I was happy to leave Soja in one peace last summer, with a smile on my face and a new found confidence that I could survive some of Norways famous white water rapids. But now 10 months later, I am questioning whether I will have held on to that confidence I worked so hard to build.
This week I found myself in Slovenia in the Soca valley, donning my helmet and a tiny spiny plastic kayak, its manoeuvrable but it doesn't glide like my sea boat.
Slovenia is a beautiful hilly country covered in lush green forest and unbelievably clear melt water rivers. Each Village looks as though it was stolen strait off a postcard.
To be perfectly honest, white water scares me. I think it is the relentless movement and shear power of the torrents of water that sweep down, around and through rocks like a out of control pinball game. The words pinned, siphon, strainer, undercut, hole, stopper, undertow, horizon line and must runs; all send shivers down my spine. These words are thrown about in everyday river runners language, used to describe drops or rapids your about to paddle.
Gene17 a white water coaching and guiding company from the UK, is a great way of traveling, kayaking and improving your white water skills. With highly qualified coaches and guides, you can feel relaxed and safe on the water. Their coaching throughout the week allowes you to gain confidence, nail new moves and create a paddling style all of your own.
The playful moves that the Soca river has to offer opened up plenty of opportunities to practice my boofing, tidy up my eddy hoping and focus on my river running skills. Reading the water, and learning to choose my own lines has allowed me to take a step forward.
I can easily say that a week with Gene17 in Slovenia has got me fired up for bigger and better water water. Bring on Norway later this summer.......
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