and mid-May. Instruction for beginning, recreational and competitive rowers of all ages. 800.996.0021 website: www.floridarowingcenter.com
|Henry Hamilton’s Sculling School|
Since 1988. Beginners through experienced, recreational and racing. Small group instruction.
|High Performance Junior Rowing Camp|
Offered by Hampton Roads Rowing Club, this camp is geared toward experienced high school rowers. There will be a high rower to coach ratio with a maximum of only 15 rowers and 3 coxswains to be accepted. Applications to the camp are available on www.hrrc.net and only the best qualified applicants will be accepted. Sorry, no lodging is available for this camp.
|Lake Union Crew Junior Summer Camp|
Two Sessions. Eligibility: Girls and boys 13–18 years of age are welcome regardless of experience or ability. The only requirement is a desire to improve.
Mission Rowing offers year round Learn to Row, Novice, Experienced and Elite Development classes and camps for youth (age 10–18), U23/Collegiate/Post Collegiate Elite and Masters athletes. Set on Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley above Santa Barbara visiting athletes can have the best of both worlds. An expansive park with a beautiful quiet lake for serious training and learning, combined with every amenity you could desire within a 30 minute drive. We can accommodate individual athletes, small groups, and full teams in need of a fall/winter/spring training venue. Watch our website and social media accounts for updates on residential camp option as we return to a normal life.
|Santa Barbara||California||United States|
|Navy Rowing Camps, U.S. Naval Academy|
Camps for youths ages 13–18 are appropriate for everyone from beginner to highly experienced.
|Nike Rowing Camps|
Boys & girls ages 14 and up. Thirteen locations around the U.S. Call 800.NIKECAMP.
|Various locations||Various locations||United States|
|Northeast Rowing Center|
This one week sweep rowing camp in Raymond, Maine is for junior athletes ages 14–19 with at least one season of experience. Established in 1987, Northeast has been providing excellent quality instruction for over 25 years. For information, call 609.712.2667 or email us at [email protected].
|Open Water Rowing|
Instruction weekends and some weekdays. Call 415.332.1091 to register. Novice to advanced. Year-round.
|Orlando Rowing Club|
ORC is offering a Men’s Junior Development Training Camp for male varsity rowers 18 and under. Camp will be held at the ORC boathouse on Lake Fairview, Orlando, FL. For more information see orlandorowingclub.com or email [email protected].
|Peter Jay Sharp Sr. Development Camp|
The Peter Jay Sharp Rowing Club in New York City seeks highly motivated athletes for its competitive senior team development camp. For more information, see rownewyork.org/program/novice-summer-rowing-camps.
|New York City||New York||United States|
|Princeton High-Performance Rowing Camps|
Are you looking for a rowing camp to improve your skills, enable you to enhance your physiology and make you a better racer? The Princeton High-Performance Camp is for you. Each rower will be comprehensively analyzed through the use of video, ergometer, and in-boat racing situations. For girls and boys ages 14–19.
|Princeton||New Jersey||United States|
|Raritan Valley Rowing Camp||Rutgers University||New Jersey||United States|
|Frisco Rowing Center|
On-water real-time power curve analysis, private lessons with top US coaches, computer-aided video analysis, long-term physiological analysis and consulting. Personalized rigging clinics, race strategy, counseling, beginner lessons and more.
The original, the best: this is where the concept of “rowing vacations” was born! Rowers are well-traveled, curious, and easy-going, and it is our great joy to be able to share our rowing haunts with others.
In Tuscany, we train on our secluded rowing basin, go for a row under the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and absorb the true sense of Tuscan culture. Every day we’ll be on the water, working on perfecting the essentials of our rowing technique, and then we’ll take off exploring the countryside and towns. Showing our guests what we love is a wonderful excuse to see them ourselves!
All the passion and love of travel & rowing that we put into our Tuscany experience also goes beyond to Sicily, China, Venice, Quebec , and anywhere that’s fun to row! We take you to local rowers who are delighted to share their passion with others, we coach you on the ocean, rivers, lakes or basins… anywhere where rowing is a daily activity. And we combine our workouts, as always, with terrific local food, culture, and day trips.
|Wisconsin Junior Women’s Rowing Camp|
Open to girls in or recently graduated from high school. Rowers and coxswains welcome with or without experience. Two Sessions. Location: Madison, WI in the University of Wisconsin’s boathouse and dormitories. For infomraiton see uwcamps.com/sport.aspx?id=11.
|Wichita Rowing Association|
We have Juniors and Learn To Row sessions. Please call Don Wadsworth 316.688.0690 or [email protected] for registration details.
|William and Mary Rowing Club|
William and Mary Rowing Club is offering a seven-day overnight rowing camp for both boys and girls to learn more about the sport of rowing at the beautiful College of William and Mary. Our camp is for rowers and coxswains with at least one semester of sweep rowing or coxing experience who want a competitive edge for high school rowing as well as future collegiate-level racing. Students will be fully supervised by our staff and given personal guidance from W&M Rowings own head coach, Nathan Walker. There are only 30 slots for boys and 30 for girls, so spaces will go fast; first come, first serve. Our website is at wmrowing.org/summer-camp.
|Camp Randall Rowing Club|
Camp Randall’s primary purpose is to foster national and international rowing by supporting and developing amateur athletes for national and international competition in the sport of rowing. www.camprandallrc.org.
|Rowing For All|
Little Harbor Boathouse Open Water Rowing Center
Offering adult Learn-to-Row-for-Fun-and-Fitness and open water rowing clinics on Salem Sound (17 miles north of Boston; convenient to Logan International Airport). Private coaching for novices to competitive rowers training for open water rowing competitions. Clinics and private coaching run May through October. Shell rentals to qualified rowers. Year-round and seasonal private boat storage.
