Freestyle Kayaking: How to Mc’Nasty

This month i’m going to teach you how to do the McNasty.

It’s a great move, you can start it from many different positions and setups, it’s quick to do, impressive to see and is one of the highest scoring moves.

The technique I’m going to show you here is the most commonly used one and is the one I use nearly all the time.

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Step 1: Get yourself into a nice stable side surf.

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Step 2: Keep your upstream knee up, hold that edge on, then push off the back face of your paddle and sweep your boat into a back surf.

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Step 3: Just before you reach a backsurf, lean forwards and drop your upstream paddle blade into the water and start pulling on the green water.

It’s important not to pause too long in a backsurf or drop your edge here, keep your momentum and keep that edge held on.

4-Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 22.59.12 Step 4: As your pulling keep looking ahead of the boats rotation. If you have the correct amount of edge you’ll start to go vertical now.

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Step 5: Now you should be in a normal  looping position. Push down hard on your feet for added pop, jump up and then tuck hard forwards smashing both your paddle blades off the water to push you as high as you can.

7-Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 22.59.548-Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 22.59.49Step 6: When your body has gone all the way to the front, snappily open out your body as aggressively as you can & kick your feet out in front of you.

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Step 7: Once in a front surf again, do a few quick powerful forward strokes to retain the hole.

Top tips for learning this one:

-Play around with how fast you spin the boat, how much edge you hold on and how long you pause before the loop. Find what works best for your features, boat & style.

-Make sure you spot an upstream marker like a tree or a slalom pole before you throw the loop. This will help you to keep it straight and make it more likely to score.

It’s one of my favourite moves and one of the most fun to do, good luck & get out there and try it.



About James Bebbington

2011 ICF World Freestyle Kayak Champion & 2011 ICF World Cup Freestyle Kayak Champion Passionate about Kayaking, Travel, Nature, Dreams, Raw Food & the Beauty of Life. Don't give up on your dreams, listen to your heart!
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