Unsponsored Q&A Series 2014 – Chris Wing

Chris Wing has been an instructor for as long as he has been a kayaker. He started H2o Dreams out of a desire to spur growth and reverence for paddle sports education all while providing a different spin to the presentation of familiar topics. I’ve been following Chris on Facebook and his Youtube channel for a number of years and really like his approach to coaching. Chris kindly agreed to take part in the Unsponsored Q&A series for 2014, enjoy.

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How did you first get into kayaking? Who introduced you to the sport?

It kind of fell into my lap honestly. When I went away for college, our university had an outdoor program that I became involved with through rock climbing. I ended up landing a job with the program and our director was an ACA whitewater kayak instructor. He was adamant about cross training us in everything, but whitewater kayaking really stuck with me. I still to this day can remember all of those first river trips. Out of everything that happened during that time in my life, kayaking still stands out the most. Continue reading

Chutes de Plaisance

Another great edit from the Summit Media Group.

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Just an hours drive East of Ottawa runs Chutes De Plaisance, Québec. Joel Kowalski and Devyn Scott drove up from the Ottawa Valley for a few laps of the drops while water levels held. As the rain let go and a foggy day lingered, we found magic. Continue reading

Jackson Fun – Launch

It looks like the river running, fun to paddle/play kayak is back. Everyone doesn’t need a creeker all of the the time. This exactly what the guys at Jackson Kayak think, so to that end Jackson have just finished their first production of the new Fun in the 2014 mold. Looks like it could be a winner.

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Sweet Bushwacker Helmet – First Look

Just in for review is a big pile of Sweet Protection mountain biking kit including the new Bushwacker helmet.

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Sweet uses the same computer technology used in its premium whitewater and snowsports helmets to produce the new Bushwacker. Superb protection cover and digitally modelled air flow has resulted in a very fine and uniquely designed helmet.

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Sweet Protection Jailbreak Jacket

This is somewhat of a different product from Sweet. Sweet are well known for their great kayak and snow sports kit but the Jailbreak jacket offers something a little different. The Jailbreak is essentially a light weight mountain jacket suitable for a range of activities.

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It’s not a jacket for on water use. I have so far used the Jailbreak while I have been mountain biking, climbing and hill walking. Think of the Jailbreak as an Arcteryx Beta LT and you would be along the right lines. Continue reading