Learning to link paddling strokes is just an efficient way to get from point A to point B and all points in between by utilizing less energy than it would take if you did not employ strokes that can be combined efficiently with one another. The whole purpose being to try and maintain course with minimal drag from improper stroke deployment thus minimizing maneuvers and strokes that will slow your forward progress.
This is Dave performing a shoulder brace turn with one hand I think or at least one shoulder but looks like two. Dave was our instructor for Blending Strokes at the Atlantic Symposium. There was no shortage of energy or enthusiasm.
Attentive to instructor examples of stroke blending. We did some routine stuff with low and high braces, sweep strokes and such with combinations thrown in of course. Practising the edging is always fun to challenge yourself not to capsize.
Trying hard to maintain my attention to the course I deviated constantly to take shots. I was practising sweeping stabilizing braces with low brace and high brace recoveries.
Did I mentioned that the sun had reared its’ brilliant face for most of the rest of the day and it was so tempting to dart away into the sun on a paddle down the coast.
Others were more captive than myself and showed good progress throughout.
The wind help simulate conditions and add to a bit of degree of difficulty.
The odd time paddlers from other courses happening in tandem would travel by like Sue here eager to mosey on with her group.
Tempting distant headlands and paddlers blending strokes.