Dating the Sport: 8 Ways to Fall in Love with Kayaking

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first_imgAll Photos by Allie Meagher We’ve all experienced the honeymoon phase. It’s new, it’s exciting, you’re ready to dive in and commit! You buy all the expensive gear, you watch all the crazy kayaking videos, and you’re thinking about getting on your first Class IV within the year! SLOW DOWN. It’s a beautiful thing to be excited and passionate. But if you get too ahead of yourself too fast you may get hurt and scare yourself out of it entirely.  It Might Not Work Out Take things Slow, Build a Foundation It’s excellent to have big dreams and goals! But it’s also important to know your own boundaries. Maybe you’re out paddling with your friends and they all want to hit a huge boof coming up that you don’t feel ready for. You don’t have to be! Maybe make it a goal for next time or just accept it’s a move you just don’t need to make for yourself. If your goals aren’t running the biggest and baddest Class V rapid one day, YOU ARE STILL A PADDLER. Paddling is up to you to decide what you want out of the relationship and to respect that. Express Your Needs and Wants A healthy relationship is one that empowers you while also challenging you. As you grow in whitewater, you’ll be amazed by what you are actually capable of! Create short term and long term goals for yourself so you are constantly being challenged and earning a sense of achievement. Your short term goals can be ones you set every time you get on the water like catching ten eddies, getting a combat roll, ferrying before the rapid, or even just simply having fun. Long term goals can be things like working towards paddling a certain river or waterfall.  I’ve been dating the sport of kayaking for about five years, and I have to say, I think I’m in love. I don’t actively chase the craziest Class IV+ rapids or tallest waterfalls, but it’s something that has brought me a lot of joy and empowerment in my life. Just like all relationships, mine with kayaking has presented many ups and downs but mainly, vital life lessons about myself and relationships. From a paddler who is still learning day by day, here are some of my biggest takeaways on how to maintain a healthy relationship with the sport.  As long as you are happy with what you are getting out of it, then you are an accomplished paddler. Respect and educate yourself on the dangers of it and practice safety always, but also make sure you’re having fun with it.  Celebrate what makes you, you in the relationship and what you want out of it! Are you looking for a way to get closer to nature? Wanting a fun and unique way to get a workout in? Hoping to spend more time outdoors with your friends? Craving a thrill or challenge? ALL OF THE ABOVE?! It’s entirely up to you! Once you decide what you want out of this relationship with paddling, you will better assess and achieve your goals. As long as you are happy with what you are getting out of it, then you are an accomplished paddler.  HAVE FUN Know Your Boundaries  A Healthy Challenge  Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Failing is just as necessary in building confidence as success is. Even if you are paddling the big rapids, make time to get out in low-consequence situations/surroundings and mess around. Putting in that time is so valuable to allow you to fail and get to know what works for you and what doesn’t without the heighten fear of being in a more dangerous situation. The more you paddle, the more experience you’ll gain which is also a key factor in confidence! Don’t underestimate a quick 1-3 hour session just because it isn’t exactly “hardcore.” That’s still time invested in the relationship.  We’ve all had moments where we questioned whether or not this was the right relationship, and that’s okay! You come back to it because you want to and it’s worth it to you, not because you feel like you have too, because you don’t. Maybe whitewater kayaking isn’t for you, and that’s also so okay! You don’t know until you try, and when/if you do know, it’s important to respect yourself if it doesn’t feel right.  As you move up to bigger rapids, make sure you communicate with yourself and the ones around you if you feel challenged vs. in over your head. Just because you probably could do it doesn’t mean you have too. You never have to paddle anything that doesn’t feel right. Honor your ability!  Make Time for it (Fun Time!) How to maintain a healthy relationship with whitewater kayaking If you were learning how to ride a bike, would you go riding down a cliff before learning how to pedal, turn, signal, and stop? Of course not! (I also really hope not!) You would ride it up and down the street and then work your way up. It’s important to build a sturdy foundation of paddling and safety skills before rushing to the bigger stuff. Taking classes, going out with experienced paddlers, practicing on the little stuff are all ways to help you build up your confidence and skill to better apply it later as you grow. Which brings to my next point:  Communicatelast_img read more


