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Month: October 2014 (Page 1 of 3)

The All India Kayak Expedition: Episode 4 – The Sankh

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Ford & TOJ present The All India Kayak Expedition, Ep.04 – The Sankh

Powered by Ford Endeavour, five paddlers from the UK and one from India will travel across the country, exploring new whitewater rivers to descend while following the monsoon rains from the southwest to the northeast. Continue reading

New Jackson Kayak Zen


Jackson have updated the very popular Zen.

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Liquidlogic Flying Squirrel 95 Vs Wavesport Recon 93

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Over the last few weeks there has been a great deal of interest in my thoughts on the Flying Squirrel versus the Recon. I have a review underway at the moment and will be publishing it after a little bit more time on the water with the Squirrel. In the meantime here are a few very initial thoughts, comparisons and specs.

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BCLUV 2014

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Last August, 4 boys of our crew had the chance to go run the infamous Grand Canyon of the Stikine river. They drove 60 hours to reach the put in. After the 3 awesome days on the river, they drove south to meet with good friends and to paddle the rivers of whistler and Squamish. Here is the video recap of the trip. Enjoy !!! Continue reading

Eddy Mead – Whitewater Kayaker

A really nice edit profiling WW kayak Eddy Mead. Well shot and well put together. Very impressive.

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Eddy Mead is a Cardiff based whitewater kayaker who balances his time between his wife, family, and work against his desire to challenge himself on the river.

This short was shot on a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera in Prores Film Log mode and it was edited and finished in Final Cut Pro X. Continue reading

Always Beautiful On The Sunshine Coast (Quick Flick #5)

A great edit from the guys at Mountain Mind Collective.

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Despite the forecast for non-stop rain, it turned out to be a beautiful weekend surfing Skookumchuck, an epic tidal wave on the Sunshine Coast, BC. Watch paddlers Brendan Wells, Teague Manley, Olin Wimberg, Leif Anderson, Emily Lussin and Dru Lyall throwing down on this beautiful wave! Continue reading

Unsponsored Q&A Series – Rowan Stuart

Rowan Stuart is the 2013 ICF Junior Women’s Freestyle world champion and took 2nd place in this years competition. A rising star in the sport Rowan is taking the freestyle world by storm. I am stoked that Rowan agreed to take part in the Unsponsored Q&A series.

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Who are you? Tell us a little about Rowan Stuart.

I’m Rowan, I’m 18 years old, and I really enjoy kayaking. I grew up in small-town North Carolina, and it happens to be one of the few things to do here. I would say my list of priorities has kayaking in spot #1, eating in spot #2, and sleeping as #3. Unfortunately I also go to college, so now getting my schoolwork done has to fall in there somewhere.

How did you first get into kayaking? Who introduced you to the sport?

My parents were definitely the first people to get me interested in kayaking, I remember watching some old videos, absolutely never considering that one day I could be running things like that.

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The new Pyranha 9R has been getting some great reviews over here in the UK. Root Down put the 9R to test in Wales on the Ogwen.

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A quick post-work run down the Ogwen in North Wales in the new Pyranha 9R. Continue reading

Levator on Tumwater

Levator on Tumwater

I had the chance to try out the new GoPro mount for kayaks called the Levator.

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Whitewater Geology Episode 4: Russell Fork

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Whitewater Geology is a web series showcasing whitewater and explaining the geology that causes it to exist.

Episode 4 shows the awesome whitewater of the Russell Fork in Kentucky and explains the geology of the steep riverbed. Continue reading

Fuse – How It All Came Together

FUSE is Dave Wortley’s entry to the Kayak Session Short Film Award 2014. Many of you may have seen the edit over the last few months but here is the background info on what it took to make it happen.


It’s a project I’ve been working on for a few years, I’ve taken lots of photos and videos at Hurley and I wanted to make something new and different. I’ve always been interested in night-time photography, shooting blurry water long exposures and I’ve taken photos at most of the Thames weirs at night where we go paddling. I’ve done a few night-time sessions with lights and had been thinking about a way to film something at night which would be visually interesting. I had thought about using spot-lights or flash-lights but I wanted to find a way to illuminate the kayaker. Continue reading

Looking After Your Kit

Technical waterproof fabrics like those used in dry cags and trousers only do their job effectively (keeping you warm and dry) when water doesn’t soak into them. Through wear and tear this ability to shed water begins to fail leaving you with kit that soaks up water. This often means that your kit takes on extra weight, takes longer to dry and is not as breathable as it may have once been.

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