Most of time we paddle forwards, sometimes we need to go sideways or backwards too but mostly its straight ahead.
So it makes sense to invest in getting the right technique in order to become more efficient, to use less energy and to be able to go faster when we want.
I know that there are some paddlers who are not interested in getting better or faster, that's OK too because the bottom line is it should be fun and no one should tell you how to paddle.
On the other hand there are lots of us out there who do want to improve, to get better and faster and to become more efficient paddlers.
I see beginners who join our club suddenly discover that no matter how hard they try they cant keep up with the group. Its not a matter of being stronger or more powerful, its a matter of doing it right
Some look to change their paddles, maybe a bigger blade will help go faster, maybe a wing paddle is the answer?
No its not the paddle, its the paddler and what he or she does with the paddle.
There are good exercises to teach body rotation, my favourite is touching the opposite side of your kayak with your blade before the catch, this helps you to feel how much you can twist your body while paddling.
Paddling with locked elbows is another exercise that also makes you rotate your body to get any forward motion.
Then there is the all important "catch" when you plant your paddle blade in the water as far forward as you can before you begin to apply power.
This is probably the stage where most people fail . If you don't get your paddle in far enough forwards you waste all that tension that you have stored up in rotating your torso and end up loosing your power and energy.
I think its not too difficult to improve, all you need to do is try, and then keep practicing.If you think you need help just ask, there are always others happy to assist and its always a pleasure to see a good paddling style.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Karl is just getting out in the surf for the first time, thats how we all learned to survive in rough water, you just get out there and play, capsize get in again and repeat. Soon you find that you are less in the water and more in your boat. Then you learn to roll and the level of enjoyment goes up .
Friday, February 7, 2014
We go out anyway, and take our chances with whatever the sea gives us. Some days we have to dodge all the SUPs, and the small surf kayaks as well.
Last week we had a perfect day, no SUPs, no dodging, great swells and waves and not too many of us out there either.
Getting a good video is not so easy either, Go pro is good but it only gives a fixed view, so if its mounted on the deck or on your helmet you get a narrow view and dont get to see the full size of the surf, also you cant really video your friends.
The best place to be is just under the breaking wave , but this is also dangerous as the kayaks are fast approaching you and if they loose control can smash into you, and then there is the breaking wave just looking to catch you unprepared.
|Yosi gets a good run|
|Here I go , Yosi got this one just right|
Flat water paddling is nice but there is nothing like getting out there in rough water and having a lot of fun
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
|When I came to Israel in 1979, the water level was right at the roadside, if you look carefully at the picture you can see the road just at the bottom of the cliff|
|today almost everybody has a waterproof camera and there are hundreds of photos to choose from so I chose a few|
|The salt crystals are fantastic|
|The light changes during the day and the mountains over in Jordan come alive|
|Fresh water springs run from the Judean Desert into the sea creating gullies|
|If you can get your feet out of the mud you can go for a walk|
|You can see how the gully enlarges as it gets further from the sea|
|Once this was all under sea water|
|And then there is the grand picnic|
|Everybody brings something good to eat and drink, we put it all together as a buffet and get stuck in like there is no tomorrow.|
|The group was very well behaved , all paddling together and no one rolling|
|On the home leg we let go and everyone can go at their own pace, fast or slow and get rid of all the excess energy|
|Salt is interesting stuff|
|the hot pool at the end of the day is good for a relaxing moment before the long ride home. Until next year|
Friday, December 27, 2013
|Other days the sea is like a glass lake and when the tide is out more of the rocky reef is exposed creating new scenery and playing spots for us|
|Its a great time to try out the new Greenland paddles that we made|
|and hone our skills by going in and out between the exposed rocks|
|We get new scratches on the bottoms of our boats|
|but if they are plastic who cares|
|Its more serious for new owners and their carbon or fiberglass kayaks|
|The low water exposes the reef the seaweed dies and leaves a characteristic smell in the air. In a while new growth replaces the old|
|Meanwhile we have fun going in and out of the channels between the rocks,|
Saturday, December 14, 2013
|Despite the storm prediction our paddle workshop went on as planned|
|6 paddlers braved the cold and rain and came to make paddles|
|Working under cover we managed to stay dry and warm|
|and at the end of the day everybody had a new Greenland paddle|
|everybody had a great day|
|the storm came later than planned|
|it was really cold at the beach|
|and we had hail in the afternoon|
|most of us declined to get in the water|
|except Dror, but not for too long|
|even with warm clothes it was still cold|
|there were some surfers out there|
|they had some fun|
|And yet there was time for some fun too, this picture also taken from the web|
Saturday, November 30, 2013
|Its time for pancakes again|
|Usually we do it after the morning paddle but this time we decided to go for it before, its good to paddle on a full stomach|
|Hadass is a good pancake maker too|
|Full of energy we went out to challenge the surf|
|And we needed every calorie too|
|We were outnumbered by the SUPS|
|At least 4 to 1|
|After we had to beg for more pancakes|
|And Karl received his brand new kayak, we couldn`t get him out of the cockpit for love or money|