Team Z Blog
The Deerfield Trifecta!
June 5, 2013 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
I haven't been home on a Memorial Day weekend in 5 years! Usually, we are in the RV out in CO for a few weeks competing at events. I could of gone out for 2 weeks this year but decided to just stay home and focus on WildWater training.
Memorial Day weekend we had a full house of family and friends. It was was the first official Dryway release of the season on the Deerfield River and we had a bunch of rain. The rain brought everything up and we paddled 3 different sections of the Deerfield River. Friday we paddled the West Branch of the Deerfield, the awesome creek section that runs through the town I live in. Saturday we ran the Dryway section of the Deerfield that was running higher than normal release level around 1,600cfs. Then Sunday we ran the Searsburg Section of the Deerfield a class II/III run that I've never run before. My brother Mark took his brother-in-law Emil and Emil's girlfriend Kasja down that section in his ducky. They are visiting from Sweden and had a super fun time on the river. The only bummer about the weekend was that it was cold. The weather went from 80 degrees during the week to 40 degrees on the weekend and pretty much rained the entire time and it even snowed. Got to love New England!
Today June 5th, is our 8th wedding anniversary and we both remembered! We usually both forget but remembered this year so that's pretty exciting. We are going to got out to dinner tonight with some friends at the White House INN in VT. Tomorrow I pack for our trip to Slovenia where I'll be competing in the WildWater Sprint World Championships June 14-16 in Solkan. I'm pretty excited about this competition. This is my first time on the US WildWater Team and have no idea what to except for my results. I feel like I've trained really well and hope to paddle fast. I'll be borrowing a Wild Water boat so that'll be interesting since I have no idea what it is. I'll have 4 days to learn the boat and learn the section of river we are competing on.
WB Deerfield Tunnel Falls
Till next time,
Reno River Fest
May 15, 2013 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
I left good ole VT on Wednesday and landed in Reno Wednesday night. I didn't fly with a boat or paddle and this awesome guy Jonas Milton who doesn't know me let me borrow his Project X 48. Pete Delosa helped with getting me the boat and returning it. Stephen Wright and Ruth Gordon let me borrow paddles. A guy let me borrow his really nice slalom boat. NRS let me borrow a SUP and Pau Hana let me borrow a SUP paddle, oh and Pete Delosa let me borrow his wife Amy's boat for the boater cross. I was all over the place that weekend with other peoples gear. It was so awesome to see the generosity people gave me. Sharing means caring!
I didn't have the best weekend of competing. It started with the ridiculous hot weather which I was not accustomed to, the 3 hour time change, having a cold and not sleeping well but it didn't stop me from trying and trying I did.
The comp started on Saturday and Jeff was the announcer. The women went first and there was 14 of us. The comp was held in Hole number 5 which is a fun hole but shallow and I always struggle in shallow holes. I hit the bottom and have a mini heart attack each time especially since the boat was not mine and I'm really good at hitting the bottom! I was the only Wave Sport paddler that was in a Wave Sport boat. Devon Barker-Hicks is a new Team Wave Sport member but didn't get her boat yet. I was able to make it into finals in 5th place, then Jessie Stone, Jessica Yurtinas, Courtney Kerin , and Sage Donnelly. Yes, a 12 year old beat all of us two days in a row. What can I say she's at her home spot, super competitor, and really good kayaker, she's been paddling as long as I have so there were no surprises.
The men went next and I was a judge and they all had really goods rides. We had finals on the same day just at 6pm so after the men finished prelims and semis we had a little break. I went back to my room and slept for about an hour. I was starting to feel really run down by that point. I set my alarm for 5pm and was up and getting ready for finals. I think I drank 20 gallons of water that day and still felt dehydrated.
