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Rowing Floats into Arkansas
Coach Ted Riedeburg is a true rowing advocate. Riedeburg rowed in high school and continued participating in the sport over the ensuing years. Several years ago, he was invited to Arkansas to help jump-start rowing in the state. Here, he shares his must-have items when he goes out on the water.
Name: Ted Riedeburg
Occupation: Director and Head Coach with Rock City Rowing
Where I row: I first learned how to row as a freshman in high school on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. Since then I have lived in Florida, and now Arkansas. Some of my favorite race courses I’ve been to over the years are in Sarasota, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Augusta, Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now, I’m really looking forward to our relocation to Two Rivers Park in Little Rock. That is going to be a beautiful place to row.
Why I row: I enjoy the challenge of striving for the perfect stroke, either alone in a single or with a team in a bigger boat. The rhythm created with the sounds of the boat and water are like music, which creates a meditative state in which you are completely focused on making the rowing shell move efficiently over the surface of the water. There’s nothing else like it.