For weekend learn-to-row intensives, list of lodgings in historic Marblehead, Massachusetts, and more information, contact Maryellen Auger. Email [email protected], call 781.990.3552 or visit www.rowingforall.com.
|Porter’s Summer Sports Academy|
Porter’s Rowing Academy will be offered to girls in grades 7–10. Porter’s Summer Sports Academy utilizes the athletic environment to assist in the development of tomorrow’s leaders. Our goal is to create a safe and challenging environment for the female athlete that cultivates the development of the whole athlete. Through the utilization of state-of-the-art athletic facilities at Miss Porter’s School, instruction from some of the country’s premier coaches, guest speakers, and special workshops, our participants can’t help but grow as athletes and individuals. Having formed new and lasting friendships, they will depart as athletes who are technically cleaner and tactically more aware, ready to return to their teams with more confidence and a better understanding of what leadership role they can play to improve the overall team dynamic.
Program details are available at www.porters.org/summerprograms. Email: [email protected].
|Oklahoma City High Performance Camp For Juniors|
July 26—August 1
Join us this summer at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center for a training experience that will inspire you to pursue your highest goals. Take your training to the next level at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center Juniors Camp. This challenging week-long residential camp for experienced junior rowers will provide all campers with an opportunity to train at the same premier urban aquatic venue utilized by the U. S. National Team.
Visit riversportokc.org/training-site/rowing/athletes for more information and to register.
|Oklahoma City||Oklahoma||United States|
|Sag Harbor Community Rowing Summer Program|
Open to middle school, high school and college students. Sag Harbor Community Rowing summer rowing program is a non-competitive rowing program designed to improve your technical proficiency and aerobic base and get you ready for next years racing season. Weekly sessions begin on Mondays and go to Friday for the months of July and August. You may sign up for as many weeks as you want. Eligibility: Must be 9 years of age or older. No prior rowing experience is necessary. Adults are welcome! Visit http://www.rowsagharbor.org/ for more information and to register.
|Sag Harbor||New York||United States|
|Cavalier Rowing Camp|
For high school girls, aged 13–18. Learn from University of Virginia coaches at one of the most beautiful and protected bodies of water in the country. Both sweep rowing and sculling will be offered with an emphasis on technical development. Erg training, core and stabilization will also be featured.
Visit cavalierrowingcamp.com/ for more information and to register.
|Pioneer Navy Technical Sweep Camp|
Target: Rising seniors interested in the “life of a college athlete.” This is not for novice rowers, but rather to develop technical skills on the erg and on the water.
|Pocock Rowing Center Camp|
The Pocock Rowing Center is Seattle’s premier rowing facility! We have learn to row options for adults and children happening monthly, and a number of summer camps designed to get kids on the water and enjoying the sport. For class listings and information, contact the Pocock Rowing Center.
|Sparks Summer Rowing Program|
Summer Rowing Camps are 5 day camps with the best ratios of top collegiate coaches to athletes in the country. These camps are good for kids who are looking to explore their potential in the sport. A coxswain development camp is interlaced. Video found on site.
|Steel City Rowing Club Rowing Camps|
Offering junior sculling, masters sculling and competitive junior rowing camps during the summer.
|Hobart College Rowing Camp|
The Hobart College Rowing Camp is designed for boys and girls who are either an experienced or a novice high school aged rower (ages 13–18) looking to significantly improve their rowing ability.
Instruction and coaching will be geared to the experience level and talents of each rower. The camp includes two daily practices on the water as well as active seminars on rowing related topics. The staff will also lead discussions on the college admissions process and life as a student-athlete.
Each session will have tiers of instruction geared toward beginner, intermediate and advanced rowers and coxswains.
For more information, visit www.hws.edu/offices/conferences/rowing.aspx or email [email protected].
|Geneva||New York||United States|
Hosmer Point is a traditional summer camp for girls and boys, which offers a sculling program. Kids aged 9–15 are taught to scull through an age-appropriate curriculum, which also allows participation in the many other enriching activities and traditions of summer camp. Hosmer Point is a program of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and draws on the expertise and equipment of the Craftsbury Sculling Camp.
For more information, visit www.hosmerpoint.com.
|Mary Whipple Coxswain Leadership Camp|
Mary Whipple’s goal is to create the best, most knowledgeable, and enjoyable summer camp experience where coxswains are the main focus. In Mary’s words: “This is the kind of summer camp that I would have wanted to attend when I was in high school.” This is going to be your chance as a coxswain to learn about the sport of rowing on your terms. Coxswains can expect to be athletic and competitive, listen to and share race recordings, learn to row, master the art of docking and steering, increase situational awareness, and most importantly become a better leader.
For more information, visit 9thseat.com.
|Renton Rowing Center|
The Renton Rowing Center is a community boathouse of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation. RRC Adult Learn-to-Row programs begin in April and run through September. We also offer 1-day intro classes into the sport throughout the spring and summer. Our youth team runs year round and includes programs for Middle and High School students. Our youth athletes will use rowing as a means to develop new skills, learn how to work together, and challenge academic and athletic potential. We strive to provide full support—including scholarships, transportation, swimming lessons, and mentorship—to remove barriers that limit participation in youth rowing. We hope you’re able to join us on the water!
For more information, visit www.rentonrowingcenter.org or email [email protected].
|Washington Rowing School|
We are hosting three one-week junior camps this summer as well as a five-week program. Rowers can commit by the week. Both beginners and experienced rowers are welcome. Boat skills including balance, blade work, body position, and power will all be developed. We row out of Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland on the Anacostia River.
|ZLAC Rowing Camps|
Our athletic programs offer every woman, no matter her age or experience level, the ability to get out on the water and row. We have both competitive and recreational programs to suit all interests of all our rowers. Come join us on Mission Bay!
|San Diego||California||United States|
|Artemis Rowing Club|
Artemis Rowing is a competitive rowing program based at Oakland California’s Jack London Aquatic Center. Throughout June, July and August, Artemis is offering fun, week-long summer Learn to Row camps for students in grades 6–12. Enroll in two or more and be ready for our middle/high school teams in fall!
We are a sports agency based in Banyoles, home to all rowing events for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. We host plenty of rowing clubs, universities and federations from all over the world, and coordinate their training camps and tours in many of Spain’s top rowing venues. We provide all sorts of tailor-made packages including accommodation, transportation, and rowing logistics. Trust our knowledge and enjoy some truly great rowing experiences in Spain!
