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Articles by Andrew Westwood

Lifting & Carrying a Canoe

Lifting and carrying anything 16 feet long is always going to pose some problems. With that said, canoes are s…

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3 Golden Rules of Canoeing Technique

Andrew Westwood looks at the 3 Golden Rules of Canoeing, which are a set of rules that define how to make all …

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Canoeing Sweep Strokes

This video demonstrates the forward sweep and the reverse sweep, emphasizing that the power for these strokes …

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How to do the J-Stroke

The J-Stroke is a version of the Forward Stroke that gets used by both solo and tandem stern paddlers because …

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How to Keep Your Canoe Going Straight When Paddling Solo

One of the greatest challenges for the solo paddler is paddling in a straight line. And, of course, wind, wave…

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Canoe Pivot Turns

A pivot is used to turn a canoe that's sitting still, around its center point, and it's pretty straightforward…

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How to Paddle Backwards in a Canoe

Moving backwards in a solo canoe is one of the more challenging things to do. You can't easily see where you'r…

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The Canoe Cross Bow Draw Stroke

Like the Stationary Bow Draw, the Cross Bow Draw is a stroke primarily used with forward momentum. It's used b…

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Wave Turns - Work Less, Surf More

Let's face it: canoes are big boats, and they can be difficult to paddle. The result is that we often work too…

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Kneel or Sit in a Canoe?

This brief video points out the advantages of kneeling in a canoe over the common practice of sitting. Postur…

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