Genotype 2, White Water, the Fundamental Core

  1. The paddler's form or box is a main theme of Genotype 2. This chapter introductions the concept, and explores this adaptive yet continuously robust solution of effective biomechanics to access dynamic paddling outcomes in white water.

    As a clear method of injury prevention, good biomechanics of the upper body desired. By avoiding either the wrists, elbows and shoulders being at the limit in there range of movement, ensures both robustness n the paddler's maintenance of their body tension and resilience for the demands of adaptability in the white water. Thus at no point in time should one of these joints be extended to there limit, if injury is to be avoided.

    To go the distance for the paddle to be an effective tool, the paddler must use both torso rotation and upper back articulation in a coordinated way. This is the next chapter in the series.

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  2. 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.

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  3. This chapter looks at the key fundamental tactic of lateral momentum for running white water. The use of lateral momentum is presented and developed into a core element to any chosen line through any asymmetric rapid.

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  4. By blending the lessons from Part 1-3, we apply the concepts of FORM, ROTATION & LATERAL MOMENTUM, to eddy turns. Technical attributes are reviewed with solutions such as tracking introduced, again with examples and break downs.

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  5. As white water is a highly dynamic environment, solutions for kayaker's also need to be dynamic. This chapter looks are finding and developing active blade pressure to ensure both connectivity from the environment and dynamic stability whilst amoungst the white water.

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Genotype 2, White Water, the Fundamental Core

Gene17 - Simon Westgarth

Chapters from 2010 DVD release by Simon Westgarth for Gene17Kayaking

We look at dynamic stability through active blade pressure and the role of lower torso body tension. Plus wider tactical comprehension, with a review of strategies, introduce key…


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Chapters from 2010 DVD release by Simon Westgarth for Gene17Kayaking

We look at dynamic stability through active blade pressure and the role of lower torso body tension. Plus wider tactical comprehension, with a review of strategies, introduce key stroke concept to bring fun lines down rapids. The core fundamental’s of the paddler’s form, with active torso rotation for effective paddling are explored, plus all the key advances from the new dynamic paddling style that has shaped modern kayaking

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