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A guide to sea kayak paddling with adidas kayaker Jon Haylock

12:06 13th June 2013 By Andrew Cremin

This time in the mini series of Kayaking how-tos, Adidas-sponsored kayaker Jon Haylock takes us through the art of paddling.

Getting your paddling technique right is essential if you’re planning on going anywhere in a kayak. It’s almost as straight-forward as it seems, but Jon has a few key pointers to get you gliding through the water like a pro.

Top Tips for effective kayak paddling

  • Smooth: Easy entry with the blade of the paddle.
  • Spear: Use a solid blade plant in the water with a firm grip on the paddle.
  • Recovery: Lifting the paddle out of the water at the end of the stroke needs to be smooth and crisp to avoid letting the paddle drag behind you.
  • Pull Phase: It’s important that you pull steadily and smoothly right to the end of the stroke.
  • Gears: Sea kayaking requires a series of paddling ‘gears’ to allow you to accelerate effectively starting with a slower comfortable motion.
  • Faster: As you increase speed increase the stroke rate, leaning forward a bit more, pulling harder and driving through your legs more.
  • Stroke Length: Keep the stroke length the same. Long, full strokes are the name of the game.



Kayaking tips from adidas

  1. An Ode to Kayaking
  2. Training
  3. Turning
  4. Paddling
  5. The Eskimo Roll
  6. Whitewater
Jon Haylock Adidas Kayaker making a turn

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