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Photo Annual 2011 I


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t’s been said that unlike a painter, a photographer starts with something finished and works backward. In this year’s gallery, finished works include planned routes, packed expeditions, surfed waves and picturesque campsites. The photographers worked


backwards, capturing stills, preserving moments from kayaking excursions not to be forgotten. For the paddlers on these trips, the snapshots are memories frozen in time, ready for revisiting. For the rest of us, their images serve as inspiration for trips to come.


A panoramic lunch break near the Bustard Islands in Georgian Bay. DOUG EL SEY


STANDINGWAVES


Lighter-than-air performance and custom graphics make


carbon the new cool kid. PHOTO: PATRICK CAMBLIN


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Wind River wonderland, Yukon. PHOTO: CHARLOTTE JACKLEIN


CARBON BOATS: WHO NEEDS THEM?


The recent rash of carbon fiber playboats from mainstream kayak com- panies—think Wave Sport, Jackson and Fluid with Pyranha poised to fol- low—and specialized manufacturers like freestyle sector upstarts Black Sheep, Titan, ZET and Vajda, has some kayakers wondering: who needs carbon, anyway? Can it really make the average playboater that much better or is this just a new toy to keep the pro paddlers happy? Black Sheep Kayaks designer and builder Dave Nieuwenhuis says,


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“The upper echelon of freestyle paddlers are the ones buying or ex- pressing interest in carbon boats. The majority of kayakers couldn’t jus- tify owning a carbon boat simply because of where they paddle.” Why does it matter where you paddle? Rocks. Nieuwenhuis compares a carbon boat to a high-end sports car, “Your


Ferrari might soak up a few bumps and your carbon boat should handle a few rocks, but do you really want to test that out?” This means you need to avoid shallow features, sliding down the banks


into the water and throwing it in the back of your truck to rattle around. And you really ought to tuck it into a soft, cozy boat bag to prevent scratches and sun damage. The other disadvantage for the average boater is the hefty price tag—


about two grand more than a plastic counterpart. For some serious riders, however, the siren song of carbon is simply irresistible. Canadian Freestyle Team member Keegan Grady worked all winter to save up enough money to buy a carbon boat, “It’s the best investment I’ve made in my riding to date.”


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So what makes carbon such a good investment? More stiffness and


less weight. Nieuwenhuis explains, “Although a plastic boat may appear to be stiff on the water, the upward deflection of the plastic hull is un- avoidable. It’s simply the nature of the material. Carbon boats with foam cores have zero hull deformation and the result is an incredibly stiff surf that gives the truest sensation of floating. They surf like nothing else.” The feathery weight of carbon is equally important. “Carbon boats are


extremely responsive and seemingly effortless in comparison to similar plastic boats,” Nieuwenhuis continues. Which is why more and more pro freestyle paddlers are converting to composite. Level Six Capital Cup 2011 champion and carbon advocate Adam


Chappell says, “It took awhile to dial in tricks because the boat was so reactive on a wave. Now I don’t think I could ever go back to paddling plastic.” At the 2009 Freestyle World Championships in Thun, Switzerland,


plastic boats dominated a smattering of then just-emerging composite rides. Still, when this magazine went to press, carbon ruled the quivers of top paddlers competing at this summer’s Worlds. So, despite their disadvantages for the average paddler, carbon boats


clearly have their place on the water. But do they make you a better boater? Not according to Grady, “Carbon boats are an undeniable ad- vantage, but I think the best rider will win regardless. The 2009 Worlds were a testament to that.” —Dan Caldwell


Off the Tongue


TO ALL THE BOATS I’VE LOVED BEFORE


It was the early summer of 1991. Tis was my first year on the river. It was my first year on any river, really. I’d just learned the trucker’s hitch and it pleased me to know that my baby blue Dagger Caper was now unlikely to blow off my truck. Voluminous. A sweet tri-saddle. She was my first love. We spent the rest of that wet and wild summer together but sadly part- ed ways as the leaves changed color and I needed money for tuition. Summer love. In the 20 years since, my life has been


a pathetic revolving door of whitewater one-night stands. I hit rock bottom dur- ing the sleazy slicey boat days. I’d dump boats twice a season, flipping them for the next sexy thing draped across the racks in a paddling shop. Tis was not that big a deal for kayak-


ers, a kind of accepted behavior, just the way it was then. But for a canoeist and C1 paddler it was especially hard on my home life. I’d bring home new boats and strip


them naked right in the living room. Te furniture was dusted in foam shavings, the air thick with the stench of contact ce- ment and the coffee tables cluttered with empty whiskey bottles. My wife Tanya fi- nally put her foot down, “Do your outfit- ting somewhere else. Even the bed sheets smell like epoxy.” I now have a secret barn across the


road where I can go and be alone with my boats. If all my ex-boats got together at a party


like the ex-girlfriends in romantic come- dies (and every guy’s worst nightmare) the guest list would look something like this. If I’ve forgotten anyone, I’m sorry, it’s not that I didn’t love you:


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PHOTO: RICK MATTHEWS


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