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By Colin Kemp

So now I have about 12 days in my new Mon-Star. So far it has been one amazing ride. The ability to be exponentially more retentive has been a huge asset and something that I have never had in the past. I am a self proclaimed outfitting freak, and I have had to adjust my special formula for outfitting success to get the desired results with my new boat. Now that I am in a boat that is truly my size I have way more options. The first and most important thing that I think most big guys will be likely to overlook is the need of a seat boost. I am using the 200% sweet cheeks in order to help give me enough leverage to toss the boat around with authority. Seat position is also something that I have not had the ability to play within the past. So far I am finding that the further towards the bow I sit the better the boat is on a feature. You will need to balance this with your down river performance, so that the bow does not dive to much. In the past I have been able to manhandle any and all freestyle boats, but now finesse and technique are the key. I am having to relearn how to do moves that I have had dialed in the past. However in the long run this will make me a better boater for sure. The attached video shows my first couple of days in the boat on 2 different waves on the South Fork American river. If you look close you will see days one and two that I am sitting lower in the boat and my moves are a bit flat and that once I am sitting taller in the boat they start to get more vertical and what I am used to throwing. There is also a short clip of me in a small hole on the Wausau Whitewater course during the Midwest Freestyle Championships. That was my first experience with the Mon-Star in a hole, and with three podium finishes I cannot complain. Keep your eyes open for another video in the near future with more advanced moves for the Mon-Star. The second half of the video has World Kayak Ambassador Brian Tupper showing the full potential of the new star series after a month and a half of time in the boat. Thanks for the video work Brian!

Later ; Colin


Jackson Kayak 2010 Mon Star & All Star from Brian Tupper on Vimeo.