Originally Posted by Anton8100
Iím new so sorry for asking dumb questions ahead of time. What do you mean play in holes?
No offense, but you are probably not ready for class IV if you don't understand holes or playing in them!!!
This book is a fantastic resource, not only for kayaking, but for reading water and understanding why and how whitewater behaves the way it does:
No two holes are alike. You don't have to avoid all of them. Some are ugly and to be avoided at all cost. Some will eat your lunch, give you back change, but let you live. Some are actually quite friendly.
Some of the best surfing is in smallish holes that are not quite a fully developed hole, yet no longer a wave. There's a small foam pile on top, they're slightly retentive, but they will let you out if you start having a bad time.
Being able to read holes, waves, eddies, etc...on Class III will be a huge asset when you move up to Class IV.