Kayak Technique - The RIGHT Way to Use a Rudder

World Champion kayaker Ken Whiting explains that the rudder isn't just there to help you turn your kayak. It's principal purpose is actually very different and relates to a key boat handling characteristic that all paddlers should understand. LEARN Check out some of our other YouTube channels: Kayak Fishing Tales http://www.youtube.com/user/KayakFishingTales Kayak Bassin TV http://www.youtube.com/kayakbassintv Stand Up Paddling http://www.youtube.com/user/StandUpPaddlingTV Whitewater Kayaking http://www.youtube.com/user/WhitewaterPaddlingTV Canoeing http://www.youtube.com/user/CanoeingTV Recreational Paddling http://www.youtube.com/user/PaddleTV Sea Kayaking http://www.youtube.com/user/SeaKayakingTV SHOP If you're a kayak angler, or looking at getting into kayak fishing, you'll find everything you need at HOOK1 Kayak Fishing Gear at http://www.kayakfishinggear.com. These guys know kayak fishing, offer great prices and provide exceptional customer service. They also ship worldwide. Call them Toll Free: (866) 486-8412, or email Support@KayakFishingGear.com KAYAKS Interested in learning more about the great looking kayaks in these episodes? They're ALL made by Ocean Kayak - one of the world's largest and most reputable manufacturers of sit-on-top kayaks. The Ocean Kayak Trident and Trident Ultra are the boats of choice for the Kayak Fishing Tales team. Designed by anglers for anglers, they're fast, stable, and provide an ideal fishing platform for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Check out all the Ocean Kayaks at http://www.oceankayak.com CLOTHING The Kayak Fishing Tales team has used ExOfficio clothing exclusively since 2007. Why? Because it PERFORMS. ExOfficio's technical apparel was designed to enhance your experience in the outdoors. It features innovations like fabric impregnated with bug repellent, indestructible buttons, and IceFil technology that actually cools you down on hot days. Oh, and their boxers?... Amazing! Over 200 5-star reviews on Amazon say a lot. Get a free catalog and check them out at http://www.exofficio.com KAYAK FISHING ACCESSORIES If you're going to fish from a kayak you'll want to accessorize your boat with rod holders, paddle clips, sea lights, camera mounts, and more. Nobody offers better quality kayak fishing accessories than Scotty. Scotty products are like Lego for your kayak. See their stuff at http://www.scottypaddlesport.com COMMUNICATION Whether you're in a kayak, or a full sized fishing boat, reliable communication is key for staying safe on the water. We've trusted Standard Horizon VHF radios for over a decade, and their HX851 radio is absolutely ideal for kayak anglers. It's waterproof, it floats, and it even has a built-in GPS. See Standard Horizon's radios at http://www.standardhorizon.com/ LINE Simply put, you won't find anything but Seaguar fishing line on our reels. Seaguar is not just the leader in fluorocarbon - Seaguar invented the stuff 40 years ago! And now with the release of Seaguar's new premium Kanzen braid and Senshi monofilament lines, Seaguar has you covered for any type of fishing. Check out all of Seaguar's line options at http://www.seaguar.com ROD & REEL We couldn't be happier to have Okuma as the official Rod and Reel partner for our show. Simply try their gear and you'll appreciate their commitment to making the best fishing gear possible. From small freshwater rods and reels, to big game saltwater tackle, Okuma has a full line up for you to choose from. You can see all of Okuma's high performance gear at http://www.okumafishing.com EYEWEAR For over a decade Jim Sammons has trusted his eyes to Maui Jim sunglasses. He's tried others, but no other sunglass offers such brilliant color with crisp detail, while at the same time blocking the harmful UV rays during the long days on the water. See Maui Jim sunglasses at http://www.mauijim.com HOOKS We use Mustad hooks. Why trust anything else?! They're proven to be stronger and to stay sharper longer and they're the best-selling hook-brand on the planet. Get hooked at http://www.mustadfishing.com PADDLES Handcrafted paddles in Sultan, Washington since 1965, Werner makes some of the lightest and strongest paddles available. These paddles are actually designed to increase power while reducing fatigue. See all the Werner blades at http://www.werner.com PRODUCED BY Episode is produced by The Heliconia Press, an award winning TV, digital video, and DVD production company that specializes in outdoor pursuits. Visit http://www.helipress.com to find us online. MUSIC These are the great artists we use in our videos, please check them out! BEN MULLIN www.benmullinmusic.com BROCK ZEMAN www.brockzeman.com, www.myspace.com/mudmusic1899 HAYFLICK LIMIT www.hayflicklimit.org BROTHERS THROUGH THE HILL www.brothersthroughthehill.com ROBERT LARISEY www.myspace.com/robertlarisey

