Surfski clinic by Sean Rice

To readers of this blog, Sean Rice needs no introduction. Even my 4 and 7 year old sons know who Soren Ris (common Danish name) is. After a very successful trip around the Western US and Canada, Sean had once again set his eyes on Norway where the surfski sport is in    it´s infancy. And these are exiting times as the sport is growing like mad in parts of Scandinavia fuelled by wind, cold water and a very strong kayaking tradition.

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Rather than reiterating the minutes of the clinics Sean did in Oslo, I´ll try to share my own experience. How I benefitted from Sean´s ability to deliver an analytical breakdown of your paddling technique, and follow this up with a very comprehensible workaround for you to take home.

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Sean had visited Norway in May and hosted a handful of successful clinics with extraordinarily positive feedback. Back then I had just returned from a few short days a Dawid & Nikki Mocke´s Paddling School in Fish Hoek South Africa. A truly wonderful experience where focus had been surf zone training and cracking downwind runs. I had begun following an intense training program very kindly tailored by Nikki Mocke, but was painfully aware that my technique was actually bad, very bad.

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My paddling issues
I love the sport, but from time to time I felt uncomfortable in my skis without really being able to tell why. Especially when conditions were flat and no downwind adrenaline could hide my shortcomings. Together with my trusted and skilled physiotherapist I had cracked part of the code and built more core strength. But arriving at a true workaround for better surfskiing was very difficult and the solution always just beyond reach.

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Enter Sean Rice
Sean Rice dropped by Oslo in May this year on invitation from local surfski enthusiasts Einar Kjerschow. Literally two hours later I walked away from Sean´s clinic with a near complete road map to better speed, less physical strain and a much better technique.

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I expected the clinic to be hosted by a professional athlete very knowledgeable about good technique and able to outline the basic steps towards a good forward stroke. But what I and others got in May was much better – an analytical breakdown of our individual so-so paddling style and custom made technical building blocks each of us could utilise to achieve a better paddling style.

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Book a private clinic and Sean will have a better chance to watch you paddling from various angles and will keep quiet – for just a short while. Then he´ll jump in a surfski and paddle alongside you to confirm the theory forming in his mind. Now quiet-time is over and Sean will in clear text lay out what your boat is doing wrong, what you´re doing to cause this, why you´re doing this, what you should do to correct this now and what you should focus on to overcome the problem on a long term. What you should focus on as problematic for your stroke, and what you should just learn to accept as your own personal interpretation of a good forward stroke.

Sean Rice Surf Ski Session at Oslo Kayak Club from Sune Wendelboe on Vimeo.

First step
In my own case my main concern before the clinic in May was a weird stroke, high left stroke, low right stroke, force spent moving air and water in directions no all good for winning any races, very asymmetrical connection between lower and upper body.  The clinic in May and loads of training afterwards took care of a lot of this and speed picked up considerably.

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Second step
But what was worse was that I still couldn´t get rid of this sometimes uncomfortable feeling in my boats. They all felt like they´re were going just a bit left, bucket felt like it was just a bit asymmetrically built, pedals felt like my legs weren´t equally long while indeed they are. All these little things seemed like different issues until this Monday´s clinic in Oslo when Sean´s analysis tore them apart and reconnected them into one manageable solution addressing a domino effect caused by weaker left side protecting itself and a stronger right side opening up to applying full power. Pretty simple really, but to the untrained eye these things are disguised by loads of compensating paddling moves, leaving you stuck with a mediocre stroke and risk of injuries.

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Again I walked away from a new Sean Rice clinic with an big piece of a new roadmap. This time a roadmap to much more enjoyable paddling.

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Being on a fluid surface with so many variables few people will be able to self diagnose the underlying reason to their seemingly unconnected paddling issues. With access to raw talent like Sean Rice’s, surfskiing is indeed a special sport where you can actually learn from the best!

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In a few good days in Norway Sean hosted clinics for beginners, intermediate and experienced paddlers. Theory and practical sessions covering basic technique and the art of reading and using waves. Feed back from the participants has once again been outstanding.

