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Old 09-17-2013   #1
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R2 straddle position

So I've seen some guys doing a straddle position in Aire Puma's and other smaller boats but I can't get a good enough view in the pictures / videos to really see how they're doing it. I'm guessing it's basically outside leg in front of the thwart and the inside leg behind with your foot braced below the rear thwart.

Can anyone confirm this? Got any good pictures of this stance?

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I hate doing it unless your trying to swim, but it puts weight up front make it easier to catch tough eddys.

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What river is that?
Looks nice.
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Don't have a picture but I R2 my Puma often. Sit side-by-side in middle. I tend to vary leg positions to get comfortable, wedge feet under thwart (no foot cups). Seems to work well for me.
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Thanks. Yea, I typically sit in with both legs in front of me, outside foot braced against the side tube and the inner foot tucked in between floor and side tube (standard customer position). The straddle looks interesting but I'm just curious if you get more power that way or if it's just for weight distribution.
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What river is that?
Looks nice.
That would be the upper section of the Youghiogheny River in Western Maryland. Dam releases three or four days. Drops over 100ft in the steepest mile.
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I am usually R2ing 12' and under 2 thwart boats. I sit side by side opposite my partner in the middle of the boat. I like to have my outside foot forward and under the connection of the thwart and side tube in the bilge zone of the self bailer. My inside foot I brace behind me either against the thwart or a drybag if the distance is too far for me.
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That would be the upper section of the Youghiogheny River in Western Maryland. Dam releases three or four days. Drops over 100ft in the steepest mile.
Sweet
I thought I recognized it
I paddled once in about 1995
with Clay Wright hand paddleing a Crossfire
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We figured it out this weekend on the Gauley and New. Looks like this and works VERY well! Provides a good brace, excellent power and ability to reach over the front of the boat to grab water on the back of a big wave. We got stood up in Iron Ring, Lost Paddle, Upper Keeney and a few others but with this position, we could literally reach out past the front of the boat and grab water on the backside of the waves. I highly recommend this!

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