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Old 10-30-2006   #1
 
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Hey Buzz, critique my paddling!

I was able to see myself boating for the first time and didn't much like the way it looked. I'm a first year boater and RG is one of the tougher runs I've done. This was my fifth time down it and felt like my best line through Sunshine.

Any help is much appreciated!



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josh

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Old 10-30-2006   #2
 
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1) don't lean back when you brace
2) practice boofing- plant a strong vertical paddle stroke at the lip of each drop and pull yourself forward off the drop

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Old 10-30-2006   #3
 
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Just for starters. Your posture needs to be a bit more forward this will help you punch those holes that gave you some problems. Your set up was good, by this I mean your anticipation to make the next move; one thing that will help improve this even more is an active paddle, be more aggressive. There was to much time in between stokes that made you look hesitant. Just my 2 cent but then again who am I.
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Old 10-30-2006   #4
 
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Actually the length between strokes didn't look hesitant to me, it made it look like you were in control and and not panicing. A deliberate paddle stroke when you need it is better than a flury of strokes all the way down. Attacking the holes with a forward posture rather than bracing afterwards with a backward lean would help but other than that I thought it looked good for a first year boater.
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Old 10-30-2006   #5
 
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I'l play around with seat position. You shouldn't get endered that easily. Other than that you looked like an aggressive class 2/3 boater which, is really good.
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ohhh i did forget the most imporatnt thing.....have FUN..!!!!!! that always work !!!
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Old 10-30-2006   #7
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Looking good for first year.

Try to get rif of the little back strokes that you keep doing. A couple times you take a forward stroke then counter it with a back stroke on the same side. You should learn the stern draw, it will straiten you out and allow you to keep some speed.

Also, try to make every stroke count. You have a couple lilly dips mixed in that aren't neccessary.
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Old 10-30-2006   #8
 
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hey, this is great stuff guys...could you help me out too?



any pointers welcome!








ps-not slamming on you,mjpowhound. agree that you are looking darn good for a 1st year guy.
i'm just screwing around here...
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Old 10-31-2006   #9
 
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Josh, yeah you definately suck and should try golf instead.

I keed I keed.

You look great for year 1. Reminds me of the good old days -- being gripped at low water. The finer points will come with time on the river. Watch better boaters, do what they do, and play boat alot.

You are leaning back a little too much, which was my biggest problem starting out. If you have a shitty backband or your seat position is f'd you might have difficulty staying forward. My fist boat was a dagger outlaw and it was nearly impossible to stay forward. When I upgraded to a bigEZ I was like "hey, I can sit up!" So that could be the boat. What boat was that?

Tweek your outfitting a little. If you're in an old boat with a shitty backband invest a few bucks and an afternoon and put an IR ratchety thing in your boat.

Josh, too.


Tubers. Strong work. If that was you in the back, the paddle as prybar was innovative. Shows you can really think on your feet. Bonus points for running the gnar sans PFD.
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