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Re: sidesurfing and high braces
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> This was a good one today. 20mph+ 48degree water around a slightly
> protected breakwater at Assateague. We were learning how to teach high
> braces in the frothy stuff(surf) by having the instructor hip deep on the
> ocean side of the "student" and behind their cockpit holding
> onto coaming,when a little wave came in the student could brace into the
> wave without flipping over, if the wave was a little bigger the instructor
> can just get pulled with the kayak with head tucked (+helmeted!) behind
> the paddler and partially on the back deck. Fun but a lot more work than
> being in the boat! glub glub definately the last winter with neoprene and
> whatever else can fit. Hummmm, high brace vs low brace! From my perspective the low brace is grossly overlooked, but I feel in smaller waves is far more effective. With the high brace, the paddle will be approximately shoulder high and obviously has some distance to contact the water. To do so, the paddler must not only edge the kayak, but also lean the body yielding somewhat of a bell buoy effect. With the low brace, the backside of the paddle blade is very close to the water and only edging of the kayak is necessary. In my training progression, I always start students out with the low brace and emphasize the J-lean edging of the kayak. Having mastered that, they quickly move on to the High brace which in extreme situations is actually the last part of a traditional C to C roll. In white water, I use a low brace nearly 10 times more than a high brace.

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