You can go over the checklist in your head:
- Boat Control
- Angle Management
- Stroke Timing
But how to put those three to a “test” to see if you have the skills to start boofing those awesome drops and running the creeks lines?
Slalom Gates. Yep – slalom gates.
Hop on a slalom course in a Class II-III stretch of whitewater. If you cannot confidently run a series of gates in Class II-III rapids — where you have a 3-foot wide margin with each move (3 feet being the width between the two poles of a slalom gate), then your creek boating preparation check list is incomplete.
There is always a set of gates below the Freestyle Wave on the Nantahala. And spring heralds in a whole series of slalom competitions….
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