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Sunday, September 19, 2010

A TIP for Craig after Video Review that should be helpful to Others…

Friday, April 23, 2010
From: Craig
To: Brent Reitz
Subject: Re: 2009 Wildside relay Video

Brent,

Thanks for taking the time to look at the footage and the feedback. What you say makes sense and is the area of the forward stroke I am most confused about. I have noticed myself while looking at my footage it appeared I was finishing the stroke further away from the boat than I thought I should. Also the pause before the catch has always been a struggle for me to get a good feel for. I will focus more on these areas and hopefully dial them in before I get too old to grip a paddle!

Craig,

The two areas you have noticed yourself having difficulty with, are two areas where MOST EVERYONE has difficulty…The TORSO-PAUSE is the most important of the two to connect with, so let's discuss that one here:

A tip to think about getting the “pause” going to your advantage, is to really not think of it like “a pause” with anything other than Your Torso….The Hands, Shaft, Blade…everything else keeps moving on a constant, but you need to hold-back the recoil of The Torso a split second, to allow the all of Those Other Moving Parts enough time to engage with the water fully…Specifically burying the blade fully and as far forward as is natually possible. The Torso-Pause may come to you easier if you think about the movement in these terms.

Once you get that movement ingrained, it becomes as automatic as your current movement is now. Let’s work on that one first, and remember to ask me about the “finishing too far away from the boat-thing” when we see each other next. Cheers, brent

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Bellingham Wa Surfski Paddling Group; Comments by David Jacobson -US Slaom Paddler!

Saturday, September 19, 2009
Feedback from Brent Reitz Clinic: 9/13/09

Today about ten on us took part in a paddling clinic coached by Brent Reitz. After reflecting on the clinic, I was VERY impressed with the class. As a paddler who formerly was a top US slalom racer (though I did not always feel like that while watching video today) for about a decade, I have worked with many national and international coaches. I would say Brent did a first class job articulating, selling, and teaching the forward stroke. Making the transition to a wing blade and onto the surf ski has been fun, but like many of you with different paddling backgrounds, I have not always had a clear concept of an efficient stroke for a ten-twenty-plus mile paddle/race. Brent did a GREAT job laying the foundation, working on improving common bad habits, and articulating some of the more subtle aspects of the paddlestroke. Talk has already started about getting him back up for a clinic in early spring for a touch up session, and hey, maybe a big wave trip to his neck of the woods would be worthwhile (maybe a Wildside “ Big Wave Clinic", US Champs Road Trip? hey, let me dream). I highly recommend Brent and big thanks to LG for being the organizer and video operator!

Iris Had a Great Class and told me I could share her feedback…

Thursday, September 10, 2009
Hi Brent,

thank you again for a great clinic yesterday! I went paddling out of Sea Trek today to practice, - it was great to feel the difference in my stroke and speed, never mind the power I had, dealing with the wind and current. Rotation comes easily it seems, chicken wings are getting there, the catch weeeelll, it needs some work. The elbow push was so much easier today. The exit - well I remembered that too at some point... . Too much fun - I am obsessed.

Steve told me about 'The Regatta' in October. Now that sounds like a lot of fun!!!

Happy paddling ~~~ iris

Tom

Saturday, January 24, 2009
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,
Tom

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, 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

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Ed sends me one of the BEST Christmas Presents Ever! Enjoy, That’s what it’s All About, brent

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dear Brent,

Sometime in 1998, I bought your video, "The Forward Stroke Clinic". It has been the foundation for my recreational and racing paddling. In the beginning, I reviewed the video, which I firmly believe is the best on the market, over and over, always trying to copy your fluid stroke, and to achieve perfection. I firmly believe that your teachings, are the secret to my success, in my racing endeavors.

Now I'm smart enough to realize, that a video alone cannot spell success, but that I must bring a certain level of conditioning to the races, and also have the proper equipment to to compete, being the right kayak & paddle.

At the time I bought your video, I was using a flat blade paddle and was a little nervous about graduating to a wing paddle, which could be tricky. Your video helped me develope such a good (make it very good) stroke, that I was able to transition to a wing paddle, and was comfortable and proficient within ten minutes of first using it.

