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Yoga for Off-Season Paddling Fitness

For paddlers living in areas with distinct boating seasons, cold or dry times of year can be a bummer. But, as author Andria Davis reminds us, the off-season gives you an opportunity to rejuvenate your body and mind.

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Yoga for Boaters' Shoulder Pain

Don't let shoulder problems keep you from boating. With good technique and some guidance from Andria Davis, yoga can help you reduce pain and prevent injuries.

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Yoga for Boaters' Back Pain

Core strength is your key to relief. In Yoga for Boaters' Back Pain, Andria Davis shows you how to use yoga to strengthen your body's core to help prevent back pain from paddling.

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What's in the Water

Excellent resource on microorganisms in backcountry drinking water.

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Using Yoga to Strengthen Your Hips for Kayaking

River runner and yoga instructor Andria Davis shows you some yoga techniques to help improve flexibility and strengthen your hips for kayaking as well as canoeing, rafting and SUP.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Whitewater SUP

Stand-up paddle boarding is the new whitewater thrill.

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SUP Workout

In this short instructional video, SUP instructor, fitness expert and NRS athlete Nikki Gregg gives you four easy-to-learn exercises you can add to your SUP workout to help make you a stronger and healthier paddler.

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SUP Surf Techniques and Etiquette with Nikki Gregg

NRS athlete Nikki Gregg shares the skills and insider knowledge you need to safely and successfully ride waves in the surf.

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SUP Safety

Standup paddle boarding is really a very safe sport, but since you're out on the water, there are a few things you need to do to keep it that way.

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SUP Board Bracing Techniques

No matter how good your balance is, sometimes youre going to lose it. How you handle your paddle in these circumstances makes the difference between staying upright and going for a swim.

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Stretching Exercises for Paddlers

Stretching is essential for preventing muscle strain as well as healing injuries.

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Rules to Follow for SUP Surfing

The experts make riding ocean waves look easy. This video gives you four golden rules to help you get started on the right learning curve for SUP surfing.

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Restorative Yoga for Boaters

Not all exercise routines make you more tired. You can reduce fatigue from paddling and the daily grind with these yoga techniques from Andria Davis.

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Rescue Film Series: Ep. 9: Self Rescue

This video shows whitewater kayakers and canoeist the basic techniques for self rescue. It discusses how to swim to safety and how to avoid dangerous foot entrapment in moving water.

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Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Some helpful tips on preventing boater shoulder injuries.

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Overcoming Fear - New Boaters

Suggestions for overcoming the fear produced by a scary swim.

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NRS Straps

See the different tie-down straps used to hold down raft frams, rafting gear and camping equipment.

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NRS PFD Hydration Pack Instructions

How to fill, clean and sanitize the hydration bladder. Also, directions for attaching it to your life jacket and using the accessory straps to wear it when hiking, running or biking.

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Moving Around and Balancing on Your SUP Board

How and where you stand on the SUP board makes a real difference in your paddling efficiency.

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Keeping Your SUP Board Going Straight

When paddling for fitness and cruising on flatwater, you’ll want to spend a lot of time going in a straight line.

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How to Transport an Inflatable SUP Board

Follow these simple suggestions to ensure that your inflatable SUP board safely makes it where you're going.

Maintenance & Repair, Skills & Tips

How to Safely Fall Off a SUP Board

This video shows the best way to land in the water and different techniques for climbing back on the board, rescuing your paddle and standing back up on the SUP board.

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How to Roll a Strap for Storage

In this Quick Tips video, we show you how to roll your straps for tidy storage.

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How to Put on a Drysuit

We share a few tips for easily donning this most protective piece of cold-water boating apparel.

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How to Make a Flip Line

Also called a "guide belt," this piece of webbing and locking carabiner make a valuable boater's tool. Whether you're kayaking, rafting or canoeing you'll find multiple uses for this easy-to-build webbing sling.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Launch Your SUP Board in the Surf Zone

Surfing your board in ocean waves is great fun. This video gives you the basic pointers for paddling out through the incoming waves.

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How to Install SUP Fins

Installing the fins on your stand up paddleboard is quick and easy. Just follow these simple instructions.

Maintenance & Repair, Skills & Tips

How to Install D-Rings and Footcups

NRS Repairs shows you the best ways to install D-rings and footcups and permanently glue them to Hypalon-, PVC- and urethane-coated materials

Maintenance & Repair, Skills & Tips

How to Fold a SUP board

In this Quick Tips video, we show you the best way to fold your SUP board for transport and storage.

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How to Do the SUP Sweep Stroke

This video demonstrates proper paddle plant and body rotation to turn efficiently while keeping your balance and forward momentum while SUP sweep stroking.

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How to Do the SUP Pivot Turn

Mastering the SUP pivot turn allows you to swiftly change a SUP boards direction, whether youre still or moving.

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How to Do the SUP Forward Stroke

In this short instructional video we show you how to do the SUP forward paddle stroke to help you move ahead more quickly, more efficiently and more smoothly.

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How Sun Protection Works

Details on how sunscreens work and how they are tested.

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Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Species

How to prevent the spread of harmful organisms in our waterways.

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Get on Your SUP Board

A SUP board is a stable platform, but there's a learning curve for getting on, standing comfortably and moving around on the board. This video shows the simple steps for "walking on water."

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Four Golden Rules of Stand Up Paddling

This video introduces the four Golden Rules of stand up paddling: the importance of good paddle technique, proper body position, use of your core muscles and efficient SUP board propulsion.

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Educate Yourself and Trust Your Judgment

Build your confidence by increasing your boating skills.

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Dry Bag Closure Instructions

Recommended Dry Bag Closure Instructions

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Balancing Game: Yoga Therapy

River runner and yoga teacher Andria Davis explores the mind-body connection and how it can help us recover from injuries.

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A Paddler's Dictionary

A reprint from Canoe & Kayak Magazine on many boating terms.

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12 Reasons To Start Paddling

A reprint from Canoe & Kayak Magazine on the many reasons for getting on the water.

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