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Monday, June 13, 2011
Wow, what an interesting and Fantastic Paddling Neighborhood you have up there!

First off, your hospitality was really great and I appreciated being treated like “family” in my group of new paddling friends.

Second, what an incredible paddling-community! I don’t think I’ve been anywhere in North America that has such a thriving paddling environment as in Vancouver, BC. With the weekly Deep Cove Tuesday Night Races as the hinge-pin, the level of interaction, friendships and desire to Get Out On The Water was unsurpassed in any of my teaching-adventures. The sheer number of people who are deeply interested in becoming stronger and more efficient paddlers blew me away! Paddling has become a way of building new friendships, as well as, breeds a healthy sense of “friendly competition” that pushes folks to stay Healthy & Happy! You have something special up there folks, keep it going!

I want to thank not only the 16 students who attended my classes over this past weekend, but also a heartfelt thank you to Bob, Morgan and Seth Putman for taking me into their home and treating me like family during my teaching engagement this weekend. Also all the folks at Deep Cove Paddling Center and Store for their support in making these clinics happen as well.
Feel free to send me an email with any questions you may have about what we covered this past weekend. Also feel free to shoot me out any comments I might want to put up for others to read here on my site.

Cheers, and one more BIG Thank You to all of you up in Vancouver, you Live & Paddle in a truly special place.
I am already looking forward to my next visit, brent

Tom is pushing for an EAST COAST Clinc

Saturday, January 24, 2009
Hey, anyone out there interested in putting together 16 folks for an East Coast Weekend Clinic? Let me know! Hi Brent,

I just purchased your "Forward Stroke Clinic" video and absolutely love it.
I have learned so much watching it, and would love to follow up with a clinic, but I notice from past year's schedules that none of your clinics are on the East Coast. Do you plan on any clinics for 2009 in the NY - NJ area? If not, are there any clinics that you would recommend in this area?
In addition to improving my forward stroke, I would like to learn the technique for a wing paddle.

Thank you,

Thanks for your kind words about my film Tom. I hope it helps you to enjoy the sport that has given so much to me...
Regarding East Coast Clinics, I do not have anything set up out that way. The issue continues to be the ability to cover costs of getting there. If you or your Friends, Clubs or Paddling Shops, would like me to do a Clinic, out that way, feel free to contact me and maybe we can work out the details.
As far as clinics in your area, all I can suggest is to look up Kayak Symposiums in your area and go attend them. Maybe that will generate some more specific info. Cheers and thanks again for your kind words, brent reitz

Jordy Rocks The CANYON!

Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wildsprint Image Jordy Margid is the KING OF THE CANYON...JUST ASK HIM!

Time for a New Pony!

Monday, June 30, 2008
Hi All: Just decided to post my first "For Sale" note here on my Website:
I have an Epic V-10-"L" for sale, (that's a surfski for those of you wondering...). It's the "Ultra" Model, so it's the lightest one Epic makes that us mere-mortals can afford, and she is in excellent condition. The "L" stands for "Low Volume", which simply means it's designed for the Average Sized to the more Petite-Sized Paddler. The Original V-10 was clearly designed for the "Full Figured Man", and us normal sized dudes (150 - 180 pounders) can't really sink the original one the water deep enough, at least that's my opinion. The "L" however delivers nicely in this regard. The other reason I picked the "L" over the original, is that the seat is moved forward, and I always like that in a Surfing-Type boat. I've owned her a tad over a year (New last May), and have Had A Blast! She is white with a red stripe, has adjustable foot pedals, toe straps, leash, bungee's, and all that "other" nice stuff! She is competition weight, very light, probably around 26 lbs or less, but I have not actually taken a scale to her...never figured a need to. She's plenty light...When I figure out how to post a photo on this site, I will. I've been asking $2,850.00 to date on the other surfski websites, but have decided to drop the price to $2700. This price includes a brand new canvas boat bag as well. So, if you are interested, call my cell at 831 277 7897. Cheers, brent
Most recent comments

Brent I would love to buy your V10 L but have just done so in Sydney and must say that I am completely sold on it. I improved my PB the other day by 30 mins! This was due to a great new Kayak (cost…

Posted by Westley  on  07/03   at  04:13 PM

Next Kayaking Clinic is set for Madison Wi this May, and a NEW one for Half Moon Bay, CA on June 8!

