Westwood Outdoors was created by Andrew and Carole Westwood in order to provide a site where people can find information on paddling techniques, tips and ideas all pertaining to kayaking and canoeing. Our River Notes page highlights recent articles, new instructional concepts, and paddling techniques.
The information stated on this site is designed as a general guide and not a substitute for experience. (more…)
We’ve been asked quite often why it looks so easy when we paddle. Andrew’s passion is looking at how experts paddle and translate that into teaching progressions to show others how to paddle the same way – or at least explain what’s happening at that time. Our latest video looks at how you exit and enter eddies based on your planned arc trajectory and the force you need to launch yourself into current to achieve the arcing path. Carving arc shaped
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This video is a must for solo open boat control!
This describes a modern approach to solo canoe carving turns used in catching eddies and front ferries. Learn how to carve arcs using 2X4 and acronym C.A.P.T. into and out of eddy pools, maintain momentum, and use bow waves to control your solo canoe.
This video is a modern approach to tandem canoe eddy turns. Learn how to carve arcs using MITH into and out of eddy pools, maintain stability, momentum, and the individual roles of bow and stern paddlers.
Here are our two most recent instructional videos. Have a great summer!
Here is the first of our videos: Essential Tandem Canoe Strokes
Hope you enjoy it!
This year is shaping up to be one of our best. As well as teaching and racing at various locations, we will be starting a series of short whitewater technique videos to help people improve their paddling. Stay tuned!
Want to make those moves each time? Check out the Techniques page for tips on gaining sweet momentum!
It’s confirmed! We’ll be in Costa Rica as guest instructors with the Esprit Crew and Jim Coffey Dec 31 2016 – Jan 7th 2017. We’re booking our tickets today. Wanna join us? Check out the site for itinerary, lodging and if your a group of 5 or more there’s a discount!
Well, it’s trying to anyway. It IS still March after all!
Andrew and I have been planning for the coming paddling season and will be updating the calendar page shortly. This year will see us going to the Yough, Madawaska, Wausau Wisconsin, Alberta, Manitoba and Vermont (just to name a few). Looking forward to doing another cross Canada trip!
We’ll post information as we get it.
With about 80 slalom paddlers, clear warm weather, 5 days of water releases, a delicious banquet dinner, and many generous volunteers making it all happen, the 2015 ACA North American Open Canoe Slalom Championships was deemed a huge success. This was no doubt because it attracted such wonderful people, canoeists from all over, to an annual event that highlights great paddling, camaraderie and exciting slalom competition. Seeing old friends, making new ones and sharing the passion for the sport drives events
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