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A violinist from Malta speeding across the waters of Lake Bled

Right in the middle of Training in Paradise summer, during the hottest week of the season, we have hosted Melanie Waite for a week-long paddling clinic on Lake Bled. Melanie is an acclaimed violinist and also an avid athlete with experience from various sports. She has only started paddling in a sprint boat a year ago, but she fell in love with the sport and is planning to have a strong shot at seeing how fast she can paddle in this skinny …
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Paddling clinic for a Danish Viking

In July we had the pleasure to welcome Kent Klitgaard on Lake Bled. Kent is a PhD student and research assistant at Aalborg Universitet in Denmark. He visited us for a technique clinic to improve his paddling skills.  Kent knows a ton about sport and paddling and has been competing in a sprint boat since his childhood. Still, he was looking for some advice on how to improve his technique. So for us, it was first about finding together what …
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Weekend reading: Sprint paddling technique with TiP team

Today we are finally publishing in one place all 3 the articles written by TiP biomechanic expert Andrea Pace, shared also by the European Canoe Association. All of them are discussing sprint paddling technique. If you really want to understand more about the kayak sprint technique you have to take the time and energy to dig deep into the book we use as our blueprint when working with athletes: Complements to the Base Technique in Canoe Kayak: Methods of evaluation …
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Sprint Paddling Phenomena explained (part 1)

Hope you liked our last blog from the Friday technical series where we introduced the meta-technique for sprint kayakers. If you have read it (and haven’t got scared by the fancy title) you may also be interested in the article we are publishing today! Last time we have described what meta-technique for sprint paddlers is (kudos to our biomechanicist Andrea Pace for coming up with the whole theory). Today we are explaining the first 4 meta-technique phenomena (the manage your …
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French Junior paddlers training for the 2018 Junior & U23 European Championships on lake Most na Soči

The previous week we had the pleasure to host the French Junior Sprint Canoeing team on lake Most na Soči. Their decision to visit us was quick and as their coach Yann Gudefin says »a great idea« to bring a bit of diversity into their training sessions. A group of 7 sprint athletes (best three Junior men, best two Junior ladies and best two Canoe ladies) and their two coaches enjoyed some good sessions on Most na Soči lake with …
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The Meta-technique in kayaking

We are glad your response to the Basic paddling technique article last week was very positive, dear readers. We know there are a lot of experienced coaches and athletes among you, so we will continue to dig deeper and continue our exploration of the perfect stroke. The basic technique is what the beginner and the advanced paddler need in order to paddle well. What you need to master if you want to paddle very fast though, is the Meta-technique. We use …
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The Basic sprint kayaking technique

What do we teach to a kayak beginner? And to what do champions turn to in training when they feel something is not ok in their form? They both go back to basics. Because the basics is where everything starts and everything can break. In today’s technical article we write about the basic kayaking technique. Why are the lessons we teach to beginners also the cornerstones on which we insist on with advanced paddlers? This is our short checklist for Basic …
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The paddling technique – our definition

In today’s article we have defined what paddling technique is. We know definitions are boring but today we have to introduce to you the terms very important to us: basic technique, the meta-technique and the micro-technique. All our future technique blogs will discuss paddling on one of these levels. In short: basic technique is the simplified version of paddling and what most of us do well; meta-technique is the hidden cornerstones of paddling that many can see, few understand and only …
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