Your feet are the key to proper paddling posture!

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This one is all about the feet, many various feet!

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Most paddlers don’t think much about their feet. They tend to focus more on their arms, their hips and their paddles. But the foot is an important and integral part of kayaking and any paddling in general. Along with the hips and thighs, the feet anchor a paddler in or on top of the craft. Foot protection and footwear come in many forms and styles. As with distinctive paddling hats, footwear also sets paddlers apart!

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All toes on board at Whiskey Creek in Dania Beach, Florida.
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Kayaking Whiskey Creek & John U Lloyd State Park.

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I spy camel toe booties at Alligator Light Reef!
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Kayaking to Alligator Light Reef in the upper Keys.

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Footwear for kayaking to an Everglades tree island hammock.
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Grass Paddling in the East Everglades Expansion Area.

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Camo bugsuit with sandals could result in camo-toe! 😉
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Full moon paddling on the historic Miami River.

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It really pays to adjust foot braces properly, esp. on high performance surfskis!
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The launching of the Grey Ghost (Stellar SES Multisport surfski)

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Attitude may be everything, but still, you wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry!
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Attitude IS Everything, Kayaking IS Anger management!

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The view from within, the feet on the pedals!
Putting up a shelf – creating underdeck storage space inside the kayak cockpit!
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Putting up a shelf – creating underdeck storage space inside the kayak cockpit!

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Kayaking to Dry Rocks Reef – a Pilgrimage to find the “Christ of the Abyss” off Key Largo!
A Sunday barefoot Pilgrimage – paddling for Jesus.
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The feet will let you know when there is a problem or a mismatch with foot pegs or foot pads. Whether fixed, adjustable or sliding, a properly customized fit ensures maximum control and comfort while on the water. In a sit on top you’ll always be looking at your feet. In a traditional kayak, you might not see them but you’ll be feeling and using them – or should be! Sea Kayaks and traditional sit inside kayaks usually have adjustable foot bars or foot pegs. Most sit on top style kayaks have several fixed molded in foot braces. In either case you want to adjust your foot position so that your feet are pushing your butt back into the seat. This will help to keep your lower back straight and in a slightly forward leaning position.

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Great video on proper foot positioning from Nigel Foster via Paddling.net

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I often see paddlers sit in their boat and immediately lean back as if at home in a recliner. You never want to be leaning back into the backrest unless you’re taking a break! Otherwise you’ll be in the wrong position for actual paddling and harmfully compressing your spine! You may need to readjust or re-position your seat straps to accomplish this. The lean forward position is not only good for paddling, it’s also really good for your lower back.

The feet are the foundation for proper paddling posture and more!

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Counting toes and bugs while camping in  Hell!
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Camping Hell in the Ten Thousand Islands.

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Black Everglades muck on the feet in the Ten Thousand Islands.
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Pulling the feet out in Big Cypress.
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Hiking among the Big Cypress.

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Ooops, looks like we got cheated. Somebody slipped in a hand! 😉
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Kayaking the River of Grass – a Shark River Slough Expedition!

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Therapeutic mud treatment of Florida Bay.
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The hold up at First National Bank in Florida Bay.

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Tip toeing over First National Bank in Florida Bay.
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My feet seeking Higher ground in the Lower Keys!
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Higher ground in the Lower Keys and Faith in Numbers!

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Fins on the feet snorkeling at Little Rabbit Key in Florida Bay.
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Kayaking and snorkeling at Little Rabbit Key in Florida Bay.

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Odd pairing – washed up footwear and all that trash in Biscayne Bay.
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All that trash – the ugly side of kayaking in Miami!

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The feet will thank you for your attention. Choose footwear wisely!

Keep your eyes on the horizon, and your feet in the kayak!

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Sand spurs love the feet. Ouch!
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The best little Piano Bar in Miami!

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Paddling in Miami with feet on the pegs and a walking stick.
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Paddling to a Red Bull Flugtag downtown Miami kayak and boating party!

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Snow boots keeping toes warm paddling in a Winter Wonderland of ice and sun.
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Paddling in a Winter Wonderland of ice and sun on the Rio Grande in New Mexico.

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Get up, stand Up on my feet paddling a kayak SuP style through a mangrove canopy.
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She’s a whole lotta Kayak!

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Kayak? Kayak shoes or kayak skis? Walking on water and a most painful split!
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Trips, sea stories and Pics!

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Bottoms up. Keeping her happy feet in the clouds! 🙂
That’s all I gotta say about that!

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Keep your head above the water and let your feet lead the way!

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