Canoe strokes and control

An introductory video that provides insight into some of the basic principles of paddling a canoe in what’s referred to as the traditional “Canadian” style. …
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Canoe strokes and control

An introductory video that provides insight into some of the basic principles of paddling a canoe in what’s referred to as the traditional “Canadian” style. …

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    EpicMoonCake May 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    But I cant do this in a c1

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    james hurlbut May 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I think a lot of people avoid the canoe because it’s so tippy. It’s not. After a day down a lazy river, the canoe unloaded and a few beers my bud and I experimented. It takes a real effort to upset a canoe. Not so its tipsey occupants. We had a blast. Jim

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    EasternEuropeStyle May 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    In regards to turning the canoe into a headwind, could you do a video for turning a sprint canoe?

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    silverado669 May 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Damn, you and your son are very good, sir! well done’

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    weemistermac May 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve only recently started open canoeing and this video is inspirational. I have so much to learn!

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    Rolf Kraiker May 29, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    That’s not a horse, its my dog Maya. She wanted to be part of the action and her dog paddle is much better than mine 🙂

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    Callum Bundy May 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    3:20 Why is there a horse?

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    Rolf Kraiker May 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    The canoe is made mostly from a combination of red and white cedar. There are a few strips of other woods put in for accent.
    I once restored a wood and canvas Richardson canoe and grew to love the way it handled. I took the lines off that canoe, lofted it, and then made a table of offsets to create a form that I could make a replica of the original. The cedar strip canoe doesn’t handle quite the same because the hull is stiffer, but its close.

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    MegaPaddles May 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    that canoe is beautiful, what wood is it made from?

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    BARCACROSSESTHEALPS May 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Wow, I’ve never heard it called the “Canadien” stroke. In Minnesota, we call it the “Native” stroke.

    Great video! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    EasyMilitaryTravel May 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    This video had some great tips for beginners. Our service men and women would enjoy this on their down time.

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    jagarza1981 May 29, 2013 at 6:05 pm


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    Quico Reed May 29, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I thought I was good until I went down my first whitewater. that was humbling.
    I got some Bill Mason vids and suddenly realized what a nube I was.
    Years later and I’m much better, but I still learn new stuff.

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    LeanDreMPeters May 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    complicated ….

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    TheInevitableSloth May 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    i still dont understand how one is supposed to sit in a canoe…

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    adolson May 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Wow. I guess I’ve never paid much attention, but this is the first time I’ve seen canoes move like this.

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    kgdblade May 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Some beautiful choreography, especially the shots with you and your son.  Even though I’ve paddled for half my life and a couple of decades, I’m humbled by the deft control and skill you have developed. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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    yankee2yankee May 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I DO like the “canoe ballet.” Beautiful control. Beautiful.

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    Joseph Schlimmer May 29, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Look up /user/jrankinen on youtube.. – This guy is a professional canoe racer. Watching his race videos is pretty much a paddling clinic.

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    Trailtraveller May 29, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Excellent tutorial 

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    Quico Reed May 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Humility is the first step toward improving! I was humbled on my first whitewater attempt, then went back to the drawing board, watched videos like this one and learned a LOT. I also kayak, but love the C1 the most. I found that canoing will teach you things the kayak won’t and will make you a MUCH better boater. This is first rate instruction in this video, it’s so nice to see a real expert paddle a canoe.

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    toolateforaname May 29, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    holy cow are the subtitles ever poor! great video

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    harvestblades May 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    A canoe should really be on the Canadian flag not a maple leaf. Thanks for the vids I just salvaged a old Mad River 16′ Explorer from the trash heap it was rather neglected but once I repair a crack and make some ash gunwales this week I will be out practicing. I have always enjoyed traveling and fishing by canoe and am planning on adding bowfishing and hunting to the list. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.

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    Rolf Kraiker May 30, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Sure… I’ve taught a number of courses on this style of paddling where some participants couldn’t kneel. While you don’t quite get the same leverage, you can do most everything shown in my videos by sitting on the bottom of the canoe. Helps if you have some padding to elevate body height. Hope that helps.

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    neemguy81 May 30, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Any advice for people who cannot kneel?

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