Author: Danielle Cantor

  • A Visit to All-American Rowing Camp

    Few things are as enticing to a masters’ rower braving the chilly New Hampshire winter as an invitation to escape to sunny DeLand, Florida, for a week among rowing pals. Luckily for our founder, Victor, just such an opportunity came earlier this year, and he jumped at the chance to head down to the home of All-American Rowing Camp, owned and operated Jim Dietz and Mark Wilson. Rowing Pad supplies boat pads to the camp for participants to use while improving their sport, but this was Victor’s first in-person visit.

    For those who are unacquainted with All-American Rowing Camp, it is truly a unique company. Dietz and Wilson founded the camp in 1999 as a way to bring high-quality coaching anywhere it was needed. They customize each camp and clinic for the group (be it a club or a school) and impart an enormous amount of skill and technical growth in a short amount of time. Hosting All-American Rowing Camp at your home base eliminates the need for travel and lets rowers learn in their own boats, on their own water.

    For those who want a trip to a warm destination during the winter months, All-American Rowing Camp welcomes groups to its HQ in DeLand, Florida, for off-season training. The atmosphere is upbeat and supportive—groups often eat dinner together and have plenty of bonding time—but the rowing work is serious and effective, with 3 rows per day and video reviews. Though Victor was visiting as a guest and not an official camp attendee, he still experienced many of the elements that make rowing with Jim and Mark such a memorable time.

    Rowing Pad founder Victor Pisinski with All-American Rowing Camp co-founder Jim Dietz

    During his February visit, Victor captured some beautiful footage of Jim Dietz returning from a morning row. Quite the setting! We highly recommend All-American Rowing Camp for your club or school’s next training adventure.

  • The Rowing Pad 10-Year Anniversary Sale Is On!

    Spring rowing season is in full swing and so is our 10-year anniversary celebration. For a limited time only, we’re offering FREE U.S. SHIPPING and FREE PERSONALIZATION on all orders, no minimums required. Enter the code “RP10FREE” at checkout.

    April 2023 marks ten years since our founder, Victor Pisinski, set out on a mission to design a better rowing pad. Armed with valuable input from some of the sport’s top rowing coaches and athletes, and using his own experience as a collegiate rower for Northeastern, Victor used his knowledge of materials manufacturing to create the ultimate foam pad. The result was a rowing pad that provides comfort but also technical enhancement. Grip on the seat. Optional comfort cutouts. A variety of thicknesses and densities. Durable foam that can stand up to daily use. Non-slip coating for slip resistance in wet conditions. Pretty exceptional, right?

    Help us celebrate this special milestone in Rowing Pad’s history! Personalize a pad as a gift. Upgrade your pad to a non-slip version. Try something new—a little more height in the seat, or an ErgPad for off-season training. Maybe from our new extra-soft ErgPad collection? Stocking up for a rowing club or school program? We would love to support your team with discounted bulk pricing and free logo engraving. (Contact us here for a quote.) As always, row in good company and good health!

    For a limited time only, enjoy free U.S. shipping and personalization on all orders. Promo code: RP10FREE

  • The 2023 CRASH-B Sprints Takes Place March 5

    Today, we are lucky to enjoy winters jam-packed with indoor events. From the annual Erg Sprints to the USRowing Indoor National Championships, there is something for everyone, at every level of our sport. But for many years, when it came to large-scale indoor rowing championships, there was only one name in the game, and that was the legendary CRASH-B Sprints. As a New England tradition, it will always hold a special place in our heart here at Rowing Pad.

    This year, the CRASH-Bs returns to an in-person format in a new location: the Track at New Balance, in downtown Boston. Rowing Pad will be there as a sponsor—you should be, too! Sunday, February 26, is the deadline to register. (Head over to Regatta Central ASAP to sign up.)

    A CRASH-Bs Primer

    Each year the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships brings together rowers of all ages and abilities for a day dedicated to that beast of a training machine: the ergometer. The performances are often the stuff of legend, as athletes set new records and push themselves to the limit! 

    For those who don’t know the backstory, CRASH-B stands for “Charles River All Star Has-Beens,” a group of 1976-1980 U.S. Olympic and World Team athletes who called the Charles River home and were always looking to inject a little fun into their sport. Following the 1980 U.S. boycott of the Olympics, the crew felt inspired to, as the group’s website explains, “break up the monotony of winter training” by forming a “fun little regatta of about twenty rowers in Harvard’s Newell Boathouse” all based around the ergometer.

