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Day: 8 May 2015

Slalom World Championships Brazil 2015

Elliott Davidson has put together this great edit of this years U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Brazil.

Slalom World Championships

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The 2015 Xavier Engle Memorial Robe Race

Spring time means you get to find out how bad your wrist and neck gaskets have degraded over the winter.

Spring time also means Robe Race and for 2015 the Xavier Engle Memorial Robe Race.


There were murmurs that the race might be shifted by a weekend, as there was no rain in the forecast the week leading up to the race. But level bumped up to just below 5.2 feet and by Friday afternoon we knew how we were going to be spending our Saturday; racing Robe Canyon and praying not to take home the Gnome!

It’s an easy template for a race: paddle as hard as you can for roughly 3.5 miles and crush around 40 rapids with as little carnage as you can manage. Then, just for shits giggles, throw a hideous portage in the middle of the course to see just how flexible those ankles really are…


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Almost 10 years prior the FatCats dropped into the Cispus with high flows and hole bunch of naivety. It was a long, burly hike out but not this time!!

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