Test Your Creeking Skills on a Slalom Course

The million dollar question in kayaking: “how do I know my skills are solid enough to start creek boating?” You can go over the checklist in your head: Boat Control Angle Management Stroke Timing But how to put those three to a “test” to see if…

Slalom and the Mess Up Factor

I flipped while kayaking.  Must admit that does not happen very often on an accidental basis, so it surprised me as much as it did folks watching.  Besides just the “having to roll,” was the fact that it happened in Class II whitewater. In front…

Slalom Pivot Turns and Broken Nose – breaking things down

Breaking Things Down: Slalom Pivot Turns and Difficult Rapids Heading into slalom gates can create the same problems that running a more difficult rapid presents: it is too easy to just try and tackle the whole course (aka: rapid) and never…

Slalom Techniques to Improve your Creeking

If you are not real keen to be running the gnar during the cold winter months, but are looking to keep in shape paddling-wise, slalom is a great alternative.  Check out Mary Mills’ insightful article about how slalom boating has helped improve…