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Single paddle technique

-- Last Updated: Nov-18-12 12:56 PM EST --

Is this proper technique?
I usually do three strokes per side then switch but this guy has a larger blade than I use and so maybe steering requires just one stroke.
It just seems inefficient.



  • Well
    are you really going to tell that guy if it isn't?
  • Poor form
    He really needs to work on his J-stroke.
  • Options
    But the torso rotation is excellent!
  • I'd be worried
    about cross winds, maintaining course could be an issue.
  • Nice hit and switch
    With that bent shaft.
  • Options
    Odd priorities
    -- Last Updated: Nov-19-12 1:31 PM EST --

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  • Funniest
    Reply of the day.
  • "My...
    ...paddles keen with bite,
    flashing like Case-hardened Allison driven steel,
    swift as the wild goo DAMN!

    Call the Drydene boys! POS hydraulic line's busted again!"
  • I detect way
    too much sweep in the stroke! But might is right and I aint arguin with that.
  • Example of a True Paddler
    I won't comment on technique, but the operator has got to be a paddler, because paddlers know when to improvise and this is an example.
  • Ha , that's is the best .......
    ....... thanks for the vid. link ... absolutely perfect technique I think !!
  • I wonder
    if he's good at digging trenches with a canoe paddle.
  • Paddling
    There are a lot of better ways to paddle than 3 and switch, but this is not one of them.

    You might be interested in the New England school of paddling where people choose one side to paddle on for their whole careers.
  • ????
    What New England One Side of Paddling School?

    We STAND and the pole rules.
  • There ya' go...
    hook those hydraulics up to a pole and perhaps a hydraulically operated duck's foot if the bottom's soft... That'll get it there.
    'Course all that switching wouldn't be necessary if there was another one of those in the stern and maybe a radio to say "hut" with.
    Bet that guy has a heckava' bow draw, though.
    And I bet he could do that all day and all night without getting tired, too. Maybe a headache from the noise and fumes...
  • You can bet he's properly "strapped in"
    Gotta weld the tracks to the barge. If not you're in the water by the second stroke.
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