Paddling with a ton of buddies from all over the world on a great river is always a blast, especially when there is a couple fresh boats from Wave Sport to test out. Bryan Kirk, Chris Wing and I set out on day two of Tallulah Fest, with a second generation Recon ( the new creek boat ), an Ethos ( the new cross over boat ), and a Project X. Needless to say the quiver was loaded and it was about time to test out some new Boats.
Walking down the immense stair case to the put in, Bryan, Chris, and I were hounded with questions, What boat is that? How big is it? When is it going to come out? I want one!
Bryan Kirk launching the new Recon Creek Boat
I started in the Ethos cross over boat, which was a quickly produced prototype boat. The out fitting felt great, and the shape looked good; the only problem was the quick activating drop down skeg didn’t have a control. A few strips of duck tape later and I was feeling confident that the skeg wasn’t going to self deploy half way down Oceana… I was wrong.
Unknown Paddler making his way Right of the Thing!
Upon sliding off the put in stairs into the river I felt a very odd sensation, the back of the boat wouldn’t go anywhere. The duck tape had removed itself and the skeg that is supposed to lower a few inches into the water, was submersed 18 inches. The thought of hiking the boat to the top of the stairs was ridiculous. After a quick deliberation Bryan Kirk and I decided to shove the skeg back up into the boat and to break little branches off on both sides of it. The thought was that we could wedge the Skeg back up and into the boat. I was pretty sure this plan wasn’t going to work, but to my surprise, the little sticks held way better then the Duck tape. The Skeg stayed up, and I got to paddle the huge Ethos Cross Over boat down the Tallulah gorge.
Unknown Paddler in a Dagger Green Boat entering the THING
Paddling down, we took the time to check out each others boats and give some great feedback that will certainly be used in the final products.
Unknown Kayaker blasting past the Thing on Oceana
This boat is going to be amazing, the tiered rail on the back of the boat allows it to aggressively carve. The nose is soft with plenty of rocker to get up and over anything in it’s path. The best part is there is plans for a 90ish gallon model that is going to be great for self support, the big guys out there, or any one that love to float supper high.
Bryan Kirk with a prototype Recon at the base of Tallulah falls
I almost hate to call this a Cross Over boat, except for the fact that it has a drop down skeg. I truly could paddle this down most class 5 and it will be an exceptional 5- muti-day self support boat. I am already dreaming of a solo self support Grand Canyon trip.
Most importantly well at the Tallulah check out the rowdy rope swing, it’s right before the take out on the right. This swing is impressive!
Another adventure brought to you by Chris Baer