Cedar River Gates Whitewater Training is Back

I spent Saturday morning at the slalom gates at the Cedar River alongside Landsburg Park, thanks to slalom kayaker Joey Yeaple who organized an all-welcome event to get people working on technical skills. It sounds like this is going to be a monthly event, taking place at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, so the next one should be January 7, 2017. 

I absolutely love working on slalom moves, not that I’m proficient at all, I just notice that practicing being precise and consistent on even very easy water transfers directly to a noticeable benefit in significantly harder whitewater – it’s amazing.  And just for the record, you don’t need to be in a slalom boat, I was in a Dagger RPM and it’s totally fine to bring a creekboat, or whatever you have.

Anyway, here are some pics of the day from a downriver section with the names of the people I met tagged in the post – it was great to meet a bunch of new paddlers and see beginners taking the time to work on this kind of stuff, I wish I had started on it much earlier than I did. Thanks to Joey, Boo, and Jennie for their generous advice!