Bay Area-based rowing team trains on Thermalito Forebay

Feb 14, 2015 9:44 PM by Ross Field

While some teenagers were slumbering through their Saturday morning, others were up in the early hours to get their feet wet in the sport of rowing.

For four days, starting bright and early, dozens of eager campers make their way to the waterfront at the Forebay Aquatic Center in Oroville.

The Feather River Rowing Club is busy hosting its annual rowing camp, which features rowers from the Nor Cal Crew Club in Redwood City.

"It's a lot of leg work, and core, and a lot of people don't realize that, they think it's just arms, but it's not," said camper Barrett Long.

Being out on the Thermalito Forebay in Oroville is a far cry from the rough and salty waters of the Pacific Ocean.

"Normally we have to row in salt water which is really bad for the boats but this is freshwater and it's really flat and it's really empty," said Rose Bendekgey.

"It's really nice to just go out and think of nothing but rowing," added Long.

The camp teaches a wide range of things, from learning how to load the boat, to boat positions and proper rowing technique. It also stresses team camaraderie and other skills these kids can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

"The kids are learning a lot about dedication and focus, and what I love is that you watch them learn that if they put in the time and energy on the water and in the boats and in the sport and as a athlete that they get pay offs for it and then they take that lesson, that hard work pays off, and they can apply it to others area of life like in school, you see a lot of their grades going up because they learn how to focus and all that kind of thing, it's just magical to watch," said camp counselor Allison Frykman.

"You really build a big relationship and friendship with all these girls. It takes a lot of trust and it's really great," said camper Isabelle Boynton


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