Sunday, May 22, 2011

Getting seakayakers into the white water play-ground - NKB Kajakfestival 2011

The participants were enthusiast about the Greenland-style rolling clinic yesterday at the Kajakfestival. The organizers also: we had a great afternoon working with motivated people. We expected to get more people taking part. But due to the limited number of participants in the clinic, all got a lot of personal coaching and attention, resulting in successful balance braces, paddle-rolls and hand-rolls. To speak with the famous Dutch fb-coach: "every drawback has its benefits".

It's a challenge to attract non-white water paddlers to the site of DWD in Zoetermeer. It might be because of the reputation of the site and that sea kayakers don't feel in their element at a "hard-core white water track". It's a pity: the sport wins by crossing borders. Just check the inspiring video of the SeasonTV to see what you can get when you combine white water athleticism with the seakayaking ability to cover long distances. Seakayaking is more than just getting from point A to point B ;-)

The Season Episode 8 from Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith on Vimeo.

Well, the side events of the Kajakfestival were presented in a more moderate way: on the flat water sections of the WW-site. The lay out of the white water track in Zoetermeer is indeed not really suited for seakayaks. Only the final wave in the outflow basin of the track looks like a place where you can have fun with a seakayak. Just take a white water boat to run down this track. Good to work on your edging skills anyhow!

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