Welcome to the Tricks Workshop
Here at tvf we are always looking at ways to improve our resources to the up and coming freestyle kayaker. So we have decided that what was missing was a light hearted easy to understand resource of how to master the tricks that are regularly performed. I have had this idea laying about for a while, but at last I have found some very keen local paddlers who are prepared to share what they have learnt along the way. We will start off with the very first trick that should be learnt and mastered before you move onto the bigger more complicated moves. Freestyle kayaking revolves around a basic set of techniques, these include torso/trunk, head rotation and edge control. Once you have mastered the basic control in a hole or on a wave you can start to put the basics in to start to flat spin, this is key to the development of all freestyle tricks.
This is where I hand you over to the guys who have agreed to take you on a journey to the ultimate freestyle routine. Matt Attree, Finn Burrows and Hugh, all paddlers from the oxford area that help instruct a fantastic youth development scheme at the Riverside centre Oxford.
I will post updates as and when they have been videoed and edited, but please feel free to talk to people on the site of how to master the tricks. Also why not approach someone at the weir and ask them advice, most people are more than keen to help.