I am totally into it. I know of several others that were not only planning on it, but actually made some pretty good Foamies! Don't know what happened to the original dates, but some cold ones and a foamie race could be really fun!
I say we set up a Poll to see who would be into it... Some folks seemed to be confused about what a foamie is. For anyone not familiar, they are basically a 5 to 10 inch kayak with a boater made of of wood usually or maybe minicell. They actually do some pretty cool stuff when put in the right conditions. It's a big thing in the SE for those jonsers that can't get enough... LIKE ME!!!
I don't have a picture of one, but this video is pretty sick.
It's mostly my fault, I let things slip until the last moment. BUT- Stan is here, and he's here to rock your world. Stan appeared after a few sixers and a day away from the shop. I'll leave it at that.
We should set a new date. Maybe Lincoln's B-Day Feb 12th. It's a Thursday and Jon will be back to cover the shop.
For anyone who is not in the know about Foamie's: They are just would Craw said. A foam kayaker (or wood- depending on time and effort), about 10 inches long, and weighted on the bottom (self-rolling). If you need foam- stop by the shop- it's on the house (not an army of foamie's- just enough for one per person). Stan will be at the front desk to answer questions.
After watching Painkillers I and II (super cool, 4 stars, a must see, those guys Scream and Nitro are better yakers than me, which I guess isn't saying much), I immediately sat down and carved my first foamie. I used my S6 as a model, and made the boat first, then a paddler, which I glued to the boat, using a toothpick for support. I used an empty Bic pen tube for a paddle shaft and glued on some foam blades, then glued on the paddle. Of course I had to test it, so I filled up the tub and started playing like a kid with a new toy. Without any weights added, my foamie can roll up on the left by himself, and on the right with some simulated current (splashing water around with my hand.) He boofs the shower curtain very well, and almost always does a perfect flip and lands upright. He does get stuck upside down if he's leaning forward onto the paddle.
So, should I add weights? What kind? And has anyone looked at Boulder creek or Clear creek lately to see if there is a slight flow to test him in? Or are they frozen? I had no idea how fun these foamies are, but now I'm hooked.
I have been unsuccesfull connecting with the two links listed below. What exactly is the Foamy Fest? Toy boats you put on the river and watch them run it and drink beer? That is my best guess from the posts I have read. Sounds great!
The Gunnison Whitewater Festival sounds like fun, I think I will be there this year.
Jamie, The Gunnison Whitewater Fest will have a downriver race same as last year. So bring your foamie and race boat. Were having a rockstar costume party too. Our website: www.whitewaterpark.org will soon have all event info and now has last years pics. Bryan
its not fair!!!!!! i live in the uk and i want a foamie!!!!!! but i cant find a single website that sells them that is british......i know this is an american site though.......i wan tto kayak in americA!!!!!
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