Topsy-Turvy

black mambablack mamba Major grinsJacksonville, FLPosts: 6,504Registered Users Major grins
edited July 2, 2019 in Other Cool Shots

These shots weren taken in the Nantahala River Gorge, located not far from Bryson City in NW N.C. The river offers some of the very best kayaking waters in the world. Portions of the river sport rapids rated as #4 and #5 ... on a scale of 1 to 5. Many important championships have been staged here. Many individuals and teams come from around the world to practice here.

The scene here shows some of the more placid waters where they have set up a course to highlight maneuvering abilities. The hanging gates, suspended by wires, define the course. They run one color of gates in one direction and the other color as they reverse course.

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This series shows a young guy trying a most difficult maneuver in scary waters. He's kind of pacing around, figuring how to best attack that torrent of water coming at him.

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In this first shot, he's decided on his attack angle....never the same, though.

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Here he initiates this radical maneuver. He has depended on the raging water to pull the front of his kayak downward. At the same time, he thrusts himself forward. The goal is to continue under water with a forceful somersault of himself and the kayak, hoping the kayak and himself come up together and in one piece.

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Things can go wrong.....

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No fun here.....

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Maybe some help is needed....

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Looks like he might get righted....

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Spoke too soon....
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Well, of course, the hero survives. In fact, here he is making a subsequent charge at this wicked water. Turns out the young man is 15 years old, has won a lot of events, and is heading to the world championships later this year.

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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

Comments

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 7,593Registered Users Major grins

    Superb action capture Tom! There are couple of wires or ropes running up top. It takes effort to take out.....

    Cheers!

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,504Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 3, 2019

    Thanks, Taz. Like you, I hate extraneous distractions in a shot....particularly wires and such. I generally go to great lengths to zap the things. In this case, with so many shots involved, the work load to get rid of the things was more than I wanted to take on. Honestly, when I look at the images now, the lines don't even register with me. It must be a defense mechanism I employ to justify my laziness in dealing with them.

    Take care, my friend.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • toragstorags Major grins Posts: 4,328Registered Users Major grins

    Great shots of challenging whitewater Tom

    Brings back memories of when I had a white water rig

    I used to run the Stanislaus class 5 before they damned it

    It's super exciting at water level

    Rags
  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,504Registered Users Major grins

    @torags said:
    Great shots of challenging whitewater Tom

    Brings back memories of when I had a white water rig

    I used to run the Stanislaus class 5 before they damned it

    It's super exciting at water level

    Thanks, Rags. White-water kayaking is one of the few things I've never tangled with. Judging from watching these youngsters going at it, it was probably wise that I never gave it a shot. Take care, buddy.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • El GatoEl Gato Global Trekker Posts: 294Registered Users Major grins

    Excellent action shots!!

    Nicely presented. Never tried this sport...best I suspect, left to the younger folks!

    Well done, thanks for sharing these images!

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,504Registered Users Major grins

    @El Gato said:
    Excellent action shots!!

    Nicely presented. Never tried this sport...best I suspect, left to the younger folks!

    Well done, thanks for sharing these images!

    Many thanks for the visit. An interesting note.....I asked one of the young guys what he considered to be the most difficult part of this activity. He said, for himself, it was developing a proper breathing sequence that allowed him to weather under water periods that could last for unexpected durations.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
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