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Playak News Flash - February 27, 2017
Playak News Flash - February 27, 2017
The world's latest paddling headlines.
Rapid Magazine Blog 7 River Safety Essentials To Take On The River
Rapid Magazine Blog - Responsible river runners usually take some formal swiftwater rescue training. At the end of the course they then purchase rescue gear to carry on the river. Most commonly, I see paddlers carrying around a pin kit for rescuing wrapped boats. While this kit is valuable, it shouldn’t be the only emergency gear paddlers carry on the river. In addition to essentials like a PFD and spare paddle, there are a few other basic and often forgotten items every whitewater paddler should carry for safer boating.
Adventure Kayak 4 Yoga Poses For Kayakers In The Off Season
Adventure Kayak - Slippery sidewalks, days and nights spent inside, and constant daydreaming about the summer paddling season too often define the cold winter months. As this pattern repeats itself, tension begins to build in the body and mind. A regular yoga practice can help melt away any physical stress and bring the mind back to the present from its almost magnetic attraction to the paddling season.
Tony Paradise Making Do With the Weather
Tony Paradise - When there's nothing to talk about around here there's always the weather.  Its been cold, snowy, rainy and windy of late. 
SUP Magazine Fun In Any Surf
SUP Magazine - It doesn't need to be epic to have a fun surf session on a SUP. Case in point: Jackson Close in Australia.
SUP Magazine 2017 Sydney SUP Fest- Distance Race
SUP Magazine - The 2017 Sydney SUP Festival recently went down in Pittwater Bay with a large field of paddlers. Check out a couple highlights from the 10K distance race that was held in pristine conditions.
ICF An International Paddler who came into C1 Slalom after canoeing on her school’s swimming pool
ICF - Here is the slalom journey of Wei-Han Chen, she is from a country that has no slalom course nor coaches for imparting training in the slalom sport yet she made it to the C1 semi-final on last year’s World Cup tour. She also takes part in programs that are undertaken to train women in slalom sports by training them. She’s going to be there in this weekend’s Asian Championships in Thailand hoping for a top four finish so she can compete for Taiwan at next year’s Asian Games.
Standup Journal Big Winds reviews Starboard 2017 SUP Inflatables: Zen vs. Deluxe
Standup Journal - Big Winds does it again. In their professional team spirit, they break it down for us in terms of what are the specifications and differences in this year’s 2017 Starboard inflatable stand up paddle board line.
Frogma February 25th Urban hike, unplanned variety
Frogma - Great unplanned walk today - just got it into my head to go out to Sheepshead Bay; walked past the fishing fleet, then back to the bridge, then out toward the community college, then back along the shore past Manhattan Beach and on to Brighton Beach and then Coney Island, taking the subway home from Stillwell.
Mocke Paddling PADDLING LIFE LESSONS – Take That First Stroke!
Mocke Paddling - When presenting the OCEAN ABC of PADDLING, one of the first lessons I teach is that “Balance Comes From Paddling”. It’s like riding a bicycle. You can’t stay upright on a bike without pedalling. By pedalling forwards you find your balance. It’s the same in a Surfski. No matter how unstable you feel, if you just focus on taking one stroke after the other, you will quickly begin to find your balance
SUPracer Jake Jensen Defeats Titou, Boothy and Beau to Win the 12 Towers Downwind Race in Australia Karla Gilbert Claims 5th Straight Title
SUPracer - Jake Jensen has taken out the 6th Annual 12 Towers Ocean Race this afternoon, defeating Titouan Puyo, Michael Booth and Beau O'Brian in firing downwind conditions on Australia's Gold Coast.
SUP Connect World Champs Prevail At 2017 Sunset Beach Pro
SUP Connect - Sunset Beach delivers great conditions for a spectacular finals day that saw dramatic action from start to finish and Champions crowned at Stop #1 of the 2017 APP World Tour.
Paddle Making Another Ontario Paddle Maker- David B of Red Hill Woods
Paddle Making - Had the pleasure of meeting another custom paddle maker yesterday during a quick visit to the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show.
Tahoe SUP Tips for Paddling Together More
Tahoe SUP - Take some simple steps to incorporate your Standup Paddle Boards into your social life and increase your time on the water and your time spent together as a couple.  
Standup Journal Kai Lenny and Izzy Gomez Rock the Sunset Beach Pro and Claim Victory
Standup Journal - In a rush on the podium, Starboard women swept the top spots at the Sunset Beach Pro yesterday on Oahu. The day began with minimal surf and some trepidation among the contest organizers that the waves would provide a strong enough back drop for the Finals event.
Rob Casey 5 Tips for Better Balance on a SUP
Rob Casey - Balance is one of the biggest concerns from new paddlers. Often I hear 'I have bad balance. But I tell folks, if you're can walk fine without any instability, then your balance is good enough for SUP.  
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