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“Nordic” stroke?
« on: June 25, 2020, 05:52:45 PM »
Somehow I came across this article, and I thought it was pretty interesting:

He’s proposing a different stroke technique, other than what’s commonly coached, and more like cross country double-pole skiing.

I wish the article had diagrams of some sort, because sometimes I had hard times figuring out what he’s trying to say exactly, but I think I got the general gist.

So for the last couple of days I’ve been trying it, and it’s been a pretty positive experience. I looked up a video of the skiing double pole technique, and was kind of basing it it off of that ( So instead of “reaching” and “digging in”, I focused more on dropping the upper shoulder, and using the hip hinge movement a lot more, so it ended up feeling a lot like a kettlebell swing movement.

I haven’t timed myself or anything like that, but in terms of speed it felt pretty comparable to the other way. But my lower back and bum shoulder were SIGNIFICANTLY happier doing it this way.

I wonder if anyone else came across or tried this method, or has any thoughts?
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Re: “Nordic” stroke?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2020, 07:42:05 PM »
My off season training is Nordic skiing and the double pole is very similar to SUP without any twisting action.

It is great cross training for those in the areas that get winters.

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Re: “Nordic” stroke?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2020, 07:44:03 PM »
I can see it being applied, but the standard paddle angle would have to change. I not sure about clean water entry with an increased paddle angle? There's something to be gained in the un-weighting of the board. Some paddlers gained speed by bobbing or pumping their boards.
Basically it's pushing more than pulling.
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Re: “Nordic” stroke?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2020, 04:04:46 PM »
As a "double poler" I can see the connection. I've been trying to emulate the pole plant with the paddle; however, on a paddle board you are not 'clipped in' like skis so that sense of being anchored while transferring weight is difficult on SUP.  I keep telling myself 'weight transfer' hoping something will stick.
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Re: “Nordic” stroke?
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2020, 07:34:45 PM »
Check out analysis of Connor Baxter's stroke. Plant the paddle and pull forward. There are some great vids out there.
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