Here it comes, a whole 365 more days for you to reach your goals. Slates are wiped clean, bad habits melt away and the energy of change prevails.
It might sound cheese, but New Years resolutions do not have to be a joke.
As a kayaker, the new year can be an opportunity for you to tackle the menacing, frustrating, illusive skill that is ROLLING.
Wet Planet challenges every kayaker to take on a…
Taking the time every January to assess oneself often leads to a positive change in behavior. Simply taking the time to identify which areas of one’s life need a little more attention can often be enough to make a change for the better.
Thus, Wet Planet is challenging all kayakers to add a NEW YEARS ROLLING RESOLUTION to their list for 2011.
When it comes to kayaking, most enthusiasts can not deny that the roll can be one of the most frustrating parts of kayaking.
- Many kayakers learn to roll, but continue to suffer from the swimming syndrome despite their knowledge.
- Other kayaks have a solid roll in some environments and a fleeting one in others.
- Still more kayakers learned to roll incorrectly and now find themselves shying away from moving water.
Don’t let the roll control your path in kayaking!
A primary source of fear and intimidation on the river stems from lack of confidence in a solid roll. Instructors see it all the time. Trying new lines or maneuvers directly relates to how much a whitewater kayaker thinks about the ability to roll. Once the roll becomes something a beginning kayaker can trust, his or her ability will skyrocket. This occurs mostly because the roll is no longer a thought when making decisions on a river. With the question of rolling behind, a paddler can take on the challenge of building skills in new environments, swiftly moving along the learning curve.
Do you wish that you had the confidence to charge into that play hole, knowing you might get tossed around?
Do you wish that your focus could remain on hitting the right line and not on whether you may or may not flip over?
If so, then commit to a ROLLING RESOLUTION.
And start now.
It might be January, but the warmth of the pool becons for you to begin fulfilling your resolution. All throughout the winter Wet Planet offers kayak rolling instruction at our local Hood River Aquatic Center.
Heated waters and an enthusiastic instructor combine to help you tackle this tricky beast.
Take out the cold water conundrum
Pacific Northwest rivers add an additional element of fear when learning to roll.
One or two attempts of subjecting the body to full, icy immersion of Washington and Oregon’s rivers, and practice session is over. By working on the roll in a warm pool a kayaker can focus on specific body movements and coordination, not on an ice-cream headache. Additional time means more adjustments can be addressed, creating the cleanest and most fluid roll possible for any individual.
And remember that swimming in that icy, cold water is a lot harder than just rolling back up.
Spending time in a kayak throughout the winter also makes for an easier transition back to the river.
Getting the right instructor
With years of teaching experience, the Wet Planet Kayak Instruction staff has worked with countless individuals to perfect the whitewater roll. Equipped with various techniques, strategies and ideas, instructors can teach anyone a solid rolling technique.
Connecting with an skilled instructor makes a huge difference in learning to roll. Not a simple maneuver, difficulties while rolling can come from many different parts of the body and greatly vary depending on individual. An experienced instructor recognizes these small differences and targets specific movements for you.
Commit to yourself
In 2011, make confidence, comfort and enjoyment a priority for your kayaking. We urge you to take on the challenge of the…
NEW YEARS ROLLING RESOLUTION!
Your first opportunity is January 22, from 10:00am – 1:00pm, at only $45 per session.
Begin today and call Wet Planet to reserve your rolling guru.
This is the year.
Susan Hollingsworth, after 10 years of kayaking, still occasionally needs guidance on her roll.