|Me Surfing a Hole (photo by Mom)|
The run today was very similar to all the other stretches of river I have kayaked in Tena, not to say that it did not have its differences. For one, today I focused on surfing waves and holes, and on my surfing technique. Through the course of the day, I became more skilled in technique, but skill does not come freely. Every time I lifted the wrong edge or stuck my paddle in on the wrong side of the boat, the wave shoved me under. During the day, I carried out six smooth combat rolls. This is a new record for me and an amazing accomplishment.
Today, I also worked on scouting rapids. Before every section of whitewater, I got myself into an eddy, or secured on a rock, to give me a good view of the rapid. From these positions, I picked a line down the rapid, and took the line with bravery and determination. On the last rapid (one of the biggest), I missed a vital scouting eddy and was forced to run the rapid without scouting. This was scary, but I lead forth with a quickly composed, though very poorly planned, line down the whitewater. None the less, I missed the drops and holes, and came out in one piece!
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