Did somebody say White Water in Norfolk?

Written by Rob Harris

Having ribbed Richard Brooks for being the Eastern regional freestyle ambassador I felt curious when invited over to play white water in Norfolk “this I have to see!”. “Yep there’s a little demo day on Sunday then we are heading to the play spot after”. “Cool I’m in”.

I headed up on Saturday night and after a few well-priced beers in Rich’s local it was time to hit the hay. Up early and off we went to this Sue’s Canoes demo day. What a great venue, a large covered deck area over-looking the famous Norfolk Broads. With a great turn out: Square Rock, Dagger, Piranha and loads more this little demo was looking set to go.

It’s fair to say the boats hit the water running, it was one in one out, non-stop all day – so much for a little demo day. I really started to enjoy myself, the sun was shining and everybody was having a great time trying out the boats.

By lunchtime I was starting to think the whole of Norfolk had turned up….

Come four o’clock I was fading fast I wasn’t sure I would have the energy to sample this ‘white water’. But we arrived to this little weir right next to the car park. “Hmm so is that it Mr. Brooks?” “Just wait we have to put the boards in yet.” I got kitted up, dropped the boat in and paddled over. I suddenly found myself eating my words, all that time ribbing Rich over his home play spot was coming back to bite me. The feature was a perfect little pour over, retentive and clean. After throwing quite a few ends the smell of the sausages on the barbie got the better of me and I hopped off to tuck in. Chowing down on my burger it dawned on me, this is the perfect summer play spot, park and play.

Finally I would like to say a big thank you to sue and her canoes for a great day and Mr Brooks and the hillbilly crew for an awesome play session, oh and the sausages, cheers guys.

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