I showed up for finals and wasn't able to put anything together except in my 2nd ride which was a mcnasty, air loop, shanked tricks, rock crushing and some flushes. That kept me in 5th place. Jessie was in 4th, Courtney in 3rd and the two local girls placing next, 2nd Jessica Yurtinas, and Sage Donnelly first. Then had to judge men's finals and Jayson Craig a local destroyed the hole linking a mcnasty and two phonixs monkeys, a back phonix and some other tricks putting him in 1st place, then Nick Troutman in second with another great ride, and Stephen Wright in 3rd with the only blunt mcnastys both ways. By the time we finished finals it was around 8pm. We were supposed to go out for my annual 30th b-day party but dinner finished up by 10:30 I needed to sleep and everyone was spent so we called it a night.
Sunday came way to quick and the SUP race was first starting about 10am. I needed a board and Jeff was able to get me one from NRS called the Tyrant, 9 feet inflatable. It was about a 3 mile race and the first time I was on a board since last year. I managed to only fall in once and fell on the board twice and came in second place. I kept up with Courtney on a Pau Hana Big EZ 11 feet hard board. This race took it all out me. I was cooked the rest of the day. I helped with judging slalom and then took 2 slalom runs that where mostly clean just slow. Then forced myself into boater cross which I'm always way to excited for but had no energy for it and didn't make it to the next round which was a blessing because I was hurting real bad by that point and stumbled back to my hotel room and slept till 4:30. I made it to the awards at 5pm said goodbye to everyone and Jeff because he was leaving to go to San Fran on business. I got a ride to the airport and took the red eye home. That's my trip to Reno!
I'm home recovering and starting to feel better. Today I'm going to start training again for Wild Water the Worlds are coming up so I need to be ready for it.
Photo by: Stephanie Viselli
Sup Podium 1st Courtney, 2nd me , 3rd Sage
Eating messy Tacos!
Photo by: Noah Fraser
Till next time,
US Freestyle Team Trials and the Mount Washington Tuckerman Inferno
May 2, 2013 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
We've had a couple of good weeks on the road. It started off heading to North Conway, NH for the Mount Washington Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon. The Inferno is a 8.3 mile run, 5 mile kayak, 18 mile bike, 3 mile hike, and skiing down Tuckermans Ravine. That's what it usually is. This year it rained the night before and the river rose pretty high and the organizers decided to cancel the race on the river and make the kayak a flat water race. Another change this year was the ski. The skier's didn't ski the bowl this year because of 60mph winds and the ravine was a sheet of ice, so they skied part of the Sherman trail instead. Mother nature decided to mess up the race this year but it was still really fun even though I had to race flat water.
I was on a Team of 5 women called Team Broads with Kim Seaman our runner, Nicole Vassar our biker, Di Collier our hiker, Ali O'Rourke skied and I was the kayaker. We competed in the all women's category against 5 women teams. We all raced really well and came in 3rd in the all women's category, our time was 3:40:00. I took first place in the kayak race out of all the the women and 10th in men. There were some really fast boats and some really fast paddlers so it wasn't a gimme. In the overall results we came in 22nd out of 53 teams that included coed teams of 5, duo teams and soloists. It's such a great race and I am looking forward to it again next year.
I'm trying to catch my brother Mark and passed all these guys.
Next up was NC for US Freestyle Kayak Team Trials. If you made the US Team you earned a spot to compete at the World Championships in September on the Nantahala River in NC. Team Trials were held on the Nantahala River and was a 3 day event and pretty much rained 2 days straight during the competition and unfortunately I didn't get any photos or videos because of it. I haven't really play boated at all this year. I spent a week in WV and a few days at Eternity hole in March and that was about it. I've been training mostly for Wild Water Racing because I'm on the US Team for Wild Water and competing at the Sprint World Championships in June in Slovenia so my time and energy has been spent getting ready for Wild Water Worlds. I'm stronger than I've ever been and that was a huge help with my freestyle kayaking. I was able to get a couple of days of practice in on the feature working around the International Canoe Federation Judge Training that I was doing. My paddling was going really well with getting consistent mcnasties, air loops, splitwheels, clean cartwheels, and occasional space godzillas.
