Nordic Double Poling for Paddleboarders
Coach Larry has long likened the loading/unloading motion of hips and legs in stand-up paddling to the double poll motion seen in cross country skiing. Here Starboard Dream Team member Bruce Kirkby explains the relationship in more detail using video of Larry’s stroke for his comparison and, for those skiers out there, explains how to double pole properly.
@BruceKirkby’s post helps land-locked winter paddlers on how Nordic Double Polling is a great winter conditioning sport for Paddle Boarders, AND, will help you work on your paddle technique as well. If you haven’t, check out the amazing video below and listen closely.
What to Look For
The Paddle Monster team loved Bruce’s video. Pay particular attention to about 55 seconds in when Bruce is talking about hip-hinge, this is a super important concept to functionally understand and including in your stroke technique. Additionally, don’t forget his three points of:
- Loading the Paddle – Cue 1
- Securing the blade – Cue 2
- Pulling yourself to the paddle – Cue 3
These points are particularly important to a good, strong, and powerful paddle stroke. Nordic Double Poling has become a crucial part of Bruce’s winter paddleboard training, offering the opportunity to build volume, strength, and technique while away from open water. This video outlines modern double poling technique, outlining three movement cues Coach Larry talks about frequently that are specific to the SUP paddle stroke.
If you have questions to pose to Bruce, post to his Instagram account on the subject here.