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Locals Only Part One

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Locals Only, a short film by Taylor Hazen and the Rogue Specimens crew. Filmed 100% in the PNW. These are just the shots I have from our earlier years of kayaking…many more stouts, shots, and carnage are sure to come in pt. 2 . Please enjoy our first short film for the PDX Kayaker film fest, LOCALS ONLY Pt. 1. Continue reading

Reader’s Rides 2014 – Aaron Kendall

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Name: Aaron Kendall

Location: Loggerheads, Mold, North wales

I’m currently a outdoor instructor for Kingswood, based at the Colomendy outdoor centre. What seems to be the perfect location, although I seem to of missed most of the rain due to other commitments. Still getting plenty of low water runs in and the odd bit of water too. Continue reading

Sweet Protection – Hunter Shorts

For ever and a day I have been using Oakley MTB shorts for all biking duties. They have been my favourite and served me well. However I managed to get hold of some Sweet Protection Hunter shorts to test and have been blown away by the fit, function and design.

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So what is so special. Well they fit really well, plenty of adjustment and the fabric has just that little bit of stretch that helps whilst pedalling. Not too tight and not too baggy (for a pair of baggies!). Length wise they sit just over the knee and are wide enough to accommodate knee pads without any issues. Continue reading

Ben Marr and LP Rivest Beatdown At Bridge Rapid

Huge water! An epic little run.

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Here’s Ben Marr and myself going down bridge rapid in Dolbeau-Mistassini. It was my 3rd descent. The water was very high and the line juicy and technical. We got both destroyed in different holes… The sunset was epic, especially from the hole perspective! It was a dream to run it at that flow (1300cumecs), we were aiming for 2300 but we missed the window… can’t wait for spring 2015… Continue reading

Reader’s Rides 2014 – Eddy Mead

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Name: Eddy Mead

Location: Cardiff, South Wales

Boat: Liquidlogic Remix 79

I’ve paddled the Remix for a year now and have loved every minute. It’s super long with a narrow hull so it accelerates quickly and maintains speed. It’s got soft edges so it’s really forgiving but at the same time carves into tight eddy’s and into strong currents with ease. The Remix doesn’t have masses of rocker so boofing can require a little more effort but if the boat is being driven it cruises over everything. What’s unique and cool about it is the scoop on the tail, if dipped in the green whilst punching a big hole, it will give you a boost and accelerate away from the feature. Also the LL Badass outfitting if fantastic, super easy to adjust and super comfy without adding too much weight.

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Robin Hood Watersports

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Who are Robin Hood Watersports? Tell us a little about the company and its history.

A family run business first opened in a garage at Robin Hood cottage over 30 years ago. These were the beginnings of the business but we now trade from our purpose built premises which are located just south of Leeds, UK. Just off junction 27 of the M62. We specialize in a number of Watersports from scuba diving to windsurfing and of course kayaking and canoeing. We also stock a large amount of snowboarding gear for those colder winter months.

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Reader’s Rides 2014 – Ben Hawthorne

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Name: Ben Hawthorne

About me: Been paddling for a while now, maybe 24 years?? Christ I’m old!!! I have however been fortunate to take my passion all over the world and paddle in a whole lot of places including New Zealand, Nepal, Chile and Canada. For the last 2 summers and next I have been running the Sjoa Kayak Camp in Norway along with my beautiful wife and the Gene 17 boys. I’m lucky enough to be supported by Colorado Kayak Supply in the US, super cool guys, check em out.

Location: Currently, Chamonix for the winter. Stoked.

Boat: ZET Raptor. Now when these came out I thought they looked a bit industrial, rough around the edges and wasn’t that keen. Then I ended up paddling one for a bit, and after a couple of runs was completely converted. It does everything a creek boat should do. Fast (for a creek boat), boofs and rolls easy, light, comfortable and most importantly, bomb proof. I do think its not really a great beginners boat, it definitely needs to be driven around the river and will kick your arse pretty fast if youre not a pro-active paddler but I love it. It really suits my paddling style. I’m pretty excited to see the new boat they’ve got lined up, details boys details!!! Also a Bliss-stick Smoothy for my play boat, like a project in my size, love it. Continue reading

Demshitz – New Holtwood Kayak Park

Superb drone work from Demshitz and an awesome feature.

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About three weeks ago myself and Jared Seiler were invited to test the flow and features at the Holtwood kayak Park. We surfed the features at a variety of flows from 700cfs to about 1600cfs. A happy flow here at Holtwood is between 800-1100cfs. The top feature is a very fast wave. You have to be ready top fly on this feature, setting up can be a little tricky. The next feature is a fast wave hole and the last one is a perfect little V wave. Great shoulders on both sides, perfect for a good front surf or even an air blunt. Enjoy! Continue reading

Pyranha Burn III (Small) – Review

As a smaller female paddler I was asked to review the new small Pyranha Burn 3. I am 5’0”, weigh around 60kg and not particularly flexible. I currently paddle a Zet Veloc, with a brief time paddling the Dagger Mamba 7.5 before and during a trip to Nepal. I confess I have never tried the previous small Burns because they never appeared to be small enough.

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