A tip for beginners
I have been coaching my wife and kids some this summer as they finally have had more time to get into harder (class III) runs. In doing so, I began to recognize that a key skill that most newbies fail to realize is that, just like in skiing, your upper body is to move indepent, and often counter to, your lower body. For anyone that is struggling with kayaking, realize that it is essential to twist your upper body (rotate your chest and shoulders) towards the side of the boat (usually downstream twisting and eyes looking at your downstream paddle blade extended out perpindicular to the boat). Try it. You should immediately recognize how it automatically engages the correct knee to lift and put the boat on edge. Which, kaykaing is done largely with the boat on an aggressive edge most of the time. Most newbies seem to only face their chest straight towards the bow most of the time. Then they struggle to get the boat on edge and generally feel tippy. Relax ... twist ... hold the edge consistant through cross-currents and in and out of eddies. Check it out! When in doubt, twist your upper body (chest) downstream. Hope this helps you. That said, I also say that a confident boater is a relaxed boater ... and a relaxed boater is a boater who boats often. Get 'er done!
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