2018 swim board
This was a fun read a few seasons in a row then it dropped off. Iím glad to get to bring it back.
I know Iím not the first person here who swam this season, but Iím lucky enough to start this years thread.
For those who donít know the swim board was a thread where each of us would post our swims for the season. I had my first swim of the season tonight.
Hereís where it gets awesome.
I paddle class 3/4 all season long. I can paddle class 4 well and at the end of each season I try to get a few gore laps. I park and huck easy stuff, colors falls crystal mill, upper east.
Iíve been in a small town where the locals are, in general afraid of the river. I work for a small shop and one of the guys I work for thought heíd give it a try as long as we brought fly rods.
So we set out for the milk run, class 2+ 3- in all fairness at a friendly level for maybe a mile and then class 2 all the way to the tacos at the take out.
I had a ducky for him, cotton tee shirt, check.
Iím shoving my fat ass in the mon-star for this fun run, no shoes either, you canít with this boat. And Iíd like to mention I had no float bags.
Heís kind of nervous and dragging his feet at the put in.
I walk out into the eddy to help him do some practice paddling. He seems to get it but is nervous.
I got back to my boat
I figure Iíll do a squirt and show him it can be fun with caution and practice.
Kayaking is amazing I tell him, itís so fun it can change your life!!
I paddled to the top of the eddy, peeled out and did a beautiful stern stall.
In that instant where the boat points up and you lay back to hold it my skirt popped off behind me.
Immediately the boat glunked and filled with water. I never got a breath and it pulled me down to the bottom of the river. Knowing I had to stay in my boat to guide my friend I held on until I resurfaced a few seconds later. The only thing giving me buoyancy was my full pro top to bottom foam block I made over the winter. I was barley getting air.
My friend was able to paddle into the brush and get out just a few feet down from the eddy.
Paddling hard trying to get the boat to the side I was rejected each time by large boulders under the surface. Each time Iíd paddle for shore Iíd hit a rock and get pushed past my eddy.
I swam out of the swamped boat hoping I could get it out faster. Good thing I wasnít wearing shoes. It helped a lot as I cut my feet and swam with a 70 gallon playboat full of water for 30 more yards.
Less than 100 yards total, about an hours time bushwhacking so we just fished the top eddy and called it a night.
The shit we learn.