About the Clinics
The California 100 Pre-race training clinics exist to help paddlers succeed in an ultra-distance paddling race like the California 100. Each clinic is led by professional paddlers and Cal 100 finishers and are staffed appropriately for each venue. Each clinic has a specific skill focus and are inherently different from each other. Whether you attend one clinic or all the clinics, you’ll be better prepared for long distance racing. They are appropriate for paddlers of any craft and aren’t only for Cal 100 racers – anyone can benefit from these paddling clinics. By attending a race clinic you’re giving yourself a better chance of success and you’re helping Rivers for Change raise money for other programming.
Schedule of Clinics
February 22nd, 2015: California 100 Pre-race Training Clinic #1
10:00am-3:00pm Oakland, California California Canoe & Kayak, 409 Water Street, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA 94607
Focus: Stroke Tuneup and flatwater training technique
California Canoe & Kayak Program Manager Sean Morley and Rivers for Change Vice President John Dye will be leading the first California 100 training clinic of the season in Oakland, CA. Jumpstart your training by tuning up your forward stroke and learn some ultra-marathon paddling & training techniques. Bring your anticipated race-day equipment, discuss gear options & packing options and set yourself up to train smarter. $60
Register online: paddleguru.com/races/California100TrainingClinic1
March 8th, 2015: California 100 Pre-race Training Clinic #2
10:00am-3:00pm Redding, California River Front Park (Sundial Bridge), 725 Sundial Bridge Dr, Redding, CA 96001
Focus: Intro to whitewater
While the whitewater on the course is mellow (class I & mild class II), it is enough to trip up even the most experienced flatwater or sea paddler. Join California 100 Race Director Matt Palmariello & two-time California 100 relay winner Elaine Baden on the upper five miles of the course for a day on the Sacramento River focusing on whitewater. This course will introduce basic river hydrology, reading the river & technique to help you negotiate the course with ease. You’ll get time on the California 100 course and will be able to mock-run the start (upriver start), run some of the bigger whitewater sections and gain comfort on moving water. All paddling craft welcome. $60.
Register online: paddleguru.com/races/California100TrainingClinic2
April 25th, 2015: California 100 Pre-race Training Clinic #3
9:00am-4:00pm Red Bluff, California
Focus: Paddling injury free for 100 miles
If you want to compete in the California 100 you need a powerful, but efficient, forward stroke that doesn’t cause a repetitive motion injury. Kenny Howell of Epic Kayaks & Paddles will focus on how to do this while paddling down the river! The goal for this clinic is to paddle from Checkpoint 1 to Checkpoint 2, or from Jelly’s Ferry (downstream of Checkpoint 2) to Checkpoint 3, depending on river flow that day. We’ll also practice finding the best (fastest and safest!) line down the river. Come prepared to paddle about 25 miles. Adventure Class and Competitive Class participants welcome! This will be an informative training day, with the opportunity to practice using your race-day supplies, rigging and equipment. We will set up shuttles promptly at the clinic start time. $60
Note: In order to provide the best training opportunity, the exact meeting location along the Sacramento River will be chosen a few days before the clinic based on river flows at that time. We will notify participants as the date approaches. Meeting locations are not that far from each other so this won’t disturb drive times or planning.
Register Online: paddleguru.com/races/California100TrainingClinic3
What to expect at all clinics
- We will cover a range of topics which could include training, setting goals, nutrition, equipment rigging and more.
- A substantial amount of time for Q & A and looking at individual equipment setups.
- The group paddles will be appropriate for all levels and all vessels. They are geared to help you train smarter, not harder!
What to bring to each clinic
- Your boat/board, paddle and your standard gear
- If you want feedback & a realistic training opportunity, rig your boat/board as you think you may set it up for the race
- Proper clothing for the on-water and on-land sessions (for point to point trainings bring 2 sets of warm clothes for the shuttle)
- Plenty of food and hydration
- Waterproof notebook and pencil if you want to take notes
- Susan Starbird puts on paddle stroke technique sessions through River Town Racers in Petaluma, CA.
- The Wave Chaser Paddle Series offers Open Ocean races as well as novice beginner courses in the Bay Area. This is a great way to set goals and get involved with the paddling community.
- Just Kayak More is an active paddling club in the Redding area with great resources on their website and regular Sacramento River paddles.
- Kenny Howell of Epic Kayaks offers scheduled and custom courses via California Canoe & Kayak. Learn more here or by contacting Kenny directly (Kenny at epickayaks.com).