my last day on the river this season in chile was with clay and a few others on the rio palguin. i learned a lot. clay analyzes things very carefully, asks questions, and is very precise with his paddling. after some excitement upstream we decided to run the middle that day, his 1st time off the 70', my 3rd. one thing that i recall clearly, as i was about to push off with my hand for the seal launch in, is clay asking what my philosophy for the seal launch was. i had to think about my plan, explain it, and then do it. it wasn't too complex: push with one hand, land upright with hand on paddle, focus, approach lip, tuck, and hang on to the paddle. i thought to myself, "wow, did clay really just ask my opinion on how to seal launch above this beast?" looking up from the pool below, clay spent what seemed like an eternity in the boiling corridor between the seal launch and the lip, making sure he did it just right.
we had good lines. it was an outstanding way to end my 2 months in chile.