Bow stall? - Mountain Buzz
 



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-26-2007   #1
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 31
Bow stall?

Alright ladies (and anyone who feels like helping):
I'm starting to get really annoyed, and to feel like I'm completely incompetant, but I can not bow stall in flat water to save my life. I have an older small ZG, I'm right in the middle of the weight range for it, I have it outfitted well to where I'm snug... I have worked a lot on edge control, and can paddle on edge for forever, and I'm fairly strong (for a girl ), so I don't quite know what I'm missing at this point, but I'm going crazy over this. If I sort of give a half serious attempt, I get close, but not ever vertical. If I go all out, I get close again, but depending on the atttempt, forget about my edges and go flat, fall flat on my face, or end up in this strange stuck position with my paddle buried underneath me and I'm too far sunk to brace.

I'm starting to feel pretty stupid... though the people on the lake seem to enjoy watching me try to drown myself/dislocate my shoulder...

I know people can do this, so I just don't know what I'm missing.

danceronhooves is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-26-2007   #2
 
Gypsum, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2005
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 221
I am not a lady but! I know exactly how you feel. Like everyone told me practice! practice! practice! and than all of a sudden you get it. Then you lose it! Then you get it! Slowly your muscle figure it out and store it "muscle memory" I was so ready to quit trying and out of the blue one day I had it. The funny thing is I still am horrible at my edge control!

EJ's play boating DVD helped a bit to.

Hang in there you'll get it.
stumpster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2007   #3
 
Mike Harvey's Avatar
 
Salida, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1993
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 807
um, I don't know what the protocol is replying to a post in the Betty section. I want to respect your space...

anyway, one thing that people seem to have a problem with is leaning over on their paddle too much. you should be able to edge you boat without leaning on your blade, a "J" lean. once you have this balance dialed your paddle is free to sweep your stearn under you and then slam the bow. people who lean on their blade end up falling over. which is why "bracing" is the worst skill in kayaking, your paddle is not a crutch.
Mike Harvey is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-26-2007   #4
 
CUkayakGirl's Avatar
 
303, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2005
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 301
Hey, ok I am going to try to help. I have mastered the bow stall pretty well at this point so hopefully I can explain how I learned and it will make sense.

It took me like a year of pool sessions to get it. Guys tried to teach me but as I see it, girls and guys do it completely different.

Guys rotate their center of gravity around the boat to get it to double pump and girls have to rotate their center of gravity and boat by their shoulders. This makes it a lot harder for girls to do...This means that you have to use your abs not your arms.

It seems like you have good edge control so...
First go to an edge of a pool and get comfortable double pumping holding on to the side of the pool. Try not to move your body back and forth…it is important to keep your CG in the middle of the boat at all times to even out the bow and stern initiate. Then go away from the pool and double pump using only your abs and use your paddle to brace...this will be evident when your paddle is bracing on the water and your boat is double pumping on its own.

Ok after you are comfy with that fill a boat with water, grab the cockpit (one hand on the front and one on the back of it) and double pump on that. If you use you arms the boat filled with water, will sink. After a while you will be able to double pump into a bow stall on the boat, this will also help you learn to control your boat when in a bow stall...it is super cool.
Then after all of that you are ready to paddle hard and initiate a stall.

Awesome!
Let me know if you have any questions,
Christine



Quote:
Originally Posted by stumpster View Post
I am not a lady but! I know exactly how you feel. Like everyone told me practice! practice! practice! and than all of a sudden you get it. Then you lose it! Then you get it! Slowly your muscle figure it out and store it "muscle memory" I was so ready to quit trying and out of the blue one day I had it. The funny thing is I still am horrible at my edge control!

EJ's play boating DVD helped a bit to.

Hang in there you'll get it.
__________________
"I would lick it up if it weren't all glassified and on concrete"

http://www.whitewaterhelmet.com/index2.asp
CUkayakGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2007   #5
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 31
thanks so much! I will have to get back out on the water and let you know how it goes!
danceronhooves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2007   #6
CGM
 
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1994
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 328
From what you described, I bet you're leaning the wrong way when you get into the stall position. If you start going over vertical and onto your head, you need to bury your face in the water and reach your arms way out and pull your legs under you, not lean back. Counterintuitive, but this may help......
__________________
Chris Morrison
CGM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2007   #7
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 31
CGM: I actually can't even get to the stall position yet: I can never get all the way vertical... I get close sometimes, but I can't seem to get the bow all the way down.
danceronhooves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2007   #8
 
Arkansas during the off-season Nomadic during the summers! :), Arkansas & Colorado
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 950
Hey just letting you know its a BIG misconception to say "muscle memory". The muscles have no ability to store and retain information which means there is no such thing as muscle memory. With enough practice you can create a pattern to be stored in the CPG so the supraspinal contol becomes less and less to recall the successful pattern. But no muscle memory! They only act when stimulated!


Quote:
Originally Posted by stumpster View Post
I am not a lady but! I know exactly how you feel. Like everyone told me practice! practice! practice! and than all of a sudden you get it. Then you lose it! Then you get it! Slowly your muscle figure it out and store it "muscle memory" I was so ready to quit trying and out of the blue one day I had it. The funny thing is I still am horrible at my edge control!

EJ's play boating DVD helped a bit to.

Hang in there you'll get it.
gannon_w is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2007   #9
 
Golden, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1990
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 3
Try putting several gallons of water in your boat, when you push the bow down it'll settle and help you stabilize and balance the boat until you get the feel for the movement. I've taught several people to bow stall this way and it is very effective.

Add more water until it is easy to get it on end, and if you are having trouble initiating the movement from a paddle sweep with the boat on edge, then try paddling the boat forward and leaning forward to sink the bow straight in (which requires less left/right correction). If you can't do this, you may be too light for the boat or your seat may be too far back.

Hope this helps.
skiyakclimb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2007   #10
 
caspermike's Avatar
 
Bozeman, Montana
Paddling Since: 1999
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 5,507
watch a couple vids

the best way i remembered is keep eye at target watching helps your body not lean on blade or use it as a crutch like mike harvey said and you want to think as it as a knife through butter the flat knife can't cut through the butter. the more vertical easier it is same with your boat more edge easier it is to rock your boat, a big double pump is what you want pick up your feet as high as they will go than slam them down(just like a hammering a nail in to a wall. , alot of people don't realize that this motion is actually being performed by your torso (abds and obliques) not just your paddle the more you can get your body doing the right motions the easier it will be in the long run! boat body and blade, once you are in a stall postition standing up will pull you into face plant and sitting down or pushing your butt out will flatten you out
caspermike is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gore rapid in a bow stall on Wed erdvm1 Kayaking | Trip Planner 0 10-07-2006 10:40 PM
Stall Gear... EZGSooner Whitewater Kayaking 0 10-02-2006 01:13 PM
Help with a bow stall. Jimmy3Nutz Whitewater Kayaking 9 06-08-2006 09:18 PM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.