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
The 2019 Welsh Open Freestyle is taking place on the 5th of May at the Cardiff International Whitewater course.
Beaverfest this year was fantastic.
Slides were slid, eddies were caught and carnage was well, a sure thing. Here is a short video recapping what took place at one of the best whitewater gatherings in the east.
The European returns to Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham for 2018. The event takes place from the 1st to 2nd of September 2018.
Entry for the event opens tomorrow. Unsponsored will be there reporting on the action.
Should 8 Ball Kayak Carnage be on the schedule at every kayak event?
Would you compete?
What’s the difference between a McNasty and a Lunar Loop. Quim Fontane shows us 3 Tricks from 5 Angles.
There is only one Pyranha ripper available on the West coast of America right now, all of the other ones have already been sold or taken by kayak shops. Myself and Dave Fusilli have been arguing about who should become the rightful owner of this kayak for the past two weeks, finally we decided to settle it like men. By battling through three / four highly serious challenges.
Lowri Davies is hosting a Fun-Draising Event on the 2nd of September 2017. If you are in the UK that weekend it will be worth a trip out, that I am sure.
An afternoon and evening of fun and shenanigans, both on and off the water to help raise money towards Lowri Davies representing Great Britain at the World Freestyle Championships out in Argentina.
As an added bonus, Canoe Wales will match all donations! So effectively ALL DONATIONS WILL BE DOUBLED!
The Ladakh River Festival takes place on the Indus River (India) on August 19 to 20th 2017. This is the worlds highest kayaking competition.
Here in Ladakh we have amazing, world class whitewater kayaking – big rivers, huge rapids, cold water and all in an environment like nowhere else in the world.
The Younguns Freestyle Tour 2017 has been announced. This is a great grass roots series of competitions. See the flyer below or the Younguns Facebook page for more details.
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The SAS Hurley Classic is one of the oldest kayak freestyle kayak competitions in the world. The 2016 event was held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of November 2016.