all of these post are good advice....
but the true barometer is your brown claw skills,
do you routinely through the brown claw when you pass other boaters on the road?
how about after, or even better, while you are running the crux rapid of the run?
do you throw it for your buddies after they have just launched a sick boof?
or after you launched that boof?
are you throwing it in a minimum of 63% of the photos taken with your kayak buddies? (this question scores you double points)
how about after you just flipped.... but before you roll up?
there are more of course but we find that if you answered yes to 4 out of these core 6, then you are either ready or very close.
........(insert brown claw here)
"We should restore the practice of dueling. It might improve manners around here" -Edward Abbey