New Slalom C-2s on the way to High Rocks!
January 30, 2009 by Don Gentle
We just finalized the details for three brand new C-2 slalom boats for the High Rocks paddling program! The boats come all the way from Slovakia produced by leading composite boat company, Vajda, where many Olympic racers get their boats. Our paddling head, Fritz Orr spent some time talking with Olympic Champion, Joe Jacobi about design and construction before ordering the boats. Joe is the U.S. distributor for the company and has a lot of experience with these boats. Jacobi has also offered a training day for High Rocks on the Nantahala River sometime this summer. He wants to get the campers excited about these new boats and show them some tips for success.
The order includes three Vajda Wind 415 whitewater slalom C-2 composite canoes with a durable racing construction made out of carbon/Kevlar fiber. The canoes will come in the following color patterns: one in red with yellow swirl stripes, another in blue with green stripes, and finally and third in blue with silver stripes. For those of you not into the paddling “lingo,” a C-2 is a two person decked canoe. If you look at the pictures, these guys are using a single-bladed canoe paddle while kneeling in the boat. Although the boat resembles a kayak, it is most definitely a canoe.
Our paddling program requires everyone to have a strong basis in tandem canoe before moving on to a solo boat (kayak, solo open canoe or C-1). We want to continue the emphasis on canoeing in our paddling program. We realize a lot of the guys enjoy moving into a kayak after the tandem canoe training. Our hope is to get the kids very excited about paddling one of these boats on the river.
Stay tuned for more details about the paddling program! I can”t wait for the summer!