ASP Team Applications Open

We are stoked to announce applications for the ASP programme are now open. This is a long running highly successful athlete development programme (4 year cycle) with athlete positions funded by Sweetwater Coaching. The programmes set out to achieve the following: To assist individuals improving on their personal best in Freestyle and/or Extreme Racing. To assist athletes in gaining selection for national teams and/or international events. To assist national team athletes gain medals in international Read more…

BOOST Series – Give your freestyle a Boost.

Stoked to announce the release of a new short coaching series – BOOST. BOOST offers a series of 90min sessions dedicated to exploring specific tricks. Starting with a short pre-session call to gain an insight into your needs, and a pre-session video resource to help maximise your learning during the session. BOOST uses innovative coaching methods and practices to provide confidence in exploring new tricks, and self-direct your own development. The Boost series covers a Read more…

Pioneering female freestyle – raising the skill set.

It’s always been fascinating to see what’s possible within our sport and, since the beginning, gender equality has always been a high priority in my coaching. Most can agree, by its very nature, freestyle at its core produces boundary breakers. Female athleticism is spreading across freestyle disciplines, from big wave adventures to the ICF World Championships; continuing to demonstrate how phenomenal these athletes truly are, and how important it is to support and celebrate their Read more…

And the end of another amazing year!

Happy New Year Everyone, And the end of another amazing year! 2019 was a pivotal year with heavy voluntary commitment to a number of projects including the GB Freestyle Development Pathway – super excited to be involved in the legacy of freestyle development. In between there were plenty of boating adventures, the World Championships and a focus on maturing the cutting-edge methodologies and practices at Sweetwater Coaching. I would like to thank you all – Read more…

Third successful year running the Freestyle Development and National Team Camps in Finland;

I’ve just finished my third successful year running the Freestyle Development and National Team Camps in Finland; designed to increase participation at the grass-roots level, whilst ensuring those already competing have a pathway to achieve higher performance at an international level. It’s a real pleasure to have been invited to run these programmes and I would like to thank the Finnish Canoeing and Rowing Federation for supporting freestyle development. The work of the Federation, the Read more…

Sweden National Freestyle Development Camps

That went quick, what an amazing time! Stoked to have had the privilege to coach these enthusiastic and talented kids, and also support the coaches who are vital to the success of amazing programmes like this. Apart from working with the coaches delivering the youth camp, canoe club coaches were also invited to join us for two days of exploring the possibilities of freestyle coaching. Thanks to all involved, such a pleasure to see the Read more…

World Paddle Awards – Dennis Newton wins the Foundation Award…

I was very honoured to receive the Foundation Award at the World Paddle Awards event in Silkeborg yesterday, especially given the other nominees in my category. There are so many people that have helped and supported me throughout my career – to you all a massive Thanks. Without the incredible support of my wife, family and friends, non of this would be possible – or have the same meaning. To all the people that voted Read more…

Max Karlsson ASP Review, Shifting Focus-Changing Goals…

When I first talked to Dennis after the 2015 Freestyle Worlds about Joining ASP I wasn’t entirely sure whatI was getting myself into. All I knew was that he was extremely fun to paddle with, was considered somewhat of a mad scientist, but had an amazing track record (especially with Claire O’hara). I saw an amazing opportunity to improve my freestyle abilities with arguably the best coach in the sport. I started on the program Read more…

Nottingham Freestyle Development Camp 9th-13 April 2018

The week kick’s off with a warm up day getting to know the features and setting goals for the rest of the week. The general themes of the week follow a training to train, training to compete and competing to win approach. This progressively layers skills to provide not just the technical, but also tactical, psychological and physiological elements to reach your full ride potential. It’s great fun and it’s not all about competing, it’s Read more…