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How to turn a kayak by Adidas kayaker Jon Haylock

11:56 12th June 2013 By Andrew Cremin

In this video from Adidas-sponsored kayaker Jon Haylock we learn the art of turning in the water. Something that’s pretty essential we reckon.

Tips for effective kayak turning:

  • Get comfortable in the boat: Make sure you have a good connection to your seat, knees and feet to keep control and keep yourself balanced.
  • Look: Looking where you want to go will position your body and kayak correctly.
  • Speed: You will need forward speed to make a turn. On flat water this can only be generated by forward paddling, in white water the current should do it. Gather momentum.
  • Time your stroke: Just before you want to turn plant your paddle in a wide stroke where you want to make the turn.
  • Look: The boat should carve on its edge to where you want to be. Easy



Kayaking tips from adidas

  1. An Ode to Kayaking
  2. Training
  3. Turning
  4. Paddling
  5. The Eskimo Roll
  6. Whitewater
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