Go to any event or any other large gathering of paddlers and you’ll be guaranteed to spot loads of folk wearing a Shred Ready standard. There are a number of good reasons for this.
The shots below show the Wavesport Recon 93 and Dagger Mamba 8.6 (Creeker Spec).
The Switch is an excellent park and play boat which can also be used on rivers. The outfitting is very basic but very effective as well as being comfortable. I am a little over 6″ with size 11 feet and I remained comfortable in the boat for long sessions.
Necky has a good reputation for excellent wave boats and this is no exception. It is really fast both forwards and when carving which allows big moves such as blunts to be pulled effortlessly and the loose hull will let you spin till you’re dizzy. On a big wave or in this surf the Switch excels and offers some very fun, dynamic rides. Continue reading
The Necky Gliss is one of the nicest all round boats I have ever paddled. It goes well on flat water, tracks well and has reasonable speed without the bow plough. On the wave the gliss handles very well, it is well balanced and has a good combination of speed and spinability.
Outfitting by today’s standards can be seen as basic with keeper footrests and static seat and foam backrest pod. But once padded out the boat feels good and fits well. I used a combination of sleepmat on the seat and Mega competition hip pads. Continue reading
My Eskimo Topo is the original and best mark 1 version built by Prijon for Eskimo. As everyone knows topos are the best ever boat if you particularly feel like bouncing down a gorge with very little water because they are hard as nails.
Performance wise it is reasonably fast in a straight line but does not turn as fast as a playboat because it has greater length in the water.
Canadian Nick Troutman grew up near the Ottawa river in what is know at the White Water region. A move onto the water seemed a natural progression. At age 13 Nick did exactly that. Nick joined the Canadian National Team at the age of 14, won the North American Championships at the age of 18, and won the World Championships at the age of 20.
Part of the Jackson Kayak team Nick spends a great deal of his time travelling the world and paddling. I am therefore very grateful that Nick was able to take a little time out to take part in the Unsponsored 2013 Q&A series.
Photos: Mark Allen
The 2nd edition of what was the White Water Lake district landed this week. Now called Canoe & Kayak Guide to North West England it is a completely updated and much larger guidebook than the 2003 first edition.