Wednesday June 25th 2014
Draw strokes help steer the boat from the front and the back. A draw stroke will bring your end of the boat toward your paddle. The person in the bow may need to make micro adjustments when wash-riding in order to keep a line, and they need to take initiative on this since the stern person can’t always see. These little draws are like a forward stroke, but with a much wider catch, like a 30-degree angle stroke. These keep the boat moving forward and add speed, but also correct the direction a little bit. A ‘post’ is a draw stroke that doesn’t move. You place the paddle in the water and hold it there. In both cases the water force should always be on the power face (pulling side) of the blade, not the backside. You can adjust the angle with your top hand to grab more or less water. A strong draw stroke has the shaft almost vertical; this means your top hand needs to be far out over the water.