Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Spring Fling 09'

What a wild start to the season!

Saturday was a bit damp with a biting northeast wind but, it did not discourage us from getting on or into the water. Guest instructors, Todd Wright (Saint Michael’s College) and Bryan Smith (Reel Water Productions) joined our own, Hugh Braley for a dynamic moving water workshop on the Sakonnet River. Carl Ladd and Rob Fisher led another dozen intrepid paddlers down the East Branch to refine paddling strokes and improve their boat control. While Mike Simpson and I, introduced our new favorite sport, Stand up Paddle Surfing. Stand up paddle surfing or Hoe he’e nalu, is an emerging global sport with an ancient Hawaiian heritage. We love it because it’s a great core body work out and a ton of fun. We finished up the day watching Bryan’s latest endeavor, Eastern Horizons. The film is an exciting look at sea kayaking adventures along the east coast of North America from the warm waters of Georgia to the tidal bores and whirlpools of the Bay of Fundy. Special thanks to Sal and the crew at the Back Eddy for the great food & hospitality.
Sam Ladd

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