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Month: September 2011 (Page 1 of 3)

Adidas Sickline 2011

For the fifth time in a row, the Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Champion takes place at the legendary “Wellerbrücke” river section in Austria’s Ötztal Valley. Between the 30th of September and the 3rd of October, the best whitewater kayakers on the planet will meet in Tyrol’s longest alpine valley to snatch the much sought-after 2010 world champion belt.

The Adidas Sickline 2011 is being shown live on FreecasterTV on October the 1st 2011.

Adidas Sickline 2011

Unsponsored Q&A Series 2011 – Update

As a little teaser before the release of the 1st interview, I have decided to drop a couple of names. You can expect interviews with Brad Ludden, James Bebbington, EJ and more.

All appearing here very shortly.

Unsponsored Q&A Series 2011

It looks like this series of Q&As will really build upon those of the 2007 series.

Interviews with some of the worlds top professional boaters, boat designers and kit designers are flooding in. Responses to the Q&A are being collated/formatted and will be ready to post shortly.

I’ll be releasing some of the names of those taking part over the next couples of days.

Dragorossi Stinger

Over the past two months I have been testing out the new Dragorossi Stinger. The boat arrived fully wrapped along with a Dragorossi Pintail. These two boats were the first Dragorossi kayaks I had seen in the flesh so I was eager to check them out.

From the Dragorossi Web Site:

“The goal: to create a new design that would permit its user to do several things in the same boat, and not feel limited in any of them by compromise. The sort of kayak where you can go creeking on Friday, enter a Rodeo on Saturday, and teach your friend to paddle in on Sunday.”

So does the boat measure up? Well…..

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Doc’s Pro Plugs – Review

Been kayaking a long time? In the cooler waters of the UK and northern Europe? If you have, you may have growth in your inner ear that is closing your ear canal, and will affect your hearing long-term.

Doc's Pro Plugs - Review
Doc’s Pro Plugs – Review

When the ear is exposed to water and cold wind over a period of time the ear canal can narrow due to bone growth. The only solution to the problem is surgery. Many kayakers are now aware of “surfers ear” and have started to wear neoprene skullcaps to protect the ears, however surfers have found that wearing skullcaps doesn’t always prevent surfers ear.

For some time now surfers in the US and Australia have been using earplugs for protection for sometime and in particular the Doc’s Pro Plug range. These currently retail in the UK for around £13, which is a little bit different from the 50p kind you can pick up from any chemist or drug store.

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Katya – Rider Of The Year Interview

Katya – Rider Of The Year Interview from James Bebbington on Vimeo.

New paddle time

After reading about my current Sidekick paddles on the Werner website, it seems (given the specs) that I need to be looking for an alternative paddle!

The best choice for strong well conditioned play boaters!

Werner Double Diamond

The Werner bent-shaft paddles have been great for us since they were introduced. The carbon shafts seem next to indestructible and the blades last a long time usually wearing down to a smaller size over long periods of use.

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PADDLE Expo- Highlights

Unsponsored Q&A Series – Celliers Kruger (2007)

Fluid Kayaks is headed by Celliers Kruger, one of South Africa’s most accomplished whitewater paddlers, who happened to be a mechanical engineer with an excellent understanding of fluid dynamics. He is the Managing Director of Fluid and also the designer of Fluid’s products.

Celliers also kindly agreed to take part in the Unsponsored Q&A series.
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Rider of the year – Wow

One of the best videos I have seen for some time.

Rider of the Year II Awards Video from Tribe Rider on Vimeo.

Unsponsored Q&A Series – Trip Jennings

Trip Jennings freestyle guru and big water paddler is part of the Epicocity. This is the same Epicocity that brought us Bigger Than Rodeo, Mission: Epicocity and Firescars.

A genuine star and ambassador for the kayaking world Trip kindly agreed to take part in the Unsponsored Q&A series.

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