This is the boat that set the performance standards for all modern boats. The Shred is a mystery machine for folks with an inseam measuring between 28-32″. Building on the strengths of its predecessor (the Prize), the boat retains excellent mystery-move ability but is shorter (9’6″) and slightly more heavily rockered to make it quick and stable in turbulent conditions. In cross-section, the Shred has a fat leading edge and soft chines, making it sink softly and spin smoothly while navigating underwater or slicing through past-vertical screw maneuvers. The footbumps and kneebumps are trimmed down and streamlined for low cross-sectional drag but people with wide feet might get a lower chop with a bigger bumped design. For pure downtime, the Shred is tough to beat – it has proven itself to be a top-placing contender in mystery competitions worldwide. If you’re looking for long and low AND an able cruising ride- this should be on your short list of choices.
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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