Kayaking Day 6: Eddies, Ferries & Peel Outs, Oh My

Trip Start Jun 07, 2007
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Trip End Sep 01, 2007


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Sunday, July 15, 2007

On Saturday my friend Fred and I spent the day together. We went and picked up his kayak that he bought from a semi-local man. Fred got a Corsica kayak.

After getting his kayak we went to Blue Mountain Outfitters in Marysville to get some gear. Fred needed a helmet, paddle, pdf and a few other things. We were like 2 kids in a candy store, running all over the place picking things up. We spent nearly 2.5 hours in BMO and hundreds of dollars!
 
The people who work at BMO are really nice and really know their stuff. They make sure you get outfitted properly. On Sunday Fred took Jason and I to Kelly's Lock, which is a canal spot on the Little Schuylkill River near Reading.

Fred used to go there alot and he wanted to take us there to get on moving water and to teach us to catch an eddy. The walk down to the river is quite steep, the guys had to help me with my kayak.

I could tell immediately the difference between still and moving water, the current was stronger than I expected it to be. Fred thought alot of the Lock looked different, there was a huge tree down in the middle of the river, which probabally happened last year in the flood.
 
We paddled up river some to get into the current to take us to the large eddy. I went down the river first. There were a few small bumps and slight little rapids in the middle.

I was a bit nervous going down the river but I was also pretty thrilled too. It felt both fun and slightly scary. Jason came down after me followed by Fred.

Fred taught us how to cut into the eddy line. The eddy at this spot is pretty wide and its a recirculating eddy. We cut in and amazingly the water in the eddy was calm. I still find it odd that there can be spots on the river with flat water.

The eddy reciruculated us up to the top where Fred taught us how to do peel outs. At first both Jason and I were having trouble getting out, we were both riding the eddy line.

Jason had a much easier time cutting into the eddy than I did, my kayak turns so easily and I still don't really trust my brace yet. Jason managed to get into the eddy and sorta surf the waves for a bit before ferrying over to the next eddy.

We kept peeling out and reentering the eddy to recirculate and try again for quite a while. After a bit we all got out of our kayaks and swam in the river, it was a hot day. After a while we headed home. It was a fun day and a good first expereince on moving water.
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