Surfski Clinic with Sean Rice - Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 25 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM [EST]

145-5 Hancock Rd, Pittsfield, massachussets , 01201, United States

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Pittsfield Surfski Clinic PARTIAL APPROVAL - $95.00

Surfski clinic with Sean Rice

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Private lesson with Sean Rice PARTIAL APPROVAL - $165.00

75min One-on-one time with Sean. The lesson will be tailored specifically to your needs and can be scheduled for your convenience.

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Wednesday, July 25 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM [EST]

Pontoosuc Park, 145-5 Hancock Rd, Pittsfield, massachussets , 01201, United States.

PaddleLife, along with the support of its sponsors, presents, The PaddleLife World Tour 2018!

An extensive tour of the world dedicated to spreading the sport and lifestyle of surfski paddling to as many people as possible. We have some awesome events and workshops lined up. We can't wait to visit Pittsfield!



All workshops are conducted by the international surfski and kayak champion, Sean Rice. Sean is an extremely experienced surfski and kayak coach and conducts his workshops in a friendly and relaxed manner. Sean has competed for many years at the highest level of paddling (including World Championship titles) across Marathon, Sprint, and Surfski. He will pass on every bit of knowledge that he has gained through all of his experience. Each paddler will come away with a whole new field of knowledge and will experience an unforgettable time with one of the best in the sport. 


Wednesday afternoons workshop is aimed at those paddlers who are wanting to take their paddling to the next level! You might have a certain goal in mind or simply want to get some refined tips of what it will take you to improve. This is the best chance of getting advice from one of the best in the business. The workshop will consist of some land-based theory and plenty of water-based drills for practice. If you are an intermediate or advanced level paddler, then this is an excellent opportunity for you! 


In addition to this workshop, each registered paddler is invited to an additional FREE seminar by local paddling hero Joe Shaw, and Mike Dostal, and/or Kurt Kuehnel on Monday 16 July 2018 at 5pm at the same location  They will cover some of the more basic fundamental skills and techniques so that Sean can jump straight into the other more complex topics that we have you all interested in. This will maximize the time we get to spend together! Let us call this a good old 2 for 1 deal! Isn't that just great? 

To help with planning for this, we ask that all paddlers who would like to join into the FREE additional seminar register before the 13th July as the next week offers possible dates for it to be run.





PaddleLife prides itself on offering the highest-quality learning experience. For this reason, we keep the group numbers very limited to allow for lots of 1-on-1 time between Sean and each paddler. All paddlers will walk away from the lesson with a comprehensive understanding of the sport and with advice or improvement techniques specific to them. 


We encourage you to attend no matter your craft and experience!


Surfski Workshop

Date: Wednesday 25 July 2018

Time: 5pm - 8pm (or a bit later if sunlight allows)


Topics covered in the workshop:

- Optimizing your boat and paddle set up to suit you

- Individual paddle stroke technique coaching and guidance (we will hopefully have and erg and video station!)

- Maximising stroke efficiency drills and exercises

- Stability drills and techniques

- Remounting and Safety on the water 

- Open water paddling skills (introduction into rough water and downwind paddling)

- Training techniques to improve your fitness and performance

-& much much more...


After the workshop, there will be lots of time for more "surfski chat". We can cover any topic you like and encourage questions!


This workshop is not to be missed!  Any level of paddler will benefit from attending the workshop and you are guaranteed to have a super fun learning experience!! We welcome all sea kayakers, OC paddlers, white water, marathon and sprint kayakers too! You can participate in which ever craft you choose and you might be surprised by how many of the principles/techniques coached can be transfered directly between sports.


A big thank you to Joe Shaw for the help in organizing this event! Please check out his FaceBook page at


We look forward to seeing you!


Please note: 

Safety - Please bring along a PFD and leash if you have one.

Please bring your own surfski and paddle (If you do not have these, please contact us and we will see what we can do to get you some!)

You are welcome to attend the workshop in any craft you choose. We can provide extra equipment for those who do not have any.

If you have any questions regarding anything to do with the above workshop or just anything to do with surfski paddling - contact Joe Shaw 413-537-8821 or Sean directly

PaddleLife is an organisation run by Sean Rice, international surfski champion. PaddleLife offers specialised surfski workshops and lesssons around the world. Our aim is to promote surfski paddling as much as possible.

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