CORA Townhall: Outrigger Crew Selection


You’re invited to join Dave Krueger (NAC) and Jill Schooler (Lanakila) as they discuss the challenges and rewards of selecting effective racing and training crews, both during the off-season, in preparation for races and at the start line. CORA’s table of guest coaches will consider a variety of circumstances in their discussion, including athlete baseline training, club capacity and program goals, safety and performance…as well as transparency in philosophy and selection metrics. Each seat role will also be considered when discussing how athletes are chosen in order to get the right results for the right conditions at the right races.

Meeting participants will have the opportunity to post questions to the panel, and the session will be recorded and added to the inventory of townhall discussions that CORA launched at the onset of the COVID lockdowns.

Everyone is welcome to attend, just as everyone is welcome to browse our townhall archive at any time.

See you (virtually) on Saturday 29 October at 4pm Pacific for this first townhall gathering of the 2022-23 fall/winter series.

CORA TownHall 2022 #2: Sprint Technique, Tactics and Training

DATE: Saturday 26 February
TIME: 4pm Pacific
Guest Speaker: Vesna Radonich
CLICK Here or on the image below to view the recording of this event.
CLICK HERE to complete a short survey for Vesna

Just in time for sprint season, here’s a great chance for Canadian paddlers to meet championship paddler and international paddling coach Vesna Radonich as she joins Canadian hosts (CORA’s board of directors) for a 90-minute masterclass on sprint racing.

Vesna will discuss her passion for sprint racing, and outline the technical, tactical and training approaches to helping outrigger paddlers get to the start-line with the preparation they need to finish with personal bests.

Why hone up on sprints? Because there are some great races coming up, including FGPC’s “Kan-U-Hakit” 1500m 2x-buoy-turn OC6 sprints (Sunday 6 March) and CORA’s Sprint Nationals (including crew and solo competitors) scheduled for Burnaby Lake over the weekend of 30 April & 1 May. Crews and solo athletes will benefit from Vesna’s training tips and tactical expertise specific to sprint performance.

PLEASE JOIN the CORA board and guest presenter Vesna on Saturday 26 February at 4pm Pacific for this 2nd in CORA’s townhall series.

CORA Townhall #1: Intermediate Steering Technique – VIDEO & Drill Sheet

More than 100 members from across Canada attended our first townhall video forum of the 2022 year. The recording of this video session along with an inventory of drills to improve steering technique are now available for viewing and download here:

  • CLICK HERE or on the video image below to view the recording of this session
  • CLICK HERE to download drills and exercises to improve your steering technique

Steering is a never-ending master-class of how to get better. Our guest speaker, Cheryl Skribe, will describe how to set yourself up to learn without settling, and to set yourself challenges for improvement, in as much detail as 90 minutes can hold. Here’s what you’ll see in the video…

Cheryl Skribe and members of the CORA board (including Cindy Wright, Erik Ages, Leanne Stanley, Ron Chin and Val Simmons) discuss a range of techniques and technical decision-making for review by people who have some or plenty of steering experience. Non-steering paddlers as well as novice and aspiring steerspeople are encouraged to soak it in too, bearing in mind this isn’t the start of a life-long conversation, but the middle: we don’t, for example, discuss “how to poke,” but rather WHERE and how long and how deep to poke for the best result in specific conditions. We don’t discuss “how to post,” but rather WHY a poke may be better than a post in many instances and not all, and how to choose one over the other. We discuss how other seats in the boat can support the responsibilities of seat six, and how to train to nurture those supporting roles within a crew. And we’ll summarize some of the key skills to gauge conditions, as well as how to remain oriented in terms of short and longer-distance navigation, as well as how to challenge yourself, as a steersperson, to get better.

This session forms part of a series of skill development sessions over the year ahead. Future sessions will continue this first conversation, and will include tactical and strategic discussions about short- and long-distance racing (and steering), navigation, safety…and yes, surfing.

Click on the video below, as well as the skills sheet that Cheryl Skribe has prepared, and enjoy the banter, humour, insight and experience that Cheryl and CORA’s merry band of board directors bring to bear on the age-old dilemma of what to do and what not to do when you hear “ready, set, go.”

  • CLICK HERE or on the video image below to view the recording of this session
  • CLICK HERE to download drills and exercises to improve your steering technique