Making it: the must-make move

“Must-make moves” exist on every river, everywhere. In a class V scenario, they may constitute the only physical options we have to safely run a rapid. On a class II river, they more often represent the choices we have made about how we want to paddle a rapid: hit this eddy. Complete this ferry. Surf this wave. Boof this rock. Once we’ve set our goals for a given rapid, they become, in a sense, must-make moves. Not necessarily because we will fail if we don’t make them, or because plan B is unacceptable, but because we’ve dedicated ourselves to trying.

What do you think and feel while you’re hitting that must-make move? How do you make it happen? Sometimes, it happens so fast that we barely even know. Sometimes, those critical moments stretch out to feel impossibly long, and imprint themselves on our memories forever. And oftentimes, the sensation of executing a must-make move feels remarkably similar to taking other leaps of faith that living life requires…doesn’t it?

In the end, all we can do is give it our best shot. We can have faith that we’ll end up exactly where we need to be. And we can celebrate each action, thought, and emotion that got us there. Enjoy this alphabetized recollection of hitting a must-make move.

The must-make move 

Approach,

be

careful,

drive

early,

find the spot;

go

hard

into it,

just

keep 

leaning,

moving,

nudging–not

overcommitting, or under;

pray

quietly,

raising

supplications

towards

understanding

voices,

while God  

examines

your

zone of landing.

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Anna Levesque is the leading expert on kayak instruction for women and yoga and wellness for paddling, including SUP Yoga. Named one of the most inspirational paddlers alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Anna’s twenty-plus years of experience as an accomplished international competitor and instructor has landed her in mainstream publications such as TIME, SHAPE and SELF magazine.

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