The Art of Downwinding Series

Featuring Shanna Upton
Spring is just a few weeks away and with it comes longer days, warmer weather, blooming flowers, chirping birds, my birthday, but most importantly…howling winds. That’s right paddlers, after a long wet winter the downwind season is right around the corner. YAY!!
I’m excited to announce that this Spring I will be offering Downwind Workshops through River and Ocean. It will be a 3 part series starting April 2. We will be working on all the essential skills you need for a fun, safe and successful downwind run. We will be focusing on drills that will strengthen your ability to catch bumps, ride long glides, connect set, feel comfortable on the water and most importantly have fun. I’m also offering one on one Downwind workshops that will be customized to meet individual paddler’s needs. Once everyone has strengthened their skills and are comfortable walking the board and ready for some fun, I’ll be offering a 3 day Downwind Bootcamp on Tomales Bay. Note, boards and gear will not be provided, but can be rented from local outfitter Partners.
4/2/17 @ 9:30am Dunphy Park, Sausalito $89
Workshop #1
Review Downwind Safety
Reading the water
Interval/Sprint Training (essential to catching waves), stroke technique and transfer of power.
BYOE Picnic- Q & A
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4/9/17 @ 9:30am Marconi Cove, Tomales Bay $89
Workshop #2
Review Downwind Safety
Land Drills
Walking the Board and Bracing in shallow safe water
BYOE Picnic- Q & A
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4/23/17 @ 9:30 Marconi Cove, Tomales Bay $89
Workshopo #3
Review Downwind Safety
Land Drills
5 Mile paddle
Working on reading the water, sprinting, walking the board and bracing
BYOE Picnic- Q & A
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4/28/17-4/30/17 $575
Downwind Bootcamp on Tomales Bay
Catching bumps, riding long glides, connecting sets and most importantly having fun.
We’ll go over the importance of safety both on and off the water.
We’ll also be spending time on the beach stretching and working on some fun land drills.
What’s Included:
Paddling on Tomales Bay
Snacks & Water
SUP Instructions and Paddling Video Assessment
Hiking and all things Adventurous with a Local Knowledgeable Guide
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L2: Essentials of Stand Up Paddleboarding

One of the great things about SUP is that it is so easy to learn how to paddle on flat water. But there is so much more you can do on an SUP and if you want to take your board into more challenging conditions, you will need to develop more advanced skills. The Level 2 Essentials of Stand Up Paddleboarding class provides an excellent foundation for future skills training.

You will learn how to move your feet to trim and balance your board. We’ll practice a variety of strokes until you feel confident you can move the board in all directions effectively and efficiently. We’ll discuss safety issues and practice rescue and towing techniques so that you can take of yourself and others.

Whilst paddling an SUP in calm water is simple, there is so much more to learn!

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At River & Ocean we follow the American Canoe Association’s curriculum, the nation’s leading organisation for paddler education in SUP. We offer Level 2 & 3 Classes and Trips and specialize in Personalized Performance Coaching to get you ready for your next race.

Use this LINK for an explanation of what these levels mean.


Upcoming Courses & Events

  1. Open Coast Skills

    August 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  2. Rock Garden Skills & Safety (Goat Rock)

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  3. Advanced Open Coast Skills

    September 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  4. Blending Strokes

    September 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  5. Skills Through Fun

    September 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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