Hi sportsmen ! I hope you are in good shape !? Today, I’ll try to give you some tips to boof a stopper. Here we go ! To begin, I would like to remind you that in whitewater, there are an infinity of possible situations. Therefore, to be succinct : I have to make some shortcuts… If you cross a stopper without an appropriate gesture : the boat can disappear under the water. The main consequence is the boat speed decreasing, especially when the bust hits the stopper. Therefore during a race, it’s a wasted time. To compensate this speed decreasing : you can use a powerful paddle stroke far ahead when you hit the stopper. But often, it’s possible to be more efficient by using another technical gesture. And, that’s the whole point of this video ! The idea isn’t to pass through the stopper, but this time to land over it. It’s about “boofing” the stopper with the boat. This allows you to keep the speed. You have to do a late paddle stroke to lightens the bow just before hitting the stopper. The most important, from my point of view : is the “timing” of this paddle stroke. If you have a problem with it : avoid being over-frequency, rather decrease your paddle stroke pace when approaching the stopper. In the case of a stopper preceded by a small “break” approaching the vertical : it’s on the upper part of this slope that it’s preferable to paddle. An example of a too early paddle stroke : And, an example of a too late paddle stroke : When there isn’t a vertical slope before the stopper, but it’s more like a ramp, or a long inclined plane : it will usually be necessary to delay the paddle stroke. That is to say, not paddle on the upper part of the slope, but a little lower (depending the slope length). What paddle stroke should you use? If the encountered situation is easy regarding to your skills : you can be pretty much in line with the river, you can use a relatively normal forward paddle stroke, and don’t lean back. Basically, you cross the stopper as if nothing had happened. On the other hand, if the encountered situation is difficult regarding to your skills : you will have to force to lighten the bow. This will require a lot of efforts to land the bow over the stopper. For example, you will need to arrive more sideway before the stopper. Paddle more this time with a sweep stroke, by using an “opposite lean”. During the little turn you will be able to raise the bow. You can also use more your body power, to raise the bow during this paddle stroke, this often results in a bust that leans back. After that, don’t forget to lean forward. If the stopper crossing is in a slight curve : an inside bend lean can help you. Obviously, don’t forget to analyse the stopper to identify where it’s easier to boof it. Often, it’s on the sides. And finally, in a performance logic, take into consideration the timing aspect : sometimes, going straight ahead without take your time to boof every stopper can be very fast. I wish you a good training, and see you next Tuesday at 3 p.m. for a new video. Don’t forget to subscribe, and take care of yourself ! Ciaoooo !