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  Heeling
  Posted by: Marshall on May-26-12 10:49 AM (EST)
 

Different than in a kayak. Heeling the board to the outside of the turn results in your butt landing in the water on the outside of the turn. The stern edge digs in and summarily discards the rider. The board, having shed me like some annoyance goes right back to drifting away tracking in a straight line. Ankle leash isn't a bad idea on flat water, especially with a bit of wind.

Heeling to the inside of the turn seems to have a bit better of an effect. Digging my toes into the deck pad and envisioning torquing my toes away from the paddle on a sweep or bringing them to the paddle on a bow rudder seems to provide the best result so far.

It's warm today so perhaps some practice changing the pitch by doing a controlled lunge to the front of the board to raise the fin out of the water at the stern. Immersion awaits, methinks.

All fun.

See you on the water,
Marshall
The River Connection, Inc.
Hyde Park, NY
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