Downhill Kayaking

Downhill Kayaking in Sault Ste Marie



With more snowfall on the ground than I can recall from recent years I was finally afforded the opportunity to try something that has been on my mind for five years: Downhill Kayaking. I waxed up my Pyranha Inazone 230 with cross country ski wax, carted it up to a decommissioned ski hill near my house, affixed my plethora of GoPro's and much to the delight of the grade seven class cross country skiing on a field trip began my first glorious attempt.

Downhill kayaking
Downhill Kayaking
Downhill Kayaking

The first observation of note was the effort required for steering.  Without a rudder I needed to lean hard into the turns and drag with the turn-side paddle blade.  But this wasn't enough.  Not only did I have to lean, I had to actively kick my legs into the desired turn direction.  A constant worry was pivoting the craft without redirecting, initiating the crocodile death roll which would probably result in some spine damage.  This will take a number of attempts to perfect the carving techniques required for maximal performance.

I documented these two runs with a combination of two GoPro's (Hero 3 Black and Original Hero) and a variety of mounts.  The curved adhesive mount was used on the boat and helmet, a seat post mount was used on the neck of the paddle and I wore a Chestie. Its always a learning experience when utilizing these versatile cameras in new elements but nevertheless always exciting.  This is my first time editing using the GoPro software so please reserve criticism. But it sure gave me a lot more appreciation for my editors and production team over at Inspired-ONE.

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