OC2 with KB!
  • erika November 2017
    I got to paddle in an OC2 with Kai Bartlett tonight, my last night on Maui! He was running a small boat practice so I worked harder than I was prepared for but I gutted it out and it was worth it, we surfed amazing waves, battled some strong headwinds and managed to stay upright -such a thrill! Good news is he said a lot of the same things we do. Some things he emphasized: reaching for the water, burying fully at the catch (no cavitation), reach the bottom shoulder forward...sound familiar? :) He didn't have me shorten my stroke downwind, he said time in the water was important, shorten to increase boat speed when pushing for a wave or catching another boat. I kept the same rate into the wind and downwind. I wish I asked him more...but I could barely talk!

    Before we started our practice the high school kids were out for their practice. I counted 18 OC6s! I watched them do timing, blending and turning drills for probably 25 minutes, in a loop between 2 buoys about 500m apart. Fun to watch these kids paddle and handle the boats and the surf like pros.

    Looking forward to paddling in 2018...springtime!

    Happy Paddling!


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  • KatherynJNKatherynJN November 2017
    WOW...That's so fantastic!!! Thanks so much Erika for sharing your experience and passing on your wisdom!!!

  • TonyHTonyH November 2017
    Wow, you're so lucky, thanks Erika! I'm so looking forward to our downwind camp with Kai next August!!

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