Saturday, October 27, 2007

the people you meet.....

at the Gauley Festival

I had a good conversation with Wes about the DragoRossi Thruster during the Saturday festival night. He showed up the next morning and wanted to demo the boat. Here are two photos that his friend took.

The Thruster is one of the demos managed by Adam Bixby of South Carolina and Eli Smith of North Carolina; two of the fine folks at the DragoRossi Demo Centers around the country

Wes was allowed to take the boat with him to a small spot in South Carolina too. It's a small spot, but sure does look like big fun!

Then I get this phone call.......... Wes is a little timid at first, but quickly sells me on the sun and fun of a tour he is going on. It's a tour for work. He is helping build some carbon hulls for jet ski competitions, headed to Florida and Texas? Hmmmm. A bit out of the ordinary for whitewater kayaks, but sure does sound like fun. "Fine," I say, "take the boat, but be sure to take some pictures too"

Here are the first two pictures of being towed. Looks like he is figuring out how to hold that edge. With the photos, Wes also asked for some fins. Seems the boat is holding a carve well, but with fins, one can only imagine.......

This is the stuff I like about kayaking. People are into all sorts of things. Want to find a fun hog? Head to any river festival and there will surely be many.

Stay tuned for more photos of this Thruster. Let's see if it learns how to rip into a turn really hard and send some spray like a water ski. Might also be good for some kiting too.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

DragoRossi Thruster video

the video should be embedded, but just in case your browser needs updating, here is the address

since ARTandWATER is all out of Thrusters until winter
(don't worry, you can still order directly from the factory and have the boat shipped to your door)
I thought I'd at least put up this fun freestyle footage found on YouTube

if you want to be the boat from the factory, send an email to
or visit the website

Monday, October 08, 2007

LozerCup final results

I'm too tired to be as verbose as normal. The summer was great. The race series was fantastically fun. Lots of people discovered the joy of friendly competition in this grass-roots weekend race series. The results are on the front page right now.

Things to keep in mine.....

this series was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship but brought back because of popular demand

notice how many people participated in this casual event and image what it could be like with sponsors and some real excitement.