Friday, May 09, 2008
Hi All: California Canoe and Kayak has just booked another Forward Stroke Clinic with me @ Half Moon Bay, Ca on June 8. Check out their website @ to sign-up! I'm looking forward to seeing you in Princeton Harbor next month. I'ts off to Madison Wisconsin this month, (May 24, 25 & 26), to teach 3-Days of Clinics for Rutabaga Paddlesports soon! Check it out at Cheers and Happy Paddling, brent

Headed up to Sacramento to teach Kayaking tomorrow (4.19.08 at “O-Dark-Thirty AM!”)

Friday, April 18, 2008
Hi All: Just a note to let you know I'm headed up North-ish to Rancho Cordova (Sacramento Ca Area) to do another clinic for California Canoe & Kayak tomorrow morning. Check out my "Clinic Page" for calendar updates, or go to to check out their classes . Folks are HUNGRY for their Forward Storke Training up @ Lake Natoma! I hear there's a waiting list, so I better schedule another one up there soon!
Come this Memorial Day Weekend, Madison Wisconsin @ Rutabaga is next on the schedule . Check out their classes at
I'll be booking more dates soon, so keep your eyes on the websites if you are interested in signing up. Hope to see ya On The Water Soon. Cheers, brent

Raul is seeking Kayak Knowledge All The Way From Sweden!

Here's an international friend looking to Tune Up His Stroke... Raul, Thanks so much for the kind words about my film. Sounds like you need to continue to do some more training in your WARM Living Room!
Have fun in your race this summer, and I hope my DVD helps you enjoy your race to it's fullest!
Cheers & Here's a Big Thank-you all from The USA to SWEDEN!

Hallo Brent.
I gor the dvd two days ago and whe love it. Now i am eager to try. But
the ice has just left the river and it´s still ice on the lakes. I dont
want to svim in that water just yet grin .
I am 55 years old and a will take part in my first adventure race at the
end of july. Some of us never give up, do we wink .

Brent Reitz skrev:
Raul, Check out and let me know if they ship overseas. I can
also do some more checking for other suppliers that do overseas
Let me know if this works or if you need more help. Cheers and
Thanks, brent reitz

dear sir
My name is Raul L. and i live in Sweden. Vhere can i buy the DVD
"Forward Stroke Clinic Video for Kayaking"?

Headed Off to Half Moon Bay this morning for another Kayak Clinic!

Sunday, April 13, 2008
Hi All: Just a note to let you know I'll be teaching in Half Moon Bay today and then off to Sacramento next Sat for a Clinic. If anyone's interested in checking-out the LIVE version of the Brent Reitz Forward Stroke Clinic DVD "come on into the club!"! Check out availability at, cheers, brent

A question about Paddle Grip and Hand Width from “Bill”

Monday, March 24, 2008
Dear Brent,
You have been so gracious to give me advice in the past and I thank you very much for that. I have another question for you. I now have a wing paddle and I have moved up to a surf ski. It has been great fun but very challenging. One of the things I am struggling with right now is keeping my hands in the right position on the paddle. They tend to move around a lot and it seems like I am constantly adjusting to the right position. I have tried putting tape on the handle but I still seem to move up the handle. I have notice in your video when you are demonstrating with your wing paddle you have some type of orange handle grips with a raised ring or stop that may prevent your hands from moving up the paddle handle. Can I buy some type of grip that would assist me in keeping my hands in the right spot? And if so where can I order it? And as far as proper hand position, holding my paddle horizontal above my head I am placing my hands at the spots where my elbows are at 90 degrees. Is this correct? Thanks again for your help and your video is great…I look at it often. Regards, Bill

