for righting. Paddle is held close to the surface and parallel to
the kayak. With the paddle on the surface, the blade can travel a
long path under the water, giving the paddler the necessary leverage
to turn the kayak upright.
the leverage of the far reaching blade Adam emerges from the water
hyperextended lean backwards brings the paddler's center of gravity
closer to the center of rotation of the kayak. This move not only
makes the recovery nice and fluent but it also reduces the amount
of force Adam needs to exert to right himself.
stage of recovery
the lean back
sculling brace. With a properly sized kayak, most of the paddler's
body (center of mass/ gravity) is under the surface so he doesn't
need to rely so much on the power of the paddle to maintain this position.
The kayak is nearly capsized but the paddler 'floats' and he can still
breathe since his face is above the surface. Oversized kayaks that
float too high will prevents the hips to be even with the trunk. This
will make it more difficult to keep the head above the water and more
paddle effort is necessary to maintain the position.
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