The Ace of Spades rewards an active paddle style because it accelerates with little effort, retains speed over drops and holes and does not go astray in crossflows. Changing edges is effortless and quick, the upper hull is optimised for predictable resurfacing. The hull’s moderate rocker line makes for easy boofing without the boat losing speed.
Half round, half flat
The hull shape of the Ace of Spades combines the advantages of a round and flat bottom: When paddled flat, it is agile and turns with little effort; when edging, it pulls very dynamically into the eddy. However, the edges of the Ace of Spades are not aggressive like those of a flat-bottomed boat but react smoothly if you touch a rock in steep water or use an adjacent rock to boof.
Big, but slim
Despite its volume of 320 litres, we designed the knee area of the Ace of Spades to be slim and smooth in order not to hinder an upright and active paddle technique. The cell around the cockpit and the back of the boat also provide a lot of freedom for movement. So paddlers from 65 to 100 kilos feel at home in the Ace of Spades although when checking the specs, you could gain the impression that the boat is designed for larger paddlers.