I've been waiting to get my hands on an Axiom for a while now because I had a feeling it was going to be the ultimate boat for my home river, the Potomac. Last Friday I borrowed on from Chuck Morris, our regional Confluence rep and proceeded to have one of my best paddling sessions in months!
In my opinion a key test of a boat design is the ability to jump right in the boat and immediately paddle to the best of your ability rather than having to adjust to any strange features of the boat. The Axiom definitely passed that test in a big way. Within 30 minutes of getting in the boat I had run multiple high volume class 5 drops on Great Falls with ease and complete stability, surfed, spun, and blunted on on an incredible wave, and attained up a quarter mile of river after helping a swimmer.
Here are some of the key things I like about the axiom: I had it outfitted and ready to paddle in less than 5 minutes since all the outfitting is very user friendly. I particularly like how simple it is to move the seat forwards or back.
The volume in the bow kept me high and dry in the big stuff on the falls. I had wondered if the stern might be grabby in bigger water but the amount of volume behind the seat keeps the stern on top of the water until you choose to sink it for a squirt or to cut back on a wave.
The Axiom is really fast! It's so cool to have a boat that you can attain or race in, and is still able to carve and flat spin on a wave!
The Axiom is a phenomenal wave surfing boat. Here on the Potomac we have a number of really sweet waves that are traditionally surfed in long boats. On Friday I surfed ODeck, our best wave. The Axiom's speed gave me access to the entire wave face, while the planing hull offered up playboat style tricks - sweet!
Check out the photos above that Skip Brown http://www.skipbrownphotography.com/ took of the Axiom in action last Friday.