Inspirational films

In 1977 when I had been paddling for a couple of years and only ever on flatwater, I watched with fascination and fear a film of a British ''Canoe,'' expedition descending the ''Dudh Kosi,'' the river that runs of Mount Everest. I was awe struck, madmen for sure. But the more I watched the more excited I got. I will never forget the sudden total silence in the living room as I said out loud, ''I am going to do that someday.'' Nothing more was said, my parents hoping that by ignoring my comment I would eventually shut up and forget all about it. But my mind was made up and as for forgetting about it, I never have, a lifes addiction had begun. But although later I became an avid whitewater river paddler, I never did (or dared) reach the level that they paddled in. My first kayak heroes. The equipment they use in this film is similar to the equipment my friends and I had when we started paddling white water on rocky rivers. Link opens to youtube.

Below are a few more links to programmes that inspired me in my younger days. Undoubtedly there were more but after so long it is difficult to find links to all.

 

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The good old days, but this day paddling a four and a half metre white water racer down a very narrow river almost cost me my life as I went over a small waterfall and couldn't turn to make the second drop,the hull pinned against a downstream rock and water pouring over my head, I used a combination of  high brace and sculling strokes with a large helping of adrenalin until I eventually broke free.