The Palm Side swing HMS Karabiner looks like a fairly conventional karabiner that has had some weight shaved off and a trick anodised colour applied. I thought exactly this when it landed here at Unsponsored HQ.
I didn’t even look at the name, as it was obscured by the paperwork, before removing the karabiner from its display card and checking out the gate action.
When you pick up a karabiner it is compulsory to test out the gate action. That is the point that I realised the Palm side swing karabiner was a little bit different.
I’m pleased to welcome Ottilie Robinson-Shaw to The C1 Kayak Conversions Team. For those who don’t know Ottie, Ottie is a World Champion kayaker. She is 2019 and 2017 ICF Freestyle World Champion, 2018 European Champion and ICF Double World Champion, 4 times British Champion, and has the record for the highest ever score on ICF competition. We’re hoping that Womens C1 is about to be introduced to World Freestyle Competition, and I’m excited that I can be part of Ottie’s transition into C1 Freestyle. Ottie feels confident in taking the top team spot and is a likely favourite to medal.
I look forward to working with Ottie and inspiring more girls into the sport.
This Week on Kayak Support, we headed back to West Virginia and paddled the New River Gorge! We had an epic day working our way down the massive, pool-drop rapids, surfing, and of course, getting flipped! In this episode, we talk through what I learned about combat rolls in big water and show you some of my lines down this all-time classic river! YEW!
Remember the river we cleaned the lines up on by cutting out the trees so it would be in prime condition when the high water came? The highwater is here and the river is amazing. It’s named the Venter Ache for anyone wondering.
Dane Jackson takes a very stout run down the Lower Rauma.
I had grown up seeing so many videos of one of the biggest classics of Norway, the Lower Rauma. Finally getting the chance to experience it was unreal and it was everything I could have imagined, and more. I not only ended up getting the 3rd descent of Brennenfossen which is an ultra stout that Bren first descented in 2016. I also ended up deciding to run Flemmingsfossen which is one of the most intimidating drops I have done as it has a very hard lip to line up, as well as only about a 20ft window where the drop doesn’t land on rocks. It was one hell of a day and I definitely can’t wait to get back to it, although I don’t think I will be running those 2 stouts again.