CLAIRE O’HARA : THE DEFINITION OF FREESTYLE : FRUSTRATING, CHALLENGING, ADDICTIVE, AWESOME, FUN!
Now, I have noticed over the last 16 years of freestyle kayaking that freestyle is an exceptionally hard sport. The tricks are not easy to learn. They take months if not years to learn and years if not a lifetime to master. When you paddle you train for hours after hours, spending most of that time falling on your face as you begin to just start to figure each trick out. Then as you begin to get it, the water levels change, you move to a different river , change to a new kayak or simply forget one key part and its like you a beginner again and the learning process re starts again. In essence the truth is as a freestyle kayaker you have to commit to the fact that no matter how much you train, no matter how good you get, there is always more to learn, you will never truly be at the top.
By Claire O’Hara