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Articles by Ken Whiting

The Back Deck Roll

The back deck roll evolved from the need to roll as quickly as possible, which facilitates by skipping the set…

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The Pivot Turn

The pivot turn is the most powerful and effective means of turning your whitewater kayak and is one of the mos…

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The Power Stroke

The Power Stroke is a vertical forward stroke designed to help your kayak accelerate while carving a steady pa…

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Draw Strokes – Bow Draws

As you're discovering, a draw can be placed anywhere along the length of your boat--either statically, by keep…

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Draw Strokes - The Gliding Draw

Once you're competently drawing your kayak laterally with draw strokes, it's time to look at the gliding draw.…

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Draw Strokes - Whitewater

Draws are dynamic strokes that either pull water towards or push water away from the side of the boat at any p…

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Sweep Strokes - Whitewater

The sweep is likely the most common paddle stroke you'll use to turn your boat, whether you are initiating a c…

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The Back Stroke - Whitewater

Most paddlers will develop a forward stroke that is powerful enough to get them where they need to go, but ver…

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The Forward Stroke - Whitewater

Whitewater kayaks are designed to turn efficiently, so mastering a stroke that is supposed to make them go str…

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Choosing a Whitewater Kayak

The days of long, skinny kayaks shaped like logs with a hole carved into the top of them are gone, and along w…

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Group Dynamics

Whatever type of river you're running, you've got to be comfortable with your paddling group. Too often, paddl…

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Group Rescues: The Hand of God Rescue

The "Hand of God" is a very useful rescue technique for dealing with beginner or novice paddlers who are stuck…

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