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A run down Horsepasture in the new Dagger Nomad.


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Astral Hiyak – Review

I’m going to begin the Astral Hiyak – review by saying a little bit about the boots I’ve been using most of the time – the Five Ten Water Tennies. They have been faultless and have become my favourite pair of paddling boots. The Stealth rubber is what really makes it. Have several pairs of shoes/boots and have probably tested/reviewed pretty much everything that is available on the market but for river use I always return to the Water Tennies.

Astral Hiyak - Review

Now to the Astral Hiyak. They don’t have the Stealth rubber from Five Ten but have Astral’s own G.ss rubber, I have seen the G.ss a number of times but have never been able to try it out, until now.

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Movie Monday 8 February 2016

Movie Monday 8 February 2016 is here. There is some great whitewater action in this one.

uMovie Monday 8 February 2016


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Dirty First Aid – Part 3

Dirty First Aid – Part 3 now, and it’s not all that down and dirty. It will come trust me on that.

Dirty First Aid - Part 3

We have in the last two pieces looked at a conscious casualty – we didn’t discuss some things, as this series is not an excuse for not taking a course.

Now lets move on to an unconscious casualty.

With an unconscious casualty your priorities are:

1) Open Airway
2) Maintain Blood Circulation
3) To Breath For Them

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Chapter One Appetiser Quijos Festival

Chapter One Appetiser Quijos Festival

Teaser for Chapter One from Ecuador. Featuring footage from the first official Quijos Festival held in Baeza, Ecuador.

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Nelihue is another great edit from Chris Baer. This edit shows that despite how great our sport is there is always a chance that something may go wrong. When it does wrong you need to have a good team around you.


Aeon Russo, Mark Taylor, and Chris Baer spending some time at Salto del Nelihue. Aeon has a great line, and Chris looses his paddle forcing him into the cave.

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Dagger Nomad – First Paddle

I had the opportunity to have a brief paddle of the new 2016 Dagger Nomad (#newmad) last week. This particular shell is the Prototype V3 which is pretty much what the production model will be like.

Dagger Nomad - First Paddle

I had first seen the Newmad in the flesh at Paddle Expo and since posting those images taken at the time it has been pretty clear, from the associated statistics from Unsponsored, that this boat has a great number of people very interested.

But what are my initial thoughts?

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Rivering Untrailer

The Riving film is almost ready for release. Check out this untrailer from the Rivering guys.

Rivering Untrailer

I wanted to cut a promo, but I did not want to give anymore away than I already have with the other trailers. Thus, we have the “Untrailer”. Other than two shots, none of this footage and none of the interviewees appear in the actual film. So this was also an opportunity to add a few folks who were great, but simply because you cannot have everything (the film is already longer than I expected) did not make the cut. Thanks to everyone who donated, participated, crewed, was filmed etc over the past three years. I hope you enjoy the finished movie.


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Welcome To The Jungle

Welcome to the jungle we’ve got fun and games. We got everything you want honey, we know the names. We are the people that can find whatever you may need. If you got the money honey we got your disease.

Welcome to the Jungle

Another superb edit from Knox Hammack.

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Dirty First Aid Series – Part 2

In this series I am pleased to offer a ‘dirty’ First Aid approach. This is suited to kayakers and river users. Using a ‘find it fix it’ approach to incident care and management.

Dirty First Aid - The Series

In our last article we looked at the Primary Assessment of a casualty. Now we move forward to a secondary assessment – here we deal direct with an injury or medical condition.

We will under take a full head to toe exam. Time to take a SAMPLE and deal with obvious injuries. Lets not rush at it – it needs to be spot on.

S – Signs and symptoms
A – Allergies
M – Medications
P – Previous medical issues
L – Last meal
E – Events

This sample is simple, we find it we fix it.

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GB Freestyle Selection Event Two

Dale Mears was at round two of the GB Freestyle selection event held at HPP, Nottingham. Here are just a few of Dale’s awesome images from the 30th January 2016.

GB Freestyle Selection

The selection runs were held at the inlet gate at the top of the course.

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Movie Monday 1 February 2016

A bit of whitewater, some surf, drones, colour, black and white. It’s all here in Movie Monday 1 February 2016.

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