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By Ben Stookesberry

In this episode of the Crash Course, Jesse and I take Thayer to the American Whitewater negociated releases on the North Fork of the Feather River in California for boof School. Under the guidance of California Stewardship director Dave Steindorf, the North Fork now has minimum "fish flow" requirements that also meets the minimum boatable flow requirements for kayakers. Therefore the river is now kayakable year round. At this flow, the river is the perfect place to dial in a boof stroke that is the keystone dynamic stroke involved in class V river running.

I was just reminded of this on creeking clinic’s day of the Lyons River Fest, where we talked about always edging on the same side as the placed boof stroke. There are certainly exceptions to every rule, but a good boof side edge in addition to a vertical stroke involving core rotation will help establish your boof foundation.


Ben Stookesberry