    “Although C.R.A.S.H.-B. as an organization maintains a nontraditional irreverence to all things that are not fun, nonetheless this ergometer has become serious business, threatening to replace fun with pain, unless you can equate the two.”

    Words to Row by from the Crash-Bs Website

    Today the “fun little regatta” draws thousands of athletes to go all-out for 2,000 meters on Concept2’s Model D ergometer. At stake? Records, medals, and above all, for the top winner in each event—the highly coveted hammer, the signature CRASH-B trophy. Despite location changes and the emergence of other major indoor sprint competitions across the country, the CRASH-Bs remains a rowing institution.

    Stop by the Rowing Pad Table

    We are proud to announce that RowingPad will again be part of the action for 2023. Stop by our table during the event to check out our ErgPads and Boat Pads in person. It’s a great chance to test our 30mm Triple Decker ErgPad, which is truly one-of-a-kind in the rowing universe: It is the only pad in the world to combine three laminated layers of polymer foam, providing maximum comfort for those long-haul erg pieces. We’ll also have pads from our new Soft ErgPad line on hand: You won’t believe how great the extra cushion feels on these double-layer soft-density pads.

    Our founder Victor, left, catches up with former rowing mate and Crash-Bs top finisher Larry O’Toole

    Our cheerful crew will be eager to swap rowing stories and help you determine which pad is the best fit for your needs. Planning ahead for spring on-water training? Scope out our boat pads, which come in a wide range of thicknesses and with our proprietary Non-slip Add-on layer to prevent slipping on the seat in those wet spring and racing conditions.

    The action begins in just over a week and we are eager to be there bright and early in person. Best of luck to all the determined CRASH-B sprinters!

  • Rowing Pad Q&A: East Bay Rowing Club Director Caroline Cahill

    One of the best parts about selling rowing pads is getting to know the rowers we meet and the ways our products have made a difference in their practice—on the erg, in the boat, and often, both. We recently worked with East Bay Rowing Club on a group order for boat and erg pads personalized with the EBRC logo and individual rowers’ names. The members made an immediate impression on our crew with their cheerfulness and passion for the Oakland-based rowing organization. Once we learned more about EBRC’s special mission to expand access to rowing and its efforts to promote inclusivity in the sport, we knew we had to help shine a spotlight on this standout club.

    GET TO KNOW: East Bay Rowing Club

    Based in: Oakland, California

    Program director: Caroline Cahill

    Rowing Pad: How many members does East Bay Rowing Club currently have?

    Caroline Cahill: EBRC offers both masters and juniors rowing programs. Our masters team races under East Bay Rowing Club and has about 160 members. Our junior rowing program is open to all Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) students and races under the team Oakland Tech Rowing (OT Rowing). We have about 50 juniors who represent 4 OUSD high schools.

    RP: Does the club have a mission or motto?

    CC: We’re the home of community rowing in Oakland and the East Bay. We value the rich diversity of the communities we serve and aspire to provide a sense of belonging.

    RP: Sounds like a special place. What is the vibe at the boathouse? 

    CC: We have both competitive and recreational rowing teams, so we like to have fun AND go fast!

    Some members of Oakland’s East Bay Rowing Club gather together by the Oakland Estuary.

    RP: How long have you personally been involved with EBRC?

    CC: I initially joined EBRC as a rower for our women’s competitive team in 2017. I started having more of an interest in helping the organizational capacity of EBRC and OT Rowing, so I joined as program director in August of this year [2022].

    RP: They are lucky to have you. Tell us a little about rowing on the Oakland Estuary. 

    CC: In beautiful California, we’re lucky to be able to row on the water all year round! The Oakland Estuary is also a commercial waterway, and the Coast Guard is one of our neighbors. That means we occasionally get to see Coast Guard cutters making their way to the ocean. The wildlife is also special—we’ll row beside sea lions, pelicans, and egrets.

    RP: What advice do you commonly give to people who are just learning to row?

    CC: The boat and oars know what to do, so just take a deep breath, hold on, use your legs, and let the boat be a boat. Also, everyone should be engaging and strengthening their pelvic floor—it is not only important for the health of all individuals, but especially important for rowers to protect their low back and maintain core connection from the catch to the finish. So do your kegels!

