Coming forward to drive the bow down in the shallows is only affective if you are able to "pop" the hull. The canoe also sends a wave off the bottom of the hull, thus in the shallows, the wave hits the bottom of the river and bounces back up and "grabs" the hull. One of two things happen here. One, you either time your sprint into the shallows so as to "pop" or get ahead of your own bottom wave and surf it through the shallows (awesome feeling when it happens). Two, you get stuck behind your own bottom wave and have to climb it all the way through the shallows (suckwater). Bow down is not going to help the racers in this situation. Suckwater is the term used to describe the hull being held back by it's own bottom wave in shallows.
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