Kevin Callan and Ray Goodwin in Conversation

During these unusual times, limited in our activities and movements by coronavirus restrictions, many of us are keeping in touch online, in lieu of catching up in person, more than ever. It’s a great means of maintaining the connections we have, as well as reminiscing about adventures we have had together. Ray Goodwin, one of the UK’s foremost canoe coaches gets together with The Happy Camper, Kevin Callan, for a virtual fireside chat (and a whisky)…

Mastering The J-Stroke

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Even in easy conditions, whether we are paddling a canoe solo, or paddling tandem, we are going to have to do some form of steering. There’s a whole variety of strokes that you can use. What we are also interested in is travelling forwards. So, for efficiency, we are interested in power strokes that also incorporate some steering. In this post, which includes a very clear instructional video, Ray Goodwin first looks at the difference between two main families of paddle strokes that we may use for forward propulsion combined with a steering element, before going on to focus on the J-stroke and the ways it can be applied, in different situations and with different types of paddles…

Downcreek Big Dipper: The Evolution Of An Outstanding Paddle

“I loved it on both white water and in the wind. It was turning into my favourite white-water paddle of all time.” Ray Goodwin is impressed by the craftsmanship and performance of Downcreek paddles’ beautiful new white-water paddle design; The Big Dipper.