Canoe and Kayak Store, opened their door,
And started an event;
Ronnie's dream: to gather his team,
And party with intent.
The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The paddlers began to rise;
'Though they were tired, they felt inspired,
With eyes upon the prize.
The team appeared all chilly eared,
But OzDz brought salvation;
Her wooly hats for river rats,
Were perfect for the occasion.
The trades came in, to help them win;
Wave Sport, Palm and more;
They were set up to help build-up,
Excitement on the shore.
The first event to cause a dent,
In prides and boats combined;
The boater-cross, a shared ethos,
Of matter over mind.
Next the freestyle brought a smile,
To boaters and their crowd;
Loops and twirls from boys and girls,
Left Ronnie feeling proud.
He saw his dream was being seen,
Before his very eyes;
The real win was clear to him,
Smiles all round - his prize.
Thanks to Bob Lewis, Hannah Rise Priest and Charlotte Ozzi Stevens for the photos.
Complete your rivers A-Z
I have never tried this myself, as I didn’t want my paddling to become a sort of tick list, although I can see the obvious benefits using your list as an excuse for going on expensive holidays. The phrase, “but I need to paddle the Zambezi” could work.
And teach it to someone else
You supposedly learn 20% of what you hear, 50% of what you hear and see, and 90% of what you teach. Coaching can be really rewarding both for you and for the people you paddle with.
Do a course
This one isn’t for everyone, but I can thoroughly recommend booking onto a course or getting some coaching. It’s always worth brushing up on those first aid or safety and rescue skills or getting a different perspective on a skill or technique you are trying to improve upon.
Blog or log
Again, this isn’t for everyone, but I have found it really rewarding using my website as a paddling diary this year. I am constantly reminded of what an amazing year I have had, and how fortunate I am to have spent it doing incredible things in incredible places with incredible people.
So there you are, a range of New Year’s Paddleutions for you. When you choose your own, make sure you personalize it, truly care about it, and want to put the time and effort into achieving it. I may well have lost weight since January 2014 but I don’t know, and frankly, I couldn’t care less. Don't let your Paddleutions follow this all-too-common pattern.
Finally, don’t get disheartened if you fail. I always enjoyed Samuel Beckett’s quote, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.” Perhaps you miss your time frame or your resolution is unrealistic, keep working at it. In the meantime, look back at all of the other amazing adventures you have had that year. You’ll probably find that you haven’t really failed, you’ve just been too busy fulfilling your other dreams.
It's been a great 2014. Wishing you all a happy and paddle-filled New Year!
Thank you so much to Wave Sport Kayaks, Adventure Technology Paddles, Canoe and Kayak Store, Paddlers First, and Surf Plugs for your support this year.
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