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Name: Nick Pearce

Location: I split my time between Somerset and Voss, Norway

I have been paddling for the last 11 years and during that time, I have been lucky enough to paddle in some of the coolest locations around the world from the UK to Chile, France, India and New Zealand. My personal favorite and the place that constantly draws me back is Norway. It’s a land full of amazing rivers with still so much undiscovered potential. For the last 5 years I have spent my life working as a raft guide which allowed me to be closer to the river and to get as much boating in as possible. I also have the pleasure of being supported by some of the best companies on the market: Zet UK, AS watersports, System X and Silverstick.

Nick Pearce

Kit:

Helmet:

Sweet Wanderer – Only the best to keep you head safe.

Buoyancy Aid:

Palm FXr – Simple, light and does everything you need it to do.

Spraydeck:

IR Royale – It will not fail you when you need it, enough said.

Nick Pearce

Dry gear:

Kokatat – They produce the best dry gear on the market and it is the only dry suit I have ever had that is truly a drysuit.

To find out more, read the full review here: https://nickpearcekayakingblog.wordpress.com/

Shoes:

Palm Gradients – Review to be done after the summer

Paddle:

Werner Power House 200cm straight-shaft – It’s reliable and powerful, exactly what what you need.

Kayak:

Zet Raptor – It’s my main boat of choice. I am eager to get my hands on the new Toro as it looks amazing. I also have a Molan for a little bit of playboating and a old Riot Showbiz for some old school fun now and then.

Nick Pearce

Thermals:

I have a selection but manly anything merino wool as it doesn’t smell as bad. Most of my merino wool is acquired from the Lost & Found at the rafting base.

Up and coming plans:

I have a few upcoming plans for spring and summer 2015. I plan to be chasing the water in Europe in the spring with either a trip to Italy or in Telemark, Norway depending on where the water will be. I will be back in Voss for rafting season and plenty of fun. I will be going on a mid-summer trip to Northern Norway and followed by going to Mexico for a month in the autumn. It should be another amazing year.