CBC Paddling Clinic

Hello Whatcom Paddlers,
Ludo and I have joined forces with the Community Boating Center to help kick start a youth paddling program here in Bellingham.  The CBC plans on hosting several paddling clinics this year that will be fundraisers for a local youth paddling program.  Our plan is to use the CBC’s youth camps throughout the summer as feeder programs for a youth paddling club with the goal of getting local youth in boats.  The Community Boating Center provides the liability insurance umbrella & organization structure which is required to get a youth program off the ground and have the perfect on-water location in Fairhaven.  These clinics will serve as fundraisers with 100% of the proceeds going towards purchasing equipment to outfit local youth and give them an opportunity to pursue paddling in a fun and safe environment.  We are offering this initial clinic prior to the CBC Paddle Challenge (5/12) as an opportunity to refine your technique prior to the afternoon race.  I learn/ refine my paddling stroke every time I paddle with Ludo, so this clinic has something to offer for all Whatcom Paddlers, even the more experienced paddlers in town.  We will have video feedback during the clinic as a tool to help improve your stroke and will have running video review during the bbq – hey, some of the video might end up in the film festival!  Come out and support us getting a youth program going in town and refine your technique with this spring paddling clinic.
Hope to see you on the water!
-DJ
Check us out in the April S2S Newsletter
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Bellingham Community Boating Center2012 Community Boating Center Paddle Challenge and Kayak Technique Clinic
May 12th/ 900-1130/ Community Boating Center, Bellingham Bay

ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO THE CBC YOUTH PROGRAMS WITH THE GOAL OF GETTING AREA YOUTH IN BOATS IN A SAFE AND STRUCTURED ENVIRONMENTLooking to kick your paddling into high gear before the 2012 Ski to Sea?  Haven’t been in a kayak for a while and want a quick spring paddling tune-up? The Bellingham Community Boating Center is offering a 3-hour kayak technique clinic with local kayakers David Jacobson and Ludovit Tatos on May 12th from 9:00-11:30 followed by the Paddle Challenge Race at 1pmThe clinic will looks the fundamentals of kayak paddling by focusing on stroke technique with the goal of making you a faster and more efficient paddler. Open to all paddling levels and types of kayaks, this clinic will focus on breaking down stroke technique to the basic elements- rotation, catch, power transfer, and exit- and look at subtle nuances which can help to maximize your power and speed. Video feedback will be used during the clinic to give real-time feedback to paddlers.  After the clinic, put your new technique training to work by racing with the CBC at the Paddle Challenge with a post race BBQ. All proceeds from the paddling clinic will go towards kick-starting a local youth paddling program at the Community Boating Center.  Special ‘Ocean Paddlesports Hotspot’ prize will go to the fastest boat on the water!

About the Coaches:
DJ comes to surfski paddling from a long background as an international whitewater slalom competitor and a former US Center of Excellence Development Coach.  He spent 10 years training and racing whitewater slalom in North Carolina has been hooked on surfing surfskis since moving to Bellingham in 2008.

Ludo Tatos, learning a paddle while growing up in Slovakia, was a Slovakian national sprint kayak competitor in the k-1 racing division. He now paddles surfski and enjoys racing in the local PNW circuit.  Ludo brings a wealth of knowledge to the clinic with his world class k-1 background!

Whether you’re a local paddler looking to improve your kayak stroke or a weekend warrior looking to improve you A-game, this clinic will give you tools to improve your paddling experience

Clinic: $30

CBC Paddle Challenge Entry: $30

Please RSVP to bpedlow@boatingcenter.org to sign up for the clinic.  Registration for the CBC Paddle Challenge is available here.

All proceeds support Youth Programs at the CBC – come out and support getting youth in boats while improving your paddling technique.

Blaine Pedlow
Executive Director
Community Boating Center – Bellingham, WA
(510)206-0003 mobile
(360)714-8891 office

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