Videos: How to Boof in Whitewater Kayaking
2014 Update: Here’s a link to a newer post with a fantastic kayak boofing and flaring video tutorial. The videos from the 2011 post below are good too, but you definitely want to check out the new link as well.
Here are three great videos by Shane Benedict from WhitewaterInstruction.com about different types of whitewater kayaking boofs. I posted one of these on here a long time ago but recently found them again and this time read the accompanying notes on their blog, which was also helpful – so here they are all together, with links to the pages with instructions.[HTML1]
If you’re new to whitewater kayaking, boofing is a way to get your kayak over some obstacle, usually a ledge of some sort, in a way that keeps the bow up so that you clear what is usually a reversal at the bottom and land in control, centered over your boat and without sinking the bow. You’ll notice he breaks it down into three parts: the approach, the paddle stroke, and body position.
I am by no means an expert on boofing, by the way – as I’ve said before, most of my boofs require scuba gear. :) But I think these videos have given me a much better idea of what to work on.