HI 👋 MY NAME IS EMERALD AND I LOVE BOATS THIS MUCH!
I started rafting when I was seven. My parents, former guides, took me on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. I was so terrified pushing off from Boundary Creek that I wiggled, with my thumb, a complete hole in the foam passenger seat cover I was sitting on. I started rowing a cataraft (whatever okay, I was a private boater!) at 16 and three days after I graduated high school I moved to Riggins, Idaho to be a guide. From there, I moved to @oarsrafting and rowed the multidays in Idaho and the occasional Grand Canyon.
Since the beginning, being in boats has always been about managing fear. It's about deciding when a risk is a good one and when it's a bad one. It's been about asking all the badass boaters around me, "How do you do that? Where do you set your oars? What's your line through this rapid?" It's been about wanting to puke above rapids, and the feeling of reward after doing it anyway.
And listen, I'm not going to shit you, I'm a class IV boater only on a brave day. I'm not pushing the sport in any way. But I do have this crystal clear vision of myself, seventy-five years old, rowing a boat down the Middle Fork of the Salmon in that early morning light. I can't wait. I'll know so much by then, I hope.
You're story doesn't have to be like mine. I've watched women smaller than me pick up the oars at age 22 and become badass guides. You don't have to grow up with it to do it and if your teacher says so, or says you are too small or too clumsy or too afraid... you have the wrong teacher. Keep searching for it.
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