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Spade Kayaks UK – New Distribution

Daz Clarkson-King and his company Pure Land Expeditions are now distributing Spade Kayaks in the UK. System X will also continue to bring Kayaks into the UK. 

If you didn’t know, Spade Kayaks brought out the Ace of Spades creek boat a few years ago. I own one of the earlier boats off the production line and absolutely love it.

Spade Kayaks UK - New Distribution

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Spade Kayaks 2016 – First Look

Spade kayaks have taken the Ace of Spades kayak shell and have developed three levels of outfitting as detailed below.

Spade Kayaks 2016 - First Look

The shell in each of the three setups is the same. However for 2016 it has been made even lighter whilst still retaining its strength.

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Some very nice Ace of Spades action on the Salzachöfen. The gorge is around class IV and Hufeisen is the crux rapid.


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Spade Kayaks – 2016

Team Unsponsored is at this year’s Paddle Expo and I personally wanted to catch up with the team behind Spade Kayaks to find out what is going to be new as we moved forward into 2016.

Over the last few weeks a few images of a “new” Ace of Spades have emerged and after a really good chat with the guys from Spade Kayaks I have the full detail.

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Firstly the Ace of Spades for 2016 has the same hull shape as the kayak we reviewed on Unsponsored earlier this year.

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Ace Of Spades – Review

We are fortunate at Unsponsored to try some of the best kayaking and canoeing equipment available, but sometimes the weather can be too dry. Thankfully the Gods of rain smiled on the UK once again this summer, so testing and reviews have continued at a pace. The following review looks at the Ace of Spades kayak from Spade Kayaks. The boat has been tested over the last few months across the UK on various pieces of water from stone filled ditches, low volume/high volume burns in Scotland, some of the best whitewater in the glorious county of Yorkshire, whitewater parks and even out at sea.

Spade kayaks is a new kayak company formed in Europe by whitewater legends Hans Mayer, Oli Grau, Matze Brutzman, Jens Klatt, and Jan Haluszka.

The Ace of Spades is a blown molded displacement hull kayak. It has the features that you would expect to see in any whitewater boat – adjustable outfitting, full plate footrest, multiple grab handles, drain bung etc… but many have been executed in a creative/different way.

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The Ace is designed as a river runner/creeker and is available in just the one size.

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Store Ula 1-5 Eat It

Store Ula 1-5 Eat It

A quick run on the Store Ula waterfalls #1-5. It’s kinda easy to get sidetracked by # 4 but trust me # 5 is a bitch. It’s got a shallow lead in, the line doesn’t excatly send you out the right way and there’s quite a uncomfortable cave at the bottom… ah well, sometimes you’ll just have to eat it! Thanks for Olli and Jobst for pulling me outathere…

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Brandenberger Ache – Kommentiert Von Olli Grau

A great chance to see the Ace of Spades on some classic European whitewater.

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Ace Of Spades – A Closer Look

The guys from Whitewater The Canoe Centre have one of the first Ace of Spades kayaks and have kindly agreed to these images being shared on Unsponsored.


The Ace of Spades is the first boat from new kayak company Spade Kayaks. They deploy the blow moulded technique to produce the Ace.


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Spade Kayaks – Ace Of Spades Images

The following images of the new Ace Of Spades are hot off the press from the guys at Spade Kayaks.

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The images (apart from the last one) are photographs of the production kayaks.

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Ace Of Spades: Strahl

A short edit showing the new Ace Of Spades kayak in action.

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Spade Kayaks


Spade kayaks are a new kayak paddler owned brand from Europe. They have taken the blow mould technology used by Prijon and Eskimo and have developed a brand new kayak – The Ace Of Spades. Continue reading

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