Running draw stroke aka hanging draw.

Note:  Although originally published in relation to kayaking/canoeing this post is applicable to learning, be it  general movement or a sporting endeavour.

I was due to write a post on the subject of the hanging or running draw stroke (to develop the theme of blade dexterity) when I noticed that Ron Lugbill had written a post on the subject, below is a link to his blog post. I recommend having a read of his blog as there are some great insights for competitive and general paddlers alike – Ron Lugbill Link: Running draw stroke.

The running draw is a stroke that enables a boat to move sideways without having to expose the side of the boat to an object i.e. rock/river feature. Not exposing the side of the boat reduces the risk of an impact or wrap whilst also enabling the craft to keep moving forwards.This stroke is a good choice when lining up the boat before a rapid/section.


So basically:

  • Get some forward speed up
  • Place the blade in the water as per the start position of the draw or scull, ensure the blade is next to your torso then whilst moving forward open up the blade face to get resistance.
  • You will need to experiment with the amount of blade face to open up, it is a balance between resistance to get some sideways movement and also maintaining forward speed.

We all have our favourite Danish kayaking hanging draw videos there are many like it but this one is mine:

The rest is up to the simple act of practice.

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