How to Steer and Paddle a Canoe : How to do Duffek Strokes in Canoeing


The duffek or the cross duffek stroke is a
way to turn your boat when you have speed already or when you’re turning into a current
that has speed. In the duffek and in the cross duffek the paddle doesn’t really move. It
basically maintains the same position and acts as a rutter in the bow of the boat. It’s
often called a bow rutter as well. To get in the duffek position, you want to turn your
torso toward your paddle and get into essentially the catch position for a draw stroke. From
that position, if you bring your top arm back and your bottom arm forward, you’re in the
deffek position. I often think of this position as kind of reading your watch. It’s like you’re
reading your watch with your top hand. If you look at my blade angle, my blade is open
to the bow, which means that between the blade and bow is about at the beginning about maybe
a 30-degree angle. If you open your blade more, you’re going to get more turning, which
you’re going to slow the boat down more. If you close your blade angle more, you’re going
to get less turning but you’re going to keep your momentum better. So depending on what
kind of a turn your want, you may choose an open of a closed blade angle. Obviously, the
deffek only works when you have some momentum, so I’m going to paddle away from the camera,
do a deffek turn, and then come back toward the camera and do another turn right at the
camera.

4 thoughts on “How to Steer and Paddle a Canoe : How to do Duffek Strokes in Canoeing

  1. I have seen so many people not using the power face of the paddle with this stroke, it helps if a sticer or a logo on one side that you can tell people which side they should see/not see.

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