Upstream paddling and hull design...
Is there a big difference between hull designs when it comes to upstream paddling? I have always done it in a 12' touring boat but I have recently started doing whitewater and have a Diesel 80.
Today I was on a river and was making my way upstream. I came to a Class II section and the only way up was through the chute. I tried a few times but couldn't get past the lip of the chute! I would get so close but eventually would just stay stationary. I tried everything including brute force paddling... I'd just stay in the same spot. Sometimes I'd catch an edge and it would ruin it as well... Which got me thinking: is a displacement hull better for upstream paddling?
Just about as soon as I asked myself this, a paddler in a Riot Magnum came paddling by me. He gathered up a bit of speed in the eddy and shot through, no problem. I tried again, doing the same thing... Couldn't get past that lip again.
10 minutes after that attempt, and older gentleman in a really old Perception Dancer comes up. He shoots through, no problem. I'm young and in very good shape and have pretty decent paddling skills. I've been doing upstream paddling for a little over a year for exercise, just never in a planning hull.
Considering the other two people were in displacement hull boats, I was curious if this was beneficial for punching through some upstream currents. I was thinking of renting a Remix to test my theory since trying in my 12' touring boat isn't a fair comparison... However, does anyone here have any comments on this?