Originally Posted by zcollier
That makes more sense. I just want to make the case that both pushing and pulling are important skills for whitewater rowing.
For what it is worth, I'll second that. You've got to have every trick in your bag to get the job done as situations require.
Hence, with experience, technical boaters will learn to enjoy big water, such as the Grand, and Grand boaters will learn how to enjoy tight technical situations. Different strokes. Different timing. Different objectives.
I've seen many times the learning experience in both cases; the "deer in the headlights" look.
Hey, I bit my fingernails going through the experiences myself.