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ICF Extreme

If you missed it at the weekend here is the ICF Boater X or Extreme Slalom world cup from Lee Valley.

The question is why have they felt the need to rebrand it as Extreme Slalom. Is everything better if it is Extreme?

Always Changing – A Kayaking Film

Always Changing - A Kayaking Film

Gabrielle Ridge is a kayaker, and this is a film all about why she loves to kayak so much and the hours of effort she has put into it.

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BUCS Slalom Teesside 2017 – Part 2

Second day of the British Universities and College Sports Slalom (BUCS) today at Teesside. It managed to be both wetter and colder than yesterday for all involved. Weather conditions made it particularly challenging to get half decent images of the action.

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Peak UK Racer ST – First Look

Peak UK have launched their new Racer ST. This revolutionary garment was four years in development and collaboration between Peak UK, British Canoeing and the English Institute of Sport.

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The Racer ST combines a cag, deck and PFD into one single piece of gear. We’ve seen and used cag decks (top decks)from Peak UK in the past and they have been a firm favourite at Unsponsored HQ, but adding the PFD element takes this to a whole new level.

The PFD/Cag/Deck combo was used by Joe Clarke, David Florence & Richard Hounslow in Rio this year.

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Peak UK Events

Many years ago Peak UK ran a series of events across the UK. All were based at whitewater courses across the UK.

It was so long ago many of the photographs were on film and are black & white! For many paddlers this was their first taste of competition. Quite a few have continued on to be part of Team GB.

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Palm Equipment Alpha PFD – First Look

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It’s been a few years since Palm release a basic PFD. The Palm Equipment Alpha PFD is exactly that, a no frills back to basics PFD that is also ICF approved so can be used by paddlers in whitewater slalom.

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Reader’s Rides 2015 – Elliott Davidson

Name: Elliott Davidson (

Location: Nottingham

I am a canoe slalom athlete I paddle internationally for Ireland on the U23 & Senior team. I’m based in Nottingham, UK. I’m a full time athlete and train on the national white water course twice a day 6 days a week. I love anything kayaking related so when I’m not doing slalom I hit the river in my plastic boat. Although I prefer it when there’s a clock on it, but hey I might make it to Sickline eventually.


Photo: Galasport

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BUCS Slalom Teesside 2015 – Day 1

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The British Universities & Colleges Sports – Canoe Slalom started today (14th Feb 2015) here on sunny Teesside. The Tees International Whitewater Course is the venue for this annual event. Univesity teams travel from across the UK attend to take part. Continue reading

Composite Kayak/Canoe Repair

How to patch a canoe slalom boat – the video below is a time lapse of how to patch a canoe slalom boat. To help you out I have made a detailed written description of the process I went through of how to patch a canoe slalom boat. I would like to say a special thanks to Easy Composites who provided me with the repairs equipment for this video, if you need any resources to do your repair make sure to head over to their website

Boat Repair Time Lapse

To complete this repair I only used the equipment and products I have in my canoe slalom repair kit. This step by step guide on how to patch a canoe slalom boat, I hope you are able to repair your boat.

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Why Kayaking?

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Sometimes people ask me: “why did I choose kayaking ?”. Most of the time they don’t really know what kayaking is and I’m struggling to give them an answer although I know it is really simple. So this is kayaking and this is why I love it so much! Continue reading

BUCS – Slalom Teesside 2014

A few shots using my taken with my new Nikon D7100 and a couple of Sandisk Extreme cards.

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Slalom Action – Teesside 22nd September 2013

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Another sunny day on the water and a great competition. Continue reading

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