    RP: Who makes up the coaching staff at EBRC?

    CC: We have coaches who have been involved in rowing their entire lives. Rowing is truly a sport where you can foster a lifelong commitment. Our coaches have everything from junior, college, and national team rowing and coaching experience. We’re lucky to have such dedicated individuals who wish to inspire and give back to rowing through community programs and learn-to-rows.

    The boat and oars know what to do, so just take a deep breath, hold on, use your legs, and let the boat be a boat.

    Caroline Cahill, EBRC director

    RP: EBRC held a first-time regatta this year called Boats Without Barriers. How did it go?

    CC: Boats Without Barriers was such a special regatta! We’re thrilled to be able to say it will now be an annual event. Boats Without Barriers: Out in the Bay Regatta—that’s the official name—took place for the first time on Saturday, August 20, 2022, celebrating being out in the Bay.

    EBRC developed this regatta to boycott USRowing’s Masters National Championships, which was scheduled to take place in Florida. Attending Florida-based events, as long as the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” law remains in effect, is at odds with the EBRC mission—to make the sport of rowing accessible and welcoming to anyone who is interested, regardless of identity. BWB was such an amazing success. We had teams from all over California and independent rowers races. DC Strokes, the first LGBQT+ rowing club in the U.S., also made the trip out from Washington, D.C., to race and support our mission.

    RP: Incredible. Any other programs or events people should know about?

    CC: Every year we hold our annual OT Rowing Erg-a-thon, which raises funds to make junior rowing accessible to all Oakland public school students. The money goes toward scholarships, covering race fees, uniforms, and equipment for our junior rowing program. Our junior program is one of three public school rowing programs on the West Coast, and we have the lowest participation fees of all rowing clubs west of the Mississippi. People can still donate to our GoFundMe page [donate here], and we are listed on corporate matching websites Benevity and CyberGrants.

    The excellent East Bay Rowing logo looking good on our new 20MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip.

    RP: What do you personally love about the sport of rowing?

    CC: I love that rowing can be a part of your life from high school through your 80s or beyond. I love that you can always chase getting more technically proficient or faster. And I love that you can make lifelong friends through your teammates!

    RP: Agreed, with all three! Before we say goodbye, we must know: How are Rowing Pad’s boat and erg pads making a difference for the EBRC members? 

    CC: Personally, I have a short torso and long femurs, so Rowing Pad’s boat pads have really helped me get a bit more body angle as I move into the catch position. Also, I had reconstructive hip surgery, so this helps as my range of motion starts to decline as I get a bit older and creakier. Rowing Pad’s boat pads are extremely durable and long-lasting, which is so important because we row on saltwater, which destroys just about everything. I have seen a huge improvement in our masters rowers who use the boat pads in their increased catch angles and being able to sit up more effectively from their pelvis. 

    To learn more about East Bay Rowing Club or to support its efforts, visit www.eastbayrowingclub.org.

  • The 2022 Rowing Pad Holiday Gift Guide for Rowers

    Welcome to our round-up of the best rowing pads for every type of rower on your list. For this latest edition of the Rowing Pad Holiday Gift Guide for Rowers, we’d like to get a little sentimental about our products and why a rowing pad is truly a top choice for the rower in your life.

    Why Gift a Rowing Pad Boat or Erg Pad?
    • Rowers LOVE our pads. Nothing warms our hearts like receiving positive feedback from athletes who have discovered our products. Visit our testimonials page or check out our Instagram to read how our pads improve a rower’s form and enjoyment of the sport.
    • No two rowers are exactly alike! With differences in height, body proportion, strength, flexibility, preferences, seat cushions cannot be one-size-fits all. Our pads come in a range of thicknesses and densities to suit rowers of all sizes, ages, and experience levels.
    • Construction matters! Our pads are made of the highest quality foam to withstand regular use and maintain their form much longer than other seat cushions on the market.
    • Our pads were engineered with input from some of the sport’s most respected coaches and athletes—people who know from rowing. Trust that our pads are designed to cushion, protect against impact, and enhance rowing form.
    • We now offer personalization on all pads! Add a special touch to your gift by adding a rower’s name, nickname, college, rowing club—anything goes. Just customize your engraving at checkout.
    • “Experience” gifts are tops on our list, too. What better experience is there than rowing down a scenic river while the sunset blazes in the sky? Or feeling that rush of endorphins as you set a new personal best on the ergometer? Make a rower’s experience of rowing much comfier—and much more rewarding—with a Rowing Pad.
    • Rowing Pad LLC is a small business run by lifelong rowers (with enormous heart) from our headquarters in New Hampshire. #shopsmall

    Here we present, the RowingPad gift guide for rowers, indoor rowing fans, and fitness buffs of all types. We’ll kick things off with ideas from our newest line, the Extra Soft ErgPad collection.

