The world of whitewater standup paddling can be intimidating for the average paddler. With swift-moving water and snags lurking around each bend, getting on the river requires skill and focus. Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to be a professional paddler to hop on the river, but it doesn’t hurt to have a pro show you the ropes. In this clip, elite river paddler Mike Tavares covers peel outs, eddy turns, and ferries with a few basic pointers for each.

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