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Row, Eat, Row, Eat, Nap, Row, Eat, Sleep: Get Your Row On at Calm Waters Rowing | DFL
Remember when we told you about the DFL staff’s annual sabbatical? Me neither! But we went anyway and this year we went to camp! Not any camp mind you, but to a rowing camp geared to master rowers. Calm Waters Rowing is located in Virginia’s Northern Neck, about 90 minutes southeast of Washington D.C. in the town of Lancaster.
Your rowing camp should look like this
The camp is owned and run by two enthusiastic and excellent coaches, John Dunn and Charlotte Hollings, with more than 70 years combined rowing experience between them. In 2011, John Dunn is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his Cornell boat’s national championship. John was in the two seat of that winning team and then went on to coach at Cornell for more than 20 years, first the lightweights and then the women’s team (’89 National Champions and IRA Champs in ’95). Charlotte Hollings was on the National team for 5 years and sat in the bow seat of the 1994 Women’s World Champion 4-. In addtition, she has coached at Stanford, Cornell (2 times IRA champs), and the Florida Rowing Center among other places. What makes this place even more fun is their passion for the sport and for coaching and they are just fun people. In addition, their encyclopedic knowledge of the current rowing scene really makes for some interesting conversations during the video reviews and around the breakfast/lunch table. Both coaches are extremely supportive and encourage their students, no matter what their level, to go past their own perceived limitations.
The rowing venue is a privately owned lake, nearly one mile long, that is owned by Calm Waters. No wakes, no power boats (except for the coaches of course and they are extremely mindful never to wake their guests) and the only observers are the eagles and ospreys that seem to be everywhere. The accomodations were at the Inn at Levelfields, one of the last antebellum mansions to be built in Virginia, circa 1857. Together, John and Charlotte have transformed this former plantation into a wonderful B&B filled with family antiques and heirlooms. But let’s get back to the rowing.
The judges warm themselves on a log
Each row starts with a session from one of the coaches, all well planned in advance, and the coaches work with rowers, based on their level of experience. Like most camps, each day provides the opportunity to review video of your rowing but in addition there are really great discussions of the techniques and strategies of some of the world’s greatest rowers, which John and Charlotte manage to make relevent for all rowers.
Did I mention the food? It was delicious and plentiful and just right for the calorie-burning rows we did every day.
And if you don’t believe me, here’s another review here.
Whether you have never been in a boat, relatively new to rowing, or an old master, this is a great place to get your row on.
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Clubs and Rowing Lessons – Peinert Boat Works, Mattapoisett, MA
Places where you can row a Peinert:
Boulder Community Rowing www.boulderrowing.com
Boulder, CO 303-532-6766
Calm Waters Rowing www.calmwatersrowing.net
Lancaster, VA 800-238-5578
Craftsbury Sculling Center www.craftsbury.com
Craftsbury Common, VT 800-729-7751
Florida Rowing School www.floridarowingcenter.com
West Palm Beach, FL 800-996-0021
Frisco Rowing Center www.friscorowing.com
Frisco, CO 970-333-8320
Longmont Sculling Club www.LongmontSculling.com
Union Reservoir , CO 303-998-1248
Thompson Boat Center www.thompsonboatcenter.com
Washington, DC 202-333-4861
Washington Rowing School www.WashingtonRowingSchool.com
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Bladensburg, MD 202-344-0886
Clubs with Lots of Peinerts
Cape Fear River Rowing Club www.capefearriverrowingclub.com
Carnegie Lake Rowing Association www.clra.com
Community Rowing, Inc. Boston. www.communityrowing.org
Dallas Rowing Club www.dallasrowingclub.org
East Bay Rowing eastbayrowing.org
Farmington Valley Rowing Association www.fvra.org
Greater Dayton Rowing Association www.daytonrowing.org
Harvard Sculling l hcs.harvard.edu/~harvcrew/sculling.html
Longmont Sculling Club www.LongmontSculling.com
Union Reservoir, CO
Massachusetts Institute of Technology mitathletics.com/sports/m-crewhvy/index
Narragansett Boat Club www.rownbc.org
Navesink River Rowing Club navesinkriverrowing.shuttlepod.org
Fair Haven, NJ
Occoquan Boat Club rowobc.org
Potomac Boat Club www.potomacboatclub.org/
Rivanna Rowing Club www.rivannarowing.org
Sagamore Rowing Association www.sagamorerowing.org
Glenwood Landing, NY
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90,000 Kayak Rowing Technique: How To Control The Kayak Correctly? – russplav.com – Blog
Kayak is a small-sized, maneuverable rowing vessel. With its ability to cross shallow waters and rapids, this small craft attracts fishing enthusiasts, tourists and hunters. But, before setting off on a journey on the water, you should master the rowing technique. This will help the rower to feel confident on reservoirs of varying complexity, tirelessly overcome considerable distances.
How to row properly
Depending on the type of boat, the rower is located either on top of it, or inside the cockpit. In order to efficiently use forces when moving on water, you first need to learn how to hold a paddle with two blades in your hands. The rower must determine the optimum working width for himself. This is done as follows:
- Take the oar with both hands with a grip from above;
- stretch your arms out in front of you;
- put the spindle (handle) on your head.
In this position, spread your arms so that your elbows are bent at right angles. In this case, the distance from the palms to the shoulder blades should be the same. After determining the correct position, you can start teaching rowing.
One arm of the rower, right or left – leading. With it, he always holds the oar firmly and motionlessly, preventing it from turning in the palm of his hand and, of course, shifting to the left or right. You don’t need to wrap your hand around the spindle, just your thumbs are enough.The forearm of the dominant hand should be perpendicular to the spindle of the oar. In the palm of the other hand, the spindle will rotate 180 degrees.
