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How to Boof Using Cross Current Speed Photo Credit: Jason Hoehn
Video Credit: Aquabatics Calgary

3 components to a basic boof

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This tutorial is a 3 step breakdown on how to perform a basic boof using cross current speed. Many intermediate paddlers think the boof is just a big vertical stroke. This is a bit of a misconception and we have found this teaching progression is a great way to learn how to boof.

The boof can be broken down into 3 key steps: cross-current speed, stroke timing, and edge transfer.

Cross-current speed

Having cross current speed allows you to have the proper set-up for the boof. It is important to dial in controlling your cross current speed on basic eddy lines before moving on.

Stroke timing

When enough cross current speed has been generated, you will typically take the boof stroke on the downstream side. With enough cross current speed, you can plant the blade in the water as you are nearing the eddy line. As the paddle blade approaches the eddy line, you can pull on a vertical power stroke, trying to pull your hips past the eddy line.

Edge transfer

As you are nearing the eddy line, lift your upstream edge as you prepare to take your boof stroke. As you land the boof, transfer your edge, which allows you to accelerate past the feature you just boofed over.


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