Freestyle Canoeing


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Because WHY NOT. From battenkiller's YouTube page, a brief explanation of the sport:

American Freestyle canoeing is the art of paddling a canoe on flat water with perfect control of its movements. The canoe is usually leaned over to the side to help the boat turn sharply and efficiently and paddle strokes are taken on either side of the canoe depending on the individual move. Balance, paddle placement and turn initiation are a few keys to this control. Since the movements seem dance-like, some practice this art timed to music, which is the ultimate in control.

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If this is something official, then it's totally irresponsible not to wear a lifejacket. I suppose that would just spoil the "charm" of it, but won't somebody think of the children?
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Wow.

You couldn't make this up if you tried.

This is so awesome I'm at a loss for words.

Just think about all the things that have to come together to create this or all the cultural baggage you need for this to even make any sense.

Mindboggling.
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The reason it doesn't look difficult is because he makes it look easy. Just because it is simple doesn't mean it is a piece of cake. That kind of control of a canoe is really damn hard.
I can see why many would think it boring and relegate it to the same group of passtimes as curling but to write it off as something anyone could do would be wrong.
If you look closely he was even able to keep the water right on the edge without entering his canoe. That's masterful.
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Except for the oddity of seeing a guy in a suit vest and tie splashing around on the water, none of the canoe moves seemed all that impressive or difficult.

But whatever floats your boat ya know...
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