I originally posted this as a warning to the intermediate paddler who never really took the time to dial in a crucial and fundamental concept. Clearly, I don't have the background to comment on the subtleties of every brace, but I was caught with my elbow out leaning back. I rarely find myself in this position, but it only takes one time. Now the season that I was so looking forward to is pretty much up in smoke, including climbing which I spend much more time on than kayaking.
Thanks for all the well wishes. As an interesting note, my shoulder came out while kayaking with Harlan Taney (whom I had just met), who was super helpful and more than willing to help try to field reduce my dislocation. We probably tried six or seven times before we pulled the plug and headed to the er. I thought for sure we had it, but it kept popping back out. Harlan along with Jason from Georgia, was cool enough to meet me at the hospital and get in touch with my wife. Both of these guys could pick any spot on the globe and paddle at a level most of us dream about. Instead they found themselves with a gumby with a busted shoulder. I owe them a debt of gratitude. Hope to see you out there next year.