Friday, March 11, 2016

Warmer than last year, more water than last year, so far....

Last year, at this time, we had this

 and this

so be thankful for the mild winter (or maybe be afraid that global warming is real?)

Saturday, January 09, 2016

STS Spawn by Upstream Boards

Here is Rich, from Upstream Boards, applying the graphics before the final fiberglass layer on this nice river surfing board.

The bottom of the board is a mix of fiberglass, innegra, and basalt.  It is a very strong composite mix.

This image is after the "hot coat", which is the final layer of resin that is applied over everything to further protect the reinforcing fibers.  The idea is that you can get some scratches in this coat and be able to maintain your board before anything touches the reinforcing fibers.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bulls Bridge at about 1 on the paint (video of the Flume)


Benjamin Michael Trister showing us how high and dry that last gen Option from BlackFly Canoes really is.  He runs the classic line, and stays dry enough to keep his ferry angle and hit the eddy.  This is the correct line for kayaks.  Most of the time, however, kayaks will just keep going down stream when they hit the V hole.


Bhupi taking the modified boof line.  He did this on purpose.  Of course he did.  I only say that because many Bulls Bridge beginners take this line by accident, as they just sort of randomly drive towards the horizon line.  Unfortunately, the often get punished by the hole at the bottom (because they can't boot). The hole is backed up by some very shallow rocks on the right.  Most beginners should take the same line as the OC-1 above, and drive left.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bulls Bridge a bit above 2 at noon Nov 22

The powerplant is still under construction,
so all the water goes into the river
Putting in below Stairway,
turn the corner and run The Flume.

 Brap   Braap  Braaap!!!..

Surfing at George's, Georgia's, Georges

Monday, November 02, 2015

Operation Zulu (back in the day.....)

In the Fall of 1997 I was working in an outdoor store, and designing a small freestyle boat for myself.  It was super short (very short by the standards of 1997) and I wanted it to be flat, stable, and spin on a wave.  I ran into some posts by Corran Addison, started an email correspondence that turned into an offer to join up with Riot in January of 1998.  I was happy to get involved with someone who was far ahead of the curve with what I wanted to do with a boat, but had no idea I would be witness to the start of a revolution in whitewater kayaking over the next five years.

Operation Zulu - Unsponsored from Unsponsored on Vimeo.

I remember the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City in which crowds gathered at the Riot booth to see the final sequence of Nico wave wheeling on the Zambezi River.  Very few people in the U.S. had seen water that big, and nobody in the show had seen anyone throw wave wheels into features like that.  Many have done similar feats since, but at the time it was an amazing site to behold.

(one fun fact:  my friend still owns the same yellow Riot Hammer that was used in that sequence)