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Notes from an aspiring Irish Wildwater Racer!

Thursday, September 27, 2007
Yvonne has been working with me via the Internet to get FASTER! Here's wishing her the Best Of Luck on her upcoming race in France. You GO GIRL! Brent,

"Sorry for the very slow reply but I dont have net access at home at the moment and work has been a bit crazy.
Thanks a lot for the update, as you guessed I wont be able to make it over to your clinic in October as the trip to France for the Ardeche Marathon is not long after it.

I'm finding your DVD extremely beneficial. It's made me think about what I am doing with the paddle and boat rather than just slapping at the water and being all arms. I still have a lot to work on though and when I feel my stroke is a bit better I will ask someone to video it and send it on to you to have a look at.

The guys I paddle with have noticed a distinct improvement in both my technique and speed which has given me some hope. I now manage to keep up with 2 of the C1 paddlers for a lot of the training session whereas up until recently I was trailing well behind them. I am determined to get over to one of your clinics now more than ever as I feel my paddling would benefit hugely from your critique and analysis.



Thanks For The Great Kayak Clinic Support!

Sunday, September 23, 2007
I't's Quarter-to-Six in the morning and I'm headed North to teach thanks to all of you responding to the short-notice about my clinic scheduled for this morning. I was able to fit in a clinic in Sept, (today!) and another in Oct (Oct 21st) for CCK up in 1/2 Moon Bay. Did not know if the short notice for this morning's clinic would allow a lot of you the time to sign-up, but evidenlty it did, cause I'm off to Teach just now! Thanks again for your great support and if you did not make this month's clinic, be sure to go to California Canoe and Kayak's website to sign up for the October one. Again, much thanks and it's always great to see the number of folks that are interested in becoming more powerful paddlers! Cheers, brent

Here’s a Note From California Canoe & Kayak re: my upcoming clinic in Half Moon Bay, CA

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The U.S. Surfski National Championships are just around the corner. The last weekend in Sept. MOST of the TOP WORLD Ski Racers will end up on the San Francisco Bay to duel it out on American Waters. Go to for more details. This race is not just for the Superstars of the sport, it's still about challenging yourself and most importantly...Having FUN! If you'd like to "tune-up" for the event (or for paddling in general!), call Kenny or sign-up on their website. Lets go paddle together! Cheers, brent Even with all the training going on leading up to the US Surfski Championships at the end of the month, there is still time to improve your forward stroke!
Brent Reitz is holding a clinic at CCK Half Moon Bay on Sept. 23. This clinic focuses on the finer details of the forward stroke, with special attention given to the wing paddle. Brent Reitz, 6 time National Wildwater Champion, discusses stroke mechanics, body posture, boat dynamics, and more. We video and critique your stroke during the class and review the tape! Most of the clinic takes place on the water.
Remember, it's not pure strength, but good technique that's important! For more info on the clinic, Brent's bio, or to sign up, go to:

-Kenny Howell

Heres a Great Sounding Race to keep an eye on, or GO RACE IN!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I'm not going to make this kayak race, but it sounds GREAT and wanted to get the word out... Re: Phatwater Kayak Challnege, 2007:

Thanks Brent, I will look forward to next year and will keep you updated. Next year's race will be on the 11th of October.

At this time, we have this lineup for this year: Mike Herbert, Reid Hyle, and another from South Africa. He's ranked 10th in the world in some off-shore race (ski) out of Durban or Cape Town. Also, defending champ Shawn Wilber will be here, and the reining champ (time wise) Wim Nouwen will be here, we think, in an Epic V-10. We also have captured the attention of some other notable ski paddlers from California, Texas, and Minnesota, so the field should be "hot". Still haven't heard from Pete Green, but we hope he will make it.

As to other business, we love your "Forward Stroke" video and would like to purchase six copies as give-aways for this year. We are also giving away six of Justine Curgeven's "This Is The Sea" DVD.

I will place an order tomorrow

Keith E. Benoist
Phatwater Kayak Challenge

New Kayaking Clinic Date for Fall 2007

Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Hey all, just wanted to let you know that my schedule has freed up to allow for a clinic on Oct 21, 2007. (Sorry for the break in Aug.) I'm also available for a Stroke Clinic on Sept 23, but due to short notice, we need YOU to let California Canoe and Kayak know you are interested! If you would like to sign up for a clinic on the Sept Date, please contact Kenny Howell and let him know right away! Kenny's email address is Depending on response, we may or may not, hold this clinic. To sign up for the Oct 21 Clinic, go to and click on the INSTRUCTION pages to find my clinic-listing. I'll be teaching in Half Moon Bay California. Cheers and hope to see you this Fall, brent

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