Had you done a lot of kayaking?
I grew up in Budapest, Hungary, which was still Communist at the time. My dad was a conductor at the Hungarian State Opera House, which like most employers had leisure facilities for employees. So myself and my sister took regular kayak lessons at the Opera’s boathouse on the river Danube on the outskirts of Budapest. Later, when I was about 15 we moved to Canada, to Vancouver Island, where Kayaking can be an everyday leisure activity. Not that I did much of it, until I was much older.