    FOR THE INDOOR ROWING PRO:
    20MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip

    No mistaking the indoor rowing pro: His or her tribe consists of their super-intense (but fun!) 6 a.m. class at the local rowing studio. They might even casually insert their current meter count into regular conversation. A gift relating to the erg is 100% guaranteed to delight. Take it from Rowhouse coach Jen Bauer, who teaches at studios in California, “What I love about Rowing Pads is that they not only provide extra comfort, but the ‘lift’ they offer is unique. Most other cushions compress over time. Rowing Pad is made of a dense material that does not seem to collapse.”

    The 20MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip is the ultimate erg training tool, featuring Rowing Pad’s new soft-soft density design along with a layer of proprietary non-slip technology. Textured rubber grips the rowing machine seat for improved slip resistance—even when things get sweaty in the rowing studio. Want to add an extra special touch? Personalize the pad with your recipient’s name or personal best—they’ll cherish the engraving and it will make their pad easier to spot in the dark studio.

    THE ULTIMATE COMFORT SEEKER:
    20MM Soft ErgPad Solid

    Does the rower on your list tinker endlessly with their rowing equipment, trying to find the setting at which rowing 2,000 meters feels like heaven? If they’re still searching for a cloud-like erg experience, the missing ingredient just might be Rowing Pad’s new solid 20MM Soft ErgPad. This soft-soft twist on our classic dual-density design provides that extra comfort factor many rowers crave during rowing machine workouts. In fact, this ergometer seat pad is so soft, their sitz bones will feel total relief (no comfort cutouts necessary)!

    FOR THE LONG-HAUL ERG LOVER:
    20MM ErgPad with Comfort Cutouts

    For some people, there is no “erg season”—the ergometer is a year-round passion. In fact, they’re probably on the erg, racking up those meters for Concept2 Inc.’s 2022 Holiday Challenge right now. Rowing Pad’s 20MM ErgPad with Comfort Cutouts is specially designed to fit the ergometer seat and features relief holes to accommodate the sitz bones—a game-changer for long endurances pieces. (Note: The pad comes with plugs for the holes in place, so you can actually choose to use it with or without the cutouts, depending on the workout.)

    With Rowing Pad’s classic dual-density layer construction, this pad gives your recipient the flexibility to flip it soft or firm side up, depending on the workout or how much give they like in the seat. 

    Alternate product: 20MM ErgPad

    Fairly sure your rower prefers a solid cushion? Shop our 20MM ErgPad, which comes without cutouts for a solid ride on the erg. 

    FOR THE JUNIOR ROWER: 
    10MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip

    Congratulations! You have a future Olympic rower in your crew. (Right? Dream big, Mom and Dad!) If your young rower frequently complains about a sore rear from all that carbon fiber contact, a new boat pad is just the solution. With firm-density foam, comfort cutouts, and protective non-slip technology to keep the seat pad in place, practice will be a breeze come spring training time. Inflexibility is also very common in junior rowers, who are growing fast and furiously. A RowingPad 10MM Boat Pad can help increase their range of motion so they can overcome tightness in the hips, hamstrings, and lower back and row a longer, more complete stroke. Give them the competitive edge and a little TLC—a winning combo!

    Alternate product: 20MM ErgPad

    Many young rowers are still spending a lot more time on the erg due to Covid precautions and seasonal illnesses, which can spell major back pain. Why? Our bodies absorb some of the pressure from the hard ground when we work out on a rowing machine. Protect their spine with a technical-level foam seat cushion, like the 20MM ErgPad.

    FOR THE GRAND MASTERS ROWER:
    30MM Triple Decker ErgPad

    For those in the know, “Grand Masters” is code for super tough rower of a certain, elevated age. Showing up daily at your local Rowhouse studio or barreling down the Charles River at the annual HOCR, these veteran rowers push things to the max. But the inescapable realities of aging can make workouts extra tough on the joints, back, and sitz bones.

