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« on: March 21, 2017, 01:42:10 AM »
I'm a little confused when I read the proposed paddlers weights with race boards. The volume of the board doesn't often seem to tie up with the suggested paddler weight ranges. If i had my scientists head on I would guess that this is due to a boards intended waterline hydrodynamic profile being lost if the paddler is too heavy - despite the amount of foam on offer. However, most brands really don't seem to be that scientific in their design. With that in mind, why the discrepancies ?
One of us pesky brits has been racing a cut down K15 for a few years to great success. I was wondering how this (now old) displacement design would hold up when compared to 2017 technology ? Does anyone who has paddled a K15/14 have any views ?
« on: July 26, 2016, 12:53:31 AM »
The use of technique drills is pretty well used in sports like swimming and there are plenty of practitioners online like Larry Cain who advocate use of them. However, our paddling time is likely constrained by normal day to day life so I was wondering if any 'normal' paddlers do drills regularly and know whether they have proven beneficial ?
Here you go guys - a link to my latest testing exploits - this time with paddles. Again, it shows that if you're careful, you can field test and obtain low margin of errors.
(My conflicts of interest have been listed in the text)
I'm looking at race board volume for a new purchase next season. I'm 94kg. What are the issues surrounding too low a volume (I assume increased drag/reduced glide) ? Are there any known ways to calculate what is appropriate ?
Here's something for you to chew over when you're on your lunchbreak. A roadmap for a bit of scientific testing for race boards.
Does anyone know if the Starboard Allstar is changing for 2017 ? The new sprint was seen at Lost Mills but I wonder if anyone had any inside track on whether the Allstar is changing for 2017. Opinion on the 2016 board and some (albeit not robust) testing has indicated the 2016 board has a nose that doesn't like flatwater so much made me wonder if they might go back to something more piercing ?