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PostSubject: Freestylin'   Fri 20 May 2011, 11:08 am

Quick message to say the Freestylin from all the young lads is savage,
Some great stuff on the water from everyone,
Really liking the fact that it only took a few seconds for all of ye to lose ye're common sense and just horse into trying new stuff.
Ye'll all learn quickly like that.

If people are interested in learning more on freestyle, i can try and organise a couple of video evenings,
I have a few teaching freestyle DVDs lying around.

See ya'll on the water the next day folks Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Freestylin'   Fri 20 May 2011, 6:10 pm


It's absolutely great that you are coming along to work with the juniors - thanks so much - it is really very much appreciated.

Not sure if as parents we really want to know about them throwing away their common sense though and I think I have a pain in my head already from "airscrews", "double pumps" etc.

What kind of a trick is a "face plant" Smile ???

I think everyone in the club will acknowledge that the juniors (and so many others in the club) have reached their current level thanks in large part to the energy and enthusiasm of Alan O'Brien. He has put huge time and commitment into them over the winter. He's given the lads a huge love for the sport.

I saw him again last night taking on the latest batch of new recruits who finished the level 2 on Tuesday with the same enthusiasm.

He's not on his own there - all of the instructors and adults in the club have given the juniors huge encouragement and I know we as parents are really grateful for that.

But with the course and barbeque schedule - all of the instructors give a huge time commitment to the beginners in the club and so it's difficult for them to cover development as well.

So it's really great when people like yourself, Cian, Colin and Ashling with particular skills and interests come along and give a hand. It takes some of the weight off the shoulders of Alan and the other instructors and it adds great variety to the members nights.

I'd encourage anyone else who has a specialist interest to consider helping out or demonstrating at even one or two Thursday nights. It would really add to the members nights.


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PostSubject: Re: Freestylin'   Fri 20 May 2011, 9:17 pm

Too true Paula,
It's seeing the effort Alan and Co put into the club, the attitude from everyone lately, with the new clubhouse, good numbers etc, that has sparked a new interest in freestyle for me.

Seeing the young guys paddling so well is a great buzz for me too.

I'm gonna make a real effort to come along this year and bring people i've paddled with in all my years paddling.
As much as me teaching people is good, i'm learning and gaining from it too so its awesome.

So we've good freestyle, whats next, steep creeking, surf kayaking, wildwater and more.

And about the lack of common sense, its been really helpful for my paddling all these years, but there is always a little dab of safety there, so no need to worry Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Freestylin'   Fri 20 May 2011, 10:03 pm

Steep creeking!! Yes please!! Haha freestyle is prob more likely though! Thanks to all the current instructors and the general population of experienced paddlers for their great help so far and thanks in advanced for what sounds like some great paddlers help in the future! Smile
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