This chapter adds to the Chapter 1 - the Form, and uses examples to show the use of effective rotation, a fundamental for performance paddling on white water.
Ensuring affective connectivity for power transfer from the paddle through the paddlers into the making the boat move, is principally achieved with torso rotation and upper back articulation. Through numerous examples in this chapter, the opening up of the paddler's core to generate change to a more naturalistic feel when paddling is delivered.
The forward stroke has 3 parts; what your arms do, your upper back and torso. All these 3 parts need to work together for the most effective forward stroke. Most paddlers straighten their arms towards the end of a stroke this masks the lack of upper back articulation. Upper back articulation is where the should is pushed forward, with the rib cage below opening up, this changes the shape of the back, and aids the continuum of energy transformation, from the paddle blade pressure through the paddlers into the boats movement.