Paddle Board Reverse Strokes - How to Paddle Backwards & the Reverse Sweep

When you paddle forward, you use the front or power face side of the paddle blade.  But when you paddle backwards or want to turn using the reverse sweep, you'll use the backside of the blade.

Some folks reverse or flip the blade backwards to paddle backwards. Problem with this is that it slows you down to reverse the blade direction, and you may miss a stroke and/or forget it's backwards.  

Which is the front or power face? Normally when we paddle forwards, we use the power face side of your blade. If you lift the paddle horizontal, the power face is the side below the canter (angle) that rises up.  It should be curved like a spoon or at least flat. The backside is the side with the big rib down the middle which prevents the shaft from breaking.  Click here to learn more about the power face.  

Paddling Backwards:
- Using the backside of the blade, take 1-2 light strokes on each side while looking behind you.  If you take more than 1-2 strokes, the fin swill turn your board.  

The Reverse Sweep:
This stroke will turn your board 180 or 360 degrees. If you follow our directions, you'll turn with practice any board around in 2-3 strokes.  This stroke is done when not moving forward. 

-Squat straight down (vs bending over)
-Rotate your trunk (body) then place the blade at your tail.  
-Your lower arm should be straight
-Use a super loose grip - This will give you more flexibility. A tight grip limits flexibility. 
-With a fully immersed blade, sweep the blade forward in a semi-circle towards the nose.
-*If you watch the path of the blade, you'll turn more efficiently. If you don't watch the blade move from the tail to the nose, you'll lose 1/3rd of you turn.  
-Step back behind the handle to raise the nose up a bit, try again and you'll turn quicker with less strokes and effort.  

Questions? Work with us....
Rob Casey / 206-465-7167
Seattle, WA USA

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