Brent, do you remember my emails whereby I refered to you as "Coach"? Well, I have never forgotten all the help & tips that you passed on to me, and that I put to good use.

This year, 2008, at 70 years of age, I entered 6 races and won them ALL.

In some of the races, I was in the Senior Division, BUT, still beat all the times, for the Men's Open Division for Sea kayaks, in the same race. Some people have asked me," How do you do it? " I tell them it's Training, Paddling Technique and Equipment, especially at 70 years.

Most of all, I give credit to the great foundation, that your "Forward Stroke" instructional video, has given to me .

Thank you, Brent (Coach) after all these years.

Merry Christmas to you & your family.

Ed Earle

Kayak Training Pays Off!

Friday, April 25, 2008
Dear Brent,

I competed in my first ever kayak marathon (the Run of the Charles) in my Kayakpro Jet. 19 miles, six portages and two "wet exits" later I finished. I did about 3:35 with a 20 mph headwind for the entire distance. I passed three boats in the last mile-and your coaching was the key. I spent hours chanting " Push from the lat", "feet,feet, feet"(to help me use my legs more), and the winner "lift the elbow".

I chased one boat in front of me for 90 minutes before I finally overtook him in the headwinds.

I could tell that he was not using your methods, and I bet that the headwinds would hurt him more than me-and it worked out, as I caught him and dropped him with 200 yards to go.

I also beat another member of my kayak race club for the first time -by 10 minutes. He's my age, and has the same boat so it was especially satisfying to finally beat him!

Even a rather crude implementation of your methods was successful for me.

thanks again,

bill walker

Jim now “See’s The Light”!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I watched your video several times and then put it to work on the water. One thing I wasn't getting was the pushing hand coming across the body. I thought I was doing everything right, but I kept finding myself punching straight down the hull of the boat, exactly what I wasn't suppose to do. I kept trying, but it wasn't coming together, so I gave up and tried one other thing you mentioned and that was to keep the blade vertical as long as possible. I figured I'd just try that. Guess what? My pushing hand came straight across my face. Sometimes you have to say it more than one way to get it across to boneheads like me. This was what worked for me.

I tried spearing the salmon. Very quickly, I discovered pain in my elbows, so I backed off to my old technique. The pain went away. Then I noticed that my stroke was actually quite good. I wasn't slapping the water or pushing air. My paddle was completely submerged when I put on the power. I figured that I had it right from the beginning. Cool!

The exit: I have an AT paddle, with a slight modified crank. I love this paddle. However, when I tried to find the right exit point, I found that it didn't seem to matter. The paddle exited flawlessly from any point. The only time I have an issue with my exit is when a steep wave hits at the exact point of exit. That's when I feel a "sticky" feel as the paddle seems reluctant to exit the water. Thoughts? Also, I'm eagerly awaiting my new wing from Patrick at ONNO Paddles in Hawaii. If you like, I'll let you know how that works.

Over all results: With my AT paddle and my extreme kayak by Current Designs, I would cruise at 5.2 mph. After watching your video, I'm cruising at 5.6. That's nearly a 7% increase. Today, I was paddling hard and checked my GPS. I wasn't going all out or anything, but I was doing what I'd call a hard cruise. My GPS said that my top speed was 6.6 mph. If that's accurate, HOLY COW! My all out top speed has increased too. I've hit 7.5 mph after tweaking my technique after watching your video. I can't wait to see the results after my wing arrives.

Thanks,

Jim

Kathy from The Pacific Northwest sez…

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Hi Brent,

I was in your Forward Stroke class at the Puget Sound Sea Kayak Symposium in Tacoma a few weeks ago. (I was in one of the classes with all women). My goal was to be able to keep up with all the 16-year old Boy Scouts that I'll be paddling with this summer. You said "Good Luck!" But I wanted to let you know that we went out last Saturday paddling for the day and I worked really hard on my efficient forward stroke, and I WAS OUT IN FRONT ALL DAY!!!!!! Before your class I was always lagging behind, but now I can keep up.

I was so excited. Plus, after practicing all day I finally got what you had said about paddling and getting the strength from your core (behind your belly button you said). I could feel it! It was great! Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for such a great class.

