January 14, 2002

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Dear Wildwater Racers and Friends:

I am sitting here with U.S. Team Member Chris Hipgrave as we are both about to embark on a three-week training jaunt to France, including their National Training Centers in Rennes, Poitiers and Lyon. We are really excited to learn how France's athletes train so we can come back and provide a report for our next issue.

This winter edition of includes exciting announcements for two major wildwater race series from the Northwest League of Whitewater Racers and the Mid-Atlantic Downriver Series. Also included is anarticle from Wildwater stalwart Brent Reitz of California, who demystifies the kayak forward stroke for Wildwater racers.

In the meantime, I hope all of you are having a great winter training and are enjoying your aerobic interval training and heavier weights. Stay aerobic and eat plenty of protein!

Happy training,

Michael Beavers

In this issue:

MADS Releases 2002 Wildwater Race Series Schedule
Mid-Atlantic Downriver Series prepares for another successful run

The Five Immutable Rules of the Kayak Forward Stroke
Focusing on Wildwater's most often-used stroke translates to seconds saved on the race course

2002 Northwest Whitewater Race Series schedule released
Race dates accompany renewed hopes for more rain.