Discussion started by Alex Mauer , on 13 February 02:34 AM
I would love to hear everyones thoughts! When kayaking or rafting the river is rated based on the difficulty of the run. Should the classes be different for SUP? Obviously class 2 is easy and becomes boring in kayaks and that's why so many kayakers cross over to SUP. they say SUP makes those classes fun again. Based on that one could infer that SUPing is more difficult than kayaking at that level. So inferring that SUP is more difficult should it have the same classification?
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Makes sence for sure. That is a Good thing to keep in mind for paddlers while they are selecting runs. Always add 0.5 to 1.0 onto the rating. It is also a good idea to take new runs with people who have experience with them, also to scope out each section before the run! Paddle fast and take chances. Thanks Andy!
YES, it should have the same rating! The classification is for the water, not how one chooses to run it. All you accomplish by adding a different scale is confusion. Top roping a 5.4 climb may be much easier than leading but it's still a 5.4 climb. While it is certainly fair to say SUPing class 2 is harder than other ways to run it the water is class 2, period. SUPers just need to be mindfull that standing through rapids adds 0.5 to 1.0 in difficulty and plan accordingly no seperate scale is needed, just good sense. Paddle on, Andy