Submitted: 08-29-2006 by cooldoctor1
The Brent Reitz Forward Stroke Clinic DVD is one of the most informational 60 minutes ever recorded for kayaking. Brent is an entertaining and enthusiastic instructor, and takes the viewer through every facet of the most used stroke in kayaking: the forward stroke. The video compares to his class, and is a great companion for those that plan to take the class from Mr. Reitz. This champion paddler breaks down the stroke into several components, and devotes about 10 minutes to each nuance of the stroke before putting it all together for a review and demonstration. Filmed in sunny Monterrey CA, the film does itís best to highlight the stroke in action, and Brent is indeed fast. The camera angles, sound quality and lighting are superb most times (small sound glitches infrequently do not interfere with the lesson). The deduction of one point is solely because of the bias toward the high angle, speed stroke. This is clearly the emphasis of the tape, and low angle stroke, used essentially for long distance touring, is not covered at all. The tail end of the tape, about ten minutes, is for paddling stretches for upper and lower extremities. Although I personally thought itíd be a waste of time, I sat through that segment and learned some neat stretches from Mr. Reitz. This tape is a winner.