If you ever get the chance I really really recommend that you join a clinic with Sean Rice who in addition to being one of the absolutely leading surfskiers is now using his fine-tuned analytical powers to help paddlers enjoy their sport even more.

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Third step
While Sean has left Norway to race in the Ohana Mana Surfski Race (good luck), we´re now so amped in Norway that we´re busy preplanning a longer Norwegian / Swedish / Danish(?) surfski camp next spring. Stay tuned for program later this year.

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Sean seems stronger than ever and is winning everything these days in both flat and cracking conditions. And we´re in luck – Sean has enthusiastically agreed to participate in an exclusive panel interview on surfskipaddling.com. The panel is you and everybody who has a question you´d like to ask Sean. Simply send your questions for Sean in a message below this post, on the Facebook page surfskipaddlinng.com

Everybody can take part in this interview and you´re free to ask Sean any question

I´ll meet with Sean in Oslo during his September 8th & 9th clinics and post his answers on the blog http://www.surfskipaddling.com and the Facebook page surfskipaddling.com

Get free expert advice while giving this wonderful sport more publicity

 

Sean Rice training in fantastic conditions, Mauritius

 

-What is a good interval session for fitness paddlers?

-What sort of monthly mileage are you doing?

-What will let an intermediate paddler take the Think UNO max out in wild conditions

-How important are gym workouts compared to bucket time? 

-Could you swap boats with any top 10 surfskier and still win?

-What’s up with prawn?

-How would you keep fit for surfskiing through an icy winter?

-Which is the best surfski run?

-What is your season goal this year?

-What is your 1.000m flat water record?

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Sune Wendelboe

http://www.surfskipaddling.com

August 2014

Surfski Center Tarifa visiting Oslo

Boyan Zlatarev from Surfski Center Tarifa and EPIC has the coolest auto reply ever: Thanks for your message. I am currently on the road driving from Tarifa to Stockholm and back with few additional stops in between (about 8000-9000 km). I am trying to reply to most messages as quickly…

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The real purpose of this crazy ride is of course a visit to Oslo to do clinics as Oslo is currently the scene of a virtual surfski revolution with races and clinics dotting the calendar like never before and new paddlers joining the sport. Just great. September 8th & 9th it´s time for Sean Rice clinics in Oslo following the annual Oslo Surfski Race.

If you´re in the area please share this and consider joining on of the clinics as outlined below.

Original invitation in Norwegian

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Friday at Oslo Kayak Club (OKK) there will be private clinics including an option to paddle a V10 Double with Boyan. The V10 Double is a fast bout, and with Boyan in the front bucket even new paddlers will feel safe, enjoy the speed and learn a lot. Private lessons are two hours costing nkr. 1.200, 1.500,- for couples.

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Saturday there will be a group session at OKK from 10:00 to 12.30 costing nkr. 600,-

Following Oscar Chalupskys 2013 technique clinic at OKK, this clinic will begin with a few technique drills and then focus on runs and rides – downwind technique. Catching even the smallest waves of the Oslo Fiord.

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Come to our surfski clinic. You are going to learn:

Part 1 (45 min)
– How to set up correctly your surfski and paddle for maximum control and efficiency.
– Forward stroke basics and improve stability during paddling.
– 3 paddling drills that will help you change and improve your paddling technique.

Part 2 (45 min)
– Basic wave theory ( learn how to see and utilise waves).
– Basic downwind tactics and skills (the 3 principles of catching waves correctly).
– Open water safety skills (brace stroke, get to shore emergency technique, remount).

Part 3 (45 min)
– We have some fun together practicing what we learned in part 1 and 2.

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Private clinics are built around the same blocks, but you´re free to choose your special focus.

Contact:
Boyan Zlatarev: boyan.zlatarev@icloud.com
Boyan Tlf: +34 683 512 653
Sune Wendelboe Mob : 9073 1073