There was 15 women who competed. Prelims started on Friday and the level rose and the feature became flushy. I was able to make it to semi finals in 7th place and 11 women moved on because Courtney from New Zealand was competing and she made it to semis. Then it started to rain and didn't stop until Monday. The organizers asked the damn operators to drop the level and they did. The feature was just like what everyone practiced in so that was nice. In semis you get two rides best one counts. My first ride wasn't good enough to put me into the finals, I was a little conservative with it. Devon Barker and Jessica Yurtinas had a better score than me and I knew I had to do something if I wanted to make it into finals. I knew I had to beat a 253 to make it into finals and then would have to wait to see what Kat did in her last ride since was the last to go. This ride I went in and started with my mcnasty and it went then after that I did a bunch of other stuff and scored a 290 and then waited to see what Kat was going to score because she could of pushed me out of finals with her last ride. She didn't beat my score so I moved on to finals and in 3rd place. I was pretty happy with that as was Jeff.
We didn't know if we where even going to have finals if the river flooded out but we did in a crazy flushy feature. In Finals you have 3 rides best one counts. In finals was Emily Jackson, Devon Barker, me, Adriene Levknecht, and Haley Mills. The judging was extremely strict so lots of stuff didn't go this weekend but it seemed they were even harder during finals. You would finish a ride in finals and be like sweet then the judges gave you like nothing, damn them! I was sitting in 3rd which is a good place to be when you know what the others scored. Emily is super pregnant but still could throw down and Devon can easily have a great ride where she does all her tricks and puts up a lot of points even on a flushy feature. Adriene and Haley are going to loop and space godzilla there brains out and get huge bonuses which makes them hard to beat. My best score was my second ride which was a 110. Emily and Devon had one ride left to beat my score (110), Haley's (140), and Adriene's (120) but they didn't and the three of us made the US Freestyle Kayak Team. It was a relief to just goof off in my third ride. Anyway, that's pretty much what happened.
This is my second time on the US Freestyle Kayak Team I was on the US Team in 2009 with Adriene in Thun, Switzerland. I also am on the US Squirt Team they needed another women so I said I would do it, thanks to Jeremy Laucks for letting me squeeze into his squirt boat. I actually competed in squirt at the Worlds in Thun because they needed another country to enter so I did it there and used Jeremy's boat. I'm pretty happy to be competing in 2 World Championships this year. I'll still be focusing mostly on Wild Water right now since the Worlds is in June then when I get back I'll do some training in freestyle but I'm not going crazy. The approach I took to the US Team Trials seemed to really work for me. I've competed in 3 US Team Trials and this was the first one where I didn't care one way or the other about making the team and good things came from it.
A big thank you to my number 1 sponsor Jeff Campbell, my family, and friends and to Wave Sport, Shred Ready, Mitchell Paddles, Zoar Outdoor, NRS, Maui Jim Sunglasses, KEEN, and Watermans Sunscreen for your support.
Here's a link to the results http://freestylekayaking2013.com/blog/us-team/
Celebrating making the US Team with Adriene, Haley and me!
Photo by: Shannon Christy
The US Team!
Till next time,
Miller River Race
April 17, 2013 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
This past weekend was the first down river race on the Lower Millers in MA. It's a class II section with a class III rapid called the Funnel which is a fun rapid that's a big wave train.
It was part of the NECKRA race series so a bunch of racers came to paddle. Jeff has been racing with me so it's been super fun, we are not competing against each other yet since he's paddling in the short boat class and I'm paddling in the long boat class but soon enough that will change. My brother Mark showed up to race in his Speeder and it's always great when we get to race each other even when he beats me. I'll get him next time!
The level rose a bit so I should of paddled my carbon Wild Water but I never checked the level in the morning and brought my Wave Hopper, but we could of paddled carbon at that level which was around 4.5 feet. A few racers paddled carbon Wild Water boats and took podium in the long boat class.
We met my brother around noon and did a practice run to find the faster lines before the race started at 2. The race was supposed to be 6 miles long but ended up only being maybe 3- 4 miles long. The safety boaters never showed up and the group decided that a swim at the Funnel alone would be unfair and dangerous. The racers made a good call and the race ended above the Funnel which opened up the field to more racers since some people were not going to race because of the Funnel. It was a mass start and I had a terrible start getting squished by my brother Mark and Jeff Belanger, thanks guys. I had to fight super hard to catch up with a bunch of boaters in front of me. I passed a bunch of the short boaters and passed my husband Jeff while he yelled profanities at me. I was winded within the first few minutes but made it to the finish line without vomiting in 8th out of the men and first out of the women.
