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Spade Kayaks – New Paddles

Spade Kayaks have just released details of two new sets of paddles that will be available shortly.

Spade Kayaks – New Paddles

Our first highend Paddles Made in Germany arrived this week. In cooperation with Striebel Designs we can now offer you two paddles for beginner to extreme paddlers!

Spade Kayaks

The Red Stick is made from a carbon and glass mix with a projected of weight of around 1.02kg.

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Movie Monday 28 December 2020

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 28 December 2020. We’ve got a great selection of edits for you to check out this week.

Movie Monday 28 December 2020

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Movie Monday 24 August 2020

Welcome to Movie Monday 24 August 2020 and Unsponsored. This fine section of whitewater edits should keep you busy for a while.

Movie Monday

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Boof, Boof, Paddle, Boof, Then Boof Again

Boof, Boof, Paddle, Boof, Then Boof Again
Boof, Boof, Paddle, Boof, Then Boof Again

Pretty sure this run is called the Little White of Quebec, and it’s not hard to see why. This section actually blew my mind a little since I couldn’t believe I had never done it before. It had a seemingly endless amount of Boofs with a few stouter rapids in there. Definitely a section worth hitting, but it’s made even better if you can get your beta from Billy Thibault.

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How To Paddle Design

Just a quick little how to paddle design. 

First of all if you have not done any drawing or designing lately I would recommend that you get a piece of paper and draw out a few ideas of things that you would like on your paddle. Keep the design pretty basic. Mandalas are an easy formula to follow and look great. Equally any cartoon or line drawing will work also. 

How To Paddle Design
How To Paddle Design

I would not recommend a big block of colour. I have a block of white beside the anchor. But I know the paint will scrape off the bank and river beds or beaches when launching and paddling over the summer. Try to come up with line designs and keep them more towards the shaft or centre of the paddle for longevity. 

How To Paddle Design
How To Paddle Design
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How To “Head Dry” Back Deck Roll

How To "Head Dry" Back Deck Roll

So this is the follow up to the How to back deck roll video. Lots of things exactly the same here so ifs you can’t back deck roll, go check out last week’s video.

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Werner Paddles Blaze

Werner Paddles have released a new colour for some of their whitewater line up.

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Soul Waterman – Proton Paddle

The Soul Waterman – Proton paddle is hitting production.

Soul Waterman - Proton Paddle

From Corran:

After some soul searching (pun intended) of our ultimate goals with the paddle line, we once more have the paddles ready to go. The biggest focus…. the main reason for delays… was making the paddles bomb proof. Like seriously strong. For this we decided to move the production to South Africa, one of the harshest environments you’ll ever find for paddling equipment. If stuff lasts here, it’ll last anywhere.

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Extending Your Reach

Over the last few months I have had quite a few Watershed Drybags in for review. As part of the packaging the bags all come complete with two heavy duty elastic bands. If you are old enough and from the UK (may be the same in other countries too) these bands are very similar to the ones you got when you went to a public swimming pool.

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Pyranha Machno Small – Review

I was lucky enough to get hold of a medium Machno for a demo not long after it came out. I was hopeful that maybe I could get away with a medium as it looked awesome and I really wanted to paddle one. I paddled it and enjoyed it, it was fun but I knew (although I tried to ignore the fact) that it was too big for me, (I’m 5’5″ and 58kg). So the waiting for the small to be ready began.

Pyranha Machno Small - Review

I had planned a demo day through work and was hopeful that a small Machno would be ready to make an appearance for this and it did not disappoint!

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Getting Water Out Of My Paddle

It is possible to get water inside your paddle. This can happen when there is a break in the seal on one of joints and water finds its way in or if a blade has been damaged/punctured. There are a number of solutions for “getting water out of my paddle” ranging from the simple to the extreme.

Getting Water Out Of My Paddle

In most cases if water is a problem then it would have found its way into the paddle shaft. However some paddle blades have a hollow or foam core. If punctured a hole can be created that allows the blade to also take on water.

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The Paddle Bite Tab

Another great tip brought to you by the guys from Palm Equipment. This time it’s the The Paddle Bite Tab.

The Paddle Bite Tab

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