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Olympic fibre in canoeing (Picture by Santi Cogolludo, El Mundo)

Olympic fibre in canoeing

Carbon fibre presents itself as the lightest, strongest and most anticorrosive material in the canoeing competition in the Olympic (and Paralympic) Games. The canoes competing in Rio, where Spanish athletes Maialen Chourraut, Saúl Craviotto, Cristian Toro and Marcus Walz have won golden medals, are manufactured with the same material used for Formula One cars. The time when canoes were made out of wood is already over. They have been replaced by others made out of carbon fibre, a compound material that gives the canoe the ability of floating as a mosquito on water while resisting the force of running waters just as if it would be made of oak wood.

These fibre canoes are less heavy than the ones made of wood and, at the same time, they are stronger and more durable. In addition, the quality of the fibre makes them very adaptable and applicable for a variety of uses due to their malleability. The fabric fits into the desired pattern, whether it is a piece of an Airbus or a canoe helmet. After receiving heat, the fabric solidifies with the intended form.

Carbures is aware of the applicability of this material, which we have used for different purposes: components for aircrafts, cars, motorcycles, bikes, beams and much more.

Both Olympic and amateur canoeing practiced by lots of fans that descend Spanish and worldwide rivers in their carbon fibre built canoes are new evidence of the effectiveness of this material: of its adaptability and strength. Industries are using it as a solution not just to replace metal, but also wood. This material is the river in which we continue sailing.

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