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PostPosted: October 23rd, 2016, 8:51 am 
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Thought I would share this.
Just to give some perspective on where we are at paddling white water in a canoe.
In Ontario Milo was brought over by the OVKC (Ontario Voyageurs Kayak Club) and taught many of the paddlers his technique
I did not meet him but was taught by people who where taught by him.
You will like picture # 5
And yes they have a boat cover but it is not a hard deck.
But it does give you an idea what they could paddle. The design of the boat looks very close to the classic Prospector.

http://iwhof.org/2013-honorees/milo-duf ... age/image/

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PostPosted: October 23rd, 2016, 11:56 am 
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Re: “where we are at paddling white water in a canoe”

I look at the pix and I think, impressive yes, but it is an organized slalom kayaking event and not wilderness canoe tripping. Two totally different things!

Canoe trippers are usually kilometers away from other paddlers. Their canoe is loaded with all the gear and food they need to survive. If it is just you out there alone – or with a partner in a tandem canoe - it also means that if you screw up there will be no one around to bail you out. A capsized may mean food and gear are lost.

So - not really where I'm at paddling whitewater in a canoe!

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PostPosted: October 23rd, 2016, 12:55 pm 
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Yes, two totally different things but it did spark a huge jump in paddle stoke technique in both recreational/tripping and racing.
I also don't mess around with a boat load of gear either when I am out either.
Just thought it would help some understand where the strokes evolved from.
That and the paddlers of past generations where pretty good at what they did.
There are a few old B&W clips on line, some almost 100 years old now that show them paddling some very good water and showing off some pretty impressive skills.
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