Some interesting points all round. In response to a few, because I'm knackered after an awesome weekend paddling at the Bitches in Wales:
StealT wrote: Is this exciting, dynamic, progressive and wonderful turning technique new? Really all that new?
No. That's my point. The best paddlers in the world have been using it for ten years now, maybe more. From exposure to Gene 17 and others like Olli Grau we have been coaching it actively for maybe 5 years now. But in so far as is dynamic style a pretty radical departure from the old system of prescribed strokes, well yes, there is no doubt it is. Five minutes on a powerful eddyline would prove this.
Make no mistake, dynamic style is not yet on the ICU syllabus, and is therefore not really being actively coached in Ireland. It is definately not on the European Paddle Pass, as their Level 2 and 3 syllabi are based on concepts that are ten years out of date. I have emailed the ICU Training and Development Unit and offered to work with them to incorporate it into their syllabus. In this way, this information can be passed on to the wider instructorship body. I think that the old system, in its time, did a very fine job. However it is now very out of date and needs to be updated to reflect recent developments in short boat design and technique.
Surely our national whitewater training syllabus should endevour to incorporate the most recent developments in whitewater technique, especially when those developments are a pretty radical departure from what came before?
Jimmy H wrote: Does anyone know a book or something that teaches this dynamic style?
Not really. The best bet is Whitewater Kayaking
by Olli Grau. But things have maybe moved on from there even.
This is why I feel such techniques need to be incorporated into the syllabus, so everyone can have access to them.
KevEgan wrote: Next, put the paddle blade flat on the water on the side of the kayak that you are trying to turn toward. This will both support your kayak, and it will also drag that side of the kayak around, turning you
Not sure what your source for this is Kev, but I suspect some very old BCU handbook. This quote sums up for me exactly why in a whitewater context
the low brace turn needs to be firmly consigned to the dustbin of poor whitewater technique, along with such horrors as the high telemark, the high duffek, eskimo rolling while leaning back, and my personal favorite, the colorado hook.