Back to the roots!
I'm not new to boating or to the forum but it's been a long time since I've been in a boat and connected with the community (2011). I do have some stuff I want to chat about so I'll post it here and see if there's some traction.
1) I used to paddle a Burn L. Loved the boat, honestly it felt like it could smash through about anything and come out on the other side. I took the thing down everything from III to V, big water to steep creeks, and loved it. Since I'm getting back into it, I found a cheap beater (Jackson Villain) in anticipation of some growing pains swims. I took it out on a III+ (Middle Stillaguamish) this weekend and felt right back in form (hitting rolls, braces, strong forward strokes, pick apart rapids, eddy by eddy) I did notice the boat performance difference, especially when catching eddies... It seems like every mid-river eddy I would target, I'd push through the other side, even with my bow facing upstream. Is there a technique alterations for catching eddies with the hull difference?
2)Growing Pains- Like I said, I felt pretty good for the first time on the water. I misread the run description and thought it was easier than it was but luckily, no issues. Has anyone else took a long break from boating and then re-entered and learned some lessons along the way? Please share, half of being smart is knowing where to look!
3)Community. It feels different, almost like paddling isn't as popular as it was and finding groups to boat with a little less accessible. Especially with the amount of traffic on the forums, how has paddling changed in the last 7 years?
I was an Arkansas Valley boater before and now I am a PNW boater, so I have watched Professor Paddle and Mountain Buzz.
This mustache has a weight limit!