Tips For Veteran And Beginner Paddlers

May 20, 2012 Uncategorized

Tips for Veterans Paddling with a beginner may renew your enthusiasm. ENCOURAGE: Likely one dozen people that you know, would like to give paddling a try but have no idea how to begin. They will not likely approach you, for fear of slowing you down. Invite them for a paddle – do a shorter, slower [...]

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Common Outrigger Paddling Terms

May 13, 2012 technique

Common Outrigger Paddling Terms This post is primarily for those people who may be new to paddling outrigger canoes and who may not yet be fluent in “paddler” talk. Gunnel – n. The upper edge of the side of a vessel. Bow – n. the forward end of a vessel Stern – n. the back [...]

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Outrigger Canoe Paddling Technique Part 4 – Video

May 6, 2012 technique

Outrigger Paddling Technique Part 4 The following video shows Lemmy Lambert, the co-builder and designer of the Va’a Factory V1 and V6 in Tahiti.  The video was part of a 2 day clinic and the  filming of him demonstrating basic V1 Technique.  An accomplished paddler himself, Lemmy and his team, Taaroa Dubois, Roland Teahui, Steeve [...]

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Outrigger Paddling Technique Part 3

April 29, 2012 technique

Here is part 3 in our series on outrigger paddling technique. Outrigger Paddling Technique Part 3 …continued from part 1 and part 2 Catch Phase This phase commences once the full blade is in the water and can be considered as the preparation for the power phase. It delivers lift to the canoe and minimizes [...]

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Outrigger Paddling Technique Part 2

April 22, 2012 technique

Here is part 2 in our series on outrigger paddling technique. If you missed part 1 you can find it here. Outrigger Paddling Technique Part 2 Paddling technique is continually under review and development. Consequently there are a wide range of differing ideas about what constitutes good technique, however everyone agrees that all paddlers in [...]

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Outrigger Canoe Paddling Technique Part 1

April 15, 2012 technique

Outrigger Paddling Technique Part 1 This is the style we are trying to develop in order to have a consistent club technique. An outrigger is pulled not pushed through the water. To do this paddlers need to reach out, grab the water and drag the canoe forward. Most blades also have a bend (usually around [...]

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If You Huli Your Canoe

April 8, 2012 Safety

Directly from of the Vernon Paddling Centre website’s “safety for members“: Huli In Hawaiian, the word “huli” means to turn over. If you huli your canoe First and foremost, count heads to make sure everyone is ok. Seat 6 is in command and gives all commands. Check for partners: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; [...]

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Safety Reminders Before You Paddle

April 1, 2012 Safety

Paddling season is fast approaching so here are a few safety reminders to get us started. These are our club rules and are meant to ensure the safely of all of our members and guests.  Happy paddling! It is the responsibility of each paddler to adhere to the following rules. The rules are designed to [...]

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Ocean Ohana Catalina Challenge Outrigger Canoe Race

March 28, 2012 Races

Vernon Paddling Centre members, Bob Woodman (left) and Scott Siemens hit the water Wednesday morning for their last practice before heading to southern California.  On Sunday, they will be competing in the Ocean Ohana Catalina Challenge Outrigger Canoe Race in Southern California, a 39.8 mile race from Catalina Island to Dana Point. Woodman and Siemens [...]

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Crazy Canucks!

December 27, 2011 Uncategorized

I know that the “original” Crazy Canucks were a group of Canadian alpine ski racers who rose to prominence in the World Cup during the 1970s and 80s, but here is a new group of Crazy Canucks: Paddling on Okanagan Lake on December 10th!!!! were Kim Dolaszar, Dave Robb, Debbie Jones, Scott Mackenzie, Scott Siemens [...]

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