How not to break out of an eddy – by Craig Ford

How not to break out of an eddy – by Craig Ford

The theory of breaking out of an eddy is relatively easy to remember … When exiting the eddy, paddle upstream with good hard strokes and as the bow of the kayak begins to cross the eddy line, begin to shift your weight and lift your upstream knee, thereby tilting the upstream edge of the boat up.  Continue to paddle forward until you have passed over the eddy line allowing the water to turn the bow of the boat downstream.

Don’t do what I did and paddle at 90 degrees to the eddy line, with no edging at all to, or even worse shift your weight onto your upstream knee, thereby dipping the upstream edge in to the river.

Here’s a short video showing what happens when you get it wrong.

https://youtu.be/0YoI0P71Tso

Craig Ford