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Learning

Shoulder, Shoulder, Shoulder!

So when I watched this video posted with an article in RapidMedia, the first thing I thought was "Shoulder! Shoulder!, Shoulder!" I mean, putting that arm out in chicken-wing fashion then hitting the water will put a lot of tension on that shoulder, right? Next I thought, is there really a safe way to learn this style of high brace on flat water? Then I thought, isn't there this whole school of thought out there that there is rarely a need for a high brace at all? Then I thought, hey look at all the peer reviews ...

Those who can’t… teach…

A Balance or Static Brace (Nalaasaarneq Meaning "To lie down") , is a traditional Greenland style kayaking skill where the paddler can lie with their upper torso in the water while positioning the kayak to "balance" against their upper torso and basically float on the surface without sinking. It's a great move. Once you've learned it, the whole concept of rolling your kayak changes.