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World Champion kayaker Ken Whiting explains that the rudder isn't just there to help you turn your kayak. It's principal purpose is actually very different and relates to a key boat handling characteristic that all paddlers should understand. LEARN Check out some of our other YouTube channels: Kayak Fishing Tales http://www.youtube.com/user/KayakFishingTales Kayak Bassin TV http://www.youtube.com/kayakbassintv Stand Up Paddling http://www.youtube.com/user/StandUpPaddlingTV Whitewater Kayaking http://www.youtube.com/user/WhitewaterPaddlingTV Canoeing http://www.youtube.com/user/CanoeingTV Recreational Paddling http://www.youtube.com/user/PaddleTV Sea Kayaking http://www.youtube.com/user/SeaKayakingTV SHOP If you're a kayak angler, or looking at getting into kayak fishing, you'll find everything you need at HOOK1 Kayak Fishing Gear at http://www.kayakfishinggear.com. These guys know kayak fishing, offer great prices and provide exceptional customer service. They also ship worldwide. Call them Toll Free: (866) 486-8412, or email Support@KayakFishingGear.com KAYAKS Interested in learning more about the great looking kayaks in these episodes? They're ALL made by Ocean Kayak - one of the world's largest and most reputable manufacturers of sit-on-top kayaks. The Ocean Kayak Trident and Trident Ultra are the boats of choice for the Kayak Fishing Tales team. Designed by anglers for anglers, they're fast, stable, and provide an ideal fishing platform for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Check out all the Ocean Kayaks at http://www.oceankayak.com CLOTHING The Kayak Fishing Tales team has used ExOfficio clothing exclusively since 2007. Why? Because it PERFORMS. ExOfficio's technical apparel was designed to enhance your experience in the outdoors. It features innovations like fabric impregnated with bug repellent, indestructible buttons, and IceFil technology that actually cools you down on hot days. Oh, and their boxers?... Amazing! Over 200 5-star reviews on Amazon say a lot. Get a free catalog and check them out at http://www.exofficio.com KAYAK FISHING ACCESSORIES If you're going to fish from a kayak you'll want to accessorize your boat with rod holders, paddle clips, sea lights, camera mounts, and more. Nobody offers better quality kayak fishing accessories than Scotty. Scotty products are like Lego for your kayak. See their stuff at http://www.scottypaddlesport.com COMMUNICATION Whether you're in a kayak, or a full sized fishing boat, reliable communication is key for staying safe on the water. We've trusted Standard Horizon VHF radios for over a decade, and their HX851 radio is absolutely ideal for kayak anglers. It's waterproof, it floats, and it even has a built-in GPS. See Standard Horizon's radios at http://www.standardhorizon.com/ LINE Simply put, you won't find anything but Seaguar fishing line on our reels. Seaguar is not just the leader in fluorocarbon - Seaguar invented the stuff 40 years ago! And now with the release of Seaguar's new premium Kanzen braid and Senshi monofilament lines, Seaguar has you covered for any type of fishing. Check out all of Seaguar's line options at http://www.seaguar.com ROD & REEL We couldn't be happier to have Okuma as the official Rod and Reel partner for our show. Simply try their gear and you'll appreciate their commitment to making the best fishing gear possible. From small freshwater rods and reels, to big game saltwater tackle, Okuma has a full line up for you to choose from. You can see all of Okuma's high performance gear at http://www.okumafishing.com EYEWEAR For over a decade Jim Sammons has trusted his eyes to Maui Jim sunglasses. He's tried others, but no other sunglass offers such brilliant color with crisp detail, while at the same time blocking the harmful UV rays during the long days on the water. See Maui Jim sunglasses at http://www.mauijim.com HOOKS We use Mustad hooks. Why trust anything else?! They're proven to be stronger and to stay sharper longer and they're the best-selling hook-brand on the planet. Get hooked at http://www.mustadfishing.com PADDLES Handcrafted paddles in Sultan, Washington since 1965, Werner makes some of the lightest and strongest paddles available. These paddles are actually designed to increase power while reducing fatigue. See all the Werner blades at http://www.werner.com PRODUCED BY Episode is produced by The Heliconia Press, an award winning TV, digital video, and DVD production company that specializes in outdoor pursuits. Visit http://www.helipress.com to find us online. MUSIC These are the great artists we use in our videos, please check them out! BEN MULLIN www.benmullinmusic.com BROCK ZEMAN www.brockzeman.com, www.myspace.com/mudmusic1899 HAYFLICK LIMIT www.hayflicklimit.org BROTHERS THROUGH THE HILL www.brothersthroughthehill.com ROBERT LARISEY www.myspace.com/robertlarisey