It was another great race and I'm getting stronger at classic racing (a classic race is around 4 miles long) but still need to work on pacing myself. I tend to crush myself at the start and then get tired soon so I need to work on that. After I compete in the Sprint World Championships I'm really going to work on my classic racing.
Next up is the Mount Washington Tuckerman Inferno Race in NH. I'm on a team with some of my good friends. Last year we came in 3rd hopefully we can step it up this year! Then we head to NC for US Freestyle Kayak Team Trials. We'll see how that goes, I haven't been paddling freestyle as much since I made the US Wild Water Sprint Team but when I did get out I had some good sessions. Hopefully, it will transfer over to the Nantahala Hole but it was at Eternity Hole which makes you feel like you're a bad ass. Here's a video of some of those sessions if you haven't seen it yet.
Till next time,
Wave Sport Recon 70 Review
April 16, 2013 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
I've been paddling the Wave Sport Recon 70 since September and couldn't be happier with it's performance. Prior to that I paddled the Diesel 70 as my creek boat for about 3 years, the Habitat for one year, and Huck for 2 years.
Yes, I do paddle for Wave Sport and of course I want you to purchase a Wave Sport boat but I also want you to buy a boat that you are going to be comfortable in. I'm just letting you know my opinion of the Wave Sport Recon 70. The best advice I have for you is to go to Zoar Outdoor to demo one and then you tell me how you like it. I'll bet you will be super impressed with this boat and will more than likely go buy one. Believe me if I didn't feel comfortable in this boat I'd still use my Diesel 70 as my creek boat but guess what I'm not!
I'm 5'5" around 135 pounds and paddle the Recon 70. I enjoy creek boating but I'm not a hard core class V paddler. I enjoy paddling class V and I also enjoy walking class V. I spend lots of time in my Wild Water boat, my Wave Sport Project X 48, and my long plastic race boat. I'm constantly transitioning from one boat to the next which can be difficult at times especially in my Wild Water boat. When I get in my creek boat I want to be absolutely sure that it's going to be an easy transition back into it and the Recon 70 offers just that.
It starts with the new Core Whiteout Outfitting. It doesn't take long to get the foot paddling adjusted. I use all the foam that comes with it so if I piton the foot bed will absorb most of the impact. I use the extra seat pad in the boat to give me more leverage. I think all women should bump the seat up in creek boats and play boats to give them a better center of gravity unless you have a large torso then you may not have to. My seat is located just behind the center position which is not all the way back but close to it. I don't use a ton of hip pads. I like to be a little tight but not too tight. I feel if I'm super tight any little movement I make in any boat responds to it. I found that out paddling in Wild Water and now I use that model in my creek and play boats and it works great. The best part about the Core Whiteout Outfitting is the leg lifter system. Holy cow it's amazing! No more having to deal with adding foam under you legs to get you legs into your thigh braces and no more blowing up bags. All you do is sit in that comfy seat and the ratchet system is between you legs and crank it up till you feel snug. Crank the back band up to wherever you like it. I don't like my back band super tight, just enough so I have some support. It's now time to paddle!
I've paddled my Recon 70 in the Northeast on some big water, low volume creeks, boulder gardens, class III river runs and some decent sized slides. I'm so impressed how well the Recon handled all those different types of water. I don't have super technical language about boat designs so bear with me.
I tend to like a boat with more of a planing hull so I was a little nervous about the Recon because of it's displacement hull. I like a boat where I can feel the edges when I paddle it and the Recon does just that. The Recon ferries with ease and snaps in and out of eddies with precision. I can really feel the edge of the boat initiate in the water when catching an eddy. It's makes me laugh sometimes when I'm paddling the Recon how easy it feels when I'm ferrying or catching eddies. The Recon peels out of eddies with crispness and speed. It gets from point A to point B on edge in control and it has great secondary stability and is easy to roll. I brought my Recon 70 to a bunch of pool sessions this winter and had a bunch of people in the boat and everyone said the boat was easy to roll. There are a few people from those pool sessions that went out and bought a Recon just from how it feel in the pool.
