Definition for Kayak :-)

Kayak [] n. 1. an oblong banana shaped boat with a hole in the bottom from which the occupant dangles. Can be propelled the wrong way up by experts. (definition courtesy of Pete Knowles)
(And I've got this one from Chris' Kayak Lexicon)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Canoe U 2008

What a fun couple of weeks we had!!!

We all fulfilled our growth potential as kayakers and did a smashing run of the Upper Kettle thanks to an auspicious combo of instructors, safety boaters and paddling buddies!

Here a video of Bea running Blueberry Slide with Megan in the lead. Megan's quite the racing star, so watch her form and her strokes, aren't they graceful!

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I'm having a spot of trouble uploading videos at the moment, but once I've got that fixed there'll be movies of Sarah, Lynn, and Jim as well with some more of our instructing godesses: Natalie & Tina.

But getting to the point were we could run the Kettle with confidence and style was a fun journey too:



Jim & Kathy with Lynn and Megan just getting started!




Here's Jim, a kayaker and a gentlemen with a COMBAT roll after only a few days on the river!!!





Here's David "Hoss" and Josef "Little Joe" in the front. Even at the danger of loosing a couple of fingers there was no holding our Hoss back!!!





Bea!





Little Joe having fun on and off the water!




Mike and Natalie, who had never instructed together but who were working together like a right and a left hand! Or two paddles on one shaft! Or a fork and a knife! You get the picture :-)



Still doing some technical stuff on the lake.
Little Joe.

It takes a village to raise some kayakers.



Ah and here's what goes with kayaking like carrots go with peas: the cameraderie!


Ya can't beat sitting around a camp fire after a satisfying day on the river and the tummy full of Bob Dodd's or Jimmy's sterling cooking!

Now what is that? I can see a UFO checking out what all this fun is about. It's clearly hovering between Natalie and Jim who are standing. You see, there's no kayaking on Mars because we have it all :-) Between them a very smiley Megan Lynn and Bea. Bea's evening seemed to have turned into a bit of a blurr there. On the left sitting, Dan "monkeyboy" Monskey, who is regularely featured on telly and Oggie, who had an offside roll even before getting out on the water.


Jade in the middle, soon to be boofing off the highest waterfalls.



It's a dog's life!



The Kettle, isn't she beautiful! (Just under Blueberry)



In between rapids, enjoying the scenic river.

Here's Nora in the middle! She was our safety boater for the second year running and she is just a great mentor for kayakers in general. I have a great movie of her seal launching herself, which will be posted here as soon as I can get this @#$% movie upload working properly :-)

I just love that picture of Megan so relaxed floating to the next set of rapids!


I can't wait for Natalie's pictures of our seal launches!!! Now those were fun!!!

Hey and check out Nora's blog! Her blog is wellread all over the globe and she's posted some FUN pictures of the run :-)

Here's to the survivors party on Thursday!!! SYOTR

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