“I should be very happy he should be a better paddler than me. I’m also jealous that he started very early. And I am also nervous that, you know, it is a dangerous activity but I’m also making sure that he knows what the danger is.” – Nori
With continuous drops, the Upper Yough can be a challenging run, but the vibrant paddling community keeps the energy stoked. Father and son duo, Nori and Koh Onishi have been paddling the Yough together since Koh was 11 years old. Five years later, Koh sometimes ditches his dad to paddle with his dad’s friends.
“[Kayaking] is like a never-ending gift that my father gave me, in a sense that I get to meet new people, do new things I would have never been able to do, and have fun with people and be able to challenge myself with the river.” – Koh
This is Nori and Koh Onishi and the Upper Yough is their home run.
Editor’s Note: Watch the full My Home Run series on YouTube.