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Part 2 Training Tips

You’ve educated yourself about racing. You’ve explored other teams across the nation and world and now, it’s time to start a team of your own.   But who? In this blog, we address finding paddlers for a race team. Where and how do you find paddlers for racing? Who should you ask to be a part of your team?   anyone who sticks around, they’re keepers But really, people that want to train,  work in a team environment and enjoy outdoor activities – having river/water knowledge is helpful, but not always mandatory.   If river knowledge is limited, be sure…

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Suggested workouts

There are a lot of possible ways to frame your practices. You are training for 4 very different events that require their own skills. Here are some sample work outs you can use or key off to make your own team work out. Sprint Practices 1. Intensity laps warm ups 2.5 min x 9- rest 2.5 min after each paddle starts, practice the pace at which you will start a race. Repeat a certain number of strokes for up to 10 times. 2.  tabatas with an increase in intensity in last 5 seconds 30s paddle, 10 s rest,30 s paddle,10s…

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Part 1 Training tips

National and International Raft races limit teams to 5 or 7 team members/paddlers that are able to compete on one team. This number is based on whether the World Rafting Championship is a 4 or 6 person competition. Even in local races, there’s only a certain amount of spaces in a boat. Often times, teams might be “full” already when you contact them to join. Don’t be discouraged. Start another team! With all of the athletic talent and access to bodies of water in the US – natural whitewater or man made (such as, OKC, Charlotte), there’s a place for…

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The Dandy Lions

2019 saw entries from all categories at the US Nationals held in Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado on the Arkansas River.  The Under 19 women’s category contained two well matched and trained teams. The ladies battled fiercely throughout the competition with the Dandy Lions team captained by Lori Cassidy finally taking the title with a downriver win that saw both teams leading at different times throughout the race.    Internationally, there are four categories for whitewater raft racing athletes to compete in.   Those categories are under 19, under 23, open and masters. The Dandy Lion team met and started training…

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California’s Development Team

Raft racing, through the International Rafting Federation, is as much about promoting awareness about the value of wild rivers all over the world, as it is about competition.” Sue Norman, Coach California Development Team The 2019 r4 competition saw two under 19 team’s fiercely battling on the river and displaying incredible sportmanship off.  This expansion of raft racing in the US has a lot to do with Sue Norman and the families of Califoria’s first youth team.    Sue Norman is no stranger to competition. She was on the women’s USA team from 1989-2000 where she, along with her teammates, grabbed…

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Shaggy McLaughlin On Becoming an IRF Judge

Jon, “Shaggy” McLaughlin had a strong history of paddling whitewater.   Over time, though, a shift had caused him to fear one of his greatest loves: the river.  His friends would call him to go paddling and he would turn them down.   He said, “My confidence was low, like ‘in the basement’ low. I didn’t know where this fear was coming from…to be afraid of something I loved so much. The river. …It was upsetting…”  One fateful day, Andy Baxter, a member of the US men’s Masters team, contacted Shaggy about filling a spot on the team. That phone call…

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Forming a Team for Competition

What’s keeping you from competing at a National Event? So, you’ve heard of the USA Raft Team and you are interested in being on Team USA. Do you apply to be on the team? Do you go to a try out? How do you find a team to train with?  How do you train with the USA team?  The best thing to do for this sport and for yourself is to start a team, train, get some experience at local races and compete for the National title.   The USA doesn’t have tryouts or applications to fill out nor are…

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Discover Raft Racing

Individuals interested in becoming involved with racing beyond their local events face challenges when starting to understand the nuances that make up the US teams and training for the events. “How do I get on the US team?” leads to several other questions.

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