Sunday, June 14, 2009
The paddling community is growing in leaps and bounds around the Midwest.The last two releases has had a lot of newbies being mentored by experienced paddlers. Last week I brought Pamela, a newbie and her brother Jason, not a newbie but hadn't been out for awhile. They did great! This week John brought his friend Justin for his first whitewater experience. John had worked him on flatwater during the week and he had gotten his roll so he was ready. They worked on the bottom of the river with ferry's and peel outs and such. I was lucky enough to safety boat with them for Jason's first run down. He got his first surf in Rodeo hole...he was surfing for quite a bit! Followed by his first swim :) He ran Big Drop with a killer ender in the hole...way to style it! His second run down was just as fun. Another boater is born. So much fun! My day consisted of nearly all river time. Play and run. Rodeo hole is really sweet! I was a tired puppy at the end of the day!