Video: Prototyping with Tad Dennis

When C-1 paddler Tad Dennis needed a radical boat for a lap on the Green, he took matters into his own hands

Radical low-volume stern sections on whitewater do-it-all hulls are more than trending these days with the LiquidLogic Braaap, Dagger Axiom, new Jackson Kayak Antix, and LiquidLogic Mullet. But when Tad Dennis needed a radically slicey boat to take down a fun Green River Narrows Lap, he fired up the pickup truck and took matters into his own hands, engineering his own “prototype” in his driveway. You may have heard of Dennis: he’s the C-1 slalom paddler from North Carolina who pulled off a shocking upset when he placed second at the North Fork Championship this June, out-paddling many of the world’s best extreme kayakers.

The original boat for this project appears to be an unreleased Wave Sport prototype from 2014. Dennis doesn’t recommend trying this at home — unless you have a lot of boats to spare — because of the high likelihood of cracking your boat.

When you just gotta have a slicey boat now! #shreddemslice #splateverything

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