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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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Save Outdoor Ed

Dear Paddlesport Community, help us #SaveOutdoorEd 

Many of you will probably have had your first taste of kayaking or canoeing at an outdoor education centre with school, at a summer camp or with organisations such as the Scouts or Cadets. Indeed, you’ll never forget the late night dormitory giggles, writing postcards home, the skirmish for the hot showers or the smell of festering wetsuits in the drying room! Right now though, outdoor education centres across the UK are facing permanent closure due to COVID-19 restrictions on overnight visits and sporting activities. This article scratches the surface of the outcomes of outdoor education for young people with the insights of professionals from around the UK and concludes with some suggestions on how you can kindly help the fight to #SaveOutdoorEd.

Little imaginations running wild in the snowy Lake District. Did someone see a yeti!?

Since March, there has been no outdoor education residentials in the UK, with tens of thousands of children missing out on the opportunity to experience activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, archery, gorge walking, mountaineering and sailing, all whilst living away from home. Other adventures whilst on residential may include trying new food, helping with chores, cleaning boots and making a bed (this one’s often particularly traumatic!). Behind the activities, there is a whole range of benefits and developmental skills to be gained, most of which cannot be fully exercised in a classroom: problem solving in ‘real’ situations, developing resilience to new and challenging situations, following a routine or instructions, identifying and mitigating hazards and risks, environmental awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem, physical activity, communication skills, teamworking, timekeeping, independent living, resolving conflict, raising aspirations… the list goes on!

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Wahoo Kickr AXIS Action Feet Upgrade

Today I upgraded my 2018 Wahoo Kickr with the new AXIS Action Feet pack.

Wahoo Kickr AXIS Action Feet Upgrade

Whether mashing or spinning, riding in the saddle or out, KICKR AXIS feet let cyclists of all types customize the ride feel, enhance feedback, and experience a more realistic training setup by providing up to 5 degrees of side-to-side movement. KICKR AXIS feet enhance natural movement on the bike by minimizing pressure touchpoints, thus reducing fatigue and allowing you to train longer. KICKR AXIS comes with three stiffness options – easy, medium, and hard – so cyclists are able to to match their unique riding style and preferences.

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Yak Horizon Drysuit – Review

This is the Yak Horizon Drysuit it is available only in red/black. The Horizon is made from hard wearing 3-layer breathable material with Cordura re-enforcement on the knee and bum.

We received a large drysuit just after lockdown here in UK began, but despite the restrictions have managed to get some time on the water using the suit.

Yak Horizon Drysuit – Review

At 6ft 2″ with a 42″ chest, and size 10 (UK) feet the large Horizon drysuit fits well both whilst standing and probably more importantly whilst sitting in a boat. I tend to wear large drysuits or drytops from pretty much any manufacturer and the sizing here is bang on.

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Made It Back – Great Falls

Made It Back

Great Falls has some of my earliest kayaking memories, but it had been WAY too long since I made it back. I decided to make the long rally up for the race, but also because levels were looking good and the joy kayaking was gonna be great. The levels worked out where I was able to get all the lines I hadn’t done in so many years, and then some more. It was actually an epic day, and I’m so stoked I made the rally.

Dane Jackson
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New Dagger Kayak

It looks like Dagger may have a new boat out in the wild.

New Dagger Kayak

Other than the Dagger name no other decals can be seen.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEUdR0igSzR/?igshid=1gd848zyycb3w

Although the rear of this boat looms similar to the Phantom the boat is much smaller. May be this could be the replacement for the long serving Dagger Mamba or a smaller version of the Phantom.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CESOGTElbzq/?igshid=ivt2ava8g1ni

This one is being paddled by Dagger’s new team paddler Sage Donnelly.

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Jackson’s New Kayak – Antix 2.0

We’ve seen a few little bits and bobs on the new Jackson Kayak over the last week or so. Well here it is.

Jackson’s New Kayak

The Antix 2.0 is the name given to this new kayak.

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