Check out the Shimmer, the best downtime boat ever made for smaller folks! Built for paddlers with inseams in the same range as the Fish and Spy, this design offers unparalleled access to big downtime. With same slick profile as its bigger brothers (the Whirld and Wisper) and the super-dry Jimirim cockpit rim/skirt system, it promises hours of comfy, sinky fun with no annoying water leaking in to spoil the ride. There has never been a boat built that provides this much performance, or this much comfort, in a shape designed specifically with the smaller paddler in mind! Soft chines and optimized footbumps make the roaming come easy with this spellbinder.
Designer: Jim Snyder
About Jim Snyder
Jim is a world famous kayak designer and paddle maker. He’s been doing both for decades and is credited with helping the sport evolve into the cubic state it is in today. He was one of the pioneers of squirtboating and was the first person to cartwheel a kayak on flatwater in 1981. Jim began his whitewater career as a raft guide and lives like a squire in northern West Virginia. He was inducted into the International Whitewater Hall of Fame years ago but claims he only needs rocks and water to keep himself happy.
In 1980/81, Jim designed his first kayak- the Slice. It was the first commercially produced short boat in the country. The next year Jess Whittemore kicked off the sport of Squirt Boating by discovering many new exciting moves in his long pointy squirt boats~ fun things like Blasting and Splats. Jim detoured into trying to design a cartwheel-able boat and went off to design his own shorter squirt designs. In 1983 Phoenix Kayaks started making Jim’s Arc design and an early prototype of that design (the “Baby Arc”) was the boat he did the first flatwater cartwheels in- fetching 12 ends right off the bat in January of ’83. New Wave Kayaks started making his designs in 1985 and they were the major factor in popularizing the sport of squirt boating. Today Jim’s designs are produced by Murky Water and PS Composites.
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