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Now thats just showing off.




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Wouldn't like to try that standing in my creek boat! Or any boat really....

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Great bit of video...even though most of us probably will not ever be converted to river-running on two legs, it is very instructional to watch how Snyder moves his body to absorb the take-off and landing.


As it happens, I've seen him doing the same, on the same river. We didn't run those particular falls however, as they are on the flat lower section, and some kind of stupid State Law forbids boating the falls for 99% of the year.

Quote Chris Wheeler, on seeing Snyder 'striding' downriver, just after the put-in..."I think we can safely ignore the guidebook's Grade". He was right.
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Ok that is both rather impressive and rather cool.

I don't think I shall be trying that in the forseeable future however.

All that is left to say is Synder for President!

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Does anyone know if he uses anything to secure himself into the boat or is he literally just standing in it?
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I read about this back in the Summer and thought
mharrall wrote:Does anyone know if he uses anything to secure himself into the boat or is he literally just standing in it?
Just the usual...inflatable kayak, a home made wooden helmet and 10ft paddle!

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05240/561426.stm

I remember reading the article back in summer and thinking; Why would he need a 10ft paddle?
After watching the clip, I can see why.

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From the post above:

"Jeff Snyder, 43, host of the festival, thrilled the spectators by running the falls several times while standing up in a blue-and-white inflatable kayak.

"Some runs were better than others," said the woodworker and furniture maker from nearby Accident, Md. He made his own wooden helmet and 10-foot wooden paddle."

Anyone pick up on where Mr Snyder lives.....;)

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This links nicely to the grading debate! I knew the old school guidebook grading at 4/5 and the advice of US open boater friend was slightly out of date when we saw Jeff 'striding' past (alongside assorted old grannies and infants).

I remember coming acrosss the Synders before, back in 1991. They attended the Canoe Exhibition at Crystal Palace, with Jeff doing an awesome squirt boating demo in the main pool. The following weekend they hosted a squirt boating clinic at HPP, which I was fortunate enough to attend.

I was under the impression that Jeff later took up striding because of back trouble (after years of squirt boating and hair boating).

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Knees wrote:I knew the old school guidebook grading at 4/5.
The guidebook actually said, "Some of the classiest Grade 5+ drops in the East..."
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