About Carlos Dinares

Carlos Dinares is a rowing visionary who is committed to improving the sport. Improvements are measured through speed on the water, but it is the training on the land that Carlos sees the most room for improvement. The dynamic erg is the key.

Born in Barcelona, Carlos has been rowing since he was thirteen. He has a degree in sports science and an MBA. After his own career as an oarsman, Carlos moved to the administrative side of the sport. In 2004 he was the executive director of the World Rowing Championships in Banyolas, Spain. After the event was over, Carlos needed a change. He wanted to get back to the things he loves about the sport—the water, the athletes, the training—and away from its politics.

Carlos immigrated to the US in 2004. He began coaching Ursula Grobler, a 26 year old recreational rower in whom Carlos saw huge potential. In 2010 Ursula broke the lightweight women’s 2000m world record on a static rowing machine by two seconds. She went on to win the lightweight double at the World Cup in Bled, Slovenia and earned a silver medal in the lightweight quad at the World Championships in Karapiro, New Zealand. A key to Ursula’s success? The dynamic erg.

While coaching Ursula, Carlos also volunteered his time at the University of Washington, beginning in the fall of 2006. Carlos brought his unabashed love for the sport to the UW boathouse every day and soon found his niche: he became the doctor of pain: the coordinator of land workouts. In June of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 the UW won the Ten Eyck trophy, awarded to the team with the most points at the IRA Championship Regatta.

Carlos was mentored by Casper Rekers, an engineer and the inventor of the Rowperfect, the original dynamic erg. Cas believed in technology’s ability to teach both coordination and power. Cas thought for himself and the result is a better method, a better machine and better results.

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