Some of my best kayaking shots

Sunday, February 25, 2007

I have gone through all my photos, and made an album of my best kayaking shots. These should motivate us for the upcoming spring!

The River in Winter

Saturday, February 24, 2007

No paddling in this update, but BD and I went for a hike around the river today, and here are the pics. Not quite warm enough yet!

Week of Pool Sessions

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Well it's way too cold to be paddling anything up here in the Great White North. So what do we do when we can't get on the water? Go to as many pool sessions as we can!
I live in a small town of 900. The closest bigger town from me is 20 minutes away and has a population of about 13,000. The good news is that because we are so close to some of the best whitewater in the world, we have a lot of keen paddlers around.

I started organizing pool sessions on Tuesday nights.
The Petawawa River Rats run sessions on Wednesday nights.
Liquid Skills runs sessions/lessons on Thursday nights.

Since the pool session in Philly I've been excited to keep practicing my double-pump, and am now getting it about 50% of the time. I've also been working on a lot more 'no-paddle' moves, and my handroll. I brought some of Stephen's boats to the sessions and managed to get a couple of people loving the 2007 Fun series.

Pool Session in Philadelphia

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Stephen and I were spending a few days in Wilkes-Barre this weekend and were looking for something to do. I posted on a few boards, and finally received an email from a member of the Philadelphia Canoe Club. Sue told me that they were having a 3 hour pool session in Philly today, and that I'd be more than welcome to join them.
We drove to the pool from W-B which took about 2 hours with the Philly traffic, and as we pulled in to the parking lot, I told Stephen to go ask the people in the truck ahead of us where to bring in the boats. It was Jared Seiler and his dad! I don't think I even knew he was from Philadelphia.

Jared got Stephen to do a mini clinic for the first part of the pool session, and we spent our time working through the steps to get our double-pumps. I've only managed to get up with a double-pump maybe 3 times since Devon Barker gave me pointers in September, the rest of the time I do my "plowing ender bowstall".
Well after going through these drills, I was starting to get up. I made it up to a bow stall a couple of times, and then started getting 2 ends of a cartwheel! This was pretty exciting for me and I wanted to keep practising.

The rest of the night was spent practising double pumps, hand rolls, no paddle rocking on edge, getting Sue vertical, and taking photos with my disposable waterproof camera that I had bought for a potential raft trip down the Upper Gauley, which never happened. Hopefully I got a good shot of Stephen flatwater looping as well.

Soon, the 3 hours was up and we were getting kicked out of the pool. The session was a lot of fun, and the club seemed like they really loved getting in their boats (The also do Sunday morning rodeo and roll lessons). If you're in the area or just want to check it out, the website is:

Rock Island Tennessee Video

Sunday, February 4, 2007

I just finished putting this video together from footage over New Years.

If anyone hasn't been to Rock Island and wonders what it's all about, definitely check it out. The beatdown section of the video is what locals call a "Welcome to Rock Island Ride", those beatdowns actually aren't as bad as they can get! It seems the hole senses when it's your first time. No one is immune!