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An Unsponsored Kayak?

If Unsponsored were to design and release a brand new kayak into the current market place what would it look like?

An Unsponsored Kayak

Lets go through a few design ideas and see where we end up.

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New Waka Kayaks Prototype

It looks like there may be new Waka Kayaks prototype out in the wild. Many thanks to Waka Watcher for the hot tip.

New Waka Kayaks Prototype

Shown in this edit from The Lammlers.

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Dagger Nomad: Dare to Dream

Do you remember that dream? The scary one where you are falling and falling into an endless abyss, dropping farther and faster until …

Dagger Nomad: Dare to Dream

Do you dare to dream?

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Pyranha Machno (Small) – Review

Brian Vermillion recently got his hands on the new Pyranha Machno (small) and took it down the Cheoah.

Cheoah release was last Saturday, and I was lucky enough to get a full lap in while testing out the Pyranha Machno. I chose to use the Machno small, which ended up being the perfect size for me. At 5’5” and 150lbs the small Machno at 73 gallons was perfect for this gem of a run.

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Jackson Kayak Nirvana Vs Pyranha 9r

The Jackson Kayak Nirvana is the new 9ft kayak on the block. But how does it compare side by side with the Pyranha 9r?

Brian Vermillion has taken these comparison shots.

Jackson Kayak Nirvana Vs Pyranha 9r

A Jackson Kayak Nirvana Vs Pyranha 9r if you like. Check them out.

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Pyranha Machno Small – Review

I was lucky enough to get hold of a medium Machno for a demo not long after it came out. I was hopeful that maybe I could get away with a medium as it looked awesome and I really wanted to paddle one. I paddled it and enjoyed it, it was fun but I knew (although I tried to ignore the fact) that it was too big for me, (I’m 5’5″ and 58kg). So the waiting for the small to be ready began.

Pyranha Machno Small - Review

I had planned a demo day through work and was hopeful that a small Machno would be ready to make an appearance for this and it did not disappoint!

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Ninja Plastic Welding

Corran Addison has some serious Ninja Plastic Welding skills. Here is what he did to a Soul Main Squeeze. A very impressive cut and shut.

Ninja Plastic Welding skills

One of my favorite boats of all time is the Dragorossi Squashtail. But it has some issues. First off – footroom. Ouch.

Ninja Plastic Welding skills

That inside rail is just in the wrong place and hurts like hell. Then the knees are too low, and the concave sidewall while awesome on a glassy wave, is hell on anything bouncy and bubbly.

So I took a Main Squeeze that didn’t mold properly, and turned it into a new squashtail!!! I cut 5.5″ off the tail, and then pushed the tail volume considerably before welding it up.

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TRAK

How about a super lightweight packable sea kayak? TRAK has launched a campain on Kickstarter to fund the TRAK 2.0 kayak.

TRAK

The TRAK 2.0 is billed as the Ultimate Touring Kayak.

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Liquidlogic Delta V – Closer Look

We have these great new images of the Liquidlogic Delta V from Trevor Conrad.

Liquidlogic Delta V

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Shane’s First Paddle In The Liquidlogic Delta V

Shane's First Paddle In The Liquidlogic Delta V

Shane’s First Paddle In The Liquidlogic Delta V – We just made the first prototypes of the Delta V. The Green River is running high. Let’s go!!

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Jackson Kayak Nirvana

Jackson Kayak have released the new Nirvana kayak. The boat has taken the last year or so to design/test/develop. The first production mold was completed last month with production kayaks landing this month. It has been designed as a “Creek Boat for Rapid Decent”.

The Nirvana is a fast 9ft racer creek boat that will be available in three sizes.

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Liquidlogic Delta V 88 – First Impressions

Initial impressions of the new LL Delta V 88 after 1 Green lap at 7.5″ for those of you that care and have contacted me about it…if you don’t know me really quickly stats that might affect boat performance 6’0″ 170ish paddling a Stomper 90 as a creek boat for the last 6 years (I’ve been through 6 of them) and a Braaap for the last year.

Liquidlogic Delta V 88 - First Impressions

I’ve been reluctant to give up the Stomper because it’s my go to class 5 SE creeker but I’ve been having a blast in the Braaap. I’m just not comfortable enough in the Braaap to really get into the class 5 realm in it.

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