paddling traditions/rituals -need your input for an article
I am writing an article on paddling rituals and traditions for a national magazine and I hope you can help. I would be grateful to anyone who could share some examples that he/she has encountered on local trips, in races, or on expeditions. My deadline is this week.
The rituals/traditions can take place on any body of water, and involve any kind of paddled craft (kayaks, canoes, whitewater rafts, dragon boats, outriggers).
Nothing is too quirky or too obvious. But I would prefer to see somewhat more established traditions/rituals rather than personal ones. Please be specific and keep in mind that I have to be able to verify these. Also, if you would like to be quoted, please spell your full name.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!