So I might be lying a little here when I say it’s totally un-epic. There are some pretty epic bits, but what I essentially love about this video is how refreshingly relatable it is. No one hucks any gnar, or almost dies or throws themselves off a 100ft waterfall or thinks doing Niagara Falls might be a good idea… And for that I love it. There are flat water swims, a lot of nerves, first rolls and a lot of different people at all abilities.
J found it a while back, and as we watched it one evening I started to smile. “I love this video!” I said turning to him beaming. At this he smiled a little smugly and simply said “I thought you might”. The crisis of kayaking confidence is still lurking after a pretty disastrous alps trip this past summer, but every time I watch this video (or even just bits of it, cos ya know who has half an hour every day of their lives to spend on kayaking:P ) it makes me smile, and gives me a little bit more hope that I can do this shit. It also makes me really really really really excited for our New Zealand plans in 2018 😀
I won’t spoil it for you, but some classic quotes have come out of this video in our little world “You’re gonna have to push me Bill…” in a very kiwi accent being a personal favourite hahaha. For this gem, skip to just past the hour mark.
It incorporates everything from expedition paddling, to the Citroen Race to the random story of how a Yorkshire scout came to be a paddling coach half way around the world. A must see I’d say.