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Gorge Downwind Champs 2022 - Surfski Paddling Workshop Tuesday July 12th

Gorge Downwind Champs 2022 - Surfski Paddling Workshop Tuesday July 12th

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Whether you are a novice or seasoned paddler, there is always something to learn. The sessions will be informative and interactive, in a fun, group environment, where you can learn  from your fellow paddlers as well experienced coaches.

We will spend 3 sessions during the day as follows:

10 - 11 am - Session 1: Paddling Technique - Optimize, simplify and move well!
Starting on land, will utilize the Nelo Powerhouse to break down the paddle stroke, and show you how to work with what you've got to move well, optimize your paddle stroke and get more bang for your buck!

11:30 - 12:30 - Session 2: Flatwater - taking what we learnt on land, we will put it into practice on the water. Getting instant feedback from your coach, you will have the opportunity to refine and optimize your paddle stroke.

~ Lunch Break ~

1:30 - 3 pm - Session 3: Downwind - We will do a Home Valley Run as a group. Re-grouping often to give feedback, and ask questions.
After catching the shuttle back to the camp we will get dry clothes and hang out at the Nelo tent for a debrief, and Q&A session.

- Basic safety talk
- Mobility exercises to help you move well and optimize your stroke
- Strength exercises to help you perform at your best
- Technique tips
- Downwind Coaching
- Q & A

Please note:
- You will need your own boat (we do have rentals available)
- You will need a PFD and leash
- You must be able to re-mount in any conditions


We do not offer refunds, but can you defer you to another year / event. If you are unable to make it to the Gorge Downwind Champs event, please reach out and we can try and accomdate your request. Please note, we tend to sell out on coaching events, and if you cancel, we would have had to turn away paddlers.


If we do not get enough wind to run the downwind part of the workshop, we might defer to another day to allow for optimal learning.


You need to have your own boat and safety gear. Unless this is a novice intro session, we expect you to be able to self-rescue, and remount your boat in any conditions.

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About Michele Eray

One of the few multi-discipline paddlers to have succeeded on the world stage in Canoe Sprint (Olympic finalist), Canoe Marathon (World Medalist), Surfski (World Champion), Surf Lifesaving (World Medalist) plus winner of mulitple River races, Michele brings over 2 decades of first hand athletic experience at the very top.

Over the past 15 years Michele has coached athletes to World Championship medals, and was also team USA Olympic Coach in 2016. A life-long learner and curious mind, she is currently completing her MSc in Sports Performance Coaching.

About Maggie Hogan

Maggie is a multi-sport specialist! Maggie has over 40 National titles across many sports and represented the USA in 24 World Championships in 5 sports.

Getting her start as a collegiate D1 swimmer, Maggie completed her athletic career in Canoe Sprint where she won multple medals at World Cups and World Championships.

She competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in the brutal Womens K1 500m.

Maggie brings a wealth of experience and technical knowledge to her coaching and has a knack for making the complicated paddle stroke a simple and easy thing to understand.