So, a lot of people have been making noise about the ridiculously awesome composite Fluid Element, which is now available. But there is also a composite version of the Nemesis, which is just as awesome. This isn’t a boat for low volume, rocky rivers, but if you live near a big-water river, then this is your boat. I’ve had the pleasure of paddling one on the Vaal River, which has experienced record floods this year, and it is truly an amazing boat. It blunts bigger, does crisp, easy flip-turns and helixes easily. In fact, it make playboating so effortless I don’t know why I haven’t always been paddling a composite. Pity the Vaal isn’t always this full.
Here are some photos of an afternoon session at Gatsien rapid…
All words: Luke Longridge