Kayaking Day 8: Cold Weather River Practice

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

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whitewater kayaking

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Fred and I decided to take a trip to Kelly's Lock to get some practice in. He just bought a Fluid ww/playboat and wanted to test it out. We left after work on a particular cold and drizzly day for August.

I could tell I was going to need to invest in a dry top for the colder months because it was only late August and I was already freezing. The water level at Kelly's was still pretty low.

We headed down river and after going through a few small riffles we cut into the good eddy line at Kelly's. We took turns practicing our peel outs, ferrys and eddy turns.

Fred found the small wave in the middle of the current that he used to surf on. He was able to get his kayak in it and surf a bit. He thinks that the wave also changed since the flood, it doesn't feel as big as it used to.

I'm starting to get a bit more comfortable doing peel outs and cutting into the current. I still haven't attempted a ferry yet. I feel pretty confident on my eddy turns though.

We practiced some more but then the rain really picked up and we decided it was time to call it quits for the day.
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