“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
Shallow Pools aren’t easy to swim in with a competitor fin. You keep slapping the bottom and getting stuck lol
This young merling sure had me fooled! At a booking yesterday several of the kids had mermaid tails/ mermaid monofins. Most of them were still learning how to use them. When this wee one showed up with her whole outfit I assumed she’d need a lesson too. I offered to give her a ride on my back around the pool. She accepted and in this photo she explained to Sean (who took the photo) that she wanted to watch my tail move while we swam.— with Raina Mer at Halifax Mermaids.
When I stopped the ride and she hopped off, she dove under the water and took off like a speed of light. 6 years old and she was better in her tail than most adults I’ve seen. I joked with her parents that in 10 years she needs to come work for me! I was floored by her agility. She was doing flips and tricks and had stamina to outlast me for sure.
NEVER underestimate kids. They will surprise you all the time
This. Is Rapidash. My silicone tail. She weighs 19lbs and is fitted with a competitor monofin. She was the very FIRST silicone tail ever made by Raven, and the first official tail of her company Merbellas. Rapidash was cast thinner than the average tail, because I struggle with mobility issues.
As far as I can tell from my own research and calculations, Rapidash has been used more than any other silicone tail currently in the mer community, except for maybe Mermaid Linden’s. (Linden has had access to her spfx artist though to make frequent repairs and touch ups on her tail, I have not).
Rapdiash has been used multiple times a week, for 3 years. I’ve sat in her from anywhere from 1 hour to 7 depending on the gig. She’s been in salt, fresh, and chlorinated water. It is now July 2014 and in this year alone, I’ve been in Rapidash for about 130 hours. I don’t get “practice” time, so this translates specifically to gig time.
Rapidash was well made, but she was the first tail merbellas made, and merbellas have grown so much since then. I am receiving a new tail. I am stuck between pokemon names for it haha. I keep thinking flareon, or vulpix. You’ll see why soon.
I have babied this tail. While she is well used and loved, I’ve also done my best to take good care of her. She’s nearing retirement though. but I think she’s a good example of how long and well a tail can last if you take care of them.
Rapidash was my dream tail. All those years watching Splash and wanting to embody what I saw. Merbellas made that a reality for me. In fact, Merbellas changed the course of my life. I’m a full time mermaid now and the experiences I have had that go with it would not be possible if not for this tail.
I’m sad to retire her, but she needs the break for sure. And I am excited to evolve into my next mermaid level.
Show Rapidash some love :)