Brittany Parker River Clinics Wrap-up (RVR2RVR
Whitewater stand up paddling and river surfing are still in their early stages. It’s a niche and there aren’t many resources out there yet to encourage the growth of the sport. RVR2RVR organized a collection of two day clinics on the Animas and Colorado River; two venues that could not have been more perfect.
Day one our focus was on river safety and etiquette while teaching pivot turns, advanced paddle strokes, and footwork. This makes for an easy transition into the river surfing portion on day two. We want the sport to grow but in a safe manner and the first step is to make the resources available for aspiring river paddlers.
Many of our students had never attempted to surf a river wave. After getting coached through the downriver they were able to easily transfer their learned skills to surfing. The Badfish IRS was our go to board for our students. Its stability and rocker makes it an ideal choice for learning how to paddle into a river wave successfully.
Each student started out on their knees to help them understand the dynamics of the wave and how to react to the power of the water. It wasn’t long until they gained the confidence to begin paddling in on their feet. Being able to share the moment of getting your first surf with students is probably the most fulfilling feeling and the exact reason why I love teaching river surfing.
Each student left feeling more confident and full of the knowledge they needed to get out there on their own and continue to work on their river skills.