If you ever get an opportunity to teach with or sit in on one of her classes; jump at the chance as you won't be disappointed. Bonnie is super articulated and has spent a good amount of time thinking about instruction and how to be more effective. If you ask her where she gets her ideas, don’t believe her when she tells you that she stole it all from other instructors.
When the course was over a group of us decided to do a quick three day trip from Old Woman Bay (link to map) back to Naturally Superior. The trip was very relaxing trip but we did end up getting wind bound on day two. Getting stuck at our campsite for a second night ended up being a blessing in disguise as we were in a perfect spot for spending the afternoon surfing and playing in the 6-7 foot swells that were being kicked up due to the 25 knot winds.
That afternoon was the first time that I had been able to put my P&H Cetus LV through its paces in rough water/surf and I’m happy to report that it worked out perfectly fine. It caught and stayed on waves well and I felt very comfortable in it. I was also pleased that I decided to order the expedition lay-up with a keel strip as I put several new scratches on the hull when playing in and around the rocks. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind scratches. I figure that an unscratched boat means it doesn’t get used. It was just nice not to worry that I was going to do a whole lot of damage.
By late afternoon I was completely beat trying to paddle against the wind. With all the work it was easily one of my top three rough water/surfing days ever.
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