True expert paddlers, who race in those conditions, look at these extreme channels as more the challenge of paddling, steering, working together and doing what you have practiced for hours and hours. It’s often for many years to challenge oneself, your crew, and the extreme conditions,” Dale said. “We do it to race with expertise and confidence, to cross the treacherous waters with focus, confidence and determination successfully. Each talking to the spirit of the channel to allow you a safe passage. The whole time, we are paddling strong, physically and mentally together. All six have to be positive and alert and together with no hesitation or fear.