11 May 2008


On the weekend we decided to roll to Rangitata to alleviate the withdrawl symptoms from not paddling for a while. J-dog made the weather call and we got a stunner of a day sandwiched between two rubbish ones. Unfortunately for maggie his helmet got left behind so we found ourselves with a shuttle driver which was mean for us but not so good for him.
With about 70 cumecs in the river it was a bit higher than anyone had done it before so we were looking forward to some new features and less rocks!
Our expectations were lived up to with some cleaner lines and bigger water on the entry to the gorge and everyone was feeling good as we reached the crux of the run, rooster tail. After a lot of talking the call was made and J-dog and butters stepped up. Jamie was on line right from the start and styled it, butters went a bit far right, got rolled on the buffer and lost his paddle - gulp..... Luckily the polo training kicked in and he made the quickest hand roll any of us had ever seen. After watching the boys Chee and Sanga decided to step up as well and both came through unscathed.
A few more rapids and we came to the other main rapid, the pinch. Everyone got through alright and Leela showed us her Africa training with a roll in the big wave at the bottom. Everyone was buzzing after the run and we're definately making the drive to brave the cold water more often after this.

Leela really small




Rooster tail

Jamie on Rooster tail

Yea Boi! Jamie on the home straight

But but on Rooster tail just before his super quick hand roll at the buffer


Anonymous said...

really cool stuff you boys

Anonymous said...

write up more blog entries plez

Anonymous said...

hi there! meeeeean