Racing is not my strong suit. I’ll say that right out of the gate. When I’ve participated in whitewater races in the past, I have historically lost focus, messed up logistics, or otherwise sabotaged my chances of performing well. I almost always leave a race thinking of one or two (or more) points in the race where a different decision or mindset could have made a huge difference. I like to think that I have not yet reached my potential in racing, that my best races are still within me, but at some point you have to trust the evidence–maybe I’m not a naturally good racer.
Spring 2008: March-June I shot a good handful of footage that never made it into any of our videos. Also, Daniel Windham and Chris Gragtmans contributed some nice footage from the Elk Gorge and the Fayetteville WV area. All in all this made for a fun Video-Podcast. The normal “edit-to-music” format wasn’t doing it for me so I decided to do more of a commentary style mixed with music. You’ll see once you get into the video.
Oh, the NAWF was a good time this year as usual, but a tid bit nipply out. This report is going up quite late but hey, at least it’s here now. To explain more, NAWF is the North Alabama Whitewater Festival. 2008 was the fourth year of this successful, deep south whitewater festival and championship. NAWF activities include a waterfall freestyle and boater-x at Short Creek Falls and a freestyle, hole comp at the Locust Fork of the Warrior River. Andy Gates and I headed down for this year’s event.