I love paddling my 17' kayak but I have water dripping from my paddle on my head all the time. I have tried several different strokes and still get wet. What can I do to avoid this? Or is this always part of paddling?
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Dripping is, but on head?|
Posted by: Celia on Dec-18-13 9:43 AM (EST)
I regularly drip water on my head.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Dec-18-13 10:07 AM (EST)
I just wear a hat.
Posted by: willowleaf on Dec-18-13 9:52 AM (EST)
The Inuit use rags wrapped around the paddle shaft, about in the position where most conventional paddles have the rubber drip rings. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History here in Pittburgh has a Polar World exhibit with several original kayaks and paddles in the collection and ALL the paddles have strips of cotton cloth wrapped in this way. The placement is clearly too far off the loom to be there for cushioning the hands so I presume it is for controlling water runoff. I've yet to try it myself (I use a Greenland paddle most of the time and dripping and flying water spray is a constant with it) so I can't testify to how well the rags works, but I have to think they would tend to dampen the tendency of drippage to spin off. Easy and cheap enough to try the technique, though.
Dripping on your head? somethings wrong|
Posted by: booztalkin on Dec-18-13 11:33 AM (EST)
On hot summer nights, after the sun is gone, I sometimes take off my hat and it always surprises me how much water hits my head. I use a Greenland paddle, and there is always water dripping from the paddle and stray drops do hit my head, especially if there's a HEAD wind.
The only way I get water on my head|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-18-13 12:04 PM (EST)
is with high angle draws and pries..At the apex of your stroke where is your top hand?
Posted by: willowleaf on Dec-18-13 1:59 PM (EST)
Is it possible that your paddle is too long for you? A too-long paddle will generally cause you to bring up a lot of water and use a higher angled stroke than needed. Might be something to consider.
Curious--- Why would a longer paddle |
Posted by: g2d on Dec-22-13 3:16 PM (EST)
cause one to paddle more high angle? Certainly hasn't worked that way with me. I can use my 296 cm ww paddles in my touring kayak, high angle. If I go to a 215 or a 240, I tend to reduce the angle.
It doesn't sound normal to me|
Posted by: JackL on Dec-18-13 4:01 PM (EST)
Try paddling with a low angle stroke.
Hands in front?|
Posted by: rpg51 on Dec-19-13 6:45 AM (EST)
To the OP - when you paddle do you have your hands in front of your torso? Do you rotate your upper body with each stroke?
Two solutions: get a single blade canoe|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-19-13 4:10 PM (EST)
and stop paddling in the rain.
The "wing" stroke?|
Posted by: Kocho on Dec-19-13 6:06 PM (EST)
While paddling today I thought about your post and it occurred to me that if you drag the paddle too far back and too close to the boat, it might have to go closer to you/above you after you take it out of the water. So you might get dripped on. If the paddle exits the water nicely (i.e., by the hip and away from the boat) it does not drip on me (it does throw a few drops forward of my toes, not on my head).
I ditched the drip rings years ago|
Posted by: pikabike on Dec-20-13 12:23 PM (EST)
OP should try the opposite of whatever situation he has now: If there are drip rings, remove them; if not, put some on. Whatever helps reduce the dripping on head.
review your release of the paddle|
Posted by: suzanneh on Dec-20-13 9:08 AM (EST)
I think that you should have someone video your forward stroke. My belief is that you are incorrectly releasing your paddle from the water in a manner that is lifting and throwing the water.
Posted by: dc9mm on Dec-20-13 2:56 PM (EST)
I paddle with a greenland paddle and sometimes with a euro. I don't get water on my head. So its your paddle stroke. I would sure like to see this paddle stroke in action. Maybe try shooting a video of yourself paddling along. Then others can see how it looks.I do both a low angle stroke and a high angle depending on how fast I want to go. Neither gets my head wet.Boy I wouldn't want a wet head in this cold, yikes.
Posted by: jeffro on Dec-20-13 7:11 PM (EST)
Your arms should be almost straight and your torso turns with the stroke that ends at the hip (unless turning or correcting headway). Try placing your arms straight and while making the paddling strokes, pushing on the foot rests on the same side as the power stroke. Turn your body with the stroke as if trying to ring a bell attached to your chest. Lots of power in this stroke. If paddling a western style paddle, then the angle can vary up to your eye level but keep the angle much lower for greenland style paddling. I read if your knuckles do not hit the deck every now and then, then you are paddling too high an angle. I rarely punch my upper hand out above my chest level once underway. I paddle a Greenland stick most of the time but will paddle a western blade in skinny waters. As someone above has already mentioned, have someone view your paddling style from the side as they may be able to better advise. It is good to have you onboard in the paddling arena and you probably did well getting the 17 footer. Best wishes.
I wonder if we all get taken |
Posted by: rpg51 on Dec-21-13 10:20 AM (EST)
in with a little joke here? OP has disappeared.
Drowned at sea, or stuck in mall traffic|
Posted by: g2d on Dec-22-13 3:18 PM (EST)
Soggy head syndrome.|
Posted by: rpg51 on Dec-22-13 7:57 PM (EST)