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Where’s My Kayak?

Shipping internationally and even nationally has become a problem in 2021. Corran Addison gives us a break down the issues and the work Soul Waterman is carrying out to get its boats to customers.

Just when you think 2020 can’t be matched, so 2021 comes along to prove you wrong. We’re getting weekly emails now asking “Where is my darn kayak?”.

Where's My Kayak?
Where’s My Kayak?
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Broken Wahoo Kickr – How Bad?

What happens if your Wahoo Kickr breaks and you keep riding it?

Kevin Biggs managed to get a cheap Wahoo Kickr that the original owner had listed as damaged and needing repair.

This Kickr had suffered the classic loose woodruff key which led to lots of banging and clunking when the trainer was used. The loose key means that the bearings can move in a way they aren’t meant to, which means they eventually fail.

The following images and words are from Kevin.

The guy ran the trainer for me and it had the usual clonking noise. When I got it home and the cover off it wasn’t obvious what the problem was. I had to hammer the fly-wheel shaft through using a sacrificial bolt screwed in to hit.

Broken Wahoo Kickr - How Bad?
Broken Wahoo Kickr – How Bad?
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Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 – First Look

Thanks to Verus Kayaks UK I had the chance to briefly check out the Gladiator 2.0 at the Tees Barrage.

Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 - First Look
Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 – First Look

The Gladiator 2.0 is a half slice river runner that sits at 8’11” with a 27″ width.

Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 – First Look

Here is what Verus have to say about the Gladiator 2.0.

The Gladiator 2.0 is the perfected version of our flagship river runner. Our team has taken this kayak down everything from cruising class II to charging class V creeks. The Gladiator has proven to be the most versatile boat in our quiver. Drawing from slalom designs, the widest part of the Gladiator is right behind the cockpit at 27”. This improves stability for beginners and allows experts to make dynamic moves while running challenging whitewater. The displacement hull is easy to roll, forgiving in chaotic waters and above all, FAST.  The new, low-profile stern will spice up your paddling and let you play all the way down your favorite run. Try a Gladiator today and find out what you can unlock from this timeless design.

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Tees Barrage 10 April 2021

Here are some shots taken this am at the Tees Barrage.

Tees Barrage 10 April 2021
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Solitude

Darren Clarkson has been exploring wild rivers over over two decades. He has countless first descents and iconic rivers to his name. Yet his new project is perhaps the most daunting he has ever faced.

Solitude
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Tales Of The Corrib

For many, the Corrib river is the birthplace of their interest in the sport of kayaking. Find out in this short film why that’s the case!

Tales Of The Corrib
Tales Of The Corrib
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Getting Hungry On The River

I’ve never really given this any consideration over the last 30 years plus of paddling. I can’t really remember a time where I have carried food and drink on the river or even thought about until quite recently.

Getting Hungry On The River
Getting Hungry On The River

When I go hill walking or mountain biking I always take snacks and a drink.

I’ve used pretty much all of the “outdoor” branded sports bars out there. They are convenient but after a while eating them becomes a chore. It’s hard work on your jaw. Chocolate melts and packets of sweets are not usually sealed that well. That’s important as I want to be able to carry something in my PFD and not have to rummage in a dry bag buried in the boat.

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Movie Monday 4 January 2021

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 4 January 2021. This is the first Movie Monday for 2021 and the 278th Movie Monday on this site. You can find them all in the Movie Monday Archive.

Movie Monday 4 January 2021
Movie Monday 4 January 2021

Enjoy!

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2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 3

Welcome to the 2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide part 3. Every week during December we’ll be presenting a brand new list of gifts for the paddler in your life.  If the paddler in your life is you, then think of it as suggestions to expand your gear list. As always the items listed are a range of gear we use and/or love.

2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 3
2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 3
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2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 2

Welcome to the 2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide part 2. Every week during December we’ll be presenting a brand new list of gifts for the paddler in your life.  If the paddler in your life is you, then think of it as suggestions to expand your gear list. As always the items listed are a range of gear we use and/or love.

2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 2
2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 2
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2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 1

Every week during December we’ll be presenting a brand new list of gifts for the paddler in your life.  If the paddler in your life is you, then think of it as suggestions to expand your gear list. As always the items listed are a range of gear we use and/or love.

2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 1
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ICF – Extreme Slalom

The International Canoe Federation is one step closer to adding extreme canoe slalom to the Olympic program after a virtual board meeting on Tuesday. The ICF Board voted to include men’s and women’s extreme slalom on its proposal for the Paris 2024 canoe program as it strives to continue to innovate and to deal with a reduction of Olympic quota places. Extreme slalom is a relatively new discipline to canoe, but it’s thrilling head-to-head format has attracted new fans and strong television ratings since its introduction to the ICF world cups and world championship programmes. The addition of the new discipline on the Olympic schedule would not require any extra athlete quotas, with many of the canoe slalom competitors likely to also contest the extreme competition.

International Canoe Federation

I’ve seen a lot of debate on this over the past few days and it’s an interesting conundrum, (Of which I’m on neither side).

ICF - Extreme Slalom
ICF – Extreme Slalom

Having worked within a Sprint set up I have upmost respect for the level of training and commitment they put in. The same also goes to slalom athletes. As Olympic disciplines it’s no secret this is where the money is focused but it’s also remembered that if you aren’t at medal contention level then you aren’t getting paid you are still training day in day out and working a full time job.

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