Happy Thanksgiving BOO

BOOmaunaKea1For us, our water has turned to frozen wonderfulness.  We might get the occasional 52 degree days (like yesterday!!!) and we might get on the water for a quick OC-1 or SUP adventure. For the most part we’ve got our skis and shoes-with-screws for our frozen water outdoor play.

While winter wraps around us here in Bend, who’s going to warm water this winter? Please post your photos on our Facebook! Once outrigger paddling has changed our lives we are never the same – YAY – and we miss our paddling friends.

Outrigger paddling has allowed us a wonderful relationship with water. It’s given us a mix of the embrace of nature, of friendships forged through participation and often a shifting of perspective in the way in which you may have previously related with the elements around you.

On this Thanks giving week we can be grateful that we are linked to the tides and the moon’s influence on their rise and fall, the sun, wind, water and surface ripples all the way to the roaring waves and swells of the Columbia River (or Kaiwi Channel).  Here’s to us all being on, in, under or near water, with paddle in hand.

Happy Thanksgiving from BOO.

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BOO – Off-Season Training

As Bend is buried in the first real snow of the year and our club Va’as are blanketed in the white stuff, early spring season paddles seem a long way off.  But before long we will be knocking out those 3-5 loop practices. Some team members are already in training.

blognov2Inez is building her cardio base while XC skiing up and down and all-around Meissner.

Judy and Ed have taken to snow shoes.blog3


Lisa Jakubowski is working on shoulder stretching as part of her ice-scraping regimen. (Hula girl not so happy).


Before our coaches have us doing 4-6 change segments with our eyes closed, here is a treat you will watch more than once. The first time through the visuals will capture your interest so much that you won’t be able to read the words quickly enough. That’s okay. Watch it for the visuals, then watch it for the words. The insights are what we all strive for every time we connect with our paddle and practice what we love to do.

HAHA HELE from Ann Allen/ Blindfaithmac.com on Vimeo.

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