1.24.2006

Dakib

I just finished watching Dakib, a production by local adventure filmmakers Fluid Groove Productions about creeking on the North Shore of Superior. It's a really well-done film, and manages to strike a nice balance between paddling shots and lifestyle commentary. It's also cool to see footage of a lot of the creeks I want to hit this spring; hopefully I'll have my own photos to go along with it after all of the rivers open up.

1.11.2006

Had another fun day on the Verm last Friday. Weather and water were about the same as last week, but now that's one MN run in December and one in January. I hit some good spins too, fun fun.

I also made it to my first Rapids Riders pool session, which was a really good time. It was nice to get into some warm water and see some familiar faces and work on my rolls in my Kingpin. I want to have my off-side roll 100% and to have back deck rolls by the end of the winter. My off-side is almost there; one more session and I should have enough muscle-memory to roll on either side without thinking about it. The back-deck is coming more slowly, but since it's a completely different motion I'm not too worried.

Should be a good spring.

1.02.2006

Had a great day on the water yesterday on the Vermillion. The water was pretty low, but it was liquid and since there wasn't any alge or anything slowing down the flow the features were still in, even at 45cfs. Doughnut hole was a lot of fun; shoulders were in on both sides making spins easy. I really like the new Kingpin; probably even more than my Rad. The bow is easier to engage since it doesn't have as much volume, and it feels quicker and edgier. Fun stuff.