Kayaking Tips from the Wave Sport Team Blog
Tricks and Techniques
How To: Stern Stall - by Kelsey Thompson
How To: Spin to Airscrew Combo - Devyn Scott
How To: Paddle (correct form) - Michele Ramazza
How To: Clean Air Blunt - Elaine Campbell
How To: Catch a Wave - by Taylor Cavin
How To: Helix/Felix - by Elaine Campbell
How To: The Loop - by Kim Becker
Roll Troubleshooting (video) - by Chris Wing
How To: The Bow Stall - by Kim Becker
How To: The Boof - by Kim Becker
How To: Blunt - by Kim Becker
How To: Become a Better Paddler - by Mariann Saether
The "Tuck and Duck" Technique - by Tyler Curtis
How To: Tune up your Forward Stroke- by Kim Becker
Take Your Paddling to the Next Level - by Bryan Kirk
Safety First: Creeking - by Kim Becker
How To: The Spin - by Kim Becker
How To: Boat Draining Basics - Chris Wing
Overnighter Prep - Tanya Faux
How To: High & Low Brace - Kim Becker
How To: 5 Knots Every Paddler Should Know - Kim Becker
How To: Turn Your Boat - Michele Ramarraz
How To: Outfit Your Project X (for tall people) - Mikkel St. Jean-Duncan
How To: Silly Flip - Devyn Scott
How To: Back Deck Roll - Kelsey Thompson
River Etiquette - Kim Becker
How To: Space Godzilla - Haley Mills
How To: Flatwater Loop - Kelsey Thompson
How To: Flatwater Cartwheel - Kelsey Thompson
How To: Stern Stall - Kelsey Thompson
How To: Double Pump - Kelsey Thompson
How To: Cartwheel - Elaine Campbell
How To: Kim Becker's Top Notch Torso Tricks - Kim Becker
How To: Splitwheel - Elaine Campbell
Outfitting and Repair
How to: Outfitting Your New Creek Boat - by Kim Becker
How to: Repairing a Dented Nose - Michele Remazza
How To: Recover from a Rotator Cuff Injury - by Kim Becker
How To: Prevent Shoulder Injury and Strengthen your Shoulders for Paddling- by Kim Becker
Got Lower Back Pain? - by Kim Becker
How To: Overcoming nerves - by Kim Becker
How To: Strengthen you Core & Improve you Paddling - Kim Becker
How To: Stay in Shape During the Winter - Elaine Campbell
Outfitting Adjustment Overview
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Outfitting Overview Video
Improper transportation technique is one of the main causes of kayak damage. The following tips will help you safely transport your kayak and minimize potential hull damage.
It is possible for a kayak strapped tightly to a roof rack for a series of days to temporarily deform at the weight bearing points. Use a rigid bar sport rack in addition to a "kayak cradle" to disperse the weight.
It is also important to not keep kayaks tied tightly to your vehicle in direct sunlight. This could cause deformation of the hull over time.
A crossbar roof rack (or “sports rack”) for your vehicle with the kayak positioned on its side is the best method of transporting a kayak. It should be lashed down at each crossbar, as well as at the bow and stern to each end of the vehicle. Generally, kayaks can also be transported on their edge safely using kayak stackers.
Kayak cradles are recommended for boats being transported “flat” to lessen chances of deformation from being lashed too tightly to the bars. It is also recommended that the kayak be transported upside down as it is more aerodynamic and will prevent water from filling the cockpit during rain.
Using Foam Block Racks
Foam block racks can be used for short distances or lower speed transportation. They should be wide enough for adequate support, as well. Use extra caution with foam blocks as they are not as secure as cross-bar racks. Foam blocks also make it essential to tie off the bow and stern of the kayaks directly to the vehicle.
Many airlines do not allow kayaks to be transported on the plane when you travel by air. Contact your air carrier well in advance of your trip to see if they allow you to check a whitewater kayak and how much they charge. You should invest in a kayak travel bag if you do transport a kayak by air.
It is recommended to always stop shortly after the start of your trip to make sure all fittings and
connections are secure and that the kayak will not shift during travel.
Caution: Traveling in Inclement Weather:
Position kayak upside down if possible when inclement weather is threatening. A kayak can fill
with water when it rains and become dangerous to your vehicle or others as it becomes heavy. Use a portage cover to seal the cockpit if a “bottom up” position is not possible. Be sure to periodically check your straps to make sure they have not stretched while wet.
Short Term Storage
Be sure to empty the kayak of all water. The kayak may be stored on its side or in a vertical position temporarily. Storage in these positions for an extended period of time could cause flattening or deformation in the side of the hull.
Long Term Storage
In addition to emptying all water out, you should clean the kayak by rinsing with freshwater. Store out of direct sunlight and indoors, if possible. UV exposure can shorten the lifespan of any kayak and can degrade its finish. Be sure to not leave straps or ropes tightly wound around the hull for extended periods of time as it may cause deformation. Your kayak should be stored hull up on parallel bars with weight supported evenly throughout its length.
Do not suspend your kayak by using the grab loops at either end of the boat. This can cause the hull to distort over time.