Kayakers have their own language. Splatting. Chundered. Brown Claws. Double Pumps. Mystery Moves. Space Godzillas. And of course, Boofing. While some of these are just plain fun, many of these moves have a purpose.
To briefly sum up Todd’s definitions of boofing – “it’s the act of keeping your bow out of the water; landing flat instead of penciling into the water.” But, why do we do it?
Devin Kuh breaks it down for us. “Waterfalls, ledges, drops – all can develop nasty recirculating holes at the bottoms. Without that solid boof stroke, odds are you will end up partially or totally submerged which does not give you much control over where you and your boat go next. Learning how to boof sets us up to successfully stay on top of this water and paddle out of the feature in control with confidence. Plus, who doesn’t mind keep their hair dry?”
River Operations Manager, Dave Seal has a bit more personal story of why we boof. “I went out to the Farmlands and didn’t know how to boof. I went off the lip of Lava and got caught in the curtain. After a nasty swim, I was able to stick my hand out of the veil and grab a throw rope. That afternoon a friend took me down the Lower White Salmon and taught me how to boof. Now when I run Lava it goes a bit better.”
Lucky for us boof newbies, the Wet Planet Kayaking Team will be holding boof clinics throughout the summer. Here kayakers will get help with the hardest part of boofing – the timing. Using instant feedback from Wet Planet’s experienced kayakers, video footage and practice, students will work on edge control and stroke timing to get that perfect boof.
So while boofing is fun and getting that perfect landing off a drop is one of the best feelings in kayaking – it also has a purpose. Join us on July 16th to find out for yourself. The full-day clinic is $95/person and includes lunch and transportation. To reserve, call 800.306.1673 or click here.