The Sneaker delivers Asylum-style performance to paddlers with longer inseams of 31-37″. Serving up the same combination of super-slinky, smooth screws and cartwheels and soft sinkability as the shorter boats in the series, it offers the added benefit of being long enough to gather large amounts of current and thus achieve downtime like the classic long boats! Plump, cushy deck features give superior comfort even in very low chops, and the boat carries enough speed thanks to its greater length to be a very good river-running squirt as well. The Sneaker has proven its downtime pedigree already, placing in the top three in both the expert and intermediate classes at the 2002 US Mystery Nationals alongside mystery machines like the Bigfoot, Shred and Angst.
Soft, smooth, easy to live with- a top choice for a good cruising machine.
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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