Assuming you have achieved a solid body over position after the finish of the stroke and before you begin traveling up the slide to the catch, you then release the knees and allow a well timed travel up the slide to arrive at the catch at the given rhythm/stroke rating. A split second before arriving at full compression/slide, you unweight the handle and allow the blade to travel down to the water while you are still traveling up the slide toward the stern. With good timing, the blade will enter and be fully submerged at the same instant you have arrived to full compression/slide at the fr...

 

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