Most of the creek boats that I've paddled like the Habitat and Huck I found would be hard to keep on line. I felt like I was fighting the boat more than anything else and that was frustrating and some times scary. I never had that problem with my Diesel which was a huge reason why I paddled the Diesel over the Habitat. The Recon holds a line a lot like the Diesel but better, it gets up to speed quickly and in full control. I never feel like I'm fighting the boat. The Recon is easy to keep on line and turns easy so in those boulder garden rapids that offer up lots of S-turns the Recon slays it. It feels like cruise control.
The other topic to talk about is boofing and splatting. The Diesel could boof but not like the Recon. It's such a different feeling when I boof in the Recon compared to the Diesel. The Recon feels like it just glides off of rocks when boofing or splatting. It really has this natural feeling while it's happening, unlike the Diesel where sometimes during a boof it felt a little mushy, if that makes sense. The Diesel splatted and rock spun really well and it wasn't a terrible boofer just doesn't boof as well as the Recon.
Another aspect of the Recon is how the bow is shaped. It's curled up a bit so when your paddling in a wave train the boat goes over the top of the waves instead of going through them and the bow sheds the water nicely. It pops out of holes quickly and the stern isn't grabby. Remember I keep my seat more towards the back and haven't been stern endered yet.
That's pretty much all I have to say about the Recon. If I forgot to talk about something or you have a question just ask. You don't have to be a class V boater to enjoy this boat it's a great boat for the class III/IV boater to the class V boater. Like I said in the beginning get to Zoar Outdoor and try a Recon you won't be dissapoointed.
Here's a video I put together of the Recon.
Scantic Spring Splash
April 1, 2013 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
This past weekend was the 22nd annual Scantic Spring Splash in Enfield, CT. There were over 100 racers, more canoers than kayakers, young and old. This was my first time racing this event and had a great time, plus Jeff even raced! It's a 5 mile race mostly flat water with 3 class II drops, a mandatory portage up and over the dam and the river had about 6 inches of water in it. I've been to a lot of events and will have to say that the Scantic Spring Splash is one of the best organized events that I've been to. They had the boy scouts helping out at the portage area. They passed out drinks when you came by and if someone was struggling with a boat they'd help carry it. There was another group of kids called Explorers that came to help with directing traffic, informing competitors and spectators where to go. The event had free shuttle services for competitors and spectators. There was plenty of safety on and off the river. The volunteers all seemed to be happy and having a great time as did the competitiors.
I paddled my Wave Hopper since my carbon Wild Water boat would not have survived this race. The race was a challenge for me with all the flatwater. I can lose focus and get bored when it's so flat but I felt like I did an ok job keeping myself motivated during the race but probably could of done better. I lolly gagged during the portage and should of hussled a bit more. After the portage is where the 3 class II drops are and where most of the spectators are to watch the carnage factor. The majority of racers are not whitewater boaters so these rapids are hard for them.
The river was low and I bottomed out a few times. At the final rapid I stopped in an eddy after the first ledge to let a canoer get himself sorted out. He swam, his canoe was surfing in the little hole and he was standing up in the river trying to get his canoe out. The last ledge also had a swimmer and boat still in the water so the fastest line was congested with boats and swimmers. I should of just went and took the dry line which I inevitably did but for some reason I decided to wait. Maybe the reason why I waited was because it was so entertaining watching the carnage that was happening right in front of me. Anyway, the race was great and the amount of spectators made it really fun! A ton of people just cheering you on all along the entire 5 miles. That made it really neat and pushed me at moments to paddle faster! Jeff had a great race, he survived it paddling my Wave Sport Momentum. It sounds like he will do some more races this year with me so that's exciting!
