I think the Count's story of running a diagonal line from right to left has trumped me going through Gore upside down holding a broken paddle.
Actually, I have to keep working right now to get some critical things finished this week, but I will come back and post something well thought out in a day or two, explaining what happened and to introduce some issues to be aware of when trying to take the far right line (I refuse to call that line a sneak) in Gore Rapid.
I wish someone was shooting video though. Christine said she saw me with the missing paddle blade floating beside me while I was still in the boat. I was in a state of denial about my blade being broken off, and as I was floating down the rapid upside down, you could see me finally reaching out with my hand to feel and confirm that the blade was indeed snapped off. A photo or video of me upside down in Gore Rapid with a blade floating beside me and my hand feeling for the missing part would have been priceless to me.
The funny thing is that until I convinced myself the paddle was broken, I was actually pretty cool and mellow about everything. That serenity was not to last...
To everyone who asked about the video clips from that day, I am afraid they did turn out to be too big for email. I will email everyone who contacted me soon with ftp or CD in the mail options.