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||Posted: June 30 2006,15:12
More and more relief, eh?
In Part 3 you learned a bit bout paddling into the wind and waves, preserving your endurance, breakin the wind and using the waves (and mini-currents) to your advantage. Now how bout paddling downwind?
Goin directly downwind and down waves is actually pretty simple. Again, you're gonna use the natural "hill" and down wave mini-currents that waves create. And like paddlin into the wind you're gonna paddle in spurts. When?
When you feel the stern of your kayak lift, it's time to (a) lean forward and (b) go for it. Even the piggiest of yaks will surf some and the better designs can really take off. And you can go and and go, until the wave passes by (relax now) or...
You broach. What's that? Broaching simply means your kayak has a tendency to turn sideways. Now of course it's best not to broach and keep going efficiently straight, but it's no big deal if you do.
The important thing to remember is that if you broach you want to brace and lean INTO the wave. This will keep the wave from rolling you (this is especially important if you are landing - some guys even surf in, broach, and ride the broach in). But this is when you are in a full broach and nearly sideways to the wave.
Early on, when the broach is just, just beginning is the time to avoid one. Be VERY sensitive and when you sense the kayak just beginning to turn, you can lean to the outside and keep paddling. If that doesn't do it try a bit of a brace or flat blade (also to the outside) and coast. These should bring keep you straight.
It is also a good idea to practice ruddering with your paddle in calmer conditions - it is possible to steer either way from the same side. This is a more advanced technique, but better cause it won't slow you down like a brace or dragged flat blade will.
Next: some really neat stuff bout quartering waves...
Edited by Capn Jimbo on June 30 2006,15:13
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