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Strokes & Braces

For obvious reasons, the forward stroke is the most important stroke to learn. But you don't need to…

One of the great things about kayaking is that on the very simple level you can just slip on a life…

Forward paddling, that's your powerful straight line paddling, but your kayak really wants to go in a…

Video Transcript: Making a controlled landing in a surf zone is one of the most difficult things to…

When you first go out on the sea in waves, you'll probably find that paddling into the waves is really…

The Sculling Draw is an elegant side-slipping stroke perfect for dock landings and precision…

Holes provide your most formidable challenge when running a rapid. More often than not, the line you…

In 1992, my paddling improved more dramatically than in any other year. The reason was simple. My buddy,…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As a member of the US Surf Kayaking Team I had the honor and privilege to compete in the world…

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

I have to admit that one of the skills I have high on my favorites list is the low brace turn while on…

There are many different ways to turn your kayak when it is moving. If you do not want to lose momentum…

Using a brace is an essential part of kayaking if you wish to stay upright. A well executed brace will…

Bracing, it keeps your head in a gaseous oxygen environment. The low-brace is your primary defense…

If you followed our piece on the low brace, you now know that it is your first line of defense…

There are times when we need and want a reliable continuous brace. For a brace to be continuous it needs…