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Shooting the Symonds Yat rapids
Before going over the rapids for the first time it is a good idea to watch others for a while to see how to do it - or how not, as plenty of people are caught out by the rocks in the middle! The first time I went over the rapids there had been a lot a rain and the Wye was running fast and high. I planned my ‘route’ and carefully approached (and yes, I was a bit nervous as I’d seen a few wipe-outs so was ready to bale out if necessary).
It felt like being in a kayak at the top of a flight of stairs, but there was no going back. The tranquil silence of the river was suddenly replaced with the roar of white water and I shot through, heading straight for the big rock in the middle. I’m not sure if it’s instinct or training but I dug the paddle in deep and just cleared it by seconds, emerging at the bottom the right way up with a huge grin that lasted most of the day.
Rapids definitely make you a better kayaker, as after that I could tackle anything smaller with a lot more confidence.
|Me going over the rapids at Symonds Yat|