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TCKRA Open Water State Championship and free Open Water Paddling Clinic by Shamrock Paddling Co

September 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Entry fee: $20
The course will be out and back short distance laps approx 1/4-1/2 mile out from the beach. 4-6 miles total. If the weather doesn’t cooperate and conditions are rougher than anticipated, we will move the course to Galveston Bay and update on the exact location (will decide 24-48 hrs prior to the race). Please check facebook for weather/course updates.

Registration will begin at 1pm
The Shamrock Paddling will have having a free, open water clinic at 1:15pm
Race briefing will be at 1:45pm
Race start will be around 2:15pm

The race this year will have championship classes for Surfski, OC1, and SUP.

First place medals will be awarded for winners in each overall category (in Surfski, OC1, and SUP):
First Overall
First Women’s
First Men’s Masters
First Women’s Masters

It is required that you wear a PFD (inflatable devices are not allowed) and it must have a whistle attached to it. Bringing a leash is required however if we are doing the out and back course, wearing it is not required. There will be no safety boat. It is strongly suggested that all participants know how to remount prior to the race.
When driving to Stewart Beach, go left of the big building, drive onto beach.
There are several extra surfski’s available if you want to try one out. Let us know ahead of time and we’ll try to get you set up.
Feel free to call/text for questions to Tommy Yonley at 832-443-5194

More information about the free paddling clinic (you do not have to race in order to attend the clinic):
Shamrock Paddling Company LLC was founded in Houston Texas, offering Surfski lessons focused on proper technique and safety to build overall confidence and paddling performance. Matt Murphy, owner and ACA Certified Surfski Instructor, started this company to grow the sport of open water sursfki paddling in Texas. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram @shamrockpaddling or send them an e-mail at shamrockpaddling@gmail.com.

Clinic Outline: The clinic will be an informal session, approximately 30 minutes on how to safely preparing for open water paddling and an introduction to the theory of downwind paddling. Matt will also demonstrate the some techniques for a successful beach launching in breaking waves and will be available to answer any questions about open water paddling before and after the race. As a surfski instructor some of the material will be specific to that paddling discipline but most of the information will be useful for all disciplines (Outrigger Canoes, Kayaks and SUP).

Clinic Topics:

· Preparation for Open Water

o Assessing the Weather

o Float Plans, Safety Kit and Communication

o PFD and Leg Leash

· Downwind Paddling

o Wind Driven Waves

o Ocean Swells

o Shore Breaks

· Beach Launching and Returning

o Side Saddle and Straddle Entry

o Reading the Shore Break

After the clinic Matt will be available to answer questions about downwind and open water surfski paddling or about scheduling a lesson.

American Canoe Association (ACA): The ACA National Paddlesports Instruction Program has been acknowledged as the premier paddlesports education program throughout the United States and in over 30 countries. Surfski is the latest discipline introduced by the ACA with the objective of growing the sport nationally by increasing its accessibility to all paddlers not just the elite athlete.


September 8, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Stewart Beach
201 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550 United States
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