Asleep at the Wheel rapid - Mariann said "make sure you follow me to river right to avoid the big hole". I THOUGHT I was following her...
Asleep at the Wheel. Where i want to be is where Mariann is. Where I am is about to plug the big hole and get slammed around.
Notice the smile on Mariann's face. This is what I call getting a beat down.
The submarine is coming back up! Phew - what a ride, my friends, what a ride...
All back to normal now. Another day on the Fu...
Wow, I even look like I'm having fun on this picture ;-)
Some sort of warming up, somewhere.
This is how you do it.
Random action shot. Where the heck was that? In any case, notice the blade IN the water. I'm getting good at this...
Another random shot - still with my blade IN the water
Not sure where that is, maybe the Wenapamu rapid in the McCall section. Notice the blade in the water and the concentration look on my face.
Oops - even with all that concentration and that blade in the water, I flipped...
Rolling up, taking a big breath... Yeeehaaa! I love the Futa!
At the putin for Asleep at the Wheel section
If I do everything exactly the way Mariann does it, everything will be fine.
Warming up in the edddy
Approach to Mundaca. I am paddling hard to stay right behind Mariann to make sure I hit the right line, and Brendan is right behind me. A little happy caravan going down the river...
Close up - Brandon is talking to me the whole time - I have no idea what he's saying, but I figure if I can hear him, he's close enough that he'll be there if I need him... Oh, and notice I actually look like I might be having fun!
This is not even THE waves of Mundaca. This is a nothing. Just something to spank on the way to Mundaca.
Notice big pourover on river left. Aren't I glad I'm not in it!!!
Getting ready to hit Right Hand Man, the first of two big hole-waves at Mundaca. This is the rapid I chickened out of on Thursday but ended up running on Saturday. Notice big pourover on river left, that I was skilled enough to avoid ;-)
Getting hit by Right Hand Man
Last wave of the rapid - sneak it to the left.
Random action shot at Mundaca - somehow I'm behind Mariann now. Totally confusing. I'm probably not thinking straight right about now anyway.
You can't see me, that's because I'm in the hole right now. Right Hand Man I think, or maybe Mundaca. Brendan, who was behind me, came out of the hole first. I got held under for awhile, but didn't flip - came out right side up :-)
Me finally getting out of the hole
My mantra for the week - follow Mariann, follow Mariann, follow Mariann
Tyler Curtis, aka The Man (4 times Canadian freestyle champion, head honcho at KayakFu, and boyfriend of Mariann) Notice this seems to feel like FLAT WATER to him.
Brendan - works for Ken Whiting's video/book company at home. He was one of my favorites because he didn't make fun of me when I was scared.
Pete with a nice vertical paddle. Notice the beauty of the water.
Dave - notice the water again
Brendan, looking totally cool and in control going into a very very big hole.
Rob, our fantastic video kayaker.