Friday, April 9, 2010


We are going to go back to our three first lessons, with a different kind of view. I decided to place my camera inside the cockpit of my kayak looking back towards the seat. I was so happy with the results I have decided to do this post as well as some in the future with this view. It gives a good view of good contact with the kayak itself, as well as what my feet are doing when I forward stroke and sweep. I have yet to tak about what is going on below decks, and honestly I think it is one of the most important parts of the various paddle strokes.

Contact. Remember a good set up is key to everything we do in the boat. Five points of contact. Feet, thighs, bottom. these are areas where we can influence the movement of our boat. We saw that illustrated well in EDGING. Where we are lifting with one knee, and pushing with one side of our bottom down into the seat.

Forward. With each forward stroke, when I push with the high hand, I am also pushing with the corresponding foot. This helps engage the core muscles - which are being used when you rotate. This will kick the power level of your stroke up massively. When a martial artist throws a punch, the power comes from torso rotation, and it is grounded in the floor. Our forward stroke comes from torso rotation, but it is grounded into our feet pressing into the pedals or braces. In the video you will see the entire foot pedal mechanism flex as I push.

Sweep. With the sweep stroke, the same rules apply. I am pushing with the opposite foot of my intended motion. Forward sweep/right side, I am pushing with my right foot. reverse sweep/right side I am pushing with my left foot. - and just for clarity sake forward sweep/left side push with your left foot, reverse sweep/left side push with right foot. - This drives the boat around the paddle blade. Is it a a coincidence that this is opposite? No. Remember the yin yang. opposites work together.

inside from Paddling Otaku on Vimeo.


  1. That's a viewpoint I couldn't make work.

    Before I had the HeroGoPro camera I tried to do something similar with a bullet camera, but it didn;t work out.

    Thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks. Next time I do it, I will use the suction cup mount. the raw footage ends with a high edge and the camera sliding across the cockpit. I was surprised to see how much that boat flexes, compared to a composite boat.