A massive part of our expedition has been to try and promote adventure tourism in Sri Lanka, and expose as many people to kayaking as possible. To this end we have spent the past couple of days coaching the local raft guides, safety kayakers, and even the trainee chef at Borderlands. 
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To receive coaching on rolling technique was a popular request
The Kelani river has proved to be an excellent training ground for this. A large flat pool at the top of the river to practice rolling and basics, then a lovely continuous grade 3 playground with a couple of trickier drops.
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Video and stills coaching seemed work well
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Still lots to improve on!
Everyone seemed to appreciate the video coaching we provided, and the safety session was also enjoyed. We were happy to see the raft guides were spot on with their throwbag accuracy, so we were able to push on with more complicated drills.
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Briefing before the safety session
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Abilities with rope work were a mixed bag...
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Despite the coaching sessions, normal rules apply! (not our idea to enforce this!)
The reason for the title of this blog post? Well. for the second day of our coaching sessions we had at film crew from MTV along! However this is not MTV as we know it. This is Maharaja TV, Sri Lanka's largest private network.
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Niamh gets her first coating of make up in almost a month.
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We're only used to a hand held video camera pointing in our direction
After some surreal interviews it was off to the top of the river, where Niamh coached the presenter while the rest of us continued the previous days coaching work with the rest of the Borderlands crew.
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Not the best weather for filming with a massive non-waterproof video camera!
With the river rising, more play holes developed so it was up to us to show off to the cameras. ...shame none of us are expert playboaters!
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Thilack ditching the creekboat for a playboat while the camera crew film.
We're all pretty excited and intrigued to see what becomes of the footage. It's supposed to be a 1/2 hour adventure travel program, and we're representing the extreme end of this. 
It's due to be released in this coming week to be broadcast not only in Sri Lanka, but across South Asia too. 
6/30/2014 04:05:44 pm

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