By Emily Shanblatt Creeking is unique style of kayaking. Categorized by lots of rocks, gradient, and tight or technical moves, many see creeking as a style of kayaking so different from river running or playboting that it practically requires it’s own skill set. Calling upon a different set of mental abilities as well, the steepness and elevated consequence of creeking requires the paddler to be confident in her abilities to make moves, catch eddies, and produce a plan B, C, or D instantaneously. Located in one of the world’s creek boating meccas, Girls at Play has recognized the importance of these skills, and the incredible fun and satisfaction that can come with this adrenaline filled, quick, technical style of paddling.
By Em Shanblatt The world needs more female kayak instructors…wouldn’t you agree? Girls at Play has teamed up with ACA (American Canoe Association) to help make this ambition a reality. We’re offering an official ACA instructor course, specifically designed for women. Robin Pope of the ACA and Anna Levesque are co-teaching the course, and we couldn’t ask for a more qualified and inclusive teaching staff! The entire course involves two weekends of time together on the water, with a month in between to improve on technique and teaching abilities. This past weekend we kicked off the course in Sylva, NC with an incredible group of 7 excited and talented women. We spent this weekend at Tsali Lake, nearby the
This glossary is a compilation of basic whitewater kayaking terms meant to be a useful resource for new paddlers. If you have a term that you’d like to see added to this article or if you have questions about a definition please let me know. Enjoy! Aerial: When a kayak leaves the surface of the water. Usually refers to freestyle (see freestyle) moves. Attainment: When a kayaker paddles upstream against the current to get from a point downstream to point upstream. Many whitewater paddlers do attainments for a workout or to train for extreme racing (see extreme racing). Back band: The band located behind the seat that can be tightened to keep the paddler in an aggressive, upright seated position.