Sam Ellis is another big fan of Immersion Research decks. Here is an edit he has put together from a recent trip to Italy.
My thoughts on the deck are as follows:
Yellow Fever – The documented first full descent of one of the biggest rivers on the planet – the Yellow River, China. Whitewater kayakers Sam Ellis, Dan Yates, Tom Mclay and Travis Winn emerge battered, bruised but stoked to successfully navigate the big water and fierce weather patterns that nearly cost them more than just their kayaks.
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New XL Pyranha Burn on Aysgarth Waterfalls, Yorkshire, England.
Turns like it’s on rails, you put it where you want it with sweet boots and ski speed and a load of ass to carry you on your adventures, this ones my favourite!!!
Get some, get one!!!
Years of anticipation and hearing the stories we finally got in there.
In the summer of 2013 all British lads Dan Yates, Tom Mclay, Tom Downs, Ash Bullivant, Daz James, Rob Litherland and Sam Ellis with an adopted American, Travis Winn set out on a BC adventure.
I’ve been using Vertical Element full carbon custom crank paddles for some time and love them. I was able to get a custom set of paddles (left handed) on a cranked shaft ordered and delivered within a couple of days (inc a weekend). Awesome service and a great British product.
On the 2nd Jan 2014 Rory Woods ran Cauldron Snout on the River Tees (UK) and ended up taking a swim. Having successfully tackled the class V+ Cauldron Snout on several previous occasions Rory broke out of the top eddy and ran the Snout. Here are Rory’s unedited thoughts on what happened when it all went wrong.
Photo: Ben Johnson. Paddler: Rory Woods.
For context, the level is a bit higher than Sam (click to view video) ran it, with overspill on the dam as well as both pipes. I’ve run it a few times before, but always lower. It shook me a bit, and I hope I will learn from it. I’ve always believed in safety coming from the certainty that you will get the moves right, irrespective of the consequences. Of course, if the consequences are bad enough, you need to leave some margin in your level of certainty. Over lots of years of very gradually paddling harder and harder stuff, I really thought that my judgement of what I could definitely do was pretty accurate. I’ve always been a bit proud of my ability to get on and get pressure moves right without headgames getting in the way once I’d made a decision. It shocked me to go back and look at the rapid and think that maybe I’ve been fooling myself for a while in my desire to run stuff. Continue reading
The North of England has some of the best whitewater around. The River Swale in North Yorkshire is a firm favourite and has been at good levels for most of the week.
Despite being banned from returning to Scotland River managed to sneak out of the house and over the border.
The sketchy sequel to Scotland Happened – features rivers: Nevis, Leven, Etive, Kinglass and Douglas.
No sick this time folks!
Shot on GoPro’s sick equipment and edited with Final Cut Pro.