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Canadian Downwind Champs 2019 Race Video

Greg Barton:

People don’t realize how much hard work and how many setbacks there are before you reach success.

“Winning the race is the goal. But most important is the path you take to get there.”

“The most important thing in life is to enjoy what you’re doing.”


Nutrition, Hydration, Fitness


  • Learning from others:
  • Much basic strategy should become obvious with a little experience.
    • Give rowers a wide berth
    • Races almost always start at speeds that few can maintain for the whole race. If drafting is allowed try to spot paddlers you know you can keep up with or are not too fast to draft and get close to them before the race starts. Then get on their draft and try to hang on until the pace drops to something sane.
    • One of the primary aspects of downwind racing is jumping and recovery. You should experiment with how many waves you can jump until you need to recover while you are still able to sit on a wave without losing it. Race course strategy may make a difference also if course conditions tend to be predictable. Where in the course is it harder or easier for you to jump waves? Can you work harder on a slower stretch then recover in a stretch where you can rely on waves that will maintain your speed better while you recover?
    • Is local knowledge available about where in a course favorable and unfavorable conditions tend to occur (wind shadow, eddies, currents, chop, rebound), and/or can you do your own pre-race scouting/trial runs?


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