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The Forward Stroke (AKA How to paddle straight) – Whitewater Kayaking

Author(s): Send School
Video Release Date: May 1, 2021
Video Source: YouTube

The need for this video will be a no brainer to newer kayakers, learning to stop spinning around as they paddle flat water for the first time in their whitewater kayaks. This isn’t just for new kayakers though. The Forward Stroke is likely the most underestimated and under-practiced skill in all of kayaking. It’s deceivingly challenging to learn for beginners, and actually quite difficult for even the best kayakers to fully master. The best kayakers in the world continually work on their forward strokes, fine tuning the details. No matter where you are in kayaking, you can likely afford to spend a moment to work on your forward stroke. Here’s a breakdown on how to get it mastered. It may surprise you that mine is far from perfect too, but this video will get you moving in the right direction.

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