Kayaking Day 5: Good Times With good Friends

Trip Start Jun 07, 2007
Trip End Sep 01, 2007

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whitewater kayaking

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Today Jason, Brian and I took our kayaks to the Landingville Dam since we were all off work for the 4th. We put in up river of the dam and paddled downstream. The river was definately higher than the last time we were on it and alot more murky than before.

Jason is eager to learn as much as he can so Brian was showing him some braces and just generally showing off in his kayak. Jason was impressed. Jason decided to attempt a brace once we got into deeper water. His brace failed and he ended up flipping the kayak, amazingly he managed to roll the kayak on pure instinct. He was pretty psyched.
We paddled down river some more and Brian corrected my hand position on my paddle which helped me paddle my kayak much straighter. I was so happy because I was getting frustrated going in circles.

Jason decided to make another roll attempt which failed, he tried several times to right the kayak before pulling the skirt and swimming. Luckily we weren't too far from shore so he was able to pull his kayak in and drain and quickly get back in.

Jason wasn't happy that he had to swim but Brian explained that it really was amazing that he managed to roll the first time and that it takes most people awhile of practicing to get it.
I practiced keeping my kayak as straight as possible and back paddling. I also tried a stern and bow draw that I learned from my new dvd. Jason kept trying to get the brace. He ended up swimming a few more times.

Brian had Jason use the bow of his kayak to practice the hip snap on and Jason seemed to get it better. We were on the river/dam about 2 hours when it started to rain and we deciced to head out for the day. It was a good day.
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