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Air Loop

By MattB
One from my trip to Holmepierre Pont today, the National Watersports centre. After a few runs in my boat I took a ton of images. With the European freestyle championships taking place here next weekend, people were throwing down hard and the standard was high.

For those that wonder how this guy got up there, this is a move called a Loop, or in this case, an AIR Loop because he has the boat all the way out of the water. You do it by surfing a standing wave facing up stream and then drive the bow if the boat into the oncoming water and the bouancy of the boat forces you up and then by doing a forward throw of the body, the boat comes all the way round and lands facing up stream again. This guy is effectively going anti clockwise here.

All comments and questions welcomed, I dont normally shoot much fast action but i thought I would start with something I understand.
1/1000 @ f/5.6

Thanks for looking


Tags: River General Kayak Loop Playboat Playboating Whitewater Sports and action

Voters: burd, piccy, Mrtaz30 and 10 more

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burd 17 111 Netherlands
25 Jun 2006 8:03PM
great action.

piccy 15 8 Wales
25 Jun 2006 8:30PM
What a shot and wow, the things people do for fun. Great photo.
MattB 16 251
25 Jun 2006 8:36PM
15 views and only 3 clicks! So what didn;t you like about it then?!?

keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
25 Jun 2006 8:47PM
although the action is sharp, the whole image is busy and not well isolated. It's always a problem in sports photography when you get a bystander or in this case a waiting competitor who has eye contact with the camera and therefore drags the attention away from the intended subject. It's just natural that we lock onto a returned gaze.
Crazius 15 13 Scotland
25 Jun 2006 8:51PM
It's still a pretty good action shot. I like it.
Bernice010 15 9 England
25 Jun 2006 8:58PM
I couldn't tell what it was from the thumbnail. A great action shot, you've really captured the roughness of the water.
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2006 9:13PM
Well timed action shot.

liparig 17 233 United States
25 Jun 2006 9:19PM
cool shot well timed
lukey_b 16 91 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2006 10:27PM
brilliant image matt. i can see a nice glossy spread in next months playboater Tongue

what was going on at nottingham this weekend...obviously some comp from the bibs?

TonyA 16 11 Spain
26 Jun 2006 8:05AM
Very good action shot. I find it quite a feat flipping the kayack the way he is doing. Great story.

MattB 16 251
26 Jun 2006 8:40AM
@ keith, thanks for taking the time to give some honest opinion. i ummd and aahd about including other boaters in the shot and I took many without but I posted this one with another in shot to give a sense of gravity to the image. I just thought people would have seen it as being upside down!

@ Lukey B - It was rammed due to the Euro cup next weekend. Youhave to wear a bib regardless, part of the draconian and expensive operation they have there.

@ everyone else - Thanks for the comments, glad you liked it!

dp 17 165 3 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2006 5:10PM
Agree with Keith re the other competitor but an excellent piece of action photography. Have you got anymore?

oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
2 Jul 2006 8:08PM
I was going to do some canoeing until I came across this. LOL Good timing.
audi_db 14 8 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2007 12:19AM
Good action shot, do you use continuous shooting to get the full loop? I took some earlier in the year, a bit less busy and the paddler was very aware of the camera which helped.

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