2012 Whitewater Kayak Resolutions

By JASON SHREDER

Each year time seems to fly by, faster and faster. It really makes me want start living even more.

Feels just like yesterday that I started kayaking and fell in love with the sport. Now, this lifestyle that I have fallen in love with consumes me and everything that’s intertwined in this lifestyle defines who I am as a person. Yes there are doubts, ups and downs, good days and bad days, but overall, life is pretty damn good.

2011 was full of accomplishments, memories, new experiences, and of course, mistakes. I think most of my friends would agree that I’m crazy. And don’t worry, I’m okay with that.

High water on the Salmon River for the annual Selway Run.

High water on the SalmonRiver.

Well, every year at about this time I start reflecting on the current year and start looking forward to the next. I start thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2012, goals I can achieve, mistakes I don’t want to make again, and so on. I think they call those New Year resolutions, right?

Since this is a whitewater blog, I won’t get all wishy-washy on you guys, so let’s focus on our whitewater goals for 2012.

Here are some of mine:

 

  1. Rack up another 200+ days on the water.
  2. Progress and innovate on the stand-up paddle board.
  3. Go back to Peru and not get my ass kicked.
  4. Grand Canyon, round three.
  5. The Box Canyon on the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone (miss this trip every year!).
  6. Annual high-water Selway Run.
  7. Learn four new freestyle kayak moves.
  8. More multi-day trips with my lady.
  9. More self-support trips.
  10. Scare myself at least ten times.

I know 2012 is going to be the best year ever, on and off the water!

What are your whitewater resolutions for 2012?

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Jason Shreder plans to keep on shredding in 2012.

Jason Shreder is the owner of local whitewater company Zoo Town Surfers. He loves Missoula, the great community, and all the awesome water that surrounds it. He’s constantly moving and 90% of that movement involves kayaking, rafting, working, and hanging out with his awesomely supportive girlfriend and dogs.