When steering the boat, the rower should keep the oar lower, at chest level. This will ensure the rational use of muscle groups. Try not to give in to the natural urge to lift it up to the level of the chin. When moving your arms forward, try not to bend them strongly at the elbows, just bend them slightly. Bend forward a little while stroking. You do not need to pull the paddle towards you.Make sure that the grip increases only at the beginning of the stroke, and when the blade is above the water, it becomes weakened. Holding the spindle with your thumb will save energy and prevent the appearance of calluses.
To prevent the boat from loosening, the rower’s back should be straight, perpendicular to the surface of the water.
A comfortable fit is provided by a pair of stops set in accordance with the rower’s height. The stops support the body in turns, help maintain balance during straight rowing and turns.
The forces on the boat during strokes are transmitted by means of the legs resting against the stops. In this case, the arms play the role of an intermediate link between the oar and the rower’s body. Therefore, when teaching, it is important to learn how to work with a corps. When paddling, the body should turn so that the paddle is immersed in the water with the blade at the level of the feet. At the same time, the rower firmly presses the foot against the stop. The rowing should be finished as soon as the lower arm rises to the level of the abdomen. In this case, the blade is pulled away to the side by raising the elbow.Fold so that the hand and forearm are in line. For the next stroke, the body turns to the other side.
Kayak turning technique
To complete the U-turn, the rower takes arc strokes. This technique ensures that the boat’s speed is maintained. The grip of the spindle is the same as in straight swimming. The blade of the oar dropped into the water must be turned from the boat in a large arc from bow to stern. In this case, the hands only hold the oar, and the actual turn is carried out by turning the rower’s body.An arc stroke will occur if the starting position of the blade is at the stern with the same hull movement. The rower must master this technique perfectly.
The oar should be taken out of the water with the arm extended and slightly bent at the elbow. You should feel how your lower body turns the kayak, and the blade meets the resistance of the water. Do not allow the boat to roll! No sudden movements – there should be no breakers on the water.
In general, this technique represents the movement of the oar along an arc, and the axis of this movement is the rower’s body.With reverse strokes, back to front, the rower can lean forward slightly, but only when the blade reaches the bow of the boat.
As a practical matter, arcs are infrequent. This is more of a sporting technique, without which it is impossible to overcome rough water. But on a fishing trip or on a camping trip, a situation can always happen when you need to immediately make a similar maneuver.
Rowing technique for beginners
Beginners need to learn how to steer a boat correctly on calm water.It is better if, at least at first, an experienced instructor teaches you how to hold the body and paddle in the right position. It is important that someone pointed out mistakes in time so that they do not become your habit. Self-study is quite possible, but it will take an unreasonably long time.
As an option – a kayaker school, which can be found at a decent boat rental point. There the instructor will help you learn to feel the boat, show you and help you master all the steering techniques. If you try, learn to do even a professional Eskimo coup.After a short training, you can think about going out on your own, and eventually even try your hand at rough water.
Rowing is an Olympic water sport in which participants, while in a boat, use their oars and their own strength to cover the distance with their backs forward (as opposed to rowing and canoeing).
Singles, twos, fours and eight rowers on light and heavy twin and swing boats participate in rowing competitions. First, the athletes participate in the preliminary stage, after which they advance to the semifinals, and then the top 6 crews advance to the final. The race is held in calm water and in a straight line. Teams are allowed to move on other people’s lanes, but on the condition that they do not interfere with other crews. The race begins with the command “two minutes”, which sounds at the moment when all boats are located in the starting box.This is followed by a roll call of the crews, which ends with the command “attention”. Some time after the command, a loud sound signal sounds and the race begins.
There is no perfect rowing technique, as each athlete has his own technique and understanding of the process. It follows from this that the main task of a rowing coach is the adaptation of an individual athlete’s technique to certain conditions.The main element of the rowing process is the stroke itself. It has two stages: start / hold / grip and end. The cleanliness of execution in both phases affects the speed of movement, balance and trajectory of the boat. By the way, depending on the direction of the stroke, the boat can move both horizontally and vertically.
With an increase in the number of rowers in the boat, the influence of the quality of the stroke on the boat’s course increases. Ideally, all athletes should start and end the fungus at the same time.In fact, even the best teams in the world do not have rowers at the same time. Sometimes the difference reaches tenths or even hundredths of a second, but it is still there.
Types of rowing
Rowing is double and swing. In the first case, the athlete works with two oars, each of which he holds with one hand. And in the second – rowing occurs with one oar, which is held with two hands.
The crew of the boat may include one, two, four or eight rowers.In some classes, the weight of the athlete is regulated. Both men and women can compete in such discipline as academic rowing.
The Olympic program includes the following rowing classes:
- Deuce doubles, deuces swinging and deuces doubles light weight.
- Four swing and doubles.
This is Olympic rowing only.Competitions at world championships are more varied:
- Single lightweight.
- Deuce male swinging with helmsman, double male swinging light weight.
- Men’s oar four with helmsman, lightweight four-piece pair.
- Men’s Eight Lightweight.
In all classes where the gender of the athletes has not been indicated, both men and women can compete.
The weight of the helmsman is regulated by the rules.If the helmsman weighs less than the norm, then the boat is loaded with ballast. The sex of the helmsman does not depend on the sex of other crew members. Thus, a female carriage may have a male helmsman and vice versa. The Olympic Games are an exception – here the entire team must be of the same gender. In commercial tournaments, it is sometimes permissible for both women and men to be in the carriage at the same time.
Academic rowing is very different from kayaking and canoeing.The differences relate to both the method of movement and the level of loads received by the athlete. In this sport, about 95% of the muscle groups of a person are involved. Here are the main differences from kayaking and canoeing:
1) Distance. It can vary from 0.5 to 160 kilometers. It all depends on the nature of the races. Juniors “B” (up to 16 years old) swim 0.5-1 km. Juniors “A” (from 16 to 18 years old) – 1-2 km. For all others, a 2-kilometer race is considered the standard. And distances over 2 kilometers are already marathon.
2) Way of movement. A characteristic feature of rowing is the movement of athletes backwards. The buoys help the athletes to maintain the given trajectory.
