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High Winds & Waves Test the Skinny Coastal Shaft

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May 19, 2023

ben rowingFor those who know little about the world of coastal rowing, it is a sport rowed on oceans and coastal waters where surf and tides test athlete speed in varying conditions. Athletes endure waves, boat collisions and capsizes, so it's important to have total confidence in the equipment when rowing in such adverse conditions. The new Concept2 Skinny Coastal shaft is engineered to meet the demanding needs of coastal rowers. Continue Reading ›

Nearly 100 Countries on the Real Time Loop!

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Mar 20, 2023

loop screenshotI needed a bit of motivation when I climbed on my erg this morning, so I connected to ErgData and headed out to see who was on the Real Time Loop, a virtual course where you can work out with other members of the Concept2 community. I started rowing, eager to see who was there, and which countries were represented. There were 12 countries at that moment, but so many more have been on the loop since it's inception! Continue Reading ›

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Spring Break: Boston-area Oar Repairs and Pickups

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Nov 15, 2022

For rowers who can wait until spring break, Concept2 can give you a "break" on shipping. Concept2 is teaming up with HUDSON to bring two special opportunities to our friends in the Boston area: Order your oars and sculls by February 20, 2023, for pickup March 11, 2023, in Sutton, Massachusetts, at the new HUDSON USA location and Concept2 will cover shipping costs (applicable taxes still apply). That’s right—free shipping on oars and sculls! This offer applies to shipments of sculls and oars only; no exercise equipment or spare parts are eligible. Continue Reading ›

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Comp Success at the 2022 World Rowing Championships

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Oct 03, 2022

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France, Spain and Australia sprinting to the finish with Comp blades at the 2022 World Rowing Championships.

Concept2 provided oar service and support at this year’s World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, which saw over 900 competitors from 65 countries compete at elite rowing’s annual highest-profile competition. Our latest blade design, the Comp, had a strong showing on the medals stand. Continue Reading ›

Winning Times at the Blackburn Challenge

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Sep 20, 2022

Ben Booth has been competing for the US in the World Rowing Coastal Championships since 2015. This year he is both competing and coaching an elite squad of coastal athletes with his new team, Next Level Rowing (co-founded with Marc Oria). He recently won the World Rowing C1X division of the 35th Annual Blackburn Challenge, held each July. This 20-mile (32k) coastal race around Cape Ann, Massachusetts, holds a reputation for being both a fun and demanding challenge. Booth reports that the Comp blade matched his style of rowing, contributing to his result. Continue Reading ›

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How to Choose Your Oar or Scull Grip

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Jun 21, 2022

In a boat, the athlete has three points of contact: the seat, foot stretcher, and oar grips. Grips provide feedback to the athlete on technical execution. It is a sensitive connection for the athlete, allowing a “feel” for the water.

Concept2 offers a variety of sweep and scull grips so that athletes can choose materials and diameters that fit them best. This “fit” involves a personal preference: some athletes row very “light in the hands” and feather the blade only in the fingertips. Other athletes prefer a more robust feel to control the oar.

We offer many different materials that range in feel and durability. There is no consensus on a “best” grip material in terms of tackiness, ability to handle certain conditions, or what may be gentlest on skin. Continue Reading ›

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