Ruben, the raconteur and nurse who has been a great friend to Galactic, was there to train with the other blokes. ("The paddling, it is so very hard," he says. "The other men in the boat with me are so VERY FAT. It makes it so hard.") Rueben helped me to get into the va'a hoe and gave me the most basic instruction. He let go of the boat - and I immediately flipped it. Turns out
they're stable as can be to port, and completely unforgiving to starboard.