3) Travel speed. The average speed for a boat in rowing is about 20 km / h. On jerks (start and finish), it increases to 30 km / h. This is the last metric that distinguishes rowing. Eights, by the way, are the fastest, both on the jerks and in the middle of the distance.
A rowing boat is a light, narrow, elongated boat with movable seats and overboard swivels for attaching oars. Boats can be training and racing. In the first case, the vessel is slightly wider, and its sides are higher. Initially, boats were made exclusively of wood. Based on the method of hulling, there was a division of ships into “Clinkers” and “Scythians”. The boat “Klinker” was sheathed with longitudinal slats, and “Skif” – with veneer or plywood made of valuable wood.Later, plywood and veneer were replaced by composite materials. Today, “clinker” boat plating has gone into oblivion, so all racing boats have come to be called simply “Scythians”. The production of boats from carbon materials on the principle of a multilayer “sandwich” began in 1980. High-quality epoxy resins are used as a link in this technology. Modern boats are quite expensive. The price of a single vessel starts at about a thousand dollars.
The first mentions of rowing as a sport are recorded on an ancient Egyptian stone bas-relief and date back to the 25th century BC.NS.
Academic boat racing in the modern sense dates back to 16th century England, where carriers of passengers and goods across the Thames competed in kayak and boat races.
The first official rowing competition took place in 1715 and was named Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race after the organizer of the English actor Thomas Doggett. This race is still considered one of the most prestigious in the United Kingdom. Later, England established two of the oldest and most important regattas – symbols of British rowing, which are still held today: the Oxford-Cambridge regatta called The Boat Race, which began in 1829, and the Henley Royal Regatta ), first held in 1839.
In 1718, by the decree of Peter I, the first in Russia rowing club “Nevsky Flot” was established. And since March 21, 1860, rowing in Russia has received official recognition as a sport.
Since 1900, rowing has been included in the program of Olympic competitions.
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Rowing is a sports activity consisting in moving a boat with or without a helmsman by pushing it forward due to the muscular strength of one or more athletes (hereinafter – rowers) using oars as a lever with an axis of rotation, rigidly attached to the hull of the boat, and sitting with their backs in the direction of movement of the boat.
Rowing includes four sports disciplines: rowing, coastal rowing, folk rowing, indoor rowing.
Rowing, is a kind of rowing sport on special sports vessels – narrow (single boat width – 30 cm , eights – 60 cm ) boats with oarlocks (outboard) and movable banks (seats). There are oar boats for rowing (athletes are distributed equally on both sides; each rowing with one oar) and twin (each rowing with two oars).
Rowing has been included in the program of the Olympic Games since 1896 (for women since 1976). In addition to the Olympic Games, the World Championship, World Cup, Nations Cup, World Championship among students, World Championship among youth are held annually.
Competitions in rowing are held among men and women. The composition of the boat can be one, two, four or eight rowers.
Competitions in the Olympic program are held in 14 classes:
Singles – male and female – 1x;
Doubles paired – male and female – 2x;
Double swinging – male and female – 2-;
Doubles paired light weight – male and female – 2x l / v;
Swinging fours – male and female – 4-;
Fours – paired male and female – 4x;
Eights – male and female – 8+
Rowing boat classes not included in the Olympic Games program but participating in the World Championships program:
Singles – lightweight male and female;
Deuces – male swinging with a helmsman; doubles men’s swing light weight;
Fours – male swinging with a helmsman; fours – swing light weight, fours – men’s and women’s doubles of light weight;
Eights – Men’s Lightweight.
The distance covered by the distance varies from 500 meters or more. Depending on the nature of the races: for juniors “B” – 500-1500 meters, for juniors “A” from 1000 to 2000 meters, for seniors “B” and “A” the standard is 2000 meters. A race over 2000 meters is considered a marathon.
There is no ideal rowing technique , each “academic” has his own technique based on different feelings and ideas about rowing. The task of the trainer is the maximum adaptation of the individual rowing technique of the athlete to different conditions.
There are two main points in stroke technique – the start (also “hook” or “catch”) and the end of the stroke. Both affect the balance, speed and trajectory (both horizontal and vertical) of the boat. With an increase in the crew (that is, rowers in a boat), the importance of these two moments increases, since, ideally, the moment of the beginning and the end of the stroke of all crew members should be the same, in fact, the difference between rowers (for professional rowers) in the same crew at the start (or end) of the stroke is several hundredths, and sometimes even tenths of a second.
For “academics” it is typical to move backwards, and the boat’s movement is corrected along special paths (buoys).
Coastal rowing – rowing discipline, competitions in which are held in the sea and river waters. It is considered more extreme and spectacular, as the teams competing along the coast perform in unpredictable weather conditions.
Participants use special boats with high seaworthiness and speed characteristics.The distance can be up to 8 km and represent one or several circles with turns around the buoys. In addition, during the race, the crews must not only show the best time, but also cope with the elements without losing valuable seconds in the fight against waves and wind.
Unlike the classical distance in rowing, coastal rowing competitions can start from any place in the water area, respectively, the design of the boats allows you to go out on the water and start immediately without the help of special holders and the presence of launch rafts.Sometimes the competition program also includes running from the starting line on the shore to your boat, into which you need to climb as quickly as possible and continue the race with your rivals already on the water.
Folk rowing – rowing on special single boats and double boats with a helmsman. Sports boats for competitions in folk rowing are distinguished by a fixed “can” (seat) and the greatest stability on the water.
Rowing competitions are held on “flat water”, in the waters of lakes and narrow rivers, the rules are similar to those for rowing competitions.No more than ten crews can start at the same time in one folk rowing race.
Indoor rowing , or rowing on ergometers, is an official rowing discipline approved by the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation in 2015. Competitions are held on special rowing machines Concept 2, simulating rowing in academic boats on the water.
Rowing machines are an integral part of the training process of athletes in preparation for competitions, especially in winter.Ergometers have been used in training since the 1950s.
Recently, indoor rowing has ceased to be just part of the training of professional rowers, but has grown into a separate discipline with its own competitions.
