Sunday, November 4, 2007

Grade 2 Kayaking at Aniwhenua

Originally uploaded by m0rehu.
Here's Sykesie going over the falls. What a great weekend with Kurt and Sykesie and 2 of his mates gaining our grade 2 kayaking certificate. We camped at Aniwhenua for 2 nights and did 3 great runs down the Rangitaiki.

We all had some fall outs on the first run. Kurt nailed a roll and I nailed it so well I went right over!

The second run of the day was the best as we were assessed on rescue, throwbags and tipping out at the top of rapids and surviving to the bottom.

Sykesie chose a 200m rapid with huge waves and corkscrews and told me to fall out and get to the bottom with all equipment. Very scary but hugely exhilirating.

Another night of beers and talk and we had one more run on the Sunday. Not many photos because of water etc but go to Flickr to see.

One of the best adventure weekends I have ever had. Thanks Sykesie.


Jarrod said...

Man i wish i had been there. Looks like it was a bit of fun, plus i may have come out with my grade 2 cert....haha

Sykesie said...

Great effort by the Opotiki crew. Achieved and exceeded the standard required to be safe in a grade 2 river for a multi sport event. You should have seen Kurt fly through the air when the pressure came on his throw bag rescue. Great lesson of seemingly innocuous river power. The Aniwhenua falls awaits you for next time. A truely awesome safe river - even for a Possum