I'm not quitting standup, or oc-1. It's just a great excuse to be weak in all 3 sports.
1P2P has been on ski for years. He started on an intermediate ski like mine, then moved to an elite ski - a V10. His ski is much faster - tippier than mine. Mine is a V10 sport, huge difference.
1P2P thinks I may be ready for a V10 soon, but he's just being polite. I want to stay on the V10-S for a long time - trying to get a better stroke. Slower, wider, more stable boats like mine are best for learning. Balance isn't the first thing on ski, it's the only thing. Rotation is king on a ski, but it takes balance.
I'm to lazy to do flat water, too cheap to pay a coach, so my rotation is lame. The elite paddlers on Maui tell me I stink, which is true. If they get polite and tell me I'm doing great, I'll be embarrassed. I've done the research, I know the score. (No offence 1P2P, forum compliments are welcome, face time is different).
A few months ago I made the mistake of telling someone I'd like to move up to a V10. 2 coaches happened to overhear it. They were pushing each other aside to try and punch me. 'you punk, you stink' etc. This is a good thing. Kayak racing has a huge tradition and history. Like fast cyclists, the fast kayakers have done a lot of homework.
On to shaky cameras:
Yes, the vibration is very noticeable. The pixelation in my point/shoot is probably due to the small shutter, with a little help from the shake. It seems more common as I drop into stuff.
The sun was good on the first half of the run, then went behind the clouds. This vid is on the same day, second half. It's easy to see how my camera suffers in lower light.
Philly and Big were on the shuttle. Those guys are masters at reading maliko. Chris Dunn and Frank Zajac are also very experienced on outriggers. I launched and turned downwind before they did. They came by about 30 minutes later - just after I reset the camera - perfect timing. Philly and Big were regrouping and talking, so I got a few shots of them. Fun run.