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15 years 2 weeks ago #3232 by YBA/Jim Murray
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Something to think about: Last night Israeli K1 paddler flipped and almost died due to entrapment in foot straps.. She was saved but is in critical condition.

www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1239...JPArticle%2FShowFull

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15 years 2 weeks ago #3234 by CPYuHK
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don't quite understand the cause of this incident as you normally will slip out from the foot strap when capsizing.

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15 years 2 weeks ago #3235 by YBA/Jim Murray
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It was in a K1, not a surfski, so straps are snug for pulling with leg opposite to side the pushing leg is. Same idea as spinning a bike. Her strap was a bit too snug, maybe caught on booties.

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15 years 2 weeks ago #3236 by CPYuHK
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thanks Jim.

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15 years 2 weeks ago #3237 by nell
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Well, the article actually reads "tied" not strapped. Maybe she was experimenting with sculling type shoes in the K1?

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15 years 2 weeks ago #3238 by postal256
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she's a rower, not a kayaker.

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15 years 2 weeks ago #3239 by YBA/Jim Murray
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I just heard she is a rower from Dan Rowing Center (also there are paddlers there). I don't know if their new boats have a velcro foot strap on shoes or the laces-likely laces. She was upside down five-ten minutes, and the latest news is she still hasn't returned to consciousness.

My question now is: How snug should the footstrap be in a surfski. Mine is kept loose fitting, but So far I have not been out in big stuff.

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15 years 2 weeks ago #3240 by postal256
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I've never had an issue in my K1 and I keep my footstrap really tight. My foot angle is pointed forward though. I suppose if your foot angle was straight up or angled backwards, a tight strap might be harder to slip your foot out of.

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