A Family Adventure

Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Rough water symposium

June 23, 2010
Emilie Phillips

We got a little behind on posting photos, so this is actually what I did a week and a half ago friday. The rough water symposium is a gathering of kayakers and some big name coaches in RI. I think the intent is for it to happen every year, but at least last year it got cancelled due to low attendance. We had not really been planning on going this year. But when they were having some trouble filling up again, we decided we had better go this year in case they cancelled next year.

Because we signed up late, we were not really sure which classes still had opennings, so we ranked our top few classes. When we got there, we found out that due to a spread sheet mess up, we were signed up for entirely different classes. And furthermore, the classes offered each day ended up being more dependent on the conditions than the printed schedule. So everyone mixed and matched classes.

The first day we did surfing. This ended up being the least interesting of the days mostly due to student to instructor ratio. I think there were eleven students and two safety minders to two instructors. We paddled from the camp 4 miles to the surf spot, played for the day and then paddled back. The main thing that I learned was that to turn on the wave, I need to figure out how to stay back on the top of the wave.

Continued the next day at Rough Water Symposium day 2