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first_imgBy Dialogo July 26, 2010 Peru and Chile agreed to relaunch cooperation mechanisms in order to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and also agreed to inform one another about their military expenditures, the Peruvian foreign ministry announced. The agreement was reached during the visit to Lima by the Chilean deputy secretary of foreign relations, Fernando Schmidt, for the Ninth Meeting of the Peruvian-Chilean Consultation and Political Coordination Mechanism with his Peruvian counterpart, Néstor Popolizio. Both officials highlighted the upcoming technical meeting between officials from the two countries’ defense and foreign ministries, “with a view to reviving the coordination mechanisms aimed at validating common standards for measuring military expenditures, to be held in Lima on 26 July.” Schmidt and Popolizio also affirmed the importance of continuing work on demining in the border region, a statement by the foreign ministry indicated. The document indicated the need to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and its serious consequences. For this reason, the two officials agreed that the Sixth Meeting of the Mixed Commission on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances should be held this year, at the same time that they reaffirmed their desire to collaborate on closing their borders to drug trafficking. The deputy foreign ministers made reference to the importance of continuing to develop bilateral trade, which has reached a value of three billion dollars. They also agreed on the importance of coordinating their participation in the regional and multilateral forums of which both countries are members, such as APEC and the Latin American Pacific Rim Forum. Peru and Chile continue to pursue a dispute over maritime borders in the Pacific Ocean, which is being heard by the International Court of Justice in The Hague in consequence of a suit filed by Peru in 2008. Santiago maintains that the borders have been determined, and Lima does not consider this to be the case. The two presidents, Alan García of Peru and Sebastián Piñera of Chile, met in May at the Euro-Latin American summit in Madrid, where they announced progress in “thawing” their relations.last_img read more


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first_img“I just came into Nigeria on Tuesday night, and we read in the papers today that somebody has fixed a date for the burial. I am shocked like my sisters and my brothers. Since our father died, nobody has spoken to us about how he died, and we have not even seen his corpse. Yet, someone is fixing a date for his burial!”Keshi’s daughter, Ifeyinwa and husband, who are based in North Carolina, USA also flew into Nigeria on Tuesday.Keshi Jnr, an events producer in Atlanta, expressed appreciation to the Federal Government, the National Assembly, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Nigeria Football Federation, the governments of Edo and Delta states, ex-internationals and countless corporate bodies and individuals for all the kind words showered on his father since he passed on.“I cannot thank everyone enough. We have only heard good and great words about our father since his death. I am going to Benin City now. The family will sit down and come up with a date for the funeral, but we also appreciate that he was a national figure and will harmonize our plans with that of the Government and the NFF.“Our father was a loving family man and we will miss him greatly. Our joy is that he left a worthy legacy for Nigeria football and for his family.”Meanwhile, The Gambia Football Federation, in a letter signed by its President Lamine Kaba Bajo, wrote on the death of Amodu: “This sad incident which came a few days after the passing away of another Nigerian and African football icon and legend, Stephen Keshi has no doubt increased the sorrow and sadness not only in the NFF and Nigeria but African football family as a whole.”Also yesterday, the executive council of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, FCT chapter, paid a condolence visit to the NFF on the deaths of Keshi and Amodu.Led by its Chairman, Mr. Kayode Adeniyi, the body expressed deep grief over the passing of the highly successful coaches, saying this period calls for sober reflection.In his response, NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, reflected that Nigeria has lost two great men whose watchwords were hardwork, dedication, diligence and forthrightness.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Says: Nobody has spoken to me about my father’s funeralThe first son of late Nigeria captain and coach Stephen Keshi has expressed bewilderment that certain persons have been putting a date forward for his father’s burial rites without the knowledge and consent of his children.Stephen Keshi Jnr, 27, arrived at the NFF Secretariat wednesday morning and met with the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.He was in company with US-based chemist and friend of late Keshi, Victor Ugoh and former Super Eagles’ star Victor Obinna Nsofor.last_img read more