Danny doing his thing

Kristian Kolflat, Assistant Austin Store Manager, and Andrew Moczygemba, Store Manager in the Houston Store, report on the recent Paddles and Paddling guest seminar.

Danny Mongno of Werner paddles visited our Houston and Austin stores last week and shared his 22 years of paddling expertise in a special seminar titled “Paddles and Paddling”.  He discussed paddling technique, fit and even had a chance to work one on one with individuals to improve their stroke.

Andrew cites the event as being highly anticipated and well received. For those that haven’t heard, our Houston location recently suffered fire damage and was forced to close for a short period. Despite this, Danny was still able to visit and had about 15 people in attendance.  “People kept calling during the week to make sure that the fire would not stop us from having the seminar,” said Andrew, “And luckily we were still able to – it was a great event.”

Seminar goers listening in

There were a number of helpful tips that attendees were able take away from the event. Kristian lists a few:

  • Use bent shaft paddles when you have existing pain in your wrists or paddle long distances and want something more ergonomically fitting, or are prone to joint pain.
  • The more light-weight the better. Best way to get a feel for how light it is to hold it out in front of you, horizontal to the ground, with one hand in the middle and your arm about shoulder height. Swirl the paddle with your wrist and hold it there for a few minutes. This will give you an idea of how heavy it will be to use all day long.
  • Most individuals should be using low angle paddles. Big bladed and high angle paddles should be used when paddling in heavy wind, current or when aggressive paddling is in the forecast.
  • Make sure to use the proper size paddle for your body height and boat width. Also, make sure you use the proper paddling techniques.

Of course, Danny spoke in much more depth and offered individual help to event goers. Thanks to everyone in attendance and we look forward to putting on more seminars like this in the months to come! To stay up to date on the latest events including our Demo Days and visit Austin, Houston and San Marcos store event pages.

Joseph @ACK