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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading