Basic Illustrated Sea Kayaking (Revised Edition) by Roger Schumann

By Roger Schumann

This interesting and significant game is far varied than its flat-water sibling, with assorted apparatus and methods, all of that are lined in simple Illustrated Sea Kayaking. Full-color photographs disguise the various sea kayak versions and add-ons, in addition to vital info on tides and currents, packing and loading information for convenience and safeguard, and a thesaurus chock-full of beneficial terminology. You'll detect how one can excellent your paddle stroke, practice self rescues and assisted rescues, paddle and navigate properly, pack your sea kayak for an excursion, and get your kayak off and on your car.

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Next, recover your balance by quickly doing a crunch on your right side— contracting at the waist to bring your right knee up while dropping your right ear toward your right shoulder as you push down on your paddle and drop your right elbow to your right hip. This C-to-C movement (C on left to C on right) rocks your kayak back into balance beneath you. Lean out farther and farther as you feel comfortable (see “Extreme Edging,” page 108). C-to-C 1: Edge and . . Peter Donohue 54 SECTION II: ON-WATER SKILLS C-to-C 2: .

They’re also used to steer when paddling in reverse, but they’re really useful for spinning in place. Spin Turn For quick turn-arounds in tight quarters, combine reverse sweeps alternately with forward sweeps. ) 1. Starting with a reverse sweep, rotate back to the right, and plant the back of your paddle flat (for balance) by the rear hatch. 2. Turn the flat blade vertical as you push out away from the stern in a wide arc all the way to your toes, initiating a spin to the right. 3. Reach forward on the left and do a forward sweep.

Now try it with the back of the blade, pushing down to feel resistance and slicing the blade vertically back to the surface. • Next try slapping the water a little harder with the face and then the back of the blade; feel the support. Although a quick slap is better than nothing, bracing is more effective when combined with the edging and bracing techniques described in the next chapter. Basic bracing: slapping the surface with a flat blade Peter Donohue 46 SECTION II: ON-WATER SKILLS CHAPTER FIVE Advanced Strokes and Maneuvers: Getting Serious A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

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