Saturday, September 05, 2009

Canadian Sessions #2: The Ottawa

So I was fortunate enough to do some work for Liquid Skills Kayak School this summer on the Ottawa River. The Ottawa has been a staple in my yearly schedule since I learned how to paddle there when I was 11, and it was awesome to work with the Skills this summer. Check them out if you're trying to get world class instruction on the Ottawa River...

Liquid Skills Website

Myself showing one of my clients, Daniella, through McCoy's Rapid.

Credit: Georges

The view down the pipe at Dragon's Tongue on Garvin's Chutes. Quite an excellent rapid.

I actually went to Liquid Skills when I was 15 for a Junior Development Camp, and met some of my best friends of all time that week, including Benny Marr and Max Kniewasser. It was awesome being able to work with the young guys and girls during my time up there this summer, and I was definitely amazed by the talent and quick learning of all of them. I paddled for a couple of days with an Alberta boy by the name of Stirling... Stirling was super stoked about his Dagger RX and certainly started pushing the boat to it's potential by the end of his two week stay.

Here's Stirling reverse wave-wheeling into the Odyssey hole. Survival surf session!

Credit: Andy

And here's a cool scenic pic that Stirling sent in from his home river... the Kananaskis.

The Ottawa definitely is one of the ultimate places to find yourself in the North American summer. Hope to see some new faces out there next year.



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