Turn Faster with this Sea Kayak Stroke | Adventure Kayak Magazine | Rapid Media
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A screenshot of a smiling Leon Somme from their skills video explaining turning strokes for sea kayaking. Photo: Screen Capture

Leon Somme demonstrates how to turn around quickly in windy conditions

Turning a sea kayak effectively is an important skill to acquire so you can quickly change directions. Whether you want to snag a passing wave for a surf, or reach a fellow paddler in distress, the Haghigi is one of the best and quickest methods for getting to your destination point. The Haghigi was a name given to this low-angle stroke by Leon Somme of Body Boat Blade International (hyperlink) as it was taught to him by his dentist, Dr. Haghigi. This instructional video gives you multiple vantage points to begin practicing this kayak stroke without even having to get into your boat. It will not only help you turn a kayak quickly but will test your upper and lower body seperation and allow you to brush the rust off everyone's favorite - the low-brace.

 

See more kayak techniques on Body Boat Blade International's YouTube channel.

 

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