A post from Jackson Kayak on Paddle Education
The forward paddling stroke is the main paddle stroke used in kayaking. It is our primary means of forward propulsion and the start point of every adventure. While the basics of this stroke are fairly simple it is one of the most difficult to refine to a high level of perfection. If your racing, surfing, freestyling, kayak fishing, touring, creeking or just having a chilled out paddle on your local lake, whatever your adventure, you will need to use this paddle stroke.