Traditionally, indoor rowing competitions are held at a distance of 2000 m, which is equal to the classical distance of rowing regattas. Also, rides up to 500 m or 6000 m are possible.
Rowing in kayaks and canoes
Rowing and canoeing – an Olympic sport (since 1936; for the first time it was presented at the 1924 Olympic Games as an unofficial form), which provides for the movement of kayaks and canoes in the aquatic environment and in standard conditions of muscular activity with maximum rowing speed.
Rowing and canoeing is a complex coordination sport. Distinctive features of this sport are that the athlete is simultaneously located and interacts with three conditions – water, paddle, boat, rower’s movements are made on an unstable support, sitting (in a kayak) or standing on one knee (in a canoe). The paddle in a kayak and canoe does not have a rigid connection to the boat, as in rowing, as a result of which the rower has greater freedom of movement, which greatly complicates the coordination of movements.The task of the athlete is that he must advance the boat, taking into account external interactions, therefore, optimally coordinate his movements with maximum physical exertion. Therefore, to master a complex motor skill, which is rowing, it is necessary to have a high level of coordination abilities development. Mastering the rowing technique is complicated by the fact that the rower’s movements are rarely found in everyday life and work of a person.
The rower’s work can be characterized as speed-strength, therefore, the athlete must have a sufficiently high level of strength and speed development.
The modern training methodology is aimed at the all-round physical development of athletes. Therefore, even the seemingly one-sided effect of rowing in kayaks and canoes with the work predominantly of the upper body in combination with other means of physical training, aimed, in particular, at strengthening and developing the muscles of the lower extremities, contributes to the harmonious development of an athlete – a rower.
From the history of rowing and canoeing
Eskimo boats “kayaks” became the prototype of the modern kayak.The material for them was seal skins, which were pulled over a frame made of bones. These were single, double and triple boats, used mainly for hunting and fishing.
The first modern kayak, which was recognized by the whole world, was made by the lawyer from Scotland John McGregor in 1865, he called it “Rob-Roy”. The boat is 4.57 meters long, 76 centimeters wide, clinker cladding (made of thin oak slats). A year later, MacGregor founded the world’s first rowing club – the English Royal Rowing Club.In 1874 he organized the first kayak regatta and in a few years made a robo-swarm trip across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, North America, the Baltic Sea, the Jordan River, the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, the story of which became the basis for his book “1000 miles on a robo-swarm.” After the book was published, John McGregor began publishing the sports magazine The Canoeist.
Canoes were invented more than 6 thousand years ago by the inhabitants of Canada and South America, who used them to sail along rivers, lakes, along the sea coasts for hunting and fishing.In the 19th century. they began to be used for sports purposes, including in calm water regattas.
Rowing and canoeing training process
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In MBU SSSHOR them. Sokolova L.K. work with athletes is organized during the calendar year.
The training process in rowing and canoeing at the stage of initial training and the training stage (stage of sports specialization) is carried out in accordance with the annual training plan, designed for 52 weeks, of which 44 weeks of training sessions in the conditions of the organization carrying out sports training and additionally 8 weeks of work (during the coach’s vacation) in the form of self-study of athletes according to individual work plans during active rest.
The program of sports training in rowing and canoeing at the stage of initial training is designed for 2 years, at the training stage (stage of sports specialization) – for 4 years.
After each year of sports training at the stages of preparation, in order to check the results of mastering the program, fulfillment of regulatory requirements, athletes pass the final certification standards. Based on the results of passing the final certification standards, the athletes are transferred to the next year of the preparation stage for the implementation of the program.
The main forms of sports training are:
– group and individual training and theoretical lessons;
– work according to individual plans;
– training camps;
– participation in sports competitions and events;
– instructor and referee practice;
– medical rehabilitation measures;
– testing and control.
Since 2012, a sports and fitness group has been opened at the school, which accepts children under the age of ten.The training process is carried out according to the program “Organization and implementation of sports and recreation work for the development of physical culture and sports among minors in the sport of“ rowing and canoeing ”. The purpose of the Program is to develop the cognitive interests of those involved, their physical education and health improvement, the formation of social experience in the process of training in the sport of “rowing and canoeing”. The duration of the program is 1 year .
In the summer, training sessions in rowing in kayaks in the MBU SSSHOR named afterSokolova L.K. are held at the rowing base of the school at st. Sovetskaya, house 2, building 1. In winter, athletes visit the pool, ski training.
Technique in water slalom
The technique of water slalom on straight sections of the distance is based on the technique of rowing in races. Slalom technique itself is much more varied and therefore more difficult to learn than race technique. The boat is only steered with a paddle.Any other kind of control is prohibited.
Water Slalom: Canoe Slalom Technique
The rower gets up in the boat on both knees and sits on a cross bar that fits tightly to his calves. To control boats when passing the gate, he uses two basic techniques: thrust and pressure. Pulling is done by pulling the oar towards the boat, pushing by pushing the oar away from the boat.
The paddle acts like a crowbar. Combinations of these 2 techniques together with forward and backward strokes create numerous variations of the canoe slalom technique.If necessary, for example, when moving from rough water to calm water, it is allowed to “throw” to the other side without releasing the handles.
The canoe is steered in calm areas by bringing the oar closer to the side and then stroking. In a two-seater canoe on a straight segment of the distance, the control is primarily carried out by the rower who is behind. The person sitting in front performs the stroke. If both rowers are pulling the oars or rowing at the same time, the boat will start spinning in place.
Water slalom: kayak slalom technique
In a slalom kayak, a “seat box” and knee support bond the rower to the boat so closely that the boat responds to every movement of the athlete. The rower controls the slalom kayak by pulling up and pushing on the paddle. However, the pressure is not produced as in a canoe, but by one-sided movement of body weight onto the paddle, simultaneously pushed towards the bow of the boat.
Water Slalom: Rowing Technique in Whitewater
To overcome rafts and other rapids, the following principle is important: the speed of the boat must be greater than the speed of the stream, otherwise the boat will not respond to control.When crossing a stormy stream or overcoming particularly large rapids, the boat is positioned so that the transverse flow of water passes under the boat, and not across the deck.
