Monday, January 16, 2012

Paddling Technique

I'm always on the prowl for new youtube videos on paddling technique.  Olympic sprint kayak veteran and founder of Quickblade paddles does a great job explaining paddle technique here.  This is one of the best videos I've seen on the subject.  There's so much great information packed into this 15 minute clip.  This sport is so new there's really no right or wrong way to paddle a stand up board.  Most of the top guys come from another discipline (kayaking, canoeing, outrigger, etc.) so they apply the same principles to SUP.

Here are few things I took away from the video:

  1. Don't over-reach for the catch phase.
  2. Don't drive the paddle too deep.
  3. During the recovery, your blade is traveling over 3 times faster than the board so feathering the blade is very important.  Feathering the blade means slicing it through the wind.
The most important piece of information is this:  The paddle does not move through water.  The paddle moves the craft.  Check it out...

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