Out in the water they float, canoes made not of fibreglass, wood or aluminum, but, ahem, concrete.
Yeah, you read that right.
Heavy, clunky, sink-like-a-stone concrete — the same stuff they use to make bridges and buildings.
Except this concrete, through the wonders of civil engineering, doesn't sink.
"It's a focus on sustainability," notes Richard Morrison, adviser to the University of Waterloo's Concrete Canoe Team, assembled at Laurel Creek beach Saturday for the Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition.
"We build big things — buildings, bridges. This competition scales it down. We're pushing the envelope in how to make something that will float."
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