Otherwise, the boat may capsize. A flat paddle helps create a “triangle” position between the ends of the boat and the blade. By shifting the rower’s body weight to the middle of this triangle, it is extremely difficult to break it.
When changing from a fast current to still water or to a slow current, any control maneuvers will be more effective if started in still water, i.e.That is, for example, pulling up the oar should be started in return water (return water is a flow directed away from the main stream). If you start the steering maneuver in a reverse flow, the boat will be carried away in a rhyme.
Water slalom: “Eskimo” technique
“Eskimo coup” has a special meaning in slalom, because is not considered boat capsizing by the rules. After the boat has capsized, the rower remains in it due to the fact that he is tightly clamped in the boat by the hamstrings and the seat, in a head-down position.
In order to straighten using the original technique, the rower should grasp the middle of the oar with his left hand, and the end with his right hand, push the oar close to the boat as far forward as possible, then hold the oar close to the surface of the water, describing an arc with it until it does not form a right angle with the longitudinal axis of the boat.
Immediately after this, the rower pulls the oar towards him with his left hand and presses up with his right hand. This returns the boat to its normal position. The propeller technique is only suitable for canoeists and differs from the original technique in that the rower holds the oar in the usual way.
A good slalomist must master this technique in the rough water to avoid capsizing and the resulting damage to himself and the boat. Possession of the overturn technique is also of great importance in the process of training in rough water, since overturns cause great damage to both people and equipment and can decide the outcome of the competition.
SUP Surfing (Stand-Up Paddle) – Trajectory
O-Russian SUP (stand up paddle) is often called stand up paddle, so the connection between paddling and surfing is especially obvious to us.What is SUP surfing and how is it different from classic surfing? We will tell you in a new post.
The roots of SUP surfing grow from Polynesia, paddle surfing even has its ancient name in Hawaiian Ku Hoe He’e Nalu (direct translation: stand, paddle, catch the wave).
In the foreseeable past, paddle surfing has been around since the 1960s, when the famous Beach Boys surfers from Waikiki Beach in Hawaii took to the ocean while standing on their longboards. They had a paddle and a camera in their hands to take pictures of tourists learning to surf.Back then, no one knew what SUP was, so paddling standing on a board was called Beach Boys surfing. Rowing, balancing and catching a wave while standing on a narrow longboard is very difficult, so surfing the beach guys was not available to everyone.
The current wave SUP has been around since the early 2000s, when a company of famous Hawaiian surfers Dave Kalama, Brian Keaulana, Rick Thomas, Archie Kalepa and Laird Hamilton used SUP as an alternative way to train in anticipation of a swell.In 2001, Hawaiian shaper Malama Chun made the first dedicated paddle board, Bill Hamilton, Jerry Lopez and Ron House created their first dedicated paddle boards and actually called them “SUP”. At first, eminent surfers simply had fun on big boards, practicing and whiled away the time in anticipation of the waves, but paddle surfing quickly became popular, first in Hawaii and then around the world.
In 2002, Lair Hamilton caught a 6-foot wave on a board with an oar crowned with the American flag, got into the lenses of journalists and gave rise to talk about a new sport.
Further, the popularity of SUP rapidly developed, shapers experimented with the shapes of boards, inflatable paddleboards appeared and filled the market, paddle surfing became an official sport and was clearly divided into two directions: SUP on calm water and wave SUP.
Although modern SUP grew out of surfing, it gained the greatest popularity as a form of activity on calm water. Because it is easier and more accessible for beginners and inexperienced riders. Among those who are engaged in water sports, perhaps, there are no indifferent people to paddle surfing.Someone is definitely in favor, but someone thinks that the paddle only interferes with the fun. Nevertheless, SUP surfers have been riding the most popular peaks for several years now, catching big and small waves, and their community is growing larger and larger. Yes, wave SUP is not as simple and straightforward as classic surfing, which scares off timid riders. But paddle surfing has its undeniable advantages, which we will now talk about.
Those familiar with wave sliding often ask sup-surfers why they need a paddle.And it seems that the answer is obvious – to row. But not everyone understands why paddle on the wave. The fact is that the wave has its own speed, which surfers try to reach, raking with their hands before catching the wave. Often the force of the stroke or the speed of movement of the arms is not enough to equal the speed of the wave, and then it passes under the surfer without picking it up. You can, of course, start from the highest part of the wave, its peak, but for this you need to clearly know where it will stand and react with lightning speed.
SUP-surfers are on the line-up from above, see the wave from afar and start to rake in advance. The paddle area is larger than the palm area, so the speed of the paddle board is higher, the probability of catching a wave is greater, and often paddlers leave much more waves than surfers. And due to the fact that the start takes place not at the crest, but at the bottom of the wave, the glide of the sapper from the wave in time will be longer than the glide of the surfer.
The paddle helps not only to achieve speed, but also to reach the lineup, make sharp maneuvers, clinging to the wave wall and sometimes even balance.The large volume of the SUP board allows you to ride small gentle waves, which is not available on most classic surfboards.
In the end, there are some pluses: easier to get to the lineup, easier to rake, more waves caught and more suitable surfing conditions. But why didn’t all the surfers change their boards for SUPs and why can’t you find SUP rentals in iconic surf spots? Because SUP surfing has a number of features that are not easy for a beginner.
Firstly, this is the passage of the surf.You can lift the surfboard over your head, do a duck dive or eximo roll, and not strain too much when the surf breaks. The SUP board is larger and heavier, it will not dive under the water with you and, most likely, will be thrown back when you try to break through the surf. With experience, the surf will cease to be a big problem, but first you have to put maximum effort into passing it.
The second is balancing. The surfer stands on the board only at the moment of sliding, and the SUP rider constantly.For someone accustomed to standing on a board in flat water, this will not be easy. But the beauty of SUP boards is that sometimes they catch small even waves on their own, only due to their volume, and you can have fun with a couple of wave sessions on your knees. And then get up on your feet.
Thirdly, the weight of the paddle board for surfing. A rigid SUP for a beginner in any situation is heavier than a softboard for surfing.
