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White Water Kayaking
Olli Grau is one of today's leading kayaking experts and, in this book, he draws a blueprint for learning kayaking safely and successfully. He includes the latest developments in kayak design and technique, learning style and psychology, and the new scientific approach to kayaking.
The book's unconventional structure is orientated at the learning curve of paddlers. Beginners can follow chronologically; experts can immediately find useful and interesting tips for their particular stage of paddling development. Concentric learning techniques are used in areas of white water anatomy; tactics & manoeuvres; technique; tricks and headwork.
The book offers knowledge for every class of white water: flat water - this work helps you learn the basic techniques; Moving water; class 1 - it helps you learn the basic tactics and manoeuvres; White water; class 2-3 - learn to judge moderately difficult white water and how to put all the basics together for a successful run; Extreme white water; class 4-5 - paddling at your personal limit.
This book has become a standard over the years, and I am happy to own it and check things from time to time. It was well recommended by my kayak-teacher and a has become my "kayak bible" of sorts.
No book can replace a teacher on the water, but this one is about as good as paper gets and I actually find myself quoting lines from this book when running rivers like for example saying "go with the V and you'll be free" when I looking for the way out of a cataract ...
I think this is the first time that I give the full score - it's that good!
• lots of explanatory photos and diagrams
• easy to understand language
• exists in German and English
• not a "reading" book, rather a practical support for learning
Olli Grau has created a book worthy to find a space in any kayakers bookshelf. All the information one needs to start kayaking, choosing equipment, technique, all the way up to the advanced stuff. River features are explained and diagrams aid the process where needed. It is loaded with full colour photographs, all of which are of a world class standard. The techniques and boats used are all modern and so is the layout of the book, very eye catching. This will be one you may find yourself looking at again and again - one of my favourite books on white water. I especially like the sequenced photos which you will see a lot in this book.