Choosing Fear

By Lydia Cardinal What makes this worthwhile? What makes the swims tolerable if not rewarding as a learning experience, what makes the humility, the vulnerability, the unknowable consequence worth swallowing? I am learning how to kayak. For those of you that know me, this has been a long time coming. I have parents, friends, and…

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H2o Dreams and Asheville Adventure Rentals Collaborate

I constantly am ridiculed for my facebook activity from folks; however, time and again it has proven to be one of the greatest networking resources I have ever utilized. I met co-owner of Asheville Adventure Rentals (AAR), Melissa Bertenthal, inadvertantly through facebook postings and a brief correspondence ensued about the possibility of working together in…

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The Quick and Dirty Gear Bag

I learned this quick whitewater gear tip haphazardly when I did not want to deal with putting wet/dirty gear back in my gear bag that was still full of other gear that had not yet been wet and smelly that day. Turns out when you paddle multiple times in a day you collect a plethora…

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The Folly of Reaching for Perfect

It is a common sight among beginner and intermediate paddlers: the shake of the head below a rapid, the swell of embarrassment being off line and catching the slight edge or worse: the look of panic as they flip over and hopefully flip back up. It happens to the advanced paddlers as well but generally…

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Quick Tips: The Seal Launch

[video_lightbox_youtube video_id=kj8owljuQv8 width=640 height=480 anchor=http://www.whitewaterdreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/launchthumb.jpg] So what went wrong?  Well number one, he probably shouldn’t have listened to his friends, but let’s talk a bit more about the body mechanics of seal launching and how to specifically avoid this.  You can actually be an active participant in this exercise by sitting in your boat and…

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Boofing Waves and Holes

In this video instruction update, we cover a topic that distinguishes many novice and intermediate boaters from experts. The skill of boofing or quartering waves or holes is the difference between keeping the boat dry and flying over features vs. swamping the deck and potentially getting a quality beat down. There are three things to…

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