more feedback; the Cdn stroke
Posted by: old_user on Jan-03-07 6:00 PM (EST)
Kevin you are a gentleman for your humble response to the previous poster. i wish i was a polite Canadian like you because while his stated response "This email's purpose is not meant to start a silly debate over why the hit 'n swith method is usually better to use and better for you" may be true, the purpose seems more to be to tell you/us how stupid you/we are for using the antiquated kiddie stroke we learned from a boy scout manual, and how he should know- he's a genuine and worldly pro, unlike you. what an arrogant and condescending jerk.
while i could go on about the efficiencies of the knifing j and related strokes, and how incredible one tandem canoe can do all things, and do them very well, including extended solo travel, it is well known to you and will be lost on the j hater.
anyhow Kevin i must say that i think different photos could have demonstrated the stroke a bit better. as you know the most natural and easy way to do this powerful yet relaxing stroke is with the boat heeled over where the stroke runs very close to the body. the biomechanics of the stroke performed in this way make for an easier stroke, lots of trunk rotation if you want to haul it out, and the boat remains very nimble with a shortened water line. of course you can adjust in a second to a wider stance as in your photos to contend with wind gusts, moving or bouncy water.
on a side note: your river rat movie was remarkably well recieved at a number of kayak festivals i attended last year. to my surprise given that they were dedicated kayak festivals/symposiums!!
i don't get to canoe Ontario much anymore, so i like to experience it vicariously through you. paddle on and cheers. James
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