Why did I Make this Video? 2018 Highlight reel
I ended pop not making a 2017 highlight video after accidentally leaving a hard drive with half the years footage in a storage box whilst I was away this time last year. I learned a solid lesson this time last year and spent 2018 being much more on top of where all my footage is. SO there is that.
2018 was a year that had a lot more freestyle than I thought. I hadn't really realised until I started editing that I was mostly freestyle paddling all year. January and February in Uganda for 'UNLEASHEDxUGANDA' and other events, March in the UK for my sisters wedding (although I actually didn't paddle that much whilst I was there), big waves surfing through 'Stakeout' in Quebec and Ontario, working on the Ottawa through the summer then heading to Ecuador in December. That is like 80% freestyle, crazy. Most years are usually more 60/40 freestyle and creeking or even 50/50. It has been an epic year though, my freestyle has progressed a lot, which I guess is to be expected with so much time doing it this year.
Stakeout was great as usual, plenty of days at Ruins on the Ottawa, being scared shitless on Gladiator wave, a scary run in with a big ice chunk on mini-bus wave, a ton of driving, some Misstasibi laps, the traditional amount of waiting in the sand for Molly wave on the Misstasibi river in Quebec, lots of driving around looking for first descent options in the Upper Ottawa drainage. It is so hard to rally First D waves at that time of year because you know the good waves have such a small window where they are perfect.
Summer work on the Ottawa was just as busy as ever, the water levels were great. The temp on Canada Day weekend got up to +40 C which is HOT.
Stoked to be finishing the year out in Ecuador. The kayaking down here is so fun and (assuming you have a little knowledge and a little Spanish) logistics are super easy to paddle 20+km's of WW every day.
The biggest goal I had in 2018 was 1 new YouTube Video every week (once I was back from Uganda), and this was something I was super unsure if I would be able to maintain. But I am stoked to be just a week away from the end of 2018 having pretty much hit my goals. On the face of it it sounded easy, one video a week doesn't sound like that much but it takes some serious effort. I have a huge respect for the people on youtube that make daily videos. It is a lot. Now that I am in the habit of doing the work I am thinking of ways to up the anti in 2019.
Let me know what you think of the Highlight reel. See ya next week!
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