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Month: May 2014 (page 1 of 4)

Yellow Fever

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Yellow Fever – The documented first full descent of one of the biggest rivers on the planet – the Yellow River, China. Whitewater kayakers Sam Ellis, Dan Yates, Tom Mclay and Travis Winn emerge battered, bruised but stoked to successfully navigate the big water and fierce weather patterns that nearly cost them more than just their kayaks.

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King of the Alps – Final Section

King of the Alps – Final Section from Simon Hehl on Vimeo.

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Long live the Northwest Demshitz

The Northwest is a creek boaters paradise. While Demshitz did get to do several runs in the Northwest this edit just showcases Eagle Crick and the Little White Salmon or what the boyz call the L Dub.

Long live the Northwest Demshitz from David Fusilli on Vimeo.

GoPro Hero 3 Plus (3+) – Black Vs Silver Vs White

Picking the right GoPro for your needs is forever getting a little more challenging. The range is expanding/changing on an annual basis. At the moment GoPro have three slightly different spec’d cameras based on the GoPro Hero 3 and GoPro Hero 3 Plus platform.

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At the top of the range is the GoPro Black 3+, closey followed by the Silver 3+ and then finally the White 3 which has been carried over from last years range. There is no GoPro Hero 3 Plus White edition at this moment in time.

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Play For The Sake Of Play

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Some great action from Norway and Chile. Continue reading

Lexar Have Stepped Up The Game – GoPro Micro SD Card

I’ve been running a 600x Class 10 Lexar Micro SD for the last 8 months with great success. They are now offering improved read/write speeds in the new 633x models with up to 95mb/sec.

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Pyranha Team Tour Lyon

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The Pyranha guys hit Lyon, France. Continue reading

Winter Rpm Little White Session

A foot of snow always makes for a beautiful Little White Lap.

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Advanced Water Endorsement Training Canoe – April 2014

The Advanced Water Endorsement (AWE) is for coaches who wish to operate in advanced conditions. For Canoe this is Grade 3 rivers and in winds up to Force 5 on bodies of considerable open water.

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The pre-requisites for AWE Training are: Continue reading

New XL Pyranha Burn On Aysgarth Waterfalls

New XL Pyranha Burn on Aysgarth Waterfalls, Yorkshire, England.

Turns like it’s on rails, you put it where you want it with sweet boots and ski speed and a load of ass to carry you on your adventures, this ones my favourite!!!

Get some, get one!!!

Eddy Turns – S Turns

I was thinking about S-Turns the other day and thought I would share my thoughts with you.

Successful entry into the attainment on the far side of the river depends upon your tactical approach to the exit from the original eddy.

To begin with forward speed needs to be generated in the eddy with good power generation and transfer. This could only offer you the oportunity for one power stroke!

By carrying this speed across the eddy-line with some stern-heavy trim to maintain directional stability (keeping a straighter line), the boat moves into the flow with more of a ferry-glide angle. This is so positioning across to the other side of the river can be begun early in the sequence.

Here we see the result of acceleration out of the eddy. However, the trim is now being moved forward and neutral to promote turning:

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Scottish Islands Peaks Race 2014

After a couple of years off, the team from Caol Ila decided to have another shot at the Scottish Islands Peaks Race. For us who are not regular runners, it takes a fair bit of effort to get from practically zero fitness into a state where we feel we can take on the SIPR hills. This year we were helped by having a couple of new guys join the team for the first time: My friend Andy from Dundee Uni Rucksack Club days and his mate Dave, both of whom are proper hill runners (especially Dave).

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