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Paddlesports Staff Goes Creeking!

posted on by Jim Sullivan

Watch Now!  New video of fall kayaking on some of the hardest rivers in New England!

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Thanking my favorite sponsor for Mother’s Day

posted on by Katelyn Green

I have to give credit where credit is due; I would not be the unbelievable paddler I am today without my parental unit supporting me every step of the way. In the beginning, that support manifested itself as many forms of transportation. Slalom races on the weekends, driving to Tariffville Gorge nearly every day after school, and making innumerable trips up to Zoar Outdoor during the summer. I’ll admit, it was a pretty demanding job considering how little it paid.

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Kayaking Team Trials

posted on by Katelyn Green

The morning of the competition I woke up and immediately felt more in touch with my body and less of
the road-trip hypnosis that I was feeling on my practice day. The morning was cold; just above freezing,
and it was entertaining to listen to the paddlers native to south complain about the weather, even
though it felt balmy to me compared to what I had been training in all winter in Connecticut. For most of
the morning I watched the Jr. Women, C1, and Jr. Men take their prelim rides, and tried to use their
performance to stay in the right frame of mind.

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Quick Tips For Instant Kayak Roll Improvement

posted on by Katelyn Green

Rolling is a huge landmark in kayaking progression, but for a lot of folks, it can oftentimes feel like there are roadblocks every step of the way. The winter time is a great time to practice rolling in a local pool. Whether you’ve lost your roll, or are learning to roll for the first time, try to implement some of these tips to see an improvement in your roll technique. 

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Thorough Training Makes for Enhanced Canopy Tour Experience

posted on by Bruce Lessels

  • CHARLEMONT, MA — Zip guide Zach Morris stood on a platform, high up under a heavy canopy of maple and beech
    trees, on the first day of a week-long training for new guides at Zoar Outdoor one June
    afternoon.


As Morris began to lead trainee Abby Schlinger in belaying down to the ground, he noticed that
each of their lanyards, which serve as their primary safety devices, were entwined.
Morris didn’t panic. He taught the group a lesson on troubleshooting.
“Hey, everybody,” he said, calling down to the trainees, standing below on the forest floor. “I’m
going to take this moment to teach you about lanyard entanglement.”
Morris held up both his and Schlinger’s lanyards to show trainees that they were clearly crossing
one another. “It’s awkward, not dangerous,” he said. “It happens all the time.”

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