Master The Low Brace | Rapid Magazine | Rapid Media
Whitewater low brace. Photos: Marilyn Scriver

Stay dry and save your shoulders.

Class IV and V water means technical water. Drops and slides that you don’t find on easier rivers require a rock-solid low brace to keep you upright. Ready at a second’s notice, a good low brace will prevent the need to roll and helps protect your shoulders from over-extension or dislocation.

Get familiar with your paddle and how you need to rotate your wrists to compensate for feather in order to perform an effective low brace on both sides. Practice tilting your boat towards your brace and engaging your lower knee in order to recover.

Upon landing a boof, a standard low brace will go a long way in stabilizing your boat. On a shallow slide, use a low brace for stability as well as to keep your boat pointed in the desired direction.


This article originally appeared in Rapid, Spring 2012. Download our free iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch App or Android App or read it here.

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