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Ask A Pro: Stability in Changing Waters

Ask A Pro: Stability in Changing Waters

As many of you know, Vermont Ski and Sport has developed a curriculum for teaching performance paddling for fitness and longevity! In our quest we constantly reach out to pros around the world for advice and to study their techniques. It’s this constant communication and self-growth that enables us to stay relevant and allows us to introduce new concepts. It’s been so wonderful to have access and dialogues that have taught us so much to help our clients and students. Take a gander through the tips below and if anything doesn’t make sense, reach out!

Ask A Pro: Stability in Changing Waters

Annabel Anderson:

“Paddle like you're skiing crud + bumps. It's the secret to paddling in the rough. And get your bottom hand down your paddle and paddle from your legs.”

Mia Soares Silva:

“Train at sea in calmer areas to adapt then gradually move into rougher areas. Also start with a wider board and gradually decrease the width until you feel comfortable.”

Ian Connor:

“Having bent knees to lower the center of gravity and act as active suspension. Adjust the timing of the paddle stroke to counter the chop. Change you board, I'd use the Starboard Allstar if I knew that I was dealing with chop. Lastly, change course to paddle directly into the chop.”

Fiona Wylde:

“Keep your eyes up! I see so many people who look down and get even more unstable in the chop. Pick a point on land or something in the distance to look up at and focus on every now and again. That will really help keep your balance and keep you mentally going forward.”

Kenny Keneko:

“Use the knees as suspension to keep the board level.”

Lena Ribeiro:

“Don’t try to fight against the bumps and don’t let them control your board. You have to find the best way to navigate using the water conditions, like a dance with the sea.”

Daniel Husulyo:

“Keep your abdomen and glutes engaged. Look forward and up and feel the water rather than looking down. Actively and consciously breathe.”

Ella Oesterholt:

“Choppy water is always a challenge. The best thing is just to get out there and try what works for you. Stay low and don’t lock your legs and body but move and work with the water. Let it roll under you and don’t fight it. I love to take short sessions when in challenging situations. It keeps you sharp and strong. When tired you will fail much more. Not good for the spirit.”

Ask A Pro: Stability in Changing Waters
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