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Strokes & Braces

If you know how to tread water you know how to scull. If you have ever played airplane with your hand…

Hey, sometimes you just don't want to go straight! Sweeps are used for turning and as a component stroke…

When we perform a normal sweep stroke some of our energy is lost as a result of our blade moving through…

A sweep stroke is one that is primarily used for turning a kayak. If we do a forward sweep stroke on the…

Due to the instability usually experienced when stopping, having a stopping stroke that provides support…

It propels us in a straight line. Although it may be the stroke we do 95% of the time to get around, it…

I have met recreational paddlers who express to me that they already know how to paddle, have never…

Now I'll try and describe how to do the strokes you need to make your boat go where you want to take it.…

As a professional educator and a kayaking instructor I must begin this article by saying: I believe…

Boofing is the act, or art, of keeping the bow of your kayak from diving underwater, and it is without a…

Reactionaries are diagonal breaking waves or holes, and are a common phenomenon on big water rivers.…

There are many ways to get to shore through a surf zone. You can choose to work against the forces (See…

Even with your best planning there are times where you will find yourself being turned parallel to the…

The surf zone can be a fun place , but for many it is a place that raises anxiety levels and conjures up…

The shoulder dislocation is to kayaking, what a blown ACL is to skiing. Why is this injury so dreaded?…

Unfortunately I too often hear of paddlers with sore shoulders or those recovering from shoulder…

The 3 Golden Rules of whitewater paddling are a set of rules that all paddlers need to apply, regardless…

The more I lecture and give clinics in how to negotiate the surf zone in a sea kayak, the more I am…

Landing your kayak through a surf zone can be fun or terrifying. Fun if you know how to do it and…

Over the years I have found a number of kayakers that don't like having their backs to the incoming…

So, you've learned and practiced all the basic strokes: the forward, the sweep, the stern rudder, the…

Eddy turns are the foundation for paddling in current, enabling you to enter and exit river and tidal…

This article was inspired by the DVD, "USK's Bracing Clinic -The Art Of Staying Upright." The…

Technically speaking, Webster's defines "Body English" as: the bodily motions made in a usually…