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Old 08-13-2010   #1
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Whitewater terms

Is there a good book/video whatever that will translate the whitewater terms I'm running across? I'm VERY new, and am taking a beginner whitewater class this weekend. (When folks talk about squirts, I expect the boat to spout water, and I know that can't be right. LOL) I sort of feel like I'm reading a foreign language.

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Get the book, "Kayak", by William Nealy. Fun book.

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Old 08-13-2010   #3
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Most important word....Boof! Look it up, learn it, style it!
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Thanks. Book's on order. Boof looks like fun.
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Old 08-13-2010   #5
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Words to know...

Green water
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Old 08-13-2010   #6
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...and a few more off the top of my head...
eddy line
boil line
FLW (nod to Nealy)

You'll pick these up pretty quick. Good luck!
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Try to find: Catch Every Eddy, Surf Every Wave.

"Flip" is going under
"Roll" is coming up
"Swim" is coming up more different than roll and thus followed by "booty beer"

Others not yet covered:
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Old 08-13-2010   #8
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I can't remember coming across a good book of kayaking terms, but I'm pretty sure the back of Whitewater of the Southern Rockys has a good glossary. If you want to get into paddling that book's just good to have anyways.
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If you're going to hang here you will need to brush up on vulgar slang as well.
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.......piton, flake, rooster, smoke bomb.......plummeted, lit-up, rock stack, drain, sieve, pot hole, funny water,'s a few to ponder...... i'll give you one, fisherman=a safety person who is near a nasty bit with a rope, to fish somebody out of a bad situation....milo

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