I wasn't expecting to end my first run down the Topo river with this face - especially after rallying down with Andres and Lucho on their home run I certainly didn't think I would swim right above the take out.
The section we ran on the Topo is almost the…
Posted by Hannah Kertesz on February 3, 2015 at 12:27pm
Well, it is January and I am on a kayaking trip in Ecuador just now sitting down to write about my kayaking adventures and competitions in Europe from this past summer. Maybe my new years resolution should be writing blog posts a little closer to the event? A little late is better than never right?
This past summer really was one for the books. Climbing in France, kayaking in France, Italy and Norway and guiding trips for Adventures by Disney in Norway. I kayaked some amazing rivers,…Continue
Posted by Laura Farrell on January 15, 2015 at 12:31am
Welcome to the #LongBoatRevolution!
Since kayaking's origin millennia ago what we now consider "longboats" were the norm. Initially utilized by the Inuit, Yup'ik and Aleut people, kayaks were utilized for hunting and fishing. These long kayaks constructed of wood, bone and/or animal skin…
Posted by Todd Wells on January 14, 2015 at 4:00am
It's been three years of drought here in California. Weather channels predict an El Niño winter. This means above average precipitation, but warmer. We certainly seem to be off to that start out here as we just saw over 2" of rain at 7,000' in the High Sierra. While it doesn't do much for the spring, for now it primes the river with early season water. …Continue
Posted by Darin McQuoid on December 3, 2014 at 9:39pm
Scott Robinson has just got back from Uganda, and sent us in this glowing review of our Maverick paddles:
My first week of paddling on the Nile was going rather sweetly getting back to grips with playboating and paddling big water in small boat. On the third day in I ended up snapping my paddles on Club wave. NIGHTMARE. After selling most of my kit to be out there they were the only set I had – a school boy error with my paddle breaking rate.
Luckily working for Kayak the Nile I was able to beg borrow and steal paddles from the store (thank you Emily & Sam)
With a wide selection of paddles at my disposal, I always ended with the green Mavericks in my hand. Four months later and after paddling with them every day they are pretty awesome. Always reliable it’s nice to have a set of blades you know you are not going to break when dropping in the Dutchman and Itanda, those big water beat downs are never fun when your paddles are in two. What I really liked and was slightly surprised about with them being plastic blades was they just had the right amount of power in the blade, I could get myself around no worries, thanks to the Maverick being really responsive and just feeling like a really good solid paddle.
We used them on the river as a clients paddle, from Maverick G1s on our intro days (which is people's first taste of whitewater) to Maverick G5s for experienced paddlers getting coached on the big stuff. As an intro paddle or an advanced paddle they just seemed to do the job, i’m no jedi in a boat but I was super happy paddling with them. Having a tough, durable and nice looking set of paddles in your stores makes life easier (everyone goes for the nice looking kit). Always a bonus having a colourful blade paddling – black paddles are a pain to find if the person going for an underwater survey decides to let go of his surveying stick. Any centre manager, Uni clubs and paddlers who maybe don’t have the budget for the more expensive paddles I would highly recommending getting your hands on a set of these and giving them a try.
CHURSSSSSSSSSSSS chaps – Scott Robinson.
Thanks Scott, we designed the Maverick as a tough, excellent value all rounder and we're stoked to see they're doing the job nicely down on the Nile!
With just over a month to go until the Annual Devizes - Westminster marathon race, we caught up with Radek and Alexandra to find out about their preparations for this endurance challenge ...
The race runs a course of 125 miles along the Kennet and Avon canal from Devizes and then joins the Thames at Reading, it then continues all the way to Westminster Bridge in London. It includes 77 portages where you have to get out of the boat and run around carrying said boat and all of your kit! The first completion of the course as it is now was in 1948 by the Devizes Scout group; and since this was accomplished it has become an annual event every Easter weekend, with the four day event starting on Good Friday and the overnight race starting on the Saturday. The record time for the overnight race is just 15 hours 34 minutes which has been standing for 36 years, however we don't plan on breaking this! Our main aim is to complete the race in the mixed category overnight and achieve the best result we possibly can.
