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Firing it up at the Women’s 2-Day Surf Kayak & SUP Clinic

On November 7-8, 2015, California Women’s Watersport Collective hosted a Women’s 2-Day Surf Kayak & SUP Clinic in Marin County, California. The combination of an all-star line-up of instructors, ideal conditions, good weather and a group of students that charged hard from dawn til dusk made for one outstanding weekend!

Devon Barker-Hicks, Gina Morley, Teresa “Tree” Rogerson and Kelly Marie Henry, the instructors for the event, shared their years of knowledge, experience and expertise with eight eager women of varying paddling experience for two full days of instruction and coaching out on the waves.

Student, Sophia Sotelo, perfectly articulated what every woman was feeling at the event, “We all have this same goal- just to have fun with other women, in a fantastic venue, doing something that’s our passion. What’s not to love? It’s supportive, friendly…there’s no ego going on here.”

The clinic was held at two different breaks over the weekend, Dillon Beach and Bolinas, where the group experienced not only support from within the group but also from the other surfers in the line-up, who were just pumped to see so many women out there.

The clinic included two days of coaching in surf kayaking, an introduction to SUP, video review and on-land instruction, camping and yoga.

“I got my mojo back, had some bitchin’ rides, and nice drops- which I’ve never been able to manage, but I did it today!”, exclaimed Sotelo. Stoke was high as woman after woman stepped up their game and fired it up in the surf.

This Surf Kayak & SUP Clinic was an American Canoe Association sanctioned event. Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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