Figure of 8
Figure of 8 (push back spins)
Slice to S to slice
Ups on same line
Other Drills we can do
Below is a video looking at reverse into sweep ups and being able to keep the shoulder in contact with the inside pole.
Standard x bow upstream
For more information on the Nibour see
Respect the Project Video Series
Part 5 - The punt and The Nibor
In the previous articles we looked at
- Concepts for an upstream
- One Stroke Bow Rudder upstream.
- Bow Rudder Into Exit Sweep/Drive upstreams.
In this PART 3 we will cover
- Reverse Stroke upstreams.
The reverse stroke up
Key Points for a Reverse Stroke upstream.
- Using a reverse.
- Keep hips above inside pole.
- Bows upstream of outside pole.
- Neck area passes under inside pole.
- Top hand back outside of inside pole as soon as possible??
- Stick shoulder to inside pole
Reverse stroke upstream – Hip lines
The video above reinforces the concept of keeping the hips above inside pole.
Difference between a reverse stroke upstream and a bow rudder upstream
Speed difference in not having the hips above the inside pole on entry/turning
We can see the travel of the hips from below to above the gateline takes time, and thus is therefore a slower up, whether is turn is done on a bow rudder or a reverse. If the hips are not above the gateline then the neck cannot pass under the inside pole. The perfect up in theory the hips stay in the same spot on turning, or even be always travelling downstream?
Expanding upon key points
For a good fast flatwater and often on white water reverse up, as the neck crosses the inside pole the bows are either directly upstream or already ready for the exit.
This means two things. The shoulder can stick to the inside pole, and then the top hand can get back outside of the inside pole with the bow rudder and effectively pull the boat down and around the pole for the exit.
If this amount of turn isnt achieved, the hips slide and the shoulder cannot stick to the inside pole meaning again a longer line taken with the hips, resulting in a slower upstream. The video below shows how much exit angle we can have as the head crosses the inside pole.
And we are done.
If you have any more styles of upstreams that you think would be good to cover, then please comment below, or even it you know of, or have a good example, let me know.
Thank you to
Luuka Jones - http://www.luukajones.com
Daisy Cooil - http://www.daisycooil.com
for letting me use them as examples
A lot of the articles I have written so far have been either focused on technique, or how an athlete can work out how to get better
This article is more focus on things I have done as a coach (and some previously as an athlete) to aid my learning progress. This should be useful for coaches, and for athletes to think about what they are doing
Written in parts by both Amber Maslen and Dan Goddard