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?
Corran has been designing again. This is what a new Disco V2 could look like.
For those of you who weren’t around at the time of the original Disco the boat really stepped things up in terms of what a small park and play kayak could do. Being based on the hull of the rule changing Riot Glide it had a head start on virtually all other small playboats out at the time.
So Corran is looking at a revamp of the old design, improving what wasn’t quite right at the time and stepping things up yet another notch. Check out this initial design concept.
I own a Dagger Jitsu. I like it, although like many playboats it has its fans and its detractors. Generally though it is regarded to have a good hull shape, and, frankly, I find it hard to fit into other models simply because I’m one of those awkward people who has long legs for their weight.
Image: Eagles Nest Photography
I’m not going to be world champion any time soon, and if I was to buy a ‘dream’ playboat I’d likely be buying a carbon one. But there’s one thing about the Jitsu that most who know it can agree on. It is a lot heavier than it needs to be. In fact this very same criticism can be levelled at pretty much any modern boat on the market today.