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Going 'Trad' - On white water
For many “trad” boaters, rivers are a first and enduring love - at least on forgiving rivers where the flow will do much of the work and where getting things wrong is just part of the fun.
17 March, 2020 by
Going 'Trad' - On white water
Consult Design Create, Steve
GOING "TRAD" ON WHITE WATER

For many "trad" boaters, rivers are a first and enduring love - at least on forgiving rivers where the flow will do much of the work and where getting things wrong is just part of the fun.

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Does our choice of “trad” canoe matter for rivers? Not always - but at the very least, a more manoeuvrable boat can make the difference between frustration and exhilaration! 


For some of us, one primary passion is tree lined ditches with obstacles - and a lot of us enjoy at least some level of playing around with “beyond the paddle” techniques: lining, tracking, poling, snubbing. Does craft choice matter? Maybe - but “trad” skills have been associated with everything up to and including classic, 20’ long and flat bottomed wood and canvas canoes!

So far, so good - but within the tribe of trad boaters, a few of us who either really do love prefer making fun moves on bigger white water or who like to be able to get away with a questionable line even on comparatively easy white water. Either way, our priorities mean compromise: straighter running canoes are out and we’re going to be attracted to “high line” variants!

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Going 'Trad' - On white water
Consult Design Create, Steve 17 March, 2020
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