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PADDLECHICA: The Seven Deadly Sins of Paddling and How You Can Avoid Them

PADDLECHICA: The Seven Deadly Sins of Paddling and How You Can Avoid Them

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This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com.   1. Not Warming Up Properly Too many paddlers jump into a boat for a training session or even a race without a sufficient warmup. Dynamic stretching at least 15- 45 minutes before hitting the water is crucial to get your muscles well-lubricated and ready to fire. A light run is beneficial to raise your total body temperature and get your body ready for vigorous activity, but you also need to be doing active stretches. Shoulder circles, hip circles, leg swings, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, etc. all help get your body loosened up and prepared...

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Beginner's Guide to Dragon Boat Racing

Beginner's Guide to Dragon Boat Racing

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As long as there have been boats on this earth, there have been paddles. And different cultures developed their own versions of propelling watercraft over the centuries, from the outrigger canoes of the Pacific Islands to the ornate dugouts of the coastal tribes in Alaska. In China, dragon boats reigned supreme. Short History of Dragon Boats Dragon boats made their debut on the Yantze River in China about 2,500 years ago. As the name suggests, these weren’t casual watercraft designed for pleasure cruises. They were precision boats designed to take part in rituals and festivals in honor of the Chinese...

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Love is In the Water: SUP as a Dating Activity

Love is In the Water: SUP as a Dating Activity

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Sick of going to dinner and a movie for date night? Yeah, us too. As a lover of the great outdoors, you want to stay outdoors – not get holed up in a dark movie theater for hours. And chances are, the person you attract will feel the same way.  If you’re looking for a shake up to your current date night (or date day) routine, consider SUP as a dating activity. SUP is Romantic SUP isn’t just meant for adrenaline junkies. Many people love to paddleboard on calm waters while enjoying some blissful quiet and alone time. If you...

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Dragon Boat Festival Contest 2017 - Win a genuine Hornet Dragon Boat Paddle

Dragon Boat Festival Contest 2017 - Win a genuine Hornet Dragon Boat Paddle

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The Contest Has Ended - Thank You All for Participating We will draw the lucky winner this week (3rd week of June). The winner will be contacted directly via email to the email address that used when subscribing. Did you miss the contest? Subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to stay tuned for upcoming contests, cool products, and helpful articles for Dragon Boat and SUP enthusiasts. Hornet Watersports wishes you a happy Dragon Boat Day with a contest We have recently launched our new monthly newsletter that keeps you updated with our latest Dragon Boat and SUP articles...

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Essential Tips for Choosing the Right Dragon Boat Paddle

Essential Tips for Choosing the Right Dragon Boat Paddle

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Have you ever heard stories about how elite golfers choose their clubs? Let’s just say they don’t simply walk into their local shop and choose whatever club is on sale. It’s often taken to a much higher level. For example, many golfers prefer to spend several hours using a club before buying it. If they’re religious, they might pray about it. Others will go even further, sleeping with the club under their pillow. If they still feel good about it in the morning, then they’ll consider it the perfect match. At the bare minimum, elite golfers always take the time...

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