By: Dwayne Parton

A First for the First

This is my first year paddling, and it sure won’t be my last…as long as I am able that is. It’s been the most fun hobby that I have ever decided to try. There is something about it. The mental game that you play while you are on the water, or under the water in my case. The game where you fight the need to breathe, push back survival instinct and panic, struggle to keep your cool, settle you mind, and roll up paddling. The tremendous respect you pay to the river, who has the ability to both give and take life away. There is something amazing about paddling and this is my journey into it.