Friday, January 11, 2008


Performance Kayaking, 1990 (skills & strategies for kayakers - book review)

Basic techniques for river running, play boating and slalom racing.

Gear for kayaking and paddle stroke techniques.

The first 4 chapters (Getting going, Boating basics, Propulsion and turning strokes, Recovery strokes and maneuvers.) describe the gear needed for kayaking and the basic paddling strokes needed to control the boat.

Techniques for river running and play boating.

The last 5 chapters (Reading whitewater, Whitewater maneuvers, Play paddling, The next step, Slalom racing.) are a mixture of river running, play boating and slalom racing techniques.

Although the kayak designs have changed dramatically in the years since this book was first published, the basic paddling strokes and river running techniques in the book are as useful as ever. This is still a great book for learning the basic skills needed to perform well, have fun and stay safe while kayaking. The new boat designs have revolutionized playboating techniques. After mastering the introductory techniques in this book the aspiring playboater will need to graduate to a more modern book to learn the new play techniques.

(**** - my rating 4 stars out of 5 - recommended!)

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