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Thursday, June 09, 2011

“Knowledge And Skill On The Fly"

You can’t beat surfing down the face of a wave for some thrill and excitement in paddling. It is even better when you know what to do and how to control your craft. I guess we have all heard by now the expert theory. It takes 10,ooo hours no matter what you want to do, to become an expert. Age doesn’t matter, skill at the beginning doesn’t matter ie one more athletic than the other for example. You just got to put in the time.

Chris Lockyer catching a wave at symposium.

Chris heading on a crash course for Stan. Like he said at the warm up sometimes despite your best efforts and skill a wave will do with you what it wants to.

Evident in this photo is Chris employing his years of knowledge and skill in preventing me from being embedded with the bow of his boat. Luckily for me he was well in control. I was taking shots of him catching one of the nicer waves off the day when it brought him right alongside me instantly almost and his quick response avoided a collision, not mine.

So we practised some reverse towing rescues in conditions with waves and rock all around. It is one thing to tow straight out of a situation facing the direction you are going and quite another getting out of a gnarly situation towing in reverse. Good fun, good practise.

Getting back in after the pull out.

Discussing some of the strategies and pros and cons of each groups attempt at the 3 man rescue scenario. On person bailed. Another rescued and held the victims boat and emptied water while the third pulled all to safety in reverse in whatever sea state was present.

Taking a break!

Sure is good to be on the water.


Clyde said...

Great photos Stan. Looks like you had a lot of fun. Gotta love those waves :)

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

I hear you on that one Clyde. Being a wave and rock hopper like yourself the fun can only be realized truly when you are there.


Silbs said...

Nice pics. I envy your paddling environment and the action. Stay safe...

dtl welding services said...

great pictures, looks like a good time was had.

Can't wait to get out on the water and start taking some pictures like that for myself.

Christopher Lockyer said...

Great shots and write up Stan, Hope to see you at the Symposium in 2012

Christopher Lockyer said...

Great pictures and write up. Hope to see you at the 2012 symposium in Nova Scotia

David H. Johnston said...

Thanks for the writeup. It was a lot of fun teaching that day that for sure!

David J.