Maria sitting pretty in the new Freeride by Liquidlogic
And now the rest of the story.
A couple years have passed since the last all new whitewater design at LL. That gave me the time to develop several different concepts to have ready when we were ready to put new designs into our whitewater line. The concept started with the desire to fill the vacancy left by the CR series, but with this advance in the playboat concept we added a more play performance-oriented hull shape and slicier volume distribution to a very stable and comfortable design.
Here are the stats on the boats.
We had paddlers in the 57 ranging from 5'3" and 135 lbs to 6'1" 200lbs. The weight range seems like it will settle out to be 140 to 210, and the Freeride 67 will be around 180 to 250. We haven’t completed testing on the 67 so that is an estimate.
Click Here to view or download a 3-D PDF that you can rotate yourself.
PCs may be able to just click and view in your browser.
Macs will need to download or save the file from the link. Then open it with a recent edition of Adobe Acrobat.
Once you have the file open it’s very cool to move around.
If you have a mouse you can use your mouse to click and move the mouse to rotate the model, or with a touch pad just click and move your finger over the pad to move the model. Hit control and you can also move the model across your screen.
Freeride front flip
Prototype 3, which we are paddling right now, feels right on the money. I added a little more roundness to the stern deck of the boat so that water doesn't have an opportunity to pile up on it. This really solved the slight edgy feeling I was getting from earlier versions. The ergonomics are lining up really well. I have been paddling this boat with full-sole booties. So the boat is super comfortable and the performance is really right where I want it now. We have a few more trips we need to do to completely confirm the design, after all, getting out there and testing is the best part of my job.
"Yeah, guys, it really looks like I need to go test that boat again today. I'll see you later." :)
Here is a little teaser video on the day we paddled with hundreds of ya'll on the Cheoah.
And of course the theme song for this boat will be...
Stay tuned for more updates on the Freeride which will be coming to stores in June. Just in time for some summer lovin' 1972 style.
More posts to come about the Freeride!