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Mike Rivera
Mike Rivera - 5 years ago
Took my kayak out for first time and totally experienced what u just mentioned. Was thinking it was my lack of paddling skills (Probably some of it) but I'm definitely looking into a rudder now. Great FYI video thanks.
David Waltman
David Waltman - 5 years ago
weather what...?
emmanuel cachia
emmanuel cachia - 7 years ago
LIKE
jungleislandsurvivor
jungleislandsurvivor - 9 years ago
The video actually stated correctly, these kayak rudders helps it track straight, not steer.
Rick Rabies
Rick Rabies - 5 years ago
then he says in the end "...and it helps you steer" lol
Mary  Jin
Mary Jin - 9 years ago
IENUEB
STK's Adventure Channel
STK's Adventure Channel - 9 years ago
very interesting! I always wondered why it turned into the wind... very cool, thanks!
20lukedog
20lukedog - 10 years ago
Hey
KayakFishingTales
KayakFishingTales - 11 years ago
@StealY0urFace A stationary rudder is called a skeg. A skeg controls weather cocking based on how deeply it is set in the water. If it is completely stationary, you won't be able to accommodate for different wind strengths or directions, which can actually make life more difficult for you. You're better off having no rudder at all.
KayakFishingTales
KayakFishingTales - 11 years ago
@321pinoyboy Pedal driven kayak have swimming fins on the bottom. For these kayaks, the rudder is used to steer the kayak. Think of them like a 'Flinstone's' kayak, with a rudder instead of a steering wheel.

10. comment for Kayak Technique - The RIGHT Way to Use a Rudder

StealY0urFace
StealY0urFace - 11 years ago
Is it ok to install a stationary rudder?
hypothesies1
hypothesies1 - 11 years ago
lol i always used the rudder to steer when i was going fast and didnt want to loose speed
KayakFishingTales
KayakFishingTales - 11 years ago
@CHILESUDAFRICA2010 Some sit in kayaks will allow you to install a rudder. Most sea kayaks are designed to accommodate them. Unfortunately, many recreational sit-in kayaks are hard to mount rudders too... You're best bet is to check with the manufacturer directly.
KayakFishingTales
KayakFishingTales - 12 years ago
@werenutz Rudders aren't necessary because you can steer with paddle strokes. The shorter your kayak, the easier it is to steer, and the less important a rudder is.
Fire4FX
Fire4FX - 12 years ago
Thanks for clearing that up. I got a Hobie with a rudder because I wanted to make steering easier.

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