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How To Tailee With Bren Orton

How to Tailee with Bren Orton

There are a lot of names to this trick such as the stern squirt, the squirt, the pirouette and the whooppie. But if you watch this video you are now only allowed to call it the Tailee from now on.

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Bren Orton – Freestyle World Champs 2015

This short edit shows how great a paddle Mr Bren Orton is. Awesome.

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Reader’s Rides 2015 – Tom Davies

Name: Tom Davies (


Location: Manchester

Origin Story:

I first started paddling when I was 10, in Newport, South Wales.


I kind of fell out of love with the sport for a bit, until I went to University in 2012, and joined Manchester University Canoe Club. Since then, I’ve rapidly grown from a full time student into a full time kayaker. I try and get away to a river every weekend, and sometimes I succeed.

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Reader’s Rides 2014 – Aaron Kendall


Name: Aaron Kendall

Location: Loggerheads, Mold, North wales

I’m currently a outdoor instructor for Kingswood, based at the Colomendy outdoor centre. What seems to be the perfect location, although I seem to of missed most of the rain due to other commitments. Still getting plenty of low water runs in and the odd bit of water too.

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Paddle Expo – Day 2

Quite a few little gems in this gallery from Tom Pattison.

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Shred Ready Standard

Go to any event or any other large gathering of paddlers and you’ll be guaranteed to spot loads of folk wearing a Shred Ready standard. There are a number of good reasons for this.

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Unsponsored Q&A Series – Adriene Levknecht

Adriene Levknecht is one of the most if not the most talented female white water boaters in the world – World Class Kayak Academy graduate, 2012 Canoe & Kayak Female paddler of the year, Teva Steep Creek Champion 2011, multiple times Green Narrows race winner….the list goes on.

I have found that following Adriene’s rise in the kayak world to be be truly inspirational and I am stoked that Adriene agreed to take part in the Unsponsored 2012 Q&A series. Enjoy!

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Shred Ready – Vixen Helmet

I received my Vixen helmet in November from America. Decided to buy a closeout (or end of line) helmet to save a few pounds and a friend brought it back to England for me. They retail at £100+ (see System X); I have a super chix one (chrome rim) which I think costs a little more.

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Shred Ready Scrappy

I took delivery of my new Shred Ready helmet this week and was very plesantly suprised. Unlike Shred Ready helmets of old it is not a composite helmet but is made from tough ABS plastic. All of the helmets in the Scrappy range have a carbon effect appearance and come in blue, red, green or black and comes in three sizes S, M, and L. All Shred Ready helmets imported into the UK by System X are CE approved. So you can wear them in freestyle competitions, with the safe knowledge that you won’t get disqualified.

The Scappy is basically a plastic version of the ever popular Shaggy helmet and like the Shaggy may be worn with the peak at the front or rear. However, unlike the Shaggy the fitting system is very good with a two piece padding kit that velcros onto the ample foam padding at the front and back of the helmet. The chin strap also has a nice little feature, which is a curved buckle which when worn fits snuggly against the neck.

As helmets go – front, rear and side protection is good. Padding is more than ample and a snug fit is easily achieved. The strap system works well, is easy to adjust and doesn’t appear to have any slippage when worn. I found the helmet comforatble and light to wear to long paddling sessions and didn’t get huge amounts of water rushing from the helmet after a roll.

If you want a smart looking helmet whose carbon effect looks as good as real but won’t break the bank, go for the Scappy.

Hand of God (HOG) DIY Guide

The HOG (Hand of God) is a helmet retention system that comes fitted as standard to all new Shred Ready helmets but is also sold individually as an upgrade.

This guide shows the fitting of a HOG to a Shred Ready Scrappy helmet, although the same principles apply if you wished to fit a HOG to another helmet brand.
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