While this seems like a simple question, there
is a ton that goes into paddling technique. You
can find many resources and videos online, and I'd
suggest you do some research to really dig into
That being said, the basic technique is pretty
straightforward. You stand perfectly parallel to
the board facing forward with your feet about shoulders
width apart. You should be centered on the board
in both directions. The hand slide is a good marker.
Your knees should be bent slightly. With the angle
of the blade angling away from you to the front,
dip the paddle in the water a few feet in front
of you. Don't lose your balance, but the further
forward you can reach, the more power you can attain.
Dip the paddle in the water and try to pull it back
straight parallel to the rail of the board, but
don't hit the rail. Pull the paddle out of the water
immediately as the paddle passes your feet. As you
pull the paddle out of the water, drop your top
hand across your body so the paddle blade turns
and slices thru the air as you move it forward for
the next dip. When you're stroking, concentrate
on keeping your arms straight and using your core
to power the stroke. Think in terms of your top
arm and the paddle forming an "A" with
the middle part being the crossbar in the "A".
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