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  Creekin Freestyle
  Posted by: mornstein on Dec-19-12 3:39 PM (EST)

Perhaps I can clarify what the "Creekin Freestyle" class is all about. Several folks have recently inquired.

Creekin FS is about putting the FreeStyle techniques to practical use, in a real world situation. This will be combined with some light duty river reading, as we will be operating on Lofton Creek, a tidal stream, near the campus where we hold the Symposium.

The emphasis will be on efficient and graceful control of the canoes. Freestyle students of all levels can take advantage of the class. Those relatively new will stick to forward quadrant maneuvers. Those more advanced may take advantage of cross, reverse or perhaps even cross reverse maneuvers if appropriate to the situation.

We'll maneuver around the bends in the stream, around and under deadfalls, read the eddies if appropriate as we work up stream and with some luck, I'll lead a few up some dead ends, necessitating reversing or cross reversing out.

Extreme heeling and pitching are are not the norm, nor are they expected in this venue. It will be a fun afternoon, exploring a local waterway while putting your newly learned techniques to use.

Those who are taking the "Canoeing for Kayakers" class will get a real appreciation for a venue where canoes excel.

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