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  • #1209
    Jenny Right-Side
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    I am just so excited to share with everyone the events of the past week.
    First, I am the proud new owner of a house 5 minutes from the Ottawa River Put-in.
    Second, I stopped in at the Mountain Surf shop in Friendsville, MD last week, and wanted to pass on my awesome experience with John Mason. Many of you probably already know that I have been using my old Riot Booster skirt on my new 2Fun and have been requiring a “kayaking-babysitter” to help get my skirt on during the winter when I’m unable to soak it. John found me a skirt that fit the 2Fun, and resized the tunnel while I was kayakling in WV. I stopped by 4 days later and picked it up, brand new and Jenny-sized. Thanks a lot John! What great service!
    Third, I just got back from a week of kayaking in DC/MD/WV, and ran my first ever waterfall. I wasn’t allowed to scout it beforehand, so I just ran it blind. Wonder Falls on Big Sandy Creek is a clean approx. 18 ft drop, and it was scary at first but awesome!
    Hope everyone’s ready for a great paddling season and SYOTR!!!!
    Jen
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    #16468
    windowshade
    Participant

    Can you please describe the approach, the lift off, the descent and what happened on the landing. Real curious to know, since I am way to chicken to attempt it myself, just being a Voyeur…

    Congratulations on all of the above!

    Windowshade :shock:

    #16469
    zack splaine
    Participant

    hey,
    i was just wondering were abouts ur new house is on the ottawa?, i live about 5 mins from the put-in, just up powers road right at the mc-coys put in, thanx

    #16470
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant

    OK, let’s see if I can remember everything…

    I’m still learning all the technical stuff as I have only been paddling for a year, but I will describe what happened the best I can remember.
    Jeremy Laucks led me to the falls, and Stephen climbed onto the rock to take pictures. They didn’t let me scout the falls as they said I would chicken out, so Jeremy pointed to the spot where I needed to go, and told me to go up to the edge, take a stroke off the lip with my right paddle blade, and lean forward on the way down.

    He went first, disappeared off the edge, and Stephen motioned for me to go. I shook my head at first and then just went for it!
    I let the current take me up to the edge between the two curlers (my landmarks), tried to grab the lip of the falls with my right blade (I put the blade in a second sooner than I should have – I should have almost reached the blade out past the edge of the falls, and grabbed the rock, pushing me out and over) looked over the edge, said “Oh crap” and leaned forward. I went in on a pretty perfect angle, went completely under and emerged still upright. It all happened so fast, but it felt great!
    Stephen got a series of shots, of me coming over the edge, halfway down, helmet submerged, and then resurfacing.

    It was only scary at first, I didn’t have time to stay scared as I had to style it! I would do it again for sure.

    Waterfalls like the one I ran are pretty consequence-free and easy. There are others where you can majorly screw up your lines or boof. I think it was hard to mess this one up.

    I think you should get ready for your first fall, but do it with people who know what they’re doing. You’ll love it!!

    Jen

    #16471
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant
    "zack splaine":vnx3kyi6 wrote:
    hey,
    i was just wondering were abouts ur new house is on the ottawa?, i live about 5 mins from the put-in, just up powers road right at the mc-coys put in, thanx[/quote:vnx3kyi6]

    Hey Zack, it’s in the town on the main drag.
    I’m really excited to be so close to the river!

    #16472
    zack splaine
    Participant

    ya im only 15 and i just started paddling last summer but i love it and i am really glad i live so close to the river, now i can get out everyday this summer and lear alot more!!

    #16473
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant

    Hey Zack,
    Have the guys up there convinced you to do some time with the Keener program?
    Most of the kids from around the area spend time with them in the summer, and junior Greats such as Joel Kowalski, Nick Troutman, Deuce Fahrun and Katie Kowalski spend their summer learning more and helping to coach.
    Check out last summer:
    http://www.keeners.blogspot.com

    #16474
    ThomL
    Moderator

    Congratulations Jenny!! I know you have been thinking about that for awhile. Wonder Falls is a great drop.

    #16475
    zack splaine
    Participant

    hey
    ya i was looking into it but my mom said its to expensive its like $3000 or sumthing like that, so i got a week of lessons at liquidskills and this summer i have lots of people willing to take me out such as: david new-in-house,nick troutmam,deuce,joel,tyler curtis and some of tylers friends.
    I CANT WAIT TILL THE RIVER WARMS UP A LIL BIT, im htinkin of goin out next month

    #16476
    harris
    Participant

    Awesome pic – looks fun. How long have you been paddling for Jenny?

    #16477
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant

    Thanks! This past summer was my first season paddling. I went on the river two or three times before that but it was full of swimming and heartache!!

    #16478
    pg
    Participant

    Great work Jenny! Is that ever a nice drop…perfect start!

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