One thing I did learn about this race was that even though it was a super easy river, if you are going to race you should do a run on it first and get to know it before a race. It would of made my life way easier. My time was 44:48 which is ok but I'm a little disappointed in my performance but it was another great learning experience and was great training. I came in 6th in the long boat class and had the fastest women's time.
Next up is hopefully going to be the New Haven Race in VT that's if the weather cooperates.
Here's a link with some photos and quick videos of the race.
Till next time,
2 weeks in WV and NC!
March 26, 2013 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
I've been out of the scene for a few months enjoying my winter in VT. We've had lots of snow this winter and it's been pretty cold. I spent most of my time working at Timber Creek Cross Country and doing a lot of classic and skate skiing. It was finally time to get out of VT and start paddling. I headed to WV for a week bringing snow and cold temps with me. I got some great days in on low water New River Dries and the Gorge section. It was a great week getting myself comfortable in my boat again. Then I headed over to Eternity Hole in NC and put in a few days there. It's a great little play spot where every hole trick goes really nice and it was still cold.
Next up on my little paddling trip alone with no Jeff, Brook and Laya was a WildWater competition on the Nantahala in NC for the Bank of America US Open and yes, still cold. I never got a break from cold weather on this trip! The Sprint race was being held on Saturday and the Classic race on Sunday. My buddy Mark and his wife Alicia drove from MA a few days before the race. We both finally got back in our wildwater boats after the long New England winter. I felt like I was starting all over again in my wildwater boat and using that damn wing paddle makes everything that much harder. I was able to get it sorted out again but still not super comfortable. Thanks to Alicia for being our awesome shuttle bunny!
We heard about another winter storm that was brewing on Sunday night, that was in our direct path to drive home after the Classic race. We asked the extremely nice Chris Hipgrave who was organizing the WildWater races if we could do the Sprint and Classic on Saturday so we wouldn't miss the Classic race or get stuck in a storm. He said yes, so we had a big day on Saturday with two races.
The Sprint race started at Pattons Run on the Nantahala. I was feeling a bit tippy that morning in my boat which is never a good feeling to have in a wildwater boat but I was able to keep it upright and clean with a second place finish. Selena Popp came in first with a 1:28.60 and I was right behind her with a 1:28.63. The Classic race that Mark and I did went well I did it in 15:56 and we did it on the Nantahala. I guess on Sunday the damn wouldn't open so they moved the Classic race to a different river so not really sure how my results faired to the other results but I'm pleased with my time for my first Classic race of the season.
I'm back home in VT and so happy to be back with the family. I have a crazy busy schedule this year and am looking forward to it especially since Jeff, Brook, and Laya will be coming with me for most of it.
Here's some photos from the wildwater race and a video from my 2 weeks away.
Mark Wendowlowski and I representing New England well!
Photos by: Alicia Clark Wendowlowski
Photo: Jeff Campbell
Till Next time,
Fall boating with video of the Recon 70!
November 2, 2012 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
The fall is coming close to an end. The leaves are all gone and the cold is creeping in. Here's a quick recap of what's been going on with us. I made the US WildWater Sprint Team and will get to compete in the World Championships June 14-16, 2013 in Slovenia. I paddled the Moose River and held a clinic for Mountain Man during Moose Fest. Frankenstorm Sandy passed by and dropped some rain in the area so I got to paddle the Recon a bit more. I'm really loving this boat. I find it to be the perfect creek boat for me. It's like wearing a shoe! It fits me perfectly, does what I want it to do, picks up speed, boofs really well, holds a line, it's just an amazing boat and you need to try one. You don't need to be a class V boater to enjoy the Recon it has qualities that are great for class III/IV and V just try the Recon and you'll see what I mean. As of now the Recon 83 is available so find your local Wave Sport dealer like Zoar Outdoor and try to demo one or just buy one.
Here's a write up about the Recon I posted a few weeks ago http://wavesport.ning.com/profiles/blogs/quick-review-of-the-recon-70
Here's a video of me paddling the Recon 70.
Till next time,
How to Clean Air Blunt!
