Learn the J-stroke

The requisite practice is a great excuse to stay on the water longer

Switching sides every other stroke is an incredibly inefficient way to make a canoe go straight. It also makes you look like a ninny. The J-stroke will correct the boat’s natural tendency to veer away from the stern paddler’s stroke side without sacrificing much power. Here’s a good video on how it’s done, but be warned—it takes practice.

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