H2o Dreams and Asheville Adventure Rentals Collaborate

I constantly am ridiculed for my facebook activity from folks; however, time and again it has proven to be one of the greatest networking resources I have ever utilized. I met co-owner of Asheville Adventure Rentals (AAR), Melissa Bertenthal, inadvertantly through facebook postings and a brief correspondence ensued about the possibility of working together in…

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The Quick and Dirty Gear Bag

I learned this quick whitewater gear tip haphazardly when I did not want to deal with putting wet/dirty gear back in my gear bag that was still full of other gear that had not yet been wet and smelly that day. Turns out when you paddle multiple times in a day you collect a plethora…

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The Folly of Reaching for Perfect

It is a common sight among beginner and intermediate paddlers: the shake of the head below a rapid, the swell of embarrassment being off line and catching the slight edge or worse: the look of panic as they flip over and hopefully flip back up. It happens to the advanced paddlers as well but generally…

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Quick Tips: The Seal Launch

[video_lightbox_youtube video_id=kj8owljuQv8 width=640 height=480 anchor=http://www.whitewaterdreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/launchthumb.jpg] So what went wrong?  Well number one, he probably shouldn’t have listened to his friends, but let’s talk a bit more about the body mechanics of seal launching and how to specifically avoid this.  You can actually be an active participant in this exercise by sitting in your boat and…

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Boofing Waves and Holes

In this video instruction update, we cover a topic that distinguishes many novice and intermediate boaters from experts. The skill of boofing or quartering waves or holes is the difference between keeping the boat dry and flying over features vs. swamping the deck and potentially getting a quality beat down. There are three things to…

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Keep the Drive Alive! Preparing for Competition

author competing in first green race, photo: crystal gustin Before you even prepare to compete you have to justify to yourself why you are even competing in the first place.  A lot of this thought process will help you determine how you will go about your training and mental preparation for competition. For example, is…

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2010 Fall Season in Review: First, Green Race!

I never get used to the feeling of the “what now?” syndrome I suffer from every year.  Currently sitting at Lake Chatuge in Georgia with my good friend and training partner Brad McMillan, we are both jittery and restless trying to figure out what to do with ourselves. I just spent 9 weeks paddling every…

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