ERA ladysdayout blog
ERA ladysdayout blog
Apr 11th, 2011

Hats off to the women of Sweet Briar College!From Laura, director of the outdoor program (SWEBOP) at Sweet Briar:Yes We did it!!!!! We have lots of good stories and tales to tell about the American Canoe Association Collegiate Canoe and Kayak championships for Virgina Schools! We are on to Nationals in October.Lauren Morgan took 3rd place in open boat single paddler divisionKeri Falk took 3rd in the exhibition race through the class 2 + rapidsThen the exciting race of today was the relay race and we took 2nd place beating the very impressive Hollins who took 3rd place...it was quite the upset..(but we still had dinner together and Krispy Cream hot donuts the night before for a little sister school camaraderie in our competition.)SO drum roll please, out of 5 VA schools Sweet Briar won 3rd place overall and they have a trophy to prove it!...

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ERA ladysdayout blog
Feb 1st, 2011

What makes the annual Nantahala Open such a success is a) it is a fun non-competitive event; b) great people come from all over to support the event; c) Team Wave Sport comes with all sorts of enthusiasm and.....the manufacturers\' support of the event is first class!! The 2011 Nantahala Open will be no exception. Already lined up to give their support to the event is a cast of veteran Nantahala Open Supporters:Shred Ready HelmetsSnap Dragon SkirtsTeamScumStohlquistNRSThese friends not only support all of us with their great white water gear, but they support events such as the Nantahala Open--an event for the \"normal\" paddler out just having fun!Stay tuned for more!...

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ERA ladysdayout blog
Dec 18th, 2010

For women traveling abroad, there are a few cultural hitches that can make for awkward moments; nothing that should dissuade a female from embarking on an international trip, but if known ahead of time, can make traveling as a female a whole lot easier. Here are a few points that often are overlooked on the standard packing list:Toilet Paper; something many of us take for granted. But once out of metropolitan areas, there are many countries that consider toilet paper a luxury. If you are not a big drip dryer, make sure you bring along a travel size roll of paper. And work on your squats before you go—many toilets are not really conducive to sitting down.When it is “that time.” The last thing you were thinking about when packing for your trip was the ol’ monthly girl time. And even if you check the calendar to make sure you are not going to overlap, traveling often screws up the timetable just to be a nuisance. Pack for it even if it is not going to happen. Outside of large metropolitan areas, ma......

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ERA ladysdayout blog
Nov 5th, 2010

I have come to appreciate that parallels can be drawn between an amazing hair cut and a great day of kayak instruction.Follow me here in replacing “getting my haircut” with “taking a day of instruction” and see if it sounds familiar to you….First there is just the idea of going to a professional stylist when you can do it yourself/have your friend help you out. Of course there is no telling what the outcome will be in either situation until it is over; and while both can be fixed afterwards—getting it done right produces much better results and avoids a huge deflated ego when the results are in.Choosing the professional best suited for one’s style/needs-which are different than other people’s is also part of the process.Take me:For starters I stuff my head/hair into a helmet, sometimes seven days/week for my job;I am typically in some stage of wet for most of the day (unless it is cold out);I don’t have a lot of time for frills;and while I have come around to the idea of spending the time an......

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ERA ladysdayout blog
Sep 20th, 2010

I always struggle with the generalization that women struggle with fear/men don\'t when it comes to whitewater kayaking. I know some guys who have to deal with some pretty heady head games when it comes to kayaking. I am not so sure that there is a way to categorize fear into one gender or anotherBut on the other hand....do I frequently say that women \"think too much\" about just about anything--including kayaking. Oh yes! We have a great imagination whether it comes to what our boy friend is doing when he does not call like he said he would/what happens if we screw up in a rapid. So I do sometimes encourage women I am paddling with to \"think like a guy\" when it comes to paddling. But maybe that is a little vague. So when I read a quote from Adriene Levknecht--whom many will say \"thinks like a guy\" when she paddles for sure, I could totally agree with the way Adriene put it:\"Women have a harder time letting their past go and visualizing the future. We wrap our heads around things that have already h......

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Aug 26th, 2010

It is always difficult to decide whether to go with a boat that fits just right spec-wise, or add some volume. Here is a perspective about a little extra volume....

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May 26th, 2010

Anna Levesque did a great job summing up the spirit behind the 2010 Boater Chick Festival. What a weekend with so many enthusiastic women--and guys, in the Nantahala Gorge!...

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May 26th, 2010

Anna Levesque did a great job summing up the spirit behind the 2010 Boater Chick Festival. What a weekend with so many enthusiastic women--and guys, in the Nantahala Gorge!...

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Mar 24th, 2010

One of the aspects of kayak competition that is fascinating is that age is not specifically a handicap (the Hearn/Lugbill line up of winners in the ’96 Olympics were just about the magic age of 40, while this year Hailey Thompson, the women’s C1 slalom racer that everyone is watching, is only 16). We have young boaters being inspired by “experienced” boaters, and vice-versa.The women’s wildwater event is a great example. This weekend 17-year old Haley Popp will be competing for a berth on the women’s US wildwater team, competing against the likes of Jennie Goldberg (who has been paddling whitewater for 30+ years). Both trained together this past weekend. And now will compete in wildwater at this weekend’s Nantahala Double Header/US Open.A sincere thanks to both Jennie and Haley for taking time out to answer a few questions before the big event this weekend! Jennie- What brings you from Washington State to WNC this week?I came to Western NC this week to compete in the USA Wildwater Team Trials ......

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ERA ladysdayout blog
Mar 24th, 2010

One of the aspects of kayak competition that is fascinating is that age is not specifically a handicap (the Hearn/Lugbill line up of winners in the ’96 Olympics were just about the magic age of 40, while this year Hailey Thompson, the women’s C1 slalom racer that everyone is watching, is only 16). We have young boaters being inspired by “experienced” boaters, and vice-versa.The women’s wildwater event is a great example. This weekend 17-year old Haley Popp will be competing for a berth on the women’s US wildwater team, competing against the likes of Jennie Goldberg (who has been paddling whitewater for 30+ years). Both trained together this past weekend. And now will compete in wildwater at this weekend’s Nantahala Double Header/US Open.A sincere thanks to both Jennie and Haley for taking time out to answer a few questions before the big event this weekend! Jennie- What brings you from Washington State to WNC this week?I came to Western NC this week to compete in the USA Wildwater Team Trials ......

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