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 Justine's Journal

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The wrong way up
Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Sharp viewers may notice that my kayak is the wrong way up on this wave. Others may dare to suggest that this is my best side? So yeah, I got a bit of rolling practice in at the weekend - one on my strong side, and one on the side that makes me doubt just a little bit that I'll come straight back up!

Alun, Gemma, Barry and I went back to Penrhyn Mawr on Sunday to try to get more photos for a future edition of 'Paddle World' magazine. I'm not meant to give too much away in advance but I thought I'd share this with you because it makes me laugh! It brings back happy memories of playing with the glorious sea, surging down the face of a wave one minute and being engulfed by pounding white spray the next. I am smiling now as I re-live that moment when the wave behind me starts to surge and lift up the back of the kayak, I lean forward and dig in my blades - paddle, paddle, paddle, come on, come on, come on... then suddenly the wave steepens, the kayak starts to race down the face, I'm leaning right back now trying to stop the nose from burying. What exhillarating speed! Will I surf out of it with this smile intact, or will I bury the nose, stop dead in my tracks and have more rolling practice?.......not knowing is half the fun....!


Blogger andrea said...

Ah, that's where I've been going wrong. Since my kayak is always that way up in waves that big, I just assumed that was the correct orientation !

12:06 pm  
Blogger bonnie said...

ah it is lovely to read that you have a side where you question your roll too. Now the question is do I actually believe you when you say that...

2:25 am  
Blogger Justine Curgenven said...

yes, I definately doubt myself sometimes, but I try to make myself get stuck in and deal with it when it's only my fear that is stopping me! So good for you Andrea - at least you're IN the waves!!!

9:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a long time mate of Andrews who paddled in Antarticia with him and many other places I can say where ever he is that he has acheived his goal as far as I'm concerned
One for the history books Andy -you have acheived another first -Australia to New Zealand by Seakayak --see ya soon mate


p.s beautifull comments Justine and very true keep sending the love especially to Viki and Finlay

1:00 am  

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