Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Anatomy Of A Paddle Stroke - The Spine

The spine should be kept straight because you want to swing around it. 

I also observe, that the hips remain freely mobile to allow easy adjustments when balancing the boat while the posture is good.

The posture of the spine in paddling is quite similar to the one needed for a golf swing. Straighten out your lower back also; keep your chin up.

I find it quite difficult to avoid any slump, especially when fatigue sets in; it sure does not help. The lower back may lock in and balancing the boat, or flying the ama becomes very difficult.

Paddlers with great technique such as Harold Akeo, Tommy Connors or Walter Guild have and  keep a very good posture.

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