In order to experience the best of kayaking, ones state of mind must be open. When taking on a new challenge, some amount of energy is spent in overcoming barriers. Mental distractions such as fear are by far the largest. There is only so much room in a person’s mind. If distractions are present, there is less room for learning, or even remembering things you already know! Information theorists say that the mind has a certain channel capacity - the maximum amount of information is called the signal; everything that gets in the way of the signal is noise. Static on the radio is a form of noise. Fear is the loudest kind of mental noise.