At surf schools, beginners catch their first foam wave in the very first lesson. SUP-surfing requires more energy and understanding of the movement of the board and water, so not everyone is able to immediately leave the wave, even on their knees.But, as with any other hobby, it is important to have fun and keep trying, and then over time everything will work out! Moreover, almost any board is suitable for paddle surfing, even your walking SUP.
It is better to learn SUP surfing with an instructor, but if you have already completed the course and are ready for the session alone, do not forget to follow these rules:
- Put on the leash and make sure it is not too long. A 10 foot board and a leash of 10 feet is already 20 feet of hitting area that other surfers can get into.A SUP board is heavier than any surf board, so make sure it doesn’t hit anyone.
- Find your place on the lineup. SUP gives us the freedom to navigate the lineup in search of the best peak, but we don’t need to overuse it. Stay above the main lineup, respect other riders, and if you’re a beginner, catch waves away from the surfer crowd.
- Observe the rules of surf etiquette. The person with the paddle on the lineup is always the center of attention and, sometimes, ridicule. Let your lineup mates know that you are aware of the priority rules, do not take other people’s waves and do not drop other surfers.
- Ask an experienced friend to help you reach and leave the peak. It is difficult for a beginner to understand wind conditions and the peculiarities of currents, but it is very easy to be carried away by a gust of wind deep into the ocean. Let someone be there to look after you, if something happens.
Becoming a SUP pro is not easy, but possible. Experienced riders ride SUP boards with a volume of about 40 liters and a length of 5-6 feet, which is slightly longer than a shortboard. On such boards, the rider stands hip-deep in water or rakes with his hands, lying on his chest and holding the paddle along the side.These short SUP pros can be found on some of the world’s most extreme peaks and in SUP competitions.
In conclusion, let’s answer a frequently asked question: is an inflatable board suitable for SUP surfing? Yes, it does. Moreover, in your first sessions of the wave SUP, you still will not feel a fundamental difference, and surfing with an inflatable board is even easier. Some manufacturers (Ped Paddle, Starboard) make special surf inflatable boards, but a small paddle board (up to 9 feet) can also serve as a surfboard and take waves in height or even higher.
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If you think that a SUP board will only come in handy on summer vacation, and for a couple of weekends with friends, we are ready to offer at least 6 reasons to paddleboard more often, much more often!
Effective fat burning
When cycling at a speed of 16-18 km / h in one hour, you will burn 480 calories.By swimming in the pool for an hour, you will get rid of 840 calories. Jogging for an hour can burn up to 650 calories. in one hour.
For an hour of paddling on a SUP board, 300 to 1,000 calories are consumed. The energy consumption of different types of SUP surfing Austin Cox – Marketing Director of Isle Surf & SUP, calculated on the basis of the results of the scientific research “Calculation of energy costs by heart rate at submaximal physical activity” (J Sports Sci. 2005 Mar; 23 (3): 289- 97). The energy consumption of paddle surfing depends mainly on the intensity of the load.
The most energy-intensive types of SUP surfing are racing and wave surfing. An hour of such activities is spent from 600 to 1,000 calories. True, these types of activities require some experience and good physical shape. For those who are just health-conscious and want to keep fit, there are quieter paddleboarding options available.
SUP hikes and marathons, which involve swimming long distances at a speed of 4-5 km / h, but without stopping, help to burn 615-708 calories.Even beginners who are on the board for the first time can easily cope with such a load.
In the summer of 2015, we held several SUP-marathons at a distance of 12-16 km, and at an average speed of 4-5 km / h, all the participants perfectly coped with the route!
Performing vigorous asanas and water fitness will help you burn 400-500 calories for every hour of training, and leisurely rowing in calm water will save you at least 300 calories.With this type of workout, calorie consumption, and therefore weight loss, occurs naturally and safely for the body.
Minimal injury risk
Unlike highly dynamic sports, in which injuries are high, paddle surfing does not imply explosive, short-term and very intense physical activity. Therefore, the risk of damage to tendons, joints and ligaments is minimal. Moreover, sports doctors strongly recommend paddleboarding as one of the means of rehabilitation and recovery from injuries of the knee and hip joints.The minimum load on the joints with a clearly dosed and controlled muscle load helps to quickly and safely regain shape without disturbing the damaged organ.
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Training of small muscles and vestibular apparatus
When paddleboarding, almost all muscles work, including the small muscles of the neck, spine and feet that are usually not involved in training.In classic training programs, such muscles are very difficult to work out. When paddling on a SUP board, everything happens by itself.
Constantly monitoring the stabilization of the center of gravity seems difficult only in the first 1-2 hours. Then the body adjusts to the unstable base and the excitability of the vestibular apparatus gradually decreases. After a couple of hours you will notice that while rowing you do not think about balance at all, but admire the surrounding beauty and enjoy the movement.
The sound of running water relieves stress and tension, soothes. The ancient Arabs were well aware of this, installing fountains in the courtyards, which are mandatory for every wealthy house. In addition, proximity to water “turns off” voluntary attention, while simultaneously “turning on” the passive mode of the brain. These activates creativity and cognitive abilities.
Rhythmic strokes of the oar, light splashes, the sound of a board sliding along the water surface…you yourself will feel how the usual stiffness and tension subsides.
Strengthens the cardiovascular system
Rowing on a SUP board is a classic version of aerobic exercise, in which the number of small blood vessels increases, lung capacity develops, pulmonary ventilation increases, and stroke volume increases. For those over 35, this is an excellent prevention of strokes, heart attacks, the development of vegetative-vascular dystonia, and peripheral arterial disease.
Wrong age to worry about your heart? According to experts, mortality from cardiovascular diseases in Russia in recent years has been defined as “excess mortality among men of working age.” Men aged 30-35 years were included in the risk zone for sudden development of myocardial infarction and stroke in the last vole.
Safe type of physical activity for the elderly
For many people aged 50+, running, Nordic walking, hiking and playing sports are not available due to excess weight and age-related / degenerative joint diseases.