    As we age, our range of motion can decrease, and rhythms that were once second nature can suddenly start to feel out of whack. But that shouldn’t keep career athletes from enjoying their preferred form of exercise. Rowing Pad’s 30MM Triple-Decker ErgPad—featuring our exclusive soft/medium/soft three-layer polymer foam construction—can help restore a rower’s range of motion, thereby maintaining the most effective body angle. The extra benefit is the additional comfort on the rear. This best-selling ErgPad is available as a solid pad or with comfort cutouts.

    FOR THE ROWING CLUB ENTHUSIAST:
    A Personalized Boat Pad

    Does your rowing friend or family member wear club colors at all times…and carry a coordinating keychain, tumbler, and duffle bag? Take their rowing pride one level further with a personalized boat or erg pad! That’s right, you can order a custom Rowing Pad seat cushion with the name, nickname, or inspirational motto of your choice emblazoned on the front. It’s a special touch, and it also helps keep track of gear on the crowded boathouse dock or in the dark training studio. Ordering gifts for a group? Contact us for a quote on logo engraving.

    For a limited time only, get free personalization on all orders! Customize your text engraving and add to cart—no code needed. Promotion in effect Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11/25/2022 to 11/27/2022.

    FOR THE DISPROPORTIONATE ROWER:
    30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad

    If your distinguishing family trait is long legs, short torso, chances are the rower in your life could use some assistance getting their body weight in front of their hips. Why is this important? A powerful drive depends on a rower’s ability to get their shoulders in front of the hips during the recovery, and for rowers with long legs, that can be a struggle. A RowingPad 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad gives just the right amount of boost to help perfect that geometry, with three layers of soft/firm/soft density foam for comfort and preferred level of firmness. The non-slip add-on protects against slipping and skidding, even in wet conditions.  

    Take it from national champion masters rowers Laura Nowacki and Ann Panagulias, who are affectionately called “munchkins” by their New Haven Rowing Club mates: “[RowingPad’s] rowing pads not only boost our stature in the boat, they boost our confidence, too! In a sport of technical detail and proficiency, a RowingPad gives us an undeniable edge on the competition. And every millimeter counts! We LOVE them!”

    Alternate product: 30MM Triple Decker ErgPad

    Where the #Hydrowshorties at? Shopping for an indoor rowing enthusiast who could use a few extra millimeters in the seat of their preferred rowing machine? Give them the ultimate boost in the form of the 30MM Triple Decker ErgPad. It’s compatible with almost all rowing machine brands on the market (Concept2, Hydrow, Water Rower, Ergatta, NordicTrack, and more) and will make a world of difference in their ability to row with proper form.

    THE UNIVERSAL STOCKING STUFFER:
    Non-Slip ErgPad Add-On

    If the rower on your list has already discovered the joy of Rowing Pad, you might still be able to surprise them! We recently introduced a new version of our boat pad non-slip add-on for the ergometer. With the the Non-Slip ErgPad Add-On, your lucky rower can add an extra layer of slip resistance to their trusty Rowing Pad ErgPad. The peel-and-stick application will improve a pad’s slip resistance, gripping the seat and protecting against skidding, even in sweaty conditions. Just maybe don’t actually “stuff” it…treat this baby with care.

    Alternate product: Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On

    Shopping for a rower who is rarely off the water? The original Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On is an excellent choice for Rowing Pad users to upgrade their pad.

  • Rowing Pad Q&A: Row House Coach Jen Bauer

    One of the best parts about selling rowing pads is getting to know the rowers we meet and the ways our products have made a difference in their practice—on the erg, in the boat, and often, both. Jen Bauer has been unforgettable from the moment we first spoke with her. Her enthusiasm for indoor rowing is off the charts, and it’s immediately clear why people flock to her classes at the Row House studios in Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek, California. She is a major fan of Rowing Pad’s boat and erg cushions (more on that below), but we love her most for her effervescent personality, inspirational teaching methods, and, above all, total devotion to the rowing life.

    MEET: Jen Bauer, Row House rowing coach

    Currently living in: Danville, California

    Originally from: Rockville Centre, New York

    Coach Jen Bauer of Row House is a rowing force both in the studio and on the water

    Rowing Pad: How did you first get into indoor rowing?

