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A Musing for 2018

In 2000, I was ambling about in my second year of college and I was largely undecided what I was going to do next in life. I have since heard many people do not find their life calling; rather, it finds them. I look fondly back upon those years where I learned to kayak, teach,…

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7 Ways to Change Your Perspective

Sometimes all we need in order to take the next step is a little change in perspective. Perhaps even more than technique or hard-skill improvement, paddlers are looking for a way to strengthen their nerve so as to execute those skills when it matters most with little question. Regardless of what’s holding you back from…

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It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way

Hey! Hey… you. Yeah, you! I’m talking to you: the adventurous, the determined, the willing… the scared. I’m talking to you, who wants success so badly you can taste it, who aches for that moment when desire and confidence trumps fear, who just wants to know what it’s like to fly, who wants to know…

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Weekly Musings – Our Curriculum

I think curriculum has become such a bad word thanks to the disarray of our public school systems and the seemingly non-stop stream of bad media it receives. There are champions of education everywhere, and it has always been difficult. Always. We have this illusion that things are supposed to be easy and accomplished with…

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In Defense of the Bootie Beer

My last bootie beer was the cheap, crappy Chilean Escudo out of an Astral Brewer after swimming from the deep, sticky pocket at the bottom of the blind 12 footer on the Upper Palguin at a healthy flow. I remember resurfacing downstream after being held under the veil and swallowing a lot of water, and…

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My Anthem

This year has been a true test in patience and grit. We are human after all. We are not infallible, we grow tired, succumb to critics, and overall show that we are just as vulnerable as any one else. Many look at these things as a weakness, but I believe our recognition of it is…

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Bite the Bullet

I’ve always taken comfort in knowing that, for the most part, the worst that can happen while I’m paddling is swimming; bottom line: when the going gets tough, I pop the spray skirt and BAM! Game over. This musing is brought to you by the harsh reality of whitewater where bailing from your boat does…

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Paddler Focus: Chris Wing

The following interview was originally published on KayakingJournal via Simon Wyndham. The original post can be found here, and H2o Dreams would like to thank Simon & KayakingJournal for a phenomenal, introspective interview! The advent of YouTube and Vimeo has in recent years made access to many videos of an instructional nature very easy. Being…

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Locker Room Speeches

Do you ever have a locker room speech with yourself above a rapid? In an eddy, before you take off downstream? This is mine:   Not exactly a locker room speech, but there’s something about Kevin McCallister smacking his hands to his cheeks and the audible intake of air that makes me smile when my…

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