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Following, a little video from the one man canoe (OC-1) wave rideing session of 11 30.
It's not easy to get the right shots with the little water camera. In this case I just put the helmet with the camera on the boat in front of my feet. I will build a better support for it. Having been able to successfully glass the bottom of Big Blue gave me a fiberglass confidence boost... I feel I can build everything I want... we'll see!
Suggestions are always welcome.
Also, I feel the urge to explain a few things about riding a wave with a one man canoe. On the wave, the rudder is not effective anymore. Let's see who's the first one who guesses why... post a comment!
Without the rudder, the only way to steer the boat is with the paddle. You stick the paddle in the water on the right and that's where the boat will turn. Same thing on the left. Easy, right?
Unfortunately, not that easy.
An OC-1 has an outrigger (ama, in hawaiian) on one side. 99% of the canoes I saw have it on the left, but it works just the same on the right.
The purpose of the ama is to stabilize the boat, so that the boat can be thin and fast. Kayaks, for example, don't have the ama and they are wider, slower and more wobbly (at the same time, turnier too).
On the wave, the ama on the left tends to steer the boat to the left. So, to just go straight, you have to stick the paddle in the water on your right to counterbalance the friction of the ama on the other side. Being this friction variable with the angle of the boat and the shape of the wave, the pressure on the paddle needs to be dynamically adjusted. And even though it may sound difficult and complicated, it's a lot of fun...
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And here are the best still pictures I caught. I'm just going to post them all. I'm still looking for a sw that would allow to flick thru multiple photos in a single post.
Part four with the still photos of H Bay still to come. For that one, I defenitely need to find a flicker... Stay tuned!