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Can you really run hard WW on a SUP?

I get asked all the time… can you REALLY run decent whitewater on a paddleboard, or is it just a case of huck and chuck as most photos make it appear? The answer is a simple and astounding YES. Very much so. The REASON you see so many photos and video’s of people paddling into rapids, and swimming out of them, is that they’re on the wrong equipment.

Imagine for a second you’re a kayaker, and you take surf shape kayak into the river. What would happen? It’s no fun at all. You’d spend more time rolling than padding. The same applies to SUP. Given that most “river SUP designs” are in fact nothing more than surf shapes blown up, it’s no wonder that SUP paddling on rivers looks like a complete waste of time.

But if you have the right equipment, it’s a whole other game. We are running solid class 4 with relative ease, and some baby class 5 rapids are just starting to be tackled. Board designs like the Streetfighter, that make hard whitewater easy in the same way that a creeking kayak design makes hard rapids easy (compared to a playboat), are really opening up things. Whether its steep drops and boofs (helped by the boof buddy) or big volume pumping water and waves attacking you from all sides, the Streetfighter is the great equalizer: rapids that I can’t even begin to run successfully on other designs I do with ease on the Streetfighter.

It’s no wonder that the Streetfighter is the best selling whitewater paddleboard in the world!

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Streetfighter nails class 4

Expert Kiteboarder, Patagonia athlete and SUP surfer Jillien Fillion joined me yesterday on the class 4 section of the Rouge River in Quebec to do some whitewater SUP paddling. The level was high, at about 70 m3/s (cms), making the rapids long, full of holes and giant waves spattered about. At first he wasn’t using the boof buddy, and when punching the larger holes he’d get bucked off the back, but as soon as he figured out how to use it to stay connected to the board, everything changed and he was successfully plugging even the hardest of the drops.

Of course the amazing stability and forgiving nature of the Streetfighter makes it second to none for pushing your personal limits. When you’re a top athlete like Jullien, those limits are pretty high. However for most people the Streetfighters ability to run whitewater with a high level of success for even total beginners is whats making this board so attractive (never mind that its by far the lightest plastic board on the market, and retails for half the price of most boards). But I digress… This story was of course about Jullien and how well he did on the Rouge river yesterday. These photos (including one fantastic wipeout before he’d figured out the boof buddy) show how hard the river is!

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South Fork of the Payette

I had an opportunity to run the South Fork of the Payette with Dan Gavere and Peter Bartle. All I can say is that it was really fun. Ok, that’s not all I can say – most of it was fairly easy, but there were two rapids that were certainly challenging on a Stand Up board – enough to make Dan swim one of them, and I swam the other (we were the only ones to run them)! It is as far as I know the highest the section has been attempted on SUP. To be honest it was quite easy on the Streetfighter – except for the two – and I can’t wait to get onto harder stuff. Both Dan and Peter were on form as well, I should note – as always!

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