Learn how to Paddle Board Rough Water Reverb otherwise called ‘Clapotis’. This means waves that bounce off cliffs or walls and reverse to again bounce into oncoming waves.
Some are intimidated by the effect and try to avoid it. With the right skills you can paddle through it with ease and confidence.
From Wikipedia –
Even More Scientific..
|520 Bridge in Seattle.|
Long Story Short –
Paddling in Clapotis –
The effect creates rough confused water which can be difficult to paddle in but is very good for building your skills in such conditions.Advanced paddlers find clapotis fun to paddle in. Scissor waves which are two waves colliding and sending energy upwards has been fun for kayakers for years. The effect can flip or throw a paddler vertical or even airborne.
How to Paddle with Ease in Clapotis – 2 Tips..
– Bend you knees, stay loose then use short quick strokes (a high cadence) which acts as a brace to keep you more stable.
– Use a sweeping brace on your recovery/feather (this means hydroplaning your paddle across the surface of the water, instead of above it. This provides a ton of stability.
Advantages of Clapotis in a Race?
Don’t Go Around Reverb – Inexperienced paddlers will steer clear of the effect thus lengthening their race. Take advantage and using the techniques below, keep a straight course thus passing those that try to avoid it. It works!
Also, the little bouncy waves can create small surf glides that can push you along. Many times, I’ve found bumps in reverb to surf and help me push ahead of others around me.
Clapotis seen from Seattle’s 520 Bridge on Lake Washington –
Rob Casey / www.salmonbaypaddle.com
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