Now I just have to decide if I should let the other Scouts in on the secret
- but then how would I keep up????

Thanks,
Kathy

Dana’s Feedback after the Memorial Day Weekend Classes of 2006

Thursday, February 01, 2007
Hello Brent,
Remember me from your 1st day @ Rutabaga...I was the frustrated gal with the xtra long paddle who couldn't stay away from rocks, walls, etc. I am SO happy to have taken your clinic!! I have been paddling @ Whitewater Lake and can't believe how amazing I can paddle! I am totally rejuvenated and amazed to use kayaking (even in my recreational kayak) as a 'workout'! I really can paddle for an amazing amount of time since I'm not doing the 'total arm thing' anymore. And yes I'm pretty proud of myself too!! Oh well, I always do something that brings me right back to my rightful size!! I just had to send you a note/testimonial to your excellent teaching clinic. I also purchased the DVD. I've always loved being on the water but it truly is a different experience now - a meditation with a real workout benefit. OK, enough already.......Wishing you all the best Brent.
Hope to see you @ Canoecopia next spring!
Paddle in Peace,
Dana

David Silverman, Founder Of SCARAB: Southern California Adventure Racing Buddies

Saturday, June 24, 2006
hi brent. i'm signed up for the clinic in san diego this weekend and won't be able to attend.
will you be doing any other forward stroke clinics in the l.a. or san diego areas in 2006?
i'm a fan of your dvd and really want to do the clinic. thanks!

david

David: I am guessing I'll do at least one more San Diego Clinic in the Fall. Sorry you can't make it. I'll catch you next time.
Thanks for the Kudos' on my film. I hope you find it helpful! Cheers, brent

Bill Walker BEATS the Wind!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Dear Brent,

I competed in my first ever kayak marathon (the Run of the Charles) in my Kayakpro Jet. 19 miles, six portages and two "wet exits" later I finished. I did about 3:35 with a 20 mph headwind for the entire distance. I passed three boats in the last mile-and your coaching was the key. I spent hours chanting " Push from the lat", "feet,feet, feet"(to help me use my legs more), and the winner "lift the elbow".

I chased one boat in front of me for 90 minutes before I finally overtook him in the headwinds.

I could tell that he was not using your methods, and I bet that the headwinds would hurt him more than me-and it worked out, as I caught him and dropped him with 200 yards to go.

I also beat another member of my kayak race club for the first time -by 10 minutes. He's my age, and has the same boat so it was especially satisfying to finally beat him!

Even a rather crude implementation of your methods was successful for me.

thanks again,

bill walker

Richard from Wisconsin

Friday, June 09, 2006
Brent, I'm Richard, the old guy who lives out by Dodgeville and who was fortunate enough to be a part of your clinic last Saturday. It was one of the best clinics on anything I've ever attended and I want to take another of your courses next year. I had the whole wrong approach to paddling and you surely set me on the right course. I've been out twice since and had no confusion as how to go about paddling properly. However, I seemed to get so much power from the strokes that the front of the boat whipped back and forth especially when the wind was behind me. I felt like I was driving a muscle car. Is this bad and, if so, how might I correct it? I have a 30 pound kayak, by the way. Any advice would be appreciated. Richard Zimmer, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Hey Richard, First, Thanks for the Kudos’s on my teaching results! Now to your issue: The “dragster” feeling you are having is more than likely, a result of initiating The Catch too far away from the side (gunwale) of the boat. In other words, you need to try to get the blade in the water with a vertical bladeface and have it enter the water right next to the side of the boat. Due to the torso rotation, the blade’s “flight-path” tends to move it away from the side of the boat as you rotate. If you start with the blade a ways away from the side of the boat at the beginning of the stroke, by the time it gets to the end of the stroke it’s moved too far away from the side of the boat and has transformed from a POWER Stroke to a TURNING Stroke. Additionally, your boat is pretty short, (if I recall correctly). That aids in its light weight, but it does not do a lot for its Tracking Ability. So, the combination of initiating the stroke to far away AND having a short boat that may not track really well, will create the Side-To-Side issue you are experiencing. Try out my suggestion and then let me know how it’s going! It was great to have you in my Class Richard. I always love turning folks on to my sport! Cheers, b


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