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Re: A cautionary tale

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:27 am
by kingiFiddler
Hainesy wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:56 am
Another option that I’ve seen done, but haven’t done myself , is to turn around completely so you’re facing the breaking surf and to work your way onto shore backwards. If you get a large swell or wave you just paddle hard into it as you would when you launch and when’s it’s broken paddle backwards until you reach the shore :whew:
Thanks for that idea. If there's time to turn around before being stranded side-on to the next wave I'll give that a shot next time.

Re: A cautionary tale

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:17 pm
by yakman
MikeAqua wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:06 am
An effective and simple technique to learn/practice is the 'bongo slide' https://www.kayakpaddling.net/
A "Low Brace" is what you are after (technical name for your 'Bongo Slide' I suspect?), will save you a turtle 99.9% of the time if done correctly. Check out 'SeaKayakingTV' channel on YouTube for some great tutorials :-)

Re: A cautionary tale

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:40 pm
by TBreezy
Marc N wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:20 am
After having my arse handed to me in six inches of water in small surf, I'll be adopting the idea of, hanging on to the back, to keep the 'yak straight when coming in through surf.

Better wet, than having to untangle all the leads and gear and so on, if the 'yak goes bum up.
It's amazing how such small surf can destroy you haha. It's so much less daunting paddling out than back in.

I always put small things away inside the hull and make sure everything else is packed away and tethered before coming back in over the surf. It only takes a minute and if something does happen, it's all still there. While the prospect of having to collect all my stuff in knee deep water (or worse) and drag it all back up the beach looking like a wet cat might be a good time for some, I'll tag out of that one if possible!

Re: A cautionary tale

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:58 am
by MikeAqua
yakman wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:17 pm
MikeAqua wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:06 am
An effective and simple technique to learn/practice is the 'bongo slide' https://www.kayakpaddling.net/
A "Low Brace" is what you are after (technical name for your 'Bongo Slide' I suspect?), will save you a turtle 99.9% of the time if done correctly. Check out 'SeaKayakingTV' channel on YouTube for some great tutorials :-)
Now that I think about it more I'm pretty sure the bongo slide is the act of side-surfing without capsize. Not sure what the actual stroke is called. But it's different from a low brace.

With a low brace the convex face of the blade engages the arm is close to the wave is bent 90 degrees at the elbow, and the opposite hand opposite is tucked in close to your waist.

The bongo slide as I have been taught it (wave ski paddling) is used when low brace will not hold you in an acceptable angle, to avoid capsize. The concave side of the paddle is engaging the water and you grip the paddle almost like a stake you are trying to force into the ground and hang on. It's not elegant but it is easy and effective.