As we come into the high performance race season, I thought it would be useful to remember one of the key techniques of WWR - Timing Strokes to waves.
The WWR manual has some useful resources, including video that covers these principles:
The principle of timing your paddle strokes to the waves is as applicable for the frantic pace of sprint as it is the classic.
Timing strokes to the waves involves placing the blade into the wave face, rather than the trough. Preferably just over the high point, but practically anywhere on the high point of the wave works.
When the strokes are timed to the waves there are a number of resulting behaviours: