As a small effort to reduce my carbon foot print, I am combining two into one picture.
Roy, on the left, is a can do guy who can explain it to you. He is, to be sure, a talker, but he is also very capable. He was the one who took Lendal fittings and made a two piece (he has a 4-piece in the experimental phase...but I digress) Greenland Stick for Superior Kayaks. In any event, during this...my third year...at the QAJAQ camp, Roy took me out and had me ( at last) static bracing in short order. His patient, and surprisingly quiet, way of teaching is most excellent.
On the right, of course, is Alex (nursing a Sunday morning headache?). I told him that I wanted to learn a Norsaq roll. He said he had 5 minutes free and that I should get my boat. He waded out into waist-deep water and had me do two angel rolls. No problem. Then he took away my stick, handed me the Norsaq, issued a few succinct instructions, and I nailed my first Norsaq roll. So, he took the short stick away, again issued some tips and...BANG...I hit a hand roll. He walked away to his regular scheduled program.
Later, he and Turner conducted a forward finishing class. Alex was able to boil down the chest scull to its essence, and I was immediately doing them with a clean recovery. It took a bit more concentration and practice but, within the hour, I was doing a reverse sweep roll.
Two guys, very different, each an excellent teacher. I am grateful to them as I am to Turner and all the mentors who I watched and from whom I took away all sorts of good info. More tomorrow.