How to Carve River-Ready Turns - by Paul Mason Canoe & Kayak Magazine





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Published on Mar 30, 2012

http://www.oldtowncanoe.com - A great video on how to carve turns using the MITH technique. Presented by Canoe & Kayak Magazine technique guru Paul Mason.

Momentum: Use forward strokes to bring the canoe up to speed. Simply put, the canoe will not carve a turn unless it's moving forward.

Initiation: The stern paddler initiates the turn by performing a stern pry at the end of a forward stroke (to turn toward their paddle side) or a forward sweep (to turn away from their paddle side). Meanwhile, the bow paddler keeps supplying forward momentum. It's important that the bow paddler keeps their stroke as vertical as possible so as not to counteract the stern paddler's turning stroke.

Tilt: As the stern paddler initiates the turn, both paddlers tilt the canoe into the turn by shifting the weight on their knees. "It takes a lot of force to tilt a tandem canoe," says Mason, so don't be timid. You may need to hook your feet under the seat and drive your knee into the canoe. This engages the chine, or edge of the canoe, to carve through the water in the same way that an edged ski carves an arcing turn. In dynamic moving water, tilting into the turn is imperative to keep the canoe stable and upright.

Hold: Both paddlers keep paddling forward and hold the boat's tilt until the canoe has completely finished the turn. This is critical in maintaining the canoe's arc-shaped path. If the canoe wobbles and loses its tilt, it will spin out.

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