2018 Year in Review by David Silk | Jan 12, 2019 | Whitewater | 0 comments Though without a doubt a great year, 2018 definitely saw me struggling more than any other time. Logged 3 dislocations this year, as well as now in the process of recovering from shoulder surgery, which obviously limited my boating, and put a solid stopper in my goals. Regardless, still had a fantastic year, and hope to greatly improve on it in 2019! January -UNLEASHEDxUganda (finished not very well, injuring myself in Stage 1 and being out due to injury in Stage 2) -Pushed newer tricks on Special, including Airscrew-Clean Blunt, Airscrew-airscrew, ,sidekick-sidekick-airscrew, sasquatch combos, and flashback-sidekicks February -Home recovering my shoulder March -Expedition up the Sibun River in Belize in the Maya Mountains -Early STAKEOUT vibes with Quinton Kennedy, Devyn Soctt, and Paul Palmer #firsttoshow April -STAKEOUT (Early low water, Minibus and Third Wave) -STAKEOUT series with Seth -Took another shoulder injury early in, ending my stakeout after about 2-3 weeks. May -Explored up the coast of British Columbia northwards on a fishing boat/ zodiac from Desolation sound while healing shoulder for two weeks -Got poisoned by the same stuff as the guy in Into the Wild (long story, but suffice it to say BC First Responders are the real deal) -Logged some 1st descent ideas on the Coastal Ranges June-August -Ottawa times! Waves, high water laps, good times, good instructing -Ended up with a third dislocation in late July -Progressions on downriver tricks- Macho-kickflips going huge, back macho-mcnasty, downriver Spaceloop -Started to discover best boat on my market- though had a brief time being able to do much in it pre-injury, the 4.0 is actively changing my freestyle to things I hadn’t thought possible -Upping wave game in the Antix (airscrews, back tricks… deciding wether longer may be better on steep green waves) September-October -Quebec/Ontario -Solo creeking misisons, as well as high water Ottawa time and Habitat/Big Joe sessions -Taking it easy pre-surgery, just living for the fun of it November-December -Shoulder surgery/recovery time Goals for 2019 -Full recovery from shoulder issues/surgery (hopefully by mid May) -Back into wave/creeking shape -Run a 60+ footer again -Regain confidence lost after injuries -Prep strength for 2019 STAKEOUT/ future UNLEASHED events -Re-up my hole boating (maybe training for worlds 2021…..?) -Make Into Kaieteur Expedition happen (Guyana) -First descent Marcy Creek, Keene Valley, NY -Most importantly, be back to my best on the water and having fun again. Over injured life. Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.