Six pro kayakers from around the world meet up in the rainforests of Southern Mexico to run the Rio Tulijá. Also known as the Agua Azul, the river features impossibly blue water and a series of five large waterfalls. Led by Rafa Ortiz, the kayak team, including Rush Sturges, Evan Garcia, Aniol Serrasolses, Martina Wegman and Casper Van Kalmthout, have fun exploring the river and the local culture, showing us that when it comes to running waterfalls there’s a lot more to it than just the drop.
Today was the first development day for modification to the feature named “Happy Eater” at the Tees Barrage International White Water course. The course uses the Rapid Block system as used in the London Olympics. The blocks are bolted to the floor of the course and can be configured to create a range of features.
Before the multi million pound upgrade to the course “Happy Eater” was a breaking wave/relatively gentle stopper that was superb for flat spins and blunts. Since re-opening many paddlers have expressed that they wanted something like the old “Happy Eater” back. Thankfully support from the management team at the barrage has resulted in a a new Facebook group being created and a chance for paddlers to design the layout of the course. Continue reading
Day 3 – Because we are all Brown stouting athletes we started today by racing each other down the Strondal. It was tense but Phil Mitchel eventually won. We then spent a couple of hours driving around arguing about what run to get on eventually ending up on the Ruandal rafting section and play section where we met some Voss locals who turned out to be real brown stouting athletes. Afterwards Rainey did painful things with a wasabi pea and then we ate chicken fajitas which was a nice improvement on the smart price meatballs.
Repairing a paddle shaft is very similar to creating a set of split paddles. I have a pair of Werner Players that were pretty much brand new but had snapped near the right hand blade. The technique I use here could be used to repair the shaft on pretty much any paddle and could even be used to shorten or adjust the feather on a sound paddle.
It’s 2 days into my Norway trip, I’ll try and update this as often as I can although internet is a little hard to come by. So far things have been sweet. Yesterday we started with the appropriately named Zambezi section whilst on the way to Voss. After a lovely night camped under the bridge we got on the upper Mykdal (don’t know how to spell it) followed be the upper and racecourse sections of the Brandseth. We also headed over to Money drop which had quite a lot of water. Barney went 1st, got about 5 seconds of down time, his deck popped and we eventually rescued his boat with some big dents in it. The rest of us will probably wait until the levels drop a bit.
My decision to go to the alps this year was fairly last minute and with plans already in place to spend most of the summer abroad I was originally a bit reluctant to go, however it seemed like too good a trip to pass up so before I knew it I was rushing out of uni the week before term actually finished and was on the road.
We originally intended to head to Austria, but it soon became apparent that this would mean a very wet week with less than ideal water levels for kayaking so by the time we got off the train in France we’d redirected the satnav for Italy and after god knows how many hours of Team America and Candy Crush Saga we arrived to sunny skies and perfect water levels in Valsesia, Italy.