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Day: December 23, 2014

Chris Gragtmans Explains – IR 2015 Arch Rival Drysuit

Chris Gragtmans gives us a run down of the new Immersion Research (2015) Arch Rival Drysuit. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for the new 9ft boat from Dagger currently named the Phantom.

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Going Solo

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For many years, I considered those who ventured out to rivers on their own to be reckless individuals with no regard for their own safety or well-being; however, I was recently offered a fresh perspective on solo boating during a 4* Training day with Dave Kohn-Hollins (I won’t try and reproduce his words here, as I’ll most likely misquote him and lose some of the sentiment; instead, I’ll simply recommend you book yourself onto a course with River Flair).

The message I took from my conversation with Dave and the thoughts it provoked in my mind, were that in any leading situation you tailor the venue to suit the group and the conditions on the day, and there’s absolutely no reason why that approach can’t also be applied to a group size of one.

Of course, in order to pick a river that is suitable for a solo run you’ll need enough modesty to take an objective and impartial view on your paddling abilities; for this reason, I’d encourage you to really get to know yourself and your limits not only in kayaking, but in life in general. Continue reading

Okere Enduro Race – 2014

A superb edit put together by Josh Neilson. Could the UK handle a similar event?

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The Okere Enduro is a teams race event consisting of a 1.5km kayak leg and a 1.5 km run. 25 teams of 3 competitors race each other for 6 hours with the aim of completing the greatest amount of laps round the course. Continue reading

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