In the spring of 1997, Riot Kayaks set out to design a kayak that would enable them to win the world rodeo championships: the ultimate wave-surfing, hole-riding, rodeo kayak.
We succeeded in creating just that a boat so far ahead of any other kayak at the 1997 championships, that athletes who felt disadvantaged lobbied for a last minute change in the scoring rules to prevent the Glide from achieving high scores on the moves it had been designed to do, and in which it excelled. That was prototype number one. Thirty-three completely vertical ends in twenty four seconds, multiple blunt splitwheels on totally green waves, airborne six point wave wheels, super blunts, freewheels, rockwheels, super clean cartwheels, clean shuvvits and more. The list is endless, the limits are undefined. If all-out rodeo is your thing, then this is the only possible choice.
I owned a Riot Disco for over two years and used it in virually all water conditions. I was quite fortunate because my particular boat came with the Surf Seat as opposed to any of the earlier devices seats which tended to make the kayak far too heavy.
The Disco has to be one of the all time classic kayaks. A kayak that has changed the way in which the industry designs new kayaks. The Disco was probably the first short PnP kayak that could actually perform.
Ben Brown is truly one of the worlds top white water paddlers. Big water and first descents is what it’s all about. As a professional kayaker Ben gets to live the dream everyday. A quick search of youtube will find video after video of Ben running some awesome rivers, dodging huge stumpers and taking the plunge over some massive drops.
I managed to catch Ben during a rare moment of downtime and asked him if would like to take part in the Unsponsored 2011 Q&A series. Thankfully Ben agreed. Enjoy….
Tell us a little a bit about you accomplishments in the kayaking world…
I have been kayaking full time for the past 11 years and during that period have been fortunate enough to paddle all over the world. The attraction to kayaking to me has always been the exploration aspect of the sport and it has been this that has continued to drive me over the years. I have paddled in over 50 countries and have completed first descents in NZ, Norway, Iceland, Thailand, USA, Canada, Africa and Italy and I am very proud of these accomplishments. However I think what I am most proud of is the fact that I have been able to make a career out of doing what I love the most with by best friends.