The Ottawa is famed for its world-class freestyle waves and the best come in at high levels due to spring meltwater. Unfortunately, I arrived a little late from Peru to catch the really high water but was in perfect time for 3 weeks of the famous Mini-Bus wave. I went almost every day to this wave whilst it was in, often for 5 hours in a day (I didn’t have much else to do at the time). I managed to try some new tricks I’d never done before such as flashbacks and a few attempts at airscrews, which didn’t go terribly, as well as working on perfecting older tricks and just working on timing and control on a big wave. Huge thanks to Lou and Graham for putting up with me in a spare trailer for these weeks, and giving me the best possible start to the summer.
After guide training I moved in to my cabin in Keenerville and started my post as Keener Programme (a 3 week long kayaking summer camp for teenagers) Weekend Co-ordinator. Basically I looked after the kids on weekends and tried to keep them out of trouble as much as possible. The Keener Programme is a great initiative to develop young kayakers both as athletes and as people and more information about the programme is available here: http://www.wildernesstours.com/adventures/kayaking/teen-keeners/. Throughout the week I was to work for the normal kayak school taking a variety of children, teenagers and adults of different experience and ability levels and try to improve their skills.
The time to leave came around so fast but soon it was time to sell my trusty Sunfire, clean up my cabin, say goodbyes and get on a plane. It was a fantastic summer but now it’s time to head to Austria for the next adventure….The Adidas Sickline World Championships.