Bill, in an effort to share this knowledge with everyone, I've choosen to post Your Question - and My Answer to my site:
Bill: I typically “customize” all my paddle shafts by adding a very thin piece of “paddle-grip” material to increase the circumference ever so slightly. I subscribe to the analogy of tennis players using a larger grip to help avoid tendonitis issues. This is an Old Theory, but one that has worked over the years for me. Hand Size of course is key in this debate. The material I like to use will vary with the diameter of the shaft. However I have had good success with The Purple Grip material that I THINK came from Salamander…However, I’m not sure anymore, as these company keeping being bought-up and product mix changes…Regardless, the material is as thin as I can find. The other KEY customization I make is to COVER up this Grip Tape Surface with High-Grade Vinyl Electrical Tape. In my humble opinion, The Surface-Area of ALL of the grip tapes out there, are WAY TOO AGGRESSIVE. For paddlers who even do modest mileage, the stock-surface will tear your water-logged hands to shreds if you don’t cover it with something more slick which allows the shaft to rotate freely. (I am not a fan of gloves...) Also, I typically wrap the grip-tape from the Paddle-End toward The Center, thereby utilizing the thin edges of each ½ inch tape edge to keep my hands from slipping toward the center of the shaft by mistake. Lastly, I like to measure the exact distance from the center of the shaft where the INSIDE of my hands will rest (see note below). Then I simply use Additional Electrical Tape to "raise" this area so I can "Feel" when my hands may be "cheating toward center"...Got it?

Regarding your Hand Position: You need to go a bit NARROWER than you are describing. You should grip the paddle in a fashion where your Upper Arm and Lower Arm are at 90 degrees to one-another, but then MOVE YOUR HAND INWARD ABOUT ½ - 1 hand’s width. Your Upper and Lower Arms will now be at a slightly ACUTE angle vs. 90 Degrees. Hope this helps Bill, brent

Thank you to ALL, for yet Another Wonderful & FUN Canoecopia of Kayaks and Canoes!

Monday, March 17, 2008
Thanks to all of you who supported me last week by attending CANOECOPIA, 08 and my Forward Stroke Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin. Of course, for those of you who did attend, you were VERY thankful my demonstration was done in the comfortable confines of a nice-warm-conference-hall! For those of you where were NOT there,…Let me clue you in: The Temp on Sat Nite was 11 degrees Fahrenheit…yikes! Of course, my Midwest Friends are used to this, but this wimpy California-Boy had forgotten what that was all about!
I had two really great 1-Hour Presentations, complete with a few harmonica riffs as well as a Special Guest Appearance by Darren Bush on Guitar! Darren owns Rutabaga and is the Grand PU-BAH for Canoecopia every year. He and his trusty-staff seem to pull this incredible event off more smoothly each year. They never cease to amaze me and my hats are off to each and every one!
I have not heard the attendance numbers yet, but there are usually over 20,000 Paddlers (or Gonna-Be Paddlers!) strolling the isles over the 3-Day Weekend Event. Simply an unbelievable showing of New Gear, Great Deals, Great Paddling-Related Presentations, and New Smiling Faces, all “joined-by-the-hip by one kind of paddling discipline, or another!
I’ll be doing my Master’s Series; On-The-Water Class for 3-Days over this coming Memorial Day Weekend, so “Come-On-Down!” Find out how to sign-up to take this class in Madison WI, by going to and click on their “programs” link.

My next teaching trip is coming in a few weeks. On March 28 – 30, I head to San Diego…(probably NOT 11 degrees Fahrenheit!) for The Southwest Kayak Symposium. I just received word that both of my On-The-Water Classes have SOLD-OUT…but come on down anyway, as this is another excellent event for learning & connecting with other paddlers from all over The West. Again Super-Instructors from all disciplines and experiences will be there to share their knowledge. Not to Forget, the Great Saturday Nite BEACH BONFIRE JAM-SESSION that is always one of the highlights every season! So be sure to check out how to get involved on the web at Here's looking forward to another fun-season On-The-Water, Enjoy, brent

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