I like what Cutch said. A lot of what defines the *best* in our sport is balls, i.e. confidence. I know paddlers with the most beautiful strokes who will never run a solid class V drop. Can they? Of course. If yourrealdad can make it down, for sure they can but they are not willing to risk it. It's the mental space combined with a high level of skill that enables the best to run the biggest and the hardest drops. Know you can make it, know your line and you can stick it.
Cub boater: "What do the spiders mean?" Old fart boater: "Trust your intuition." CRCII