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.


2016 Schedule of Clinics TBD


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


Additional Resources

  • 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).