I always thought that the kicking movement just causes a little more weight to come down towards the front of the board to help you commit.
I never developed the habit but I see where it can help.
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Thread: To kick or not to kick
May 23, 2013, 09:02 PM #11Senior Member
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May 23, 2013, 10:35 PM #12
May 23, 2013, 10:40 PM #13Senior Member
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I didn't watch the video, but kicking will only help if your kick is propulsive (i.e. you need to drive water backward with your kick, not down). A lot of people have stiff ankles and can't flex their ankles to 180 degrees (plantar flexion - pointed toes). Angles substantially less than 180 degrees give very little propulsion, so while kicking may make you feel good, it might not actually be helping.
May 23, 2013, 10:44 PM #14
now, i'll say right off the bat that i didn't watch the video. BUT...i was always taught not to kick, but somewhere along the line i picked up the habit. maybe it helps, maybe it doesn't. i try to avoid it, as i've noticed, when i go out on my prone paddleboard for long distance paddles or when i'm on my log, kicking (legs bent at the knees, feet up in the air, scissoring) seems to just waste energy & have no real benefit, esp. on the paddleboard. maybe sprint type paddling sees more benefit, since you're simply trying to get as much power/speed as possible in a short amount of time.
waterbaby, could you elaborate more on your "sideways paddling"? i'm not sure i'm understanding what you're getting at.
In the past, I may have tried to stop myself from kicking (probably based on it being called kooky round these parts) but after seeing so many of the pros doing it and noticing a benefit from it myself...I have no problem embracing the kick.
May 24, 2013, 12:18 AM #16
Great thread,Read a few years ago that it did make a real slight difference . I always felt like a Kook kicking like crazy but feel much better now.
May 24, 2013, 12:30 AM #17
May 24, 2013, 01:26 AM #18
Same dude who made the Nat Young video made one breaking down how to win a paddle battle.
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Last edited by zaGaffer; May 24, 2013 at 01:28 AM.
yea i usually kick water at my friends face when there near me.
May 24, 2013, 01:54 AM #20