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The Last Move In Any Rapid

Teaching kayaking, I always emphasize that the last move in any rapid is looking over your shoulder at the person behind you. Complacency, poor safety hazard and risk assessments, media/social media, and the quick learning curve and inexperience of newer paddlers all play into risk being higher on rivers although the hazards remain the same.

The Last Move In Any Rapid

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Increase The Lifespan Of Your Kayak By Transporting It Correctly

“Increase the lifespan of your kayak by transporting it correctly” contains a number of great tips from the guys at Pyranha.

Increase The Lifespan Of Your Kayak By Transporting It Correctly

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Eric Jackson – Super Clean Cartwheel

Learn to super clean cartwheel with Eric Jackson.

Super Clean Cartwheel

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Bow And Stern Stall

EJ Teaches Playboating – Whitewater Kayaking – Bow and Stern Stall in MixMaster.

Bow And Stern Stall

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How To Get Vertical In Your Kayak

Top tips from Unsponsored’s friend Bren Orton on how to get vertical in your kayak. Check it out.

How To Get Vertical In Your Kayak

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Eric Jackson Instructional Series – Mystery Move A Plastic Kayak

Have you got a nice and slicey boat? Then check out Eric Jackson’s guide to pulling off a mystery move.

Mystery Move A Plastic Kayak

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Eric Jackson Teaches Whitewater Kayaking – The Bow Pirouette

Eric Jackson Teaches Whitewater Kayaking – the Bow Pirouette. Although used as a little bit of a promo for the new MixMaster this is great instructional edit showing the steps needed to pull a bow pirouette.

bow pirouette

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The Problem With Bomb Proof Rolls

The Problem With Bomb Proof Rolls – I think instructors who perpetuate the concept of a “bomb-proof” roll do their students a disservice.

First of all, there really is no such thing as a “bomb-proof” roll. The term alludes to a roll that’s so reliable, and so fine-tuned, that it never fails. That’s misleading and unrealistic. Every experienced instructor knows that given sufficient “conditions”, everyone eventually bails and swims – and in fact, the best paddlers I know have all taken swims at one time or another.

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Running A Rapid: My Decision-Making Process

Quite a few of my paddling friends call me ballsy. Not the politically correct ones, of course. I don’t really see it because whenever I choose to run a rapid or feature, I’ve calculated the risk, and my decision seems perfectly logical to me.

I have only ever made the decision to portage a rapid once; the rest of the times I’ve portaged, that decision has been made for me by more experienced paddlers. The rapid I portaged by choice was Crack of Doom on the Middle Etive. I never thought I’d be able to say I’d portaged a runnable rapid and had no regrets over doing so, but I was wrong; I don’t regret portaging.

Crack of Doom on the Middle Etive; weighing it up!

Here are the three things I take into consideration when running a rapid.

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Ouch

Readers, we have all done – or should have done a WW safety course, either an in country one, Rescue 3 or similar. We learn about z drags and mechanical advantage. We should learn about steep ground assessments, we learn to portage, we learn our own boundaries.

Ouch

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Red Bull Rafa Ortiz OKC Kayak Clinic

The Red Bull Rafa Ortiz OKC Kayak clinic.

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Get Your Boof Dialled In

Get your boof dialled in with this great instructional video from Seth Ashworth.

Get Your Boof Dialled In

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