my friends and I play
Posted by: daggermat on Jun-22-12 9:38 PM (EST)
in holes a lot. I canoe, most of them kayak, but what we have in common is, in trying to escape a grabby hole, it seems the most successful way is to scull while bracing on the downstream side to pull yourself out. The yaks do generally get flushed after flipping, everyone has a pretty bombproof roll, and I sometimes have to do a partial swamp in my OC to get enough hull into the downstream flow. I feel I have another advantage in having a longer boat and a bigger blade; I can also reach out of the turbulence easier and try to grab some "unholy" water. A few times, even tandem, we've been stuck for minutes, and simply try to work our way forward or backward using the sculling brace.