French Broad Photos: Playing the Ledges

by admin on February 1, 2013

A few cold, clear mornings this week and fun surfing sessions on the French Broad.

IMG_8606_asheville_skyline The waning moon hangs over downtown Asheville.



IMG_8527_manderson Mr Smooth, Chris Manderson schools us on clean cartwheel technique. IMG_8511_archrival_bellyak Adam Masters – Bellyak surfing in the kneeling position, similar to a c-1, canoe or kneeboard style. IMG_8601_bellyak Myself – Bellyak surfing in the kneeling position. IMG_8528_bellyak Adam Masters – Bellyak surfing in the prone position, just like paddling a surfboard. IMG_8518_bellyak Adam Masters – Bellyak surfing in the seated position, similar to blasting in a kayak.



IMG_8623_adam_rob Another day on the ledges with lots more water. Rob Peerson joined us for a brisk play session. IMG_8504_royale_rand I’ve been using IR’s Royale Skirt lately and am very excited about this product.
– It’s totally dry due to IR’s proprietary “fin” rand, along with the apron/flange construction.
– The fin-rand combined with grip-strips makes for a virtually implosion-free skirt. Put it this way; you can put the skirt on a boat, air-seal the tunnel and jump up and down on the deck, sans implosion.
– Like IR’s old Special-K skirt, the Royale has a Kevlar reinforced rim for amazing abrasion resistance.
– The Royale would be applicable for 98% of boats out there, which would have a polyethylene (plastic) construction. IMG_8683_spe_royale With the luxury of a high-water day, 10,000 CFS, Chris Manderson showed us some very fun playspots above the ledges park. IMG_8635_manderson Manderson showing the appropriate emotion for the day’s events. IMG_8686_rob Rob Peerson blunting the right corner of the play hole. IMG_8699_adam Adam knee surfing the Bellyak. IMG_8702_rob Rob surfing hole number 2. IMG_8763_adam Adam drops into the ship rock wave at the top of the ledges park. IMG_8746_rob_spe Rob and I scouting the ledges rapid from the center eddy. IMG_8620_asheville_moon Half-moon over pack square in Asheville

– Spencer Cooke, Effort Inc.

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