Thanks to guest-blogger, Allen Yip from Aquabatics Calgary for his thoughts on the recent Toby Creek Race in Panorama, BC and his paddle of choice, the Werner Paddles Odachi.
I was super stoked to compete in the Toby Creek Race. This year, thousands of dollars was up for grabs thanks to the sponsors and organizer. $1000 CAD for 1st Place in Elite Men’s division! Needless to say that this attracted plenty of dirt bag kayakers in search of the next bag of loot for their next paddling adventure.
With the money up for grabs, I was excited to get my hands on the new Werner Odachi. I knew I need the extra edge to beat the other competitors. And so the Odachi became my weapon of choice for the summer. I made good use of it instructing on flat water to running steep creeks. Including taking the Odachi down some good ol’ British Colombia classics such as Kicking Horse, 7 Canyons of the Toby, St Leon, Callaghan and the Cheakamus.
Even though I didn’t place in the race this year’s race, I couldn’t be happier with the Odachi. Certainly made crushing every stroke easier J
If you’re interested to seeing some more photos and footage of the Odachi in action, please check out my page: https://www.facebook.com/watchallencharge/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Thanks for reading this blog post,
Height: 5’ 7’’
Weight: 158 lbs.
Country: New Zealand
Kayaking Experience: 8-9 years of Creek Boating
Kayaks: Dagger RPM and Pyrahna 9R
Home Run: Kaituna (NZ)