    Jen Bauer: Row House was expanding nationwide, and I heard they were coming to my area. I was excited about the prospect of leading workouts that folks of any age and level of fitness could do together. Indoor rowing led me to outdoor rowing and now I own a sculling boat, which I love taking out on the water, too.

    RP: Why did you decide to start coaching?

    JB: Health and physical fitness have had a strong presence in my life for as long as I can remember, and I informally coached friends and family at various times. It’s always felt so rewarding to me to help others achieve their athletic goals. After leaving a corporate job to focus on raising my children, the timing felt right to pursue my passion and learn to coach professionally.

    Row House coach Jen Bauer enjoys time on out on the water too!

    RP: What’s the vibe like at Row House Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill?

    JB: Every Row House studio has an inclusive, energetic vibe. Music is a big part of our workouts, so it usually feels like a party. You can expect coaches and studio staff to know you by name, ask about your family and geek out on your rowing stroke!

    RP: What makes a workout at Row House unique from other studios?

    JB: The welcoming team atmosphere is a big part of the magic. At Row House you’ll find competitive erg racers taking classes side by side with folks who are in their nineties…and athletes at every level in between! We also row synchronized—or together in “swing”—just like the pro rowing crews you see on TV. It makes for an amazing team experience. (Check out Coach Jen in action during a class at the Row House Pleasant Hill studio.)

    RP: Best rowing workout jam?

    JB: Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”

    RP: Favorite time of day to coach a class?

    JB: Early Saturday mornings, when the rest of the world is still asleep.

    RP: Personal rowing achievement you are most proud of?

    JB: My most recent 2k time.

    RP: Most useful tip for those just getting started on the erg? (Ed note: A true coach at heart, she provided three)

    • Erase any self doubt. Anybody and everybody can row, including you!
    • Be forgiving of yourself: You are guaranteed not to do it perfectly on your first workout. Aim for progress, not perfection.
    • Compare your split times only to your OWN previous splits…not someone else’s.
    Coach Jen Bauer leading an indoor rowing class at Row House.

    RP: Something you think many people don’t know or realize about indoor rowing?

    JB: Most of your rowing power comes from your legs and core. It’s a common misconception that the upper body is the main force in this sport, but it’s not.

    RP: How do you find using a rowing seat pad impacts a rower’s form on the erg?

    JB: In my experience, the seat cushion makes rowing more accessible to people with widely varying body types. It assists newer rowers in improving their form. When the hips are slightly elevated, you can find a stronger catch position because you can reach over your knees without compromising the spine/shoulders and without disengaging the core.

    But the better angle and sustained core engagement one gets from a seat pad can help any rower achieve a more efficient and powerful stroke. Ultimately, it lets you work harder for longer periods of time, building endurance: More sweat, more speed, more meters, stronger body.

    When you’re more efficient, you get more meters with less effort.

    Jen Bauer

    RP: What do you like, in particular, about the seat pads Rowing Pad makes?

    JB: What I love about Rowing Pads is that they not only provide extra comfort, but the “lift” they offer is unique. Most other cushions compress over time. Rowing Pad is made of a dense material that does not seem to collapse: The “shim” effect that happens on day one is the same effect the rower will have after hundreds of sessions. Form improves and is not compromised again. I’ve not found this consistent level of support in any other product. Rowing Pads also come in multiple thicknesses so the rower can choose the one that gives them the most comfort/best position for their body.

    RP: What are your top 3 most used coaching phrases when you are leading a class?

    1. “Form first, power second!”
    2. “We are making decisions with Every. Single. Stroke.”
    3. “Yes, you can!”
  • RowingPad Is Now Offering Personalization Services on All Pads

    Guess what? RowingPad is now offering personalization services on all pads! Add your name to your pad and you’ll easily spot it on the dock. Part of a rowing club, crew team, or indoor rowing studio? Contact us to discuss special bulk pricing and engraving options for logos, team names, and more.

    Email us at sales@rowingpad.com to add custom personalization services to your order.

  • Get to Know RowingPad, Part 1: Meet the Cult Favorite Rowing Pad Brand Designed for Rowers by Rowers

    Want to know more about the elite rowing pad brand that has become the favorite of Olympic athletes, collegiate coaches, and indoor rowing professionals across the country? We would love to share a few interesting facts about our history, our team, our products, and our mission to contribute to the sport we love so much.

    DID YOU KNOW? RowingPad was founded by a Northeastern Rowing alum.

