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Have I Gone Completely Mad-River?

I thought some of you might be interested in my Mad River Explorer RX16 with iq2 gunwales as the boat is often complimented on and questions asked about its additions.I purchased the canoe around 6 years ago and it came with a bonanza of kit along with a host of IQ2 outfitting accessories which I have slowly been adding to, not easy in the UK when IQ2 kit is no longer being manufactured and most these rare extras are seldom found outside of the USA.

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Palm Equipment – Factory Tour

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit the guys at Palm Equipment.


Palm have been around since 1979 and not only do they manufacture a wide range of watersports softwear they are also the brains and organisation behind Dagger Europe along with a number of other Confluence brands in Europe.

Andy Knight started the company, Palm Glass Fibre Mouldings Ltd as it was known then, in 1979 and as the name suggests the company focussed on composite kayaks. The first range of paddle clothing was launched fives years later at the Crystal Palace canoe show (London).

I received an invite from Paul Robertson (Cheesy) to travel down to Palm HQ for a tour and an opportunity to talk about forthcoming developments. How could I possibly turn that down? So a suitable date and time was arranged and I travelled the hundreds of miles south with my camera gear in tow.

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Yak Teams Up With Blue And White

Yak are delighted to announce that from 1st January 2015 Blue and White GmbH, the leading European distributor for paddle sports equipment, will be distributing the Yak brand in the German speaking area of Europe. This follows the presentation of the highly acclaimed new range of products from Yak at Paddle Expo 2014, which caused great excitement amongst the paddlers at the show.
On display were the new vibrant Whitewater, Touring and Recreational ranges, giving a taste of what to expect for the 2015 season, including a variety of buoyancy aids, cags and accessories.

Blue and White Yak

The popular Whitewater kit is already available across the UK and Europe, to be followed in Spring 2015 by the release of the Touring and Recreational ranges. Blue and White will be one of the first to stock the kit in Europe. Continue reading

South Coast Canoes


Who are South Coast Canoes? Tell us a little about the company and its history.

We are an independent, family run company that had it’s inception in May 2014. We are a well stocked specialist canoe and kayak store in Dorset in a handy location for customers from Poole, Bournemouth and the south coast. We also sell online to customers throughout the UK and abroad. As well as all different types of kayaks, canoes and sit-on-tops we also sell all the equipment and accessories you will need to be safe on the water. From sea kayakers and sit-on-top fishermen to whitewater paddlers and family adventurers, we have something for everyone! All our staff are active paddlers and you can be assured of the very best advice whether you are looking to purchase your first canoe or kayak or are looking for some safety equipment and advice. Complementary to our sales we also offer a wide range of affordable and practical paddlesport courses to meet both your needs and your budget.

Is there one unique selling point you guys want to shout about?

Unique selling point – Very knowledgeable and friendly owner/director who paddles and active coaches when he can.

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Mad River Canoes – Ultralite

For 2015 Mad River Canoes are launching a new material for use in its line of canoes. From the images it looks like some sort of composite material and could be ideal for those looking for a tough but light canoe.

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