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Technique Session - Gorge Downwind Champs

Technique Session - Gorge Downwind Champs

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Whether you're a seasoned surfski enthusiast or a passionate beginner, our comprehensive Paddling Technique Session will unlock the secrets to mastering this dynamic water sport.

Why choose our Surfski Paddling Technique Session?

Expert Guidance: Our highly skilled instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. They will personally guide you through each part of the paddling stroke, helping you refine your skills and maximize your performance on the water.
Tailored Approach: We understand that every individual has unique goals and abilities. Our program is designed to cater to all skill levels, from beginners looking to gain confidence on the surfski to advanced paddlers seeking to fine-tune their technique. You'll receive personalized attention, allowing you to progress at your own pace.
Cutting-Edge Techniques: Stay at the forefront of surfski paddling with our innovative teaching methods and insights. We continuously research and refine our techniques to ensure you learn the most effective and efficient ways to paddle, catch waves, and navigate challenging conditions.
Breath-taking Locations: Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Each session is conducted in a breathtaking setting that enhances the overall experience and adds a touch of serenity to your paddling journey.
Camaraderie and Community: Join a vibrant community of surfski enthusiasts who share your passion. Our sessions not only offer expert instruction but also provide opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, fostering lasting friendships and an invaluable support network. All paddlers who take a session are given access to our Online Platform, where you can continue your paddling learning journey.

What does the session involve?
We will start on land, using the "penny-dropping" Powerhouse Paddling Machine. We have found this approach has allowed us to get across the fundamental issues behind the optimal paddling stroke. 
The session will then move to the water, where you will get to put your new skills into action.

The session will last 1h15.

Once you have signed up, a member of our team will reach out to schedule your time slot.

Cancellation Policy

Full Refund: We reserve the right to change any itinerary to match existing conditions. If we must cancel due to unsafe or unsuitable weather or water conditions (as determined by our qualified staff), you will have your choice of credit, or a full refund. We are not responsible for non-refundable hotel or transportation costs.

Full Refund: If you cancel more than 24 hours before your session, you will receive a refund or credit (your choice).

No Refund: No refund or credit will be given if you cancel less than 24 hours before your session for any reason, including those beyond your control. You may substitute another paddler provided they meet any skill or experience requirements.

Requirements

You need to have your own boat and safety gear (unless pre-arranged).
You should be able to swim for 1km in your gear, and you should be able to self-rescue, and remount your boat in any conditions (unless this is the novice Intro To Surfski session).

What To Wear

Depending on the season and water temperature, we recommend dressing for immersion.

Thermal, quick-drying top (neoprene, rash guards, fleece, polypropylene, or other synthetics are best. Cotton makes you cold).

Neoprene or yoga pants, board shorts or any quick drying pants.

Booties or barefoot, depending on the season, and a hat and sunscreen are recommended.

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Meet Your Coaches

Michele Eray

One of the few multi-discipline paddlers to have succeeded on the world stage in Canoe Sprint (Olympic finalist), Canoe Marathon (World Medalist), Surfski (World Champion), Surf Lifesaving (World Medalist) plus winner of mulitple River races, Michele brings over 2 decades of first hand athletic experience at the very top.

Over the past 15 years Michele has coached athletes to World Championship medals, and was also team USA Olympic Coach in 2016. A life-long learner and curious mind, she recently completed her MSc in Sports Performance Coaching.

Maggie Hogan

Maggie competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in the highly competitive Women's K1 500m. Over her Canoe Sprint career, she earned medals at the World Championship and World Cup level. She represented the USA in 24 World Championships across 5 different water sports. She has won over 40 National titles.

Getting her start as a collegiate D1 swimmer, Maggie has a background as an ocean lifeguard.

She brings a wealth of experience and technical knowledge to her coaching and has a knack for making the complicated paddle stroke a simple and easy thing to understand.

FAQ

Who is this session for?

Anyone who wants to improve their paddling! We cater to beginners through to the expert level.

I experience pain with paddling and battle with injuries, will this session help?

Our experienced instructors will teach you the optimal paddling technique, which will prevent injuries and help you move better. We can do a mobility assessment if needed and help guide you towards better movement.

Do you provide surfski's for the session?

We can if needed.

Questions?