Slicey kayaks are on the way back. After years of super short and relatively high volume playboats the “old school” makes a return. Now old school is relative, for some of you out there it may be a blast all the way back to 2010! However I’m talking about going back to the 1990s and early 2000s. This is great news as those boats were super fun. Add in some modern design thinking and better outfitting and these new slicey kayaks have a lot to offer a wide range of paddlers.
One of the newest releases is from Titan Kayaks and we have a pre-production Titan Nymph in for review at Unsponsored for almost two months. Other than the graphics (missing on this one) and some tweaks to the outfitting this kayak is the same as the final production version.
I think this is my favourite sort of kayaking at the moment, trying to be creative, thow a couple tricks and send some big lines all in the same kayak. Nothing new people like Billy Jones, Dave Fusilli and a host of others have been doing this for years, I just didn’t know what to call it? It isn’t river running, it isn’t freestyle, it isn’t really creeking, Half slicing? Freeride?
Daydream is the sequel to Dream. If you haven’t seen Dream then please check that out first.
In Dream we met Theo, the shy newbie whitewater kayaker who is unsure of how to progress into a more confident paddler. Theo, a bit of a space cadet, slips into his mind on the side of the river and dreams he is the kayaker he wishes he could be. In Daydream Theo has progressed into a strong paddler but after a move into the big smoke and getting way WAY into yoga he now wonders, how will he get back to the river that taught him so much and how can he progress even further? He needs a mentor, a teacher, and he slips away…
When a newbie kayaker goes paddling, he discovers a posse of pros on the river and wonders whether someday he could be that cool. A daydream in the eddy transforms the purple-helmeted rookie into a whitewater Adonis. Join kayaker Ben Marr as he takes us to a world where a paddler’s wildest fantasies come true.
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