As the kids flew
out and Jez set off on his 5 day mission back to Sydney, Den flew in.
Arriving a matter of minutes after everyone left it was time to play.
We had 2 weeks and plan other than boating. Based out of River Play
Tyler Curtis's awesome river side cabin on the banks of the mighty
Ottawa. We played all day and night. Working on wave trick after wave
trick. The levels were perfect, like insanely good. Which meant we
burnt out every session kayaking until we couldn't kayak anymore.
|Spending the summer with great friends is priceless|
Regulars to the
Ottawa we know how difficult Garb wave was so we mixed in Garb rest
sessions at Baby face and push button to help keep us fresh. Theres
something very special about paddling with Den. He helps drive me to
be a stronger and better paddler than anyone else. Joining us on the
water (among others) was Bruno and Bren. A perfect mix for big trick
|Den throws another huge Pan Am|
|Quite literally flying|
|Den show me how its done|
My goal this
season was airscrews. The last two years I have working on all round
wave boating progression which has helped me improve dramatically but
despite this focus I still hadn't mastered the trick I wanted most
the airscrew. So this season I've mixed it up and gone for block
practice. Focusing solely on the airscrew. Everyone I have paddled
with I have asked for help and explored their understanding of this
trick. I have thrown thousands of attempts both left and right.
Eating it in so many ways. Each time learning from the experiences,
reflecting on what went well and what didn't, what I thought I was
doing compared to what I actually did. The whole time with the one
goal and focus outcome, to master this trick.
|This is it the shot... It hit a Perfect Massive Airscrew|
Then with Den on
Garb after several months and years of trying I nailed it. A massive
perfect right airscrew. I landed others too but this one felt perfect
and Den got it on camera so it counted. The sense of relief was
insane. It felt effortless. So so good. But the learning didn't stop here. I knew I wanted to do it again so it was back to the top of the wave and time to try it again, this time to the left.
Freestyle is an
amazing challenge, a science, a blend of person, water, paddle and
boat. It's a dance. A gymnastic performance, a sequences of perfectly
timed precision movements all blended into one. Each element, the
timing, technique, precision essential to get each trick to work.
When it works it is the best thing ever, but its not over it then
takes exactly the same focus, drive and precision to make it work
|Working on Big Back Blunts|
|Trying to turn my Blunts to Pan Ams|
|Hitting a big Helix|
I have been able
to do airscrews for over 5 years in fact I first thought about trying
them in 2008. However a psychological block a fear of failure and
hurting my shoulders stopped me evern trying them until 2010. Now I
can do airscrews but I want more than that I want a perfect airscrew
both ways. A solid consistent performance and technique that I can
transfer to mulitple different styles of rivers and waves. Thats
whats dirving me on even further. Making me roll up and keep trying
after every crash. I want to be able to Airscrew like Den, Dane, Bren
and every other paddler out there who's airscrew makes you stop and