Riley Frank 11/12/2018 | Posted in Creeking, Rockstar 4.0, Video, Whitewater, WW Disciplines
By now every one knows how well the Antix does at creek boating. What isn’t as well known is how comfortable the new RockStar 4.0 is in a creeking environment. During this year’s installment of Bailey fest, I took my 4.0 down to try to add a bit more spice to the already fairly spicy run. I was taken by surprise at how stable and in control I felt in some of the harder rapids. Being a freestyle boat generally makes a boat less stable in all directions. Not once did I get unintentionally back endered or feel like I was in too small of a boat. The fast hull of the 4.0 shot me out of any holes I happened upon, enough so that I was able to perform a kick flip out of second falls. Being such a short boat its quite easy to boof. The main location this was useful was on 3rd and 4th falls, the ladder of which is generally a challenge to keep your bow up on landing in a longer boat due to the rolling lip.
While bailey isn’t a super hard run, it’s a great run to change up your boating style and try something new. I love running harder rapids in a smaller craft, but I don’t like abusing my play boat too much so I probably wont make a habit of it. Here is a quick vid I made of some bailey canyon freestyle.