Cyclocross biking is a big deal these days. People love maneuvering their toys around. I'm finding that I love to handle my canoe a lot, too! Now, whitewater seems to have the corner on the handling market with its slalom sport. But why limit turny fun to whitewater? Why not have flatwater slalom? All slalom is is an obstacle course. Flatwater slalom can be easily set up most anywhere there's flat water. It seems like it might be best in a narrow, twisty stream. Have your course go over and under logs. Narrow squeezes. Have it do various kinds of portages (including over a hill). Have it go thru really shallow sections where you have to get out and run your boat by the painter. A great boat for this would be kinda short, kinda narrow, very light. And you really might want to be standing. You might want to bring 3 tools along: paddle, pole and SUP-paddle -- but I could see that they might bang around -- install quick-clips to hold 'em?
Our local river is all these things: narrow, twisty, shallow and full of jams. Few people try to paddle it. They're missing out!!! I just love "flowing" my way through all the challenges. I use an old Advantage. It weighs about 28 lbs. I mostly do poling. It's so easy to get in and out of the boat for logjams and portages. I do "teeter-totter" over low logs. I do "scootering" through "almost-too-shallows." It's a blast. I'm starting to miss the logjams after we do our annual cleanouts!
Boatocross is a sport that would reward skill more than power and would reward an allround sort of hull more than extreme, exotic or overly-fragile race hull. I think that anything that might widen interest or increase access to paddling would be a good thing.
It would also show the benefits of a canoe over the way-too-common kayak.
My goal is to learn the full speed remount like the cyclocrossers do. I want to learn to toss my boat back in the water and just jump in. I'm not fast enough with that yet. My hull is a bit tippy but I can tell it would be fun to hit it flying. Someday!
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Just look around for a river race|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-17-13 10:25 AM (EST)
There are lots of them that are very similar to what you are describing.
Checkout Freestyle Canoeing|
Posted by: Kayak_Ken on Sep-17-13 10:53 AM (EST)
Boatocross: kinda new -- video!|
Posted by: JeffOYB on Sep-18-13 8:21 AM (EST)
Lots of events like Boatocross? Cool! But are you sure? It kinda sounds like maybe so if the paddlers are out of the boat a lot due to shallows. I'd like to see videos of some examples!
Try this link|
Posted by: timburris on Sep-18-13 8:48 AM (EST)
I think Kim may have been thinking of this video Marc shot of Bruce on a cold November day.
Love Marc's quote|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-18-13 10:27 AM (EST)
"Why would you take a perfectly good channel when you can do this?"
Yes, good one -- shallows funner|
Posted by: JeffOYB on Sep-19-13 7:33 AM (EST)
Yes, that's pretty good deepwater Boatocross. My video shows funner and more boisterous shallows action, courtesy of poling.
Definitely looks like fun|
Posted by: PlacidPaddler on Sep-19-13 8:42 AM (EST)