Sunday, April 15, 2012
Stormy Skies, But Smooth Sailing
Stormy weather didn't discourage paddlers from an opportunity to check out the new boats, stand up paddle boards and new equipment at this year's Canoesport Outfitters DemoFest. Gary (regional race expert) and I had to try out the new Valley Rapier.....Gary says the Epic 18X is faster; while, I'm not sure, at 20 feet long (17 inches wide) it's too long to race in the sea kayak category of any sanctioned race (18 feet long is the max). I like the way it fits though - too bad this one is yellow.
The number of new SUPs on the market is mind-boggling, and they are just as unique in design and purpose as kayaks.