Balance Brace

Nalaasaarneq – To lie down


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Sometimes called the Static Brace.

A. Start with the paddle floating parallel to the kayak on the right side. Hold the paddle in the middle of the loom palm up. Lie straight back on the aft deck. Keep your left arm stretched out to balance yourself.

B. Push your right knee hard against the deck. Relax your left leg. Slide your shoulders off the back deck into the water. Arch your back and push your head backwards. Keep your shoulders flat on the waters surface.

C. Once you are in balance, gently rotate your torso away from the kayak. Keep both arms outstretched. Hold the paddle away from the kayak behind your head. You should be able to rotate until you are perpendicular to the kayak.

D. To recover, rotate your torso towards the back of the kayak. Maintain your shoulders flat and your head pressed backwards. At the last minute, push down on the paddle and lift your back onto the aft deck. Keep your head low and in the water as long as possible,

If you are looking for more advice on improving a Static Brace check out this blog posting

This video shows a fun variation on the balance brace, taking a dip in the middle, allowing the kayak to roll fully over and then slowly righting it. This requires going from a convex spine position to a concave position and then back again. It helps teach how you can roll into a balance brace as you can use this technique when you are upside down as a result of a roll.

Apoyo equilibrado

a) Empieza con la pala flotando paralela al kayak por la derecha. Toma la pala palma arriba por el medio del mástil. Tiéndete derecho sobre la cubierta de popa. Mantén tu brazo izquierdo extendido para equilibrarte.

b) Presiona tu rodilla derecha contra la cubierta. Relaja tu pierna izquierda. Desplaza tus hombros de la cubierta al agua. Gira tu espalda y tu cabeza hacia atrás. Mantén tus hombros planos en el agua.

c) Una vez en equilibrio, poco a poco aleja el torso del kayak. Mantén ambos brazos extendidos. Aleja la pala del kayak tras tu cabeza. Deberías poder girarte hasta estar perpendicular al kayak.

d) Para recuperarte, lleva el torso hacia la popa. Mantén los hombros planos y tu cabeza echada. Al final, apóyate en la pala y alza tu espalda a la cubierta. Mantén tu cabeza baja y en el agua tanto como puedas.


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