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Old 07-17-2010   #1
 
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I tried a C-1 today. Ummmm.... I think I will stick to kayaking

So I have a friend that has been bugging me to try his C-1. I have been kayaking for a little while, and have never once wanted to try a C-1. After making fun of him many times for running his, and swimming on easy runs he decides to shut me up. He gets me in it on an easy class 2 to 3- run today. Long story short, four swims later I have more respect for C-1ers. Although I will stick to my Jefe Grande, Super Star, and Sho-Gun paddle.
P.S. I will say this I never pulled my skirt. With those you kind of fall out while trying to roll

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Old 07-18-2010   #2
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A couple years ago I took a dude from the SE down W. fork CC in a C-1... I'm pretty sure that makes the river a full grade harder right there!! I was thoroughly impressed, that kid killed it! That crap is SO hard!
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Yeah it is a different animal. For the guys who do it have have a new found respect
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Old 07-18-2010   #4
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Sorry.. But what does c-1 mean?
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Sorry.. But what does c-1 mean?

c-1 = Canoe 1, crazy bastards on their knees with only half a paddle rocking it Normally refers to a whitewater canoe setup with a closed cockpit, a lot of times a retrofitted kayak. You will see a lot of abbreviations like that, the first refers to the watercraft, the second is the number of people in craft. R2= Raft with two people, K1=kayak with one person, ect....
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I saw the C1 guys at the US championships here in Missoula a few weeks ago. They were like poetry in motion. Way cool.
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I kayak and C-1. C-1ing takes more concentration than kayaking since you have to predict more what the water will do to the boat, especially when you might get thrown to your offside. You learn a lot about control and finesse thru blade angle with a vertical paddle position and only one blade. It takes more practice to C-1, but if you stick with itís rewarding, too.
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So here is the question. It is hard for a kayaker to become a C-1er, but is it easy for a canoeist to become a kayaker? I would think it would be.
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Itís mostly about motivation. All the accomplished C-1erís Iíve met had some open canoe whitewater experience before they got a decked boat. Some of the best C-1erís have never kayaked. A lot of whitewater open canoers are skirt averse and a significant number donít perfect a roll. Most kayakers donít see any reward in making something they already do more difficult.
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I love C1 and OC1 boats. It gives you a different aspect of boats and water and can improve your overall boating skill, esp. if you break a paddle and are left with one blade!
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