Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

Axel Schoevers (Photo: A. de Krook) Name:
Axel Schoevers
Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Old Dogs, New Tricks

Everytime I am in the USA I encounter things that I have not seen before. From the sea kayaking perspective, for instance, I learned standing on my back deck in 2003 and the balance brace (and Greenland rolling) in 2004. And I incorporated lots of new stuff into my coaching.

This time around Liz showed me two new 'tricks' she learned from Cheri Perry [video] ; the easiest ways to get onto the back deck from the water. Forget the scramble/cowboy re-entries... It combines nicely with other 'back-deck' acrobatics like the 'around-the-world' that at first seems quite challenging, but just need some perseverance. It does not have an official name, other than Cheri learned it when she was in Norway. Marsha referred to it as something sounding like the 'the diddely doodely back flip thing".

In below video Liz shows how it looks like.


Douglas Wilcox said...

Hi Axel that is a great way you get back into a RIB if you have been snorkeling or swimming off it. I never thought of trying it on a kayak, thank you for spreading the word.

Douglas :o)

Jaap de Lange said...

An amazing action, Axel. I wonder, however, why the acrobat keeps hanging on the deck rather than directly shuffling her legs into the cockpit. Regards, Jaap de Lange