Powering Through A Columbia River Gorge Wave
Gorge SIC Race Practice 2020 Photo by: Wilson Reavley - Click to enlarge
Technique - Putting it All Together
Advance to rougher conditions and stronger downwind paddling
Downwinding in a Double Surfski
Downwinding in a double is one way to get experience on bigger runs if one can team with a more experienced paddler. Learning about bigger water in this manner is not without its challenges, though. In sitting in the back of a surfski with the more experienced paddler steering in the front, one may get enough water in their seat to feel like they will imminently float off and out of the surfski. The backseat paddler often gets a fairly steady shower of water in their face from the front seat paddle strokes. And even though the more experienced paddler may have the situation well in hand, it can feel to the less experienced paddler like their surfski is frequently perilously off balance.