So you just never know what curve balls life will throw at you... Make sure to get out every single day possible this summer - you never know, next summer you might be moving to Texass. Seriously. It's all good though, because after just one season sucking Texan heat, I'll be off to the best paddling destinations in the US - the southeast followed by a three year stint in Seattle! So anyway, I've been charging hard as usual, including a single day Denver to Denver two time Embudo mash. Get after it boys and girls!
Onto more interesting paddling news. The new Jackson Kayak Villian
is the cat's pajamas, all that 'n a bucket of chicken, or da bomb in the parlance of our times. Here's a shot of me strokin' my Villian into MJ falls by Chris Roberts.
It's really that good. The boat is extremely fast and maintains a great rocker profile for boofing ability. It's not quite as quick side-to-side as the Rocker or Super Hero, but the speed more than makes up for it. So much fun to paddle! If you have the means, I highly recommend it - so choice.
Just another bluebird day on the 'buda!
Here's Chris. He had a really bumpy line up to this point, but Golden Stroked
it right over the hole. Like butta on the 'buda.
Homie and fellow ICU nurse Oliver had a smooth line through the Slots and avoided the slot jacking.
I was so close to beating McCutchen at his own ice cream game, but he pulled this brace off with help from some of the Embudo's trout.
This here is Chris again showing that the East side gots the skills to pay the bills.
It was a bit chilly on the first runs this season. We got snowed on a couple times this weekend.
But we also got some fantastic sunsets!
Paul Siratovich lining out his first Slots run.
And Ben West showing how it gets done on the river right side....
Stout - first booty of the season! The Embudo is like that. Dave here had a great day even with the booty, but some other people this season have had serious issues. Take the Embudo seriously. I've routed it with a heavy hitting 8 person crew in under two hours. I've also lost my boat and had to hike out over the course of 7 hours. Respect the river, take a real rope, first aid, headlamp and serious creeking clothes.
And finally a huge shout out to the King and Queen of the Embudo and New Mexico zone in general. You are true ambassadors to the sport and make the Embudo experience 100% than it already was. This Bud's for you!