October 4, 2012 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
It took me a little while to learn how to clean blunt. I was told by a few different people to think of it as a new trick and it helped. I still will occasionally do a dirty blunt which is when you tap the paddle and then throw the paddle out to the side which is very, very dirty and not clean!
How to Clean Air Blunt:
Elevated 180 degrees rotation on green water at an angle
greater than 45 degrees, clear of the foam pile, where the
competitor rotates around the bow of the boat not using the paddle to initiate the move, landing in a back surf.
Left Clean Air Blunt:
1. Get to the top of the wave by carving.
2. Once on top drop your right edge and do a forward stroke on your right side to accelerate the boat down the face of the wave. Coming down the pile heading towards like 1- 2 o'clock angle. Keep your eyes looking upstream.
3. While doing the forward stroke on edge, tighten up your abs lean forward and bounce hard on that right edge. It's like a pumping motion.
4. Your boat now is going to get rejected and it will be in the air. Keep looking upstream, change edges by dropping your left edge and pulling up hard on your right and now the hard part, punch your left fist over to the right side of your boat while holding a hard right edge. Your right arm should be straight, your left arm will be bent and will be pretty much at eye level crossing over your right side. Keep looking upstream until the landing!
5. Once you feel the rotation of the boat come around you can flatten out and throw in a back stroke as a recovery so you don't flush.
There you have it, a beautiful clean air blunt. I hope what I said makes sense. That's how I figured out how to clean blunt. Remember to really punch that fist out, stay looking upstream until you land and be snappy! If you do a dirty blunt or crash on the landing don't get discouraged keep working at it and you'll get it.
To do a right just switch up your edges and punch out with your right hand!
Here's a video of me throwing a left clean air blunt at Lunch Counter Wave and Garb.
Till next time,
Quick review of the Wave Sport Recon 70
September 25, 2012 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
I've had the Recon 70 for a couple of weeks now and the only river I've had it on has been the Dryway. I'm really impressed with the boat so far.
Here's a quick review of the Recon 70. Once I get it on some creeks I'll write up a full review of the boat.
I've been paddling the Diesel 70 as my creek boat for 3 years and love that boat. I tend to like a boat with more of a planing hull so I was a little nervous about the Recon because of it's displacement hull. I like a boat where I can feel the edges when I paddle it and I can with the Recon. I was very impressed with how well the Recon snapped in and out of eddies. I could really feel the edge of the boat initiate in the water when catching an eddy. It peeled out of eddies with crispness and speed. I had no trouble with ferries. It gets from point A to point B on edge in control and it has great secondary stability that is always a great thing to have in a creek boat.
Most of the creek boats that I've paddled like the Habitat I found would be hard to keep on line. I felt like I was fighting the boat more than anything else and that was frustrating and sometimes scary. I never had that problem with my Diesel which was a huge reason why I paddled the Diesel over the Habitat. The Recon holds a line a lot like the Diesel, it gets up to speed quickly and in full control. I never felt like I was fighting the boat. The Recon held it's line and I felt in full control of the boat.
I was able to hit some boofs and splats with the Recon. It felt really good sliding off of rocks. I can't wait to get the Recon on a creek with some great boofs and really get to test out it's boofing ability.
The bow of the Recon is curled up a bit so it went over waves instead of going through them and sheds the water nicely. It popped out of holes quickly and the stern didn't grab.
The new Core WhiteOut System is awesome! I've always loved Wave Sport's outfitting but this is by far the best yet! The leg lifters are outstanding, the seat, hip pads and backband are more comfortable than before!
That's my two cents on the Recon. It's going to be a great boat for the class III/IV boater to the class V boater. When the Recon series makes it on the market get yourself to Zoar and try one out for yourself. The Recon is going to be the perfect boat for the Northeast creeks and rivers! My Diesel has now been replaced by the Recon 70!
Here's a link to the page about the Recon with the sizes and estimated release dates.
Here's a video from the Dryway during the last release!
Moose Fest is just around the corner! The Recon is going to be so sweet on that run!
Enjoy and let us know what you think of the Recon when you try one!
Till next time,