The most radical C-1 design since Corran Addison’s Oxygen, the Groove, designed by Ian Thomson, is a C-boater’s dream. Not really a squirt boat in the strictest sense of the word, it is more of a squirt/rodeo “hybrid” with a unique hull featuring a central flat planing disc that extends from a bottom that is, for all intents and purposes, completely concave! Paddlers who have mastered it say it’s the most amazing boat they’ve ever paddled, and the boat’s performance at the 1997 World Freestyle Championships (double medalling in C-1 Squirt) lends credibility to that statement. It was the first boat to perform green grinds and counter-clockwheels, the first design to feature concave tips, and it set the trend towards the high-volume cockpit area and low-volume tips seen in nearly all of today’s freestyle surface designs. It is balanced in a hole, ridiculously loose on a wave, and flatwheels with the merest thought of trading ends…a C-boater’s dream come true!