It was an amazing day. Any day on the water with friends is, but this one was paddling in new waters, along a beautiful coastline, and came with the adventure I seek. While I ended up swimming after a failed roll, I ended the day feeling good about the outcome. Days later, as I continue to play out the events in my head, that feeling has grown stronger.
I failed pushing myself. I could have opted out and didn’t. I did what I set out to do – to test/push myself and improve at something I have come to love. I am taking risks and learning the hard way. It’s making me a better sea kayaker.
My roll failed, but in conditions my first instinct wasn’t to exit. That reinforced the experience I had months prior in Deception Pass. Unlike then, which was purely instinctual – I have no recollection of what I was thinking, I had the time to think through the roll. Underwater I was able to compose myself, set up, and go through the roll. Looking at the video, it was beyond clear my head coming up first was my mistake. With the kayak fully on its edge, there is no doubt had my head followed my blade, I would have completed the roll and gotten through that gap. Combined, everything reinforces that I’m advancing my skills. It reinforces, with a bit more practice I can handle rougher conditions.
I learned more valuable lessons. I have some experience now with reading water in, and around, the rocks. I have more practical rescue scenario experience.