Olympians teach finer points of standup paddleboardClinic paddles in Aug. 8 at Hosmer Pond near Camden Snow Bowl
Camden — As part of the second annual Lobster SUP CUP weekend, a clinic for standup paddleboarding was held on Friday, Aug. 8 at Hosmer Pond near the Camden Snow Bowl.
The clinic was instructed by former Olympians Terry Kent and Veronica Ribot-Canales.
Kent is a three-time Olympian who competed in sprint kayak, placing fourth in the K-2 1,000-meter event during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Calif. In 2013, he won the Soundsurfer Waterman's Challenge. Kent also competed in the Molokai, a canoe race in Hawaii, six times, winning in 1989.
Now a successful SUP racer, Kent owns and operates the Lake Placid International, the largest sprint race in the United states.
Kent said he was drawn to paddleboarding because he saw the similarities that it has to canoeing and kayaking.
Ribot-Canales is a four-time Olympian who competed in diving for Argentina. She placed in the finals in 1984, 1988 and in 1992, recording the highest finish ever for her country. She is a two-time national champion, and has taken home both silver and bronze in the Pan American Games for the 10-meter platform dive. Ribot-Canales is a diving coach at Cornell University in Ethica, N.Y.
"Diving isn't aerobic," she said. She added that diving is mostly core exercises, and that she used to run, but plantars fasciitis stopped her. Paddleboarding has become a way for her to get aerobic exercise, and she enjoys the workout and fitness aspect of paddleboarding.
The first part of the clinic was a technique discussion and tutorial, led by Kent. He demonstrated proper paddle handling and stroke as well as stance and body movement. As he demonstrated, many of the dozen clinic participants could be seen mimicking the movements with their bodies while they watched.
Ribot-Canales, who believes strongly in a sold warmup and stretching well before activity, took participants through an exercise routine before putting their boards in the water.
Once in the water, participants were instructed to paddle in from one side of the pond, to the other, while being filmed. The purpose of the exercise was for Kent and Ribot-Canales to be able to instruct each individual on what they needed assistance with and what they excelled at.
The free clinic was open to anyone interested in learning more about paddleboarding. Of the dozen participants, looked to improve their technique and become more efficient paddlers to participate in the SUP Cup races Aug. 9-10 in the Midcoast, and others were in attendance because they had just started paddleboarding and looked to learn proper form, how to handle their board and how to hold the paddle correctly.
For tips on technique, and more information about Kent and Ribot-Canales, visit supquicktips.com.
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