50 Years of Umko 1966 - 2016 1966 - 2016 - Page 34

Paddler Species For some paddlers navigating a river is about reading the water, keeping a blistering rhythm and dropping other racing snakes off their wave. They’re racing! For some its about grimly making the finish. ONLY the finish brings a smile to their faces; every rock, every rapid is scowled at. Their pleasure comes afterwards, in the telling. They’re enduring! For some its about being there, enjoying the wonderful privilege of being alive and out on a wild river. They’re slow, but you can get a smile out of them even when they’re duct-taping cracks. They’re tripping! UMKO 50 Years 34