The Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life has quickly become the most anticipated event of the year. And not just for pro paddlers. Thanks to the West Marine Demo Zone, the PPG’s are the perfect place for the beginner-to-expert paddler to try out new shapes from the industry’s best brands.
Along with free demos, the PPG’s are offering an array of free clinics to hone your paddling skills. Here’s a rundown of the clinics—and clinicians—you can plan on attending at the Games, October 10-11 at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.
SUP Yoga presented by BOGA SUP (9 am)
Boga Paddleboards specializes in SUP Yoga and they’re bringing their best instructors to Doheny. Meet at 9 am Saturday and Sunday to learn the intricacies of SUP Yoga. Depending on conditions, you’ll get your practice started in front of the venue or paddle a short distance to calm water. If the swell is too large, we’ll host the clinic in the grass at the north end of the beach. Boga SUP will offer 10 yoga-specific boards for the clinic on a first-come, first-serve basis. So get there early or bring your own board to stretch out on.
Stroke Clinic by Riviera Paddlesurf’s Rob Rojas (12 pm)
Rob Rojas, one of the best stroke technicians in the business, will be on hand both days at noon to help you hone your paddling stroke. Rojas is a gifted distance paddler and will dish out tips to get you familiar with—or help you refine—the use of the paddle.
Intro to Surf Clinic with Laird SUP’s Chuck Glynn
Does she have priority or do I? Is this a good place to try SUP surfing? Should I be in my surf stance when I’m paddling for a wave? These are all legitimate questions, and all subjects Chuck Glynn will touch upon during our Intro to Surf Clinic. Learn how, when and where to catch your first wave on a standup board or get hints on how to improve your surfing. Glynn will be on hand Saturday at 11 am to get you dialed in the surf.
Details, Details: Clinic reminders will be announced over the loudspeaker Saturday and Sunday. Please bring your board and paddle, or a demo, to the clinic (Boga SUP will be providing 10 SUP Yoga boards). To participate in the West Marine Demo Zone, bring a valid photo ID or credit card with you and register at the West Marine tent, leave your ID or credit card as collateral, and receive two West Marine Demo Zone cards (board and accessory). Give those cards to your favorite brand and demo their products! When you return their products, they’ll return your cards. Return both cards to the West Marine tent to retrieve your collateral. Enjoy!
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