Originally Posted by smauk2
Shit feelin bad about that post, sorry bout that Brandon, was havin an off day.
Let me rephrase it.
Your a ballsy paddler, not how I was taught, nothin wrong with that, work on your roll, oh ya and ferrying.
P.S you gotta drink a booty beer for that swim
So if Smauk2 was the guy who took me kayaking in July...my gratitude goes out to you. I finally learned from someone how to be smart.
I am not sure if I would call myself ballsy, maybe just stupid. My first time ever kayaking was with my brothers and it was also their first time kayaking. We were in Colorado for a family vacation (basically just a bunch of tourons) and my 2 older brothers and I thought kayaking looked fun. We stayed in Buenva Vista, rented 3 kayaks, and decided to run Browns Canyon (even though the rental guy highly advised against it). Fortunately, I stayed upright the whole time, but probably a stupid idea. My first swim was through barrel springs (2nd time kayaking), probably 7 years ago.
I am from Michigan, so all my kayaking experience is mostly out east (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee) in less techical water (no creeking, just big river running water) and I had a great role. Then I moved to Colorado this year and learned that I suck in this rocky, techical, difficult, creeky water. My role sucks even worse, I am not used to banging my head on rocks and getting spun around while trying to roll. I can say that the class IV's and V's out east are nothing like they are in Colorado.
I didn't even know what the terms Ferrying and Eddy turns were until Smauk2 explained them to me, even though I have done them plenty of times out East (most likely on accident though) Heck, my brothers and I just went and hoped for the best. No books, no videos, no lessons. I guess that's how I learned everything (snowboarding, surfing, water skiing, rock climbing) and only a few broken bones to show for it. Needless to say, I am probably more lucky and stupid than ballsy. I am glad there are people in Colorado who know what they are doing and no older brothers to con me into doing stupid things any more.
But I been working on ferrying and eddy turns since (of course on the Filter plant run, yes, feel free to give me crap) Also been working on my roll at Horsetooth Resevoir and have yet to swim. If only rolling in the lower narrows was as easy as still water.
Now, if I have to drink a booty beer for everytime I swam, I have a lot of catching up to do, but no problem. Is there a beer type requirement?
Anyways, if you are a kayaker and you see me swimming a class V, throw me a line, tell me to get the crap out of there, give me tips to get better and send me to the nearest class II or III. I got to stop doing stupid things before I get myself killed.