Category Archives: Paddling Places

Rockem Sockem Spotlight

Leif creates some really nice edits and this one is no exception.

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Rockem Sockem is the name of a rapid and a wave on the Slave river. The wave is good at low water (about 3400-3500 cms) which is usually in the fall. It’s a very dynamic and steep wave, offering some good air. The good pocket of the wave is accessed by surfing through the “penalty box” (or by hiking and dropping in from above). The penalty box is a vicious little pocket of a hole that dishes out some beatings (see this video vimeo.com/112213319 for solid penalty box time), but surfing the main wave makes it all worthwhile. Continue reading Rockem Sockem Spotlight

East Africa Kayaking

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This is a video showing the adventures of a group of kayakers exploring the rivers of Central and Western Kenya.

Unfortunately the short rains (October too December) where not the best and we where not able to do as much as we hoped but we still had some great times. Continue reading East Africa Kayaking

Part Two: Journey To The Stikine And The Sacred Headwaters

Part two of this great edit from the Mountain Mid Collective. Enjoy!

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Part two of the Journey to the Stikine and the Sacred Headwaters tells the story of the team’s decision to run the notorious Site Zed rapid. Site Zed has only been run a handful of times since the first descent by Ben Marr in 2012. The rapid begins at the same place that BC Hydro planned to build one of two mega-dams on the Stikine that would have flood the entire canyon above. After their portagless descent of the Stikine, the crew returns to learn more about the fight to save the Stikine and Sacred Headwaters from a massive mine that poses extreme environmental risks to the surrounding environment and rivers. Continue reading Part Two: Journey To The Stikine And The Sacred Headwaters

Journey To The Stikine And The Sacred Headwaters

Another great edit from the guys at the Mountain Mind Collective.

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The Stikine is a world renowned river in the northwest corner of British Columbia. It is known for its big-volume class V whitewater in one of the most committing canyons in the world. Kayakers travel from afar every year to navigate the depths of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, but few know of the fight to protect its vast watershed from industrial development. From mega-dams, to massive open-pit mines, the Stikine and its sister rivers, the Skeena and the Nass, are under threat. This is the story of paddling the Stikine River, and learning about the fight to protect the Sacred Headwaters, the source of the Stikine, Skeena and Nass Rivers. Continue reading Journey To The Stikine And The Sacred Headwaters

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 Ben Marr and LP Rivest Beatdown At Bridge Rapid

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 Demshitz – New Holtwood Kayak Park