I gotta start with one of my OGs, Eric. He was one of my original paddling partners from my first days. Day one of his paddling career started off in Cataract Canyon where we told him that if he could knock-out 100 rolls in the four days of flat water, then he might survive the class IV rapids. He made it without a swim! His triumphant return to the Southeast from CO occurred right in the middle of my time here and it was a blessing to get out and charge with him again!
|Eric toobin the Green!|
|Katie likes it Horsey-style|
|Leland is still Climaxing|
After my soft year in Texas, Jim Janney was so kind to help me back in hard-man's class V. It is hard to catch a good photo of him not because he doesn't fire huge, but rather because he's always rallying off to fast to focus the camera. I still need more of the West Prong and Raven Fork, so I hope to find myself at his house in the rain again soon.
|Jim: N. Chick|
|Jess representing for the CO|
|Justin redeeming his frequent flier miles|
|Damn fine Mank Crew!|
Having all of these phenomenal paddlers around also really opens your eyes to exactly what is possible in kayaking. I watched Pat fire up a new line on Oceana, tail squirt the Triple Crown in pitch blackness, and launch a monster monkey boof backwards while 'racing' the Green. Dane rock spun the left line at Sunshine. Lil' A charges so hard that it's nearly impossible to keep up. I'm just here trying to make the 'classic' class V lines look good.
|I've got this shot of Pat at 1am as well. It was a little to dark to post.|
|Snowy is the all-around funniest guy I met. Who'd have thought that a Brit would know the best Mexican food in the Southeast?|
|Lil' A fighting Gravity|
I met Scott Peaches while he was crankin' his Masters in Fort Collins. He then moved to Disgusta, GA for med school and I followed for my program. We were able to get out and get the charge!
|Pinballin' around the nation|
|True to the 'hood|