Sunday, May 28, 2006

learning a bit of whitewater, together

Parent, child, siblings, friends, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends. People who care about each other in some way. That's what we see the most, learning to paddle various boats on the Housatonic River and it's tributaries.

Everyone enjoys the victories through hard work and mutual support, the rewards of which allow each person to simultaneously be with other people, and be by themselves in an often spectacularly beautiful natural environment, exploring places that most people do not have the great opportunity to see.

Every Memorial Day weekend, the LeClair's pull up to Webatuck Craft Village on the Ten Mile River, in their mothership, and host a slalom clinic and race for advanced-beginner whitewater boaters. It is a tremendous opportunity for novice paddlers to gain more experience with handling their boats. Historically, slalom boaters have gone on to become some of the world's best "extreme" whitewater athletes, pushing the boundaries of both freestyle and river running. While most people do not take the sport this far,and are quite happy with enjoying the river on the weekends, slalom is the fastest way to hone precise whitewater technique.

One of the Clarke Outdoors whitewater instructors reported that this year's clinic was a wonderful success. His positive review was complimented by some clinic attendees who were shopping in our store this weekend.

Mark it on your calendar for next year. You won't want to miss out!


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