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Hypoxia 2

Hypoxia 2, another great edit from Rob Coffey and Nick Doran. Still pre GoPro.

Hypoxia 2

A kayaking film by Rob Coffey and Nick Doran most notable for the first descent of the Zaz river in Iran and a high water descent of the northern gorge of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. Featuring Rob Coffey, Nick Doran, Ali Donald, Simon Westgarth, Dave Carroll, Tyler Bradt, Flemming Schmidt and Marianne Saether

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A Few Kayak Movies From The Past…

Channel Surfing

Surfing from channel to channel until they passed even Channel No 5, these action heros take the viewer on a whirlwind tour of insane stunts and unbelievable masquerades. Action sequences include surfing Montreal’s massive Mavric wave, hair boating in California and the Southeast as well as an insane freewheel off a huge waterfall.

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Adventures in Loonerland

Most of the readers have probably seen this action packed film already, but for those that haven’t its certainly one to watch! Loonerland is the 1st film from Irish/Devonshire freestyler and creeker Simon Westgarth, and it does not disappoint.

The Video basically showcases some of the UK’s finest boating talents, including Cheesy, Debs Pinneger, Andy Phillips, Mark Birkbeck, Ed Cornfield, Simon Westgarth and one German (I think), Katrine Prase thrown in for good measure. Each paddler gets a 4/5 minute slot including entertaining interviews, good old Brit humour, and of course some full on freestyle and creek action!

The Boating includes everything from good old Shepperton weir on a cranking ten gates, to the mighty Zambezi, with playspots and rivers from all over Europe in-between.

The best bits: Its Hard to pin point a best bit, however Birky’s section is entertaining, and deb’s bit is some what inspiring!

The worst bit: For some reason they decide to feature Andy Phillips at Nottingham of all places!

Final verdict: A wamdangler of a vid that makes you want to pack your bags and buy a van! Well worth having in your collection.

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Genes – Advanced WW Techniques

Genes Advanced Whitewater Techniques is another little gem from Westgarth TV, this time covering Grade IV/V skills like running big drops, boofing and slides.

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GENES, the third in Simon Westgarth’s Gene17 series. This time aimed at Advanced White water technique for running Class 4 and beyond. The focus is on paddling slides, drops and waterfalls, with the introduction of key skills such as flaring the boat through a drop, plus the development of boofin’ and promotion of driving the boat through the rapids. The central theme is the clarity of vision an advanced paddler requires to be able to get more from the river, their boat and themselves. Continue reading

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