Edging will improve your ability to turn your kayak. Edging is used in a wide range of paddling environments from flat water to powerful surf, particularly for non-ruddered kayaks.

By edging your kayak you change its underwater profile. Edging will also reduce the waterline and lessen the amount of resistance between the hull and the water. The greater degree of edge applied, the greater the effect on your kayak.

Technique Tips Common mistakes Practice drills


  • Different people with different physical shapes and in different kayaks can edge their kayaks to different degrees. You need to discover your own edge.
  • When your kayak broaches in moderate surf, edging into the surf while doing a low brace helps you avoid capsize.
  • Overcooking an edge can lead to capsize. Having a good low brace support stroke can stop this from happening!. 
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