    Our #GettoknowRP series begins with our founder, Victor Pisinski, who was a member of the men’s rowing team at Northeastern (1968-’71) and a bronze medalist on the 1971 Pan Am Team. Victor spent his college mornings out on the Charles with his crew mates, including his roommate and dear friend, the late rowing coach Larry Gluckman; All-American Rowing Camp founder and rowing legend Jim Dietz; Olympic silver medalist Calvin Coffey; and Gentle Giant Moving Company and lifelong competitive rower and CRASH-Bs winner Larry O’Toole, among many other wonderful people who have become key figures in the rowing world. Many of these talented rowers would become lifelong friends as well as close advisers as Victor’s idea for RowingPad took shape. #howlinhuskies


    DID YOU KNOW? RowingPad calls lovely New Hampshire home.

    Where are RowingPad’s boat and erg seat pads designed and manufactured? In the heart of rowing country, the great state of New Hampshire!

    We love New England and find great inspiration in its many beautiful waterways—from the Cocheco and the Oyster to the Merrimack and the Squamscott, as well as many rivers both along the New Hampshire seacoast and in among the mountains—and excellent local rowing clubs.


    DID YOU KNOW? RowingPad is proud to be an American small business.

    At RowingPad, we are especially proud to produce all of our products here in America. Design, materials, manufacturing, marketing, shipping—all facets of our business take place on U.S. soil and with U.S. partners.


    DID YOU KNOW? Our seat pads come in varying thicknesses—5MM, 10MM, 20MM, 30MM.

    No rower is one-size-fits-all, so it follows that seat pads shouldn’t be either. 

    RowingPad produces boat and erg cushions in a variety of thicknesses, ranging from our slim 5MM shim pad, which is perfect for adjusting rower height in the boat, to our 30MM boat and erg pads that provide maximum comfort and plenty of height for rowers looking to adjust their geometry. 


    DID YOU KNOW? ROWINGPAD USES HIGH-QUALITY TECHNICAL-LEVEL FOAM FOR OUR SEAT PADS.

    When it comes to seat cushions, material matters. For a long-lasting, super-durable product, RowingPad manufactures our pads from high-quality technical foam. It’s resilient, comfortable, and—bonus!—it floats. (Want to know how to care for your trusty RowingPad boat or erg pad? Read our guide here.)


    Come back soon for more cool facts about the RowingPad brand as we continue our “Get to Know RowingPad” series. You can keep tabs on our new products, as well as special sales and promotions, by following us on Instagram or Facebook and subscribing to the RowingPad newsletter.

  • The 56th Annual Head of the Charles Is Finally Here!

    Kicking Off with Rowing Legend Jim Dietz

    Every year we look forward to the Head of the Charles with the most wonderful blend of enthusiasm, nostalgia, and pride. The rowing community that turns out for this annual race is truly incredible. We count ourselves lucky to be a part of it. Some years our excitement is tenfold, because one of us will be racing in one of the regatta’s many events.

    For 2021, which will be officially counted as year 56, we at RowingPad are proud for both those reasons, plus another especially great one: Our friend Jim Dietz will be rowing in his 55th installment of HOCR. That’s right…he has rowed in the historic fall head race every single year save one. What’s more, he will be bow marker #2, second out of the starting gate on Friday, October 22, kicking off an event that many rowers have been looking forward for longer than usual this time around.

    A Remarkable Rowing Career

    If you are new to the world of competitive rowing or more keyed in to the indoor rowing scene, you might not be familiar with the name Jim Dietz. But for the many athletes who rowed crew in college or compete in the masters circuit, it is certainly one that carries with it major renown and respect.

    Since his debut as a teenager in the Head of the Charles in 1965, the first year the event was held, Dietz has blazed quite a path through the rowing universe. At HOCR alone, he has won the championship single a record seven times. He has also claimed victories in the masters single, the senior masters, and the veterans categories, plus numerous championship doubles wins.

    Beyond the banks of the Charles, he was part of three Olympic teams (1972, 1976, 1980) and seven World Championship teams. He has won more than 45 national titles, and captured medals at the Pan American Games in 1967, 1975, 1979 and 1983. He was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015. There are many more accolades to list, to be sure!

