With the Animas River running at a steady, albeit gentle level, boater and tuber sightings begin to dwindle, and more and more fisherman are seen knee-deep in the chilly water casting for hungry fish. So with the rivers free and clear, what better time to learn the fine art of river slalom? Perhaps that is just what Durango Whtiewater coaches Heinz Roethenmund and John Brennan were thinking when they offered an intro to slalom kayaking workshop last Saturday morning. they also are offering a more intensive six-week course tTuesday afternoons at the 32nd Street put in. Covering all of the basic strokes and skills, Heinz and John work one-on-one with the students, ensuring their proficnecy once the slalom racing seaosn kicks up next spring. So push aside the gawkers who think slalom gates are river-level markers, and take a peek at some rather talented young boaters. Editors note: These are experienced kayakers. The Telegraph does not condone helmetless kayaking.

Durango Whitewater coach Heinz Roethenmund readies for a day on
the water. Austin Scalf, 12, catches his breath after a run through the
gates. Paddlers sit idle in the eddy after an arm-busting session of
Bryce Gordon cuts it close through one of the gates on Saturday
morning. Instructor John Brennan is seen here slicing through the water
with ease.


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