Surfing in the Club Anas Acuta

The club's oldest boat, a Valley Canoe Products "Anas Acuta" is one of the early examples of a boat whose design originally derived from the boat Ken Taylor brought back from Greenland in 1959. A modern boat even closer to that original design is the Island Kayaks Qaarsut, which is intended for a fairly small paddler. Nigel Dennis' (now Sea Kayaking UK) Greenlander is another design closely based on the original Ken Taylor boat.

Being an "old" design does not make this boat in any way inferior to "modern" designs. Many more recent boats are designed to sell well, rather than to paddle well. The Anas feels wobbly on first sitting in it, whereas many of the better-selling designs are beamier with flatter-bottomed hull cross sections. They feel great when you first try them, but are not as good for paddlers with increasing skill wanting something which is good in rough water. Club trips mostly aim to avoid rough water (not always successfully), but sometimes we go out to play ...

In this video clip, Richard Wormald demonstrates how well the Anas behaves in some quite sizeable surf on a trip off the Northeast coast. There was a big swell from two directions, producing a pattern of bigger and smaller waves owing to interference between the two sets. That meant that with care it was possible to paddle out, avoiding paddling into the biggest, breaking, waves, though Richard demonstrates that the boat will go through those as well...

 

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