    Jim started his coaching career at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and moved on to coach the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for 12 years. He then took up the head coach position at UMass-Amherst, where he developed a first-rate women’s crew program over the course of 24 years. Under his direction, the Minutewomen dominated regular-season racing and captured an outstanding 16 Atlantic 10 Championships. He currently operates a traveling rowing camp and clinic company, which he co-founded, called the All-American Rowing Camp, bringing top-rate rowing training to locations across the U.S. and Europe.

    Read more about Jim’s path to rowing greatness and many accomplishments along the way—with more to come!—on the CRCA website and in this Boston.com article from 2012, with a title that speaks volumes: “Jim Dietz’s trip to the first Head of the Charles in 1965 led him to Olympics and Hall of Fame.”

    A Key Figure in RowingPad’s History

    When we say our pads are designed for rowers by rowers, we mean it. The minds that have contributed to RowingPad’s unique design and high-performance materials include some of the sport’s most insightful people: rowing coaches. It was during Jim Dietz’s time on the men’s crew at Northeastern University, where he was also named to the Hall of Fame, that he met RowingPad LLC’s founder and fellow Huskies crew member, Victor Pisinski. The two remain close friends to this day.

    In fact, it was Jim who sparked the idea to make a version of RowingPad’s original erg pad for the boat. He had seen and tested RowingPad’s original erg pad, and at the time he thought it would be of enormous aid to the female athletes training with him at the University of Massachusetts. He wondered if a version could be made for the boat. Our founder got to work, designing what would become one of our top-selling products, the 20MM Boat Pad.

    Look for RowingPad at HOCR 2021

    Though it’s nowhere close to the track record held by Mr. Dietz, Victor Pisinski has his own not-too-shabby history of appearances at HOCR. This year he returns to the Charles, rowing with a crew of fellow Northeastern University alums in the Men’s Grand Master Eights event, on Saturday, October 23.

    As you can see in the photo below from Victor’s 2016 HOCR race, his team usually wears their traditional NU racing colors. However this year the crew will be rowing in special commemorative shirts created to honor the memory of their dear friend, fellow Husky Larry Gluckman. (Read more about the late rowing coach and accomplished oarsman here and learn how to donate to the scholarship founded in his name.)

    It should be a joyful return to the Charles River for these veterans. As Jim said in the Boston.com article mentioned above, “I can’t tell you how many of my roommates and teammates are getting back into it. That’s the great thing about this regatta and about our sport. It’s a lifetime sport.’’

    If you see Victor out and about over the course of the weekend, be sure to say hello and ask to test out a RowingPad while you’re at it!

    RowingPad founder Victor Pisinski at the head of the boat, with his fellow Northeastern University alums during HORC 2016.
  • How to Care for RowingPad Boat and Erg Pads

    Any rower who frequents a local boathouse or belongs to a collegiate rowing team knows equipment care and maintenance is a critical aspect of participating in the sport. We at RowingPad consider ourselves lucky to be among the essential training gear for thousands of rowers across the country, and even around the world. As more rowers discover our pads, we want to get the word out about the best ways to treat these very special pieces of rowing gear—boat and erg seat pads that provide ultimate comfort and improve rowing performance.

    RowingPad seat pads are exceptionally durable, it’s true! Our technical-level polymer foam is of the highest quality. Each cushion is constructed with the utmost attention to detail and designed to withstand the elements and daily abuse that come with both indoor and on water rowing. (Have you tried our non-slip boat pads, which stay in place on the seat even in wet rowing conditions?)

    That said, even our pads have their limits. We ask our customers to treat their pads with care. Follow these three simple tips to keep your boat or erg pad in excellent form, row after row.

    Tip #1

    Store your pad in a cool, dry place. (Avoid spaces that are subject to extreme temperatures and rain, like the car trunk or outside on your deck or patio.)

    Tip #2

    Wash your pad with mild soap and water. Please do not soak your pad for long periods of time. (This means no trips through the washing machine or stints as a pool tube stand-in.)

    Our pads are designed to survive the occasional dip in the river—they even float!—but submerging them in water for long periods of time could, over time, cause the adhesive that holds those precious layers of cushy foam together to break down.

    Tip #3

    Do not tug on the comfort cutouts while sitting on your pad. Over time, this can cause the foam to tear.

    If you tend to do a lot of adjusting before you finally settle in for a long set piece, try to remember to lift your rear first, then reposition your pad. It’s a small change, but it will go a long way in preserving the perfect shape of your backside’s nearest and dearest pal.


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