The power phase is that portion of the stroke where you move the canoe forward.
a. Make sure your body is firmly positioned in the canoe to fully transfer energy from the paddle to the canoe. You do not want any extra movement in your arms that will absorb or deflect energy from moving the canoe forward. (This is accomplished by keeping your arms in the entry position.)
b. Push down and across your body with the top hand and untwist with an explosive movement driving down with your top hand and back on your lower hand to about your mid thigh.
c. Once your lower hand has reached your mid thigh release power and begin the exit.