Archive for the 'Forward Stroke' Category

Choosing a Kayak Paddle

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Your paddle is arguably the most important piece of gear when it comes to the performance of your kayak, your endurance, your speed, and the enjoyment that you get out of paddling.  If you think of your body as the engine for your kayak, then the paddle is the propeller blade.  Serious power boaters can […]

Use Your Legs to Improve Your Forward Stroke

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

I’ve previously written a blog post on the importance of “torso rotation” when performing a forward stroke in your kayak.  Hopefully, everyone has been working on improving that aspect of their own stroke.  Now I’d like to give my second piece of advice to beginners and recreational paddlers who want to increase the power and […]

Getting Comfortable in the Waves

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

A week ago I gave a talk on “Managing the Surf Zone and Paddling in Waves”.   It was very well attended and got me thinking that there are probably a lot of kayakers who didn’t make it to the talk who would still like some suggestions on getting more comfortable in rough conditions. Not everyone […]

The Importance of Instruction

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

If you want to take your paddling skills to the highest level you can achieve, it is extremely important to get good instruction right from the beginning.  This little bit of advice may seem fairly self-evident and not particularly earth-shattering which is maybe why it is so often overlooked and ignored by beginning paddlers. I’m […]

High Angle or Low Angle? That is the Question.

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

When I began kayaking in the late 80’s, the big debate among sea kayakers was whether it was better to use a rudder, a skeg, or neither.  Now that the “skeg vs. rudder” argument has cooled down, the current hot topic has switched to high angle vs. low angle forward stroke.  Like the old rudder/skeg […]

Forward Stroke

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Arguably the most important stroke in kayaking is probably the most difficult to master.  Luckily, just about any forward stroke, regardless of how poorly executed, will move your kayak forward.  However, most of us are interested in being able to paddle farther with less effort and fatigue. I just got back from teaching at the […]

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