Paddle Articles

CP Fitness - Exercises for a More Powerful and Pain Free Paddling Stroke

March 12, 2017 Cali Paddler

Paddle Exercise Tips

Cali Paddler is thrilled to share some great exercise tips from a paddling friend we have shared the water with. Sporting a great background in fitness training, and a resume  every paddler will be stoked to get tips from, we welcome Shannon Harnett of Shanimal Fitness on board in this new series of tips to help enhance your paddle fitness training.

In the short amount of time I have been paddling, I have noticed many paddlers especially OC1 paddlers having pain in their lower back, knees and hips. This can be attributed to doing a sport that tends to be dominate on one side. Paddlers many times will pull different on the Ama side with more twist, more hip involvement and explosion. When your spine is subjected to asymmetrical forces or torsion (twisting) applied by torque, such as paddling on one side of the boat, the discs of your lumbar spine get loaded and lock up. This increases the rigidity along the spine and cause muscles to go into spasm and even turn off.

CP Review - RinseKit

February 26, 2017 Clarke Graves


Rinse Kit for Review Paddlers
A RinseKit Review for Paddlers! We admit, we have been wondering why these were so popular for awhile now. I mean, bringing a jug of water and maybe a little water bucket to dip my feet into has served us just fine. But we also know that there are days when its the whole family, and we have multiple craft and feet to clean off before getting in the car. And pouring the water just right to maximize was an acrobatic art form that looked pretty ridiculous and usually led to me falling over (#ifyoupaddleyougetit). So, Cali Paddler reached out to their friends at Better Surf than Sorry to borrow one of the RinseKits they sell, and test it out.

Cali Paddler Explorations - Elkhorn Slough - Moss Landing

January 23, 2017 Bret Warner

Cali Paddler Explorations Elkhorn Slough “Who would want to paddle in a swamp?” was apparently a common jeer sent in his direction. Now it’s almost impossible to drive that section of Highway 1 and not see numerous paddlers heading in and out of the slough. Having paddled there many times both on my own and leading tours I don’t know how anyone could not be entranced by it.  It is miles of flat, and depending on the wind, calm water, abundant seals and sea otters, hundreds of species of birds, and that serenity you get when you venture out on glassy water far enough away from roads and people that the loudest sound is your paddle in the water.

Prone Paddleboarding - A closer connection to the water

January 11, 2017 Clarke Graves

Prone Paddleboard InformationIf you have ever thought about trying prone, and wondered what the draw is. Or been intimidated from horror stories about how it is cold and hardcore...then this article is for you. Join us as we share our impression of prone paddleboarding as a total newbie that has paddled other craft. How is it compared to SUP and Outrigger? Why is it growing in popularity now, after being around so long before SUP was trendy? And most importantly, did we enjoy it? Find out here...

CP Review - ShoreStand - SUP and Prone Paddleboard Holder Stand

January 09, 2017 Cali Paddler

ShoreStand ReviewJoin Cali Paddler as we review a product that we couldn't wait to try out and add to our paddle accessories. If you have ever paddled SUP or prone, this promises to be helpful. The product is called the ShoreStand. A portable and collapsible stand for your board to keep it from dinged up or scratched on the ground. Check out our thoughts below.
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