The “Whitewater Troubleshooter” looks to fill a void in kayak instructional filming that typically takes a “how-to” approach to instruction and instead replaces it with a “how come.” Many beginner paddlers learn the basics but still truly lack the understanding as to why their paddling remains complicated and lacks fluidity that many advanced paddlers possess. The “Whitewater Troubleshooter” was directed and shot by Sam Fulbright of Pilot Collective Media and Chris Wing and Lydia Cardinal of H2o Dreams LLC. This project has been a long time goal of professional kayaker and instructor Chris Wing in hopes to spur a reverence for creative thought towards kayak instruction. Some of these ideas are not your normal approach to kayak instruction but have had applied success.

In Episode 1 we cover some of the simplest yet most common questions asked of kayak instructors daily, what kind of personal gear we should use and why. We also explore several solutions to problems experienced with the gear and wear.

In Episode 2 we cover many of the problem areas that cause discomfort or loss of contact and power with our boat outfitting.

Most folks never make it past a very basic understanding of the physics of strokes and how they make the boat move, as well as what is happening to the boat relative to the water. Episode 3 delves a bit deeper into stroke work to help give a better understanding of boat control.

Momentum is the foundation for all river maneuvers and yet a good portion of the time we are left wondering why we didn’t quite nail that line or why we slid out of the back of the eddy. This episode exposes some angles that will help to clarify how the boat moves through current.

Chris shares his philosophy on a more abstract topic of approaching day to day river running and tactics. Such topics include group dynamics, scouting techniques, strategic river running and how to deal with the unexpected surf.

Rolling is the viewed as the crux of all beginner skills, and for good reason. Once you achieve competency with the roll your approach to the river is forever changed. In this final installment of the Troubleshooter you will learn that the problems that arise are not only in the skill the itself but the approach to how it is learned.

This new series looks to tackle the freestyle discipline in the same approach as Chris did in the Whitewater Troubleshooter series, through typical pitfalls, as well as a description of why the physics work not just how.

In this episode we take a look at the start of most peoples troubles when they first get into a playboat, which are boat choice, sizing and fit.

Positions of power describe positions your body maintains in relation to both the paddle, your lever, and to the boat which you want to move effectively and efficiently. Master the range of motion with strength and balance and watch your learning curve steepen for the remaining freestyle skills.

In this episode Chris Wing talks about the importance of learning in holes before waves to prevent avoidance mentalities and how our previous positions of power translates to powerful movement in holes. This is a great building block for any paddler even if your end goal isn’t to play, as it is only a matter of time before you find yourself in one.

In this episode Chris Wing gives you the basics of how the hull interacts when it starts to plane out and how the previous lesson still relates to movement on waves. Waves typically are the most sought after and least intimidating features to play on, but also the least understood.

How-to videos for whitewater kayaking.

Inevitably, as people struggle through the first bit of the learning curve and become more comfortable with their roll, they are going to come to terms with another skill quite quickly, boat draining.

Chris Wing works you through some of the often over looked body mechanics in the kayak roll. Designed for the experienced beginner who is still struggling with their roll, this video covers information that will benefit a rank beginner as well.

Chris Wing and Sam Fulbright of the H2o Dreams Instruction present a flatwater routine to help strengthen all of the fundamentals for freestyle kayaking, balance and posture, rotation and vision, and your edging.

Join Chris Wing of Team Wave Sport while he describes the three key factors in getting your boat up and over features as opposed to going through them. This skill set is the foundation for all boofing techniques.