How to Steer and Paddle a Canoe : Mastering U-Turns in Canoeing


With the on side U-turn, the same principal
applies. I’m going to do a duffek stroke on my on side, let the duffek stroke take me
all the way around the turn. When the duffek is done with the turning, I’m going to draw
it into the boat, pull forward on it and maintain my momentum back toward the camera. The final piece of the puzzle for a U-turn
is the lean. A U-turn on flat water the lean is less important than it would be on white
water certainly. On white water, you generally want to lean into your turn like you would
on a bicycle, but sometimes you actually speed the turn by leaning away from the turn so
you actually cut the outside edge. I’ll do one right now where I cut the outside edge
and you’ll see the turn gets a little bit quicker. So a U-turn is a great way to combine the
strokes and your leans and make them all into a one cohesive unit that turns into a great
maneuver that will work for you on flat water or on the river.

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