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Tyne Tour 2020

Unfortunately the Tyne Tour for 2020 didn’t happen last weekend due to the restictiction currently in place in England for Covid-19. The decision not to run the event was definitely the right one. I for one definitely missed seeing the action unfold from Rescue Rock on the North Tyne. For all those that also missed not being in the Tyne Valley last weekend here is a post with some images from the last few years.

Tyne Tour 2020
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1st Green Race Training Lap

Every year I am always so fired up for the first long boat training lap on the Green. This year I was especially fired up because normally I have to do my first lap and shake off the cobwebs just a few days before the race, this year I got to do mine a whole month before. Although since then there has hardly been any days to do more training, it has helped being able to spend more time in a long boat than I normally would get before the race. This wasn’t the Sub 4 debut run I was looking for, but pulling out of the start line for the first time gets me every time. Now only a few weeks away, let’s hope I can get some more laps and clean up the lines!

DAne Jackson
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Tyne Tour 2020 – Cancelled.

Unfortunately the Tyne Tour 2020 has been cancelled. The Tyne Tour is a huge event that takes place annually here in the UK.

Hopefully it will return in 2021 bigger and better than ever.

Durance Festival 2020

Fancy a bit of quality paddling in France. Check out the Durance Festival 2020.

Durance Festival 2020
Durance Festival 2020

Find out more here – durancefestival.com

Bren’s Park Jam 2019 – Teesside

The glorious North East was the venue for today’s Park Jam.

Bren's Park Jam 2019 - Teesside
Bren’s Park Jam 2019 – Teesside
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Tyne Tour 2019

I have taken around 2k images on the North Tyne today, or #thetynebezi as its now know. At 1.84 on the gauge the river was running well following rain last night and release from Kiedler water. The images were taken using a professional full frame camera. The images posted below are low resolution.

Tyne Tour 2019
Tyne Tour 2019
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Tyne Tour Guide

The Tyne Tour is one of the best kayak/canoe events in the UK. Since its origins as the Mike Jones Rally the Tyne tour has become a firm favourite of mine.

Tyne Tour Guide
Tyne Tour Guide

Most paddlers will stick to the area around Hexham and Tyne Green but there are several other stretches of water in the local area that are worth looking at. This post is not designed to be a definitive guide in any way but is intend to offer a few ideas so you can maximise your paddle time and choice if attending the tour. So here we have it The Tyne Tour – A Brief Water Guide.

Camping, food and retailers are all based at Tyne Green right on the river bank in Hexham. Hexham is large market town so there are plenty of shops, pubs and takeaways if required.

The main river for the tour is the North Tyne. Local canoe/kayak clubs provide safety cover on the largest whitewater section of the North Tyne at Rescue Rock. Each Saturday of the Tyne Tour you will find me sat on Rescue Rock taking thousands of still images.

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Bren’s Park Jam

It’s back for Nov 2019!

Bren’s Park Jam

We are excited to announce the dates for Bren’s Park Jam 2019!

There will be plenty of giveaways from us at Palm, dewerstone and Pyranha Kayaks as well as signed posters by Bren Orton. We hope to see you all there!

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Ladakh River Festival

The Ladakh River Festival, Lardo, Indus. On the famous intimidating class 4 LARDO section.

Ladakh River Festival
Ladakh River Festival

With an altitude over 3000m the event punished those unprepared.

Ladakh River Festival
Ladakh River Festival
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North Fork 2019 Winning Run

Dane Jackson has shared his North Fork 2019 winning run. Awesome.

North Fork 2019 Winning Run
North Fork 2019 Winning Run
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ICF Extreme

If you missed it at the weekend here is the ICF Boater X or Extreme Slalom world cup from Lee Valley.

The question is why have they felt the need to rebrand it as Extreme Slalom. Is everything better if it is Extreme?

Ladakh River Festival 2019

Ladakh River Festival, August 2019. The competition will be on the famous lardo section of the Indus. Huge waves and holes.

Ladakh River Festival 2019
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