R: It is the ultimate challenge of body and mind as far as I am concerned and I want to see if I can achieve this!
A: I think pushing your body to the extreme can be quite rewarding in a strange way, it proves what you can do if you set your mind to it. It is such an achievement to complete this race, and the satisfaction it gave me last time has given me a kind of addiction for the race.
Throughout the year we continue to train, but we didn't get in a boat together until October 2014, it wasn't then until December that we seriously started to consider doing the DW together, and since then we have picked our training up.
Each of us have our different training routines, but any time we are out on the water, it is together in the K2 and we try to get out 3/4 times a week. At the moment Sunday is a race day, as these are part of the Waterside Series and Thameside Series.
R: Most days consist of a gym session, I have also now started to pick my running up as this is required for faster portaging.
A: Normally involves at least an hour of cardio every day for me if not more. I don't do too much weights, maybe one session a week, and then a core session as well. I spend the majority of my training time on the ergo paddle machines, running or on the water.
When the alarm goes off first thing in the morning and you look at the time and it’s not even 06:00 yet and you know its below freezing outside, it’s not very tempting to get up and out on the water if I am honest. The race takes a huge toll on your body, however it is likely to be more mentally challenging as it is often the mind which gives up before the body.
Radek is a very experienced paddler in these less stable boats, so he has kept us upright from day one!
Because there are so many portages in the race, it is important to practise these and do them quickly otherwise this could add a lot of time or worst case scenario … break the boat! During the races in the run up weeks, we also practice with our support crew who will be feeding us along the way and encouraging us and also to find out what works for each of us and what doesn't in terms of food, drink and kit.
A: Tempo jacket – probably my favourite item of clothing, its warm, waterproof and very lightweight! If you get a bit too hot though, the half zip gives you a good way to stop from overheating whilst keeping you waterproof.
Descent pogies – nobody likes having cold hands, and it also makes kayaking quite difficult if you can’t feel your fingers, so these are the perfect solution as it doesn't compromise your grip on the paddle and keeps the hands toasty warm!
R: Quantum longjohn – is my favourite under layer on a cold day. It keeps my legs and core warm whilst still allowing me the flexibility I require in my shoulders and arms.
Lucozade sport is the drink of choice in this boat, but food wise … there is a list of favorite snacks: cheese and tomato ketchup sandwich, jelly babies, Jaffa Cakes, energy gels and any form of chocolate!
When you hear of the largest universities kayaking event in the world you think of the National Student Rodeo in the UK. When you hear of the best kayaking student orientated event in the world you should be thinking of the Irish Kayaking Intervarsities. Now I'm not saying NSR isn't brilliant, because it is. I have fond memories from there of grown men in fish nets, people dressed as seagulls staying in character by 'kaw-ing' for two days straight and ten metre long funnels. The Irish University Kayaking Varsities is something more though ...
The Irish University Kayaking Varsities have taken place since the 70s. This year it was hosted by the Galway University Kayak Club, and the format was five events (whitewater, polo, freestyle, long distance and boater X) spread out of three days with two wild parties in between. The competitiveness shown by each university developed fierce comradery accompanied by huge banners and manic chanting. However the togetherness and fun collectively had by the seventeen-odd universities was something special. The five disciplines are hugely inclusive to all people who love paddlesports, originating from a whitewater and freestyle background I got to hang out and laugh with people from marathon, sprint and even polo (they're OK I guess). The colleges brought huge amounts of students, I believe Cork University brought over fifty people and every single person got the opportunity to compete in the long distance event.
The competitiveness of the varsities is only eclipsed by the competitiveness towards the 'Banter League' a proud tradition where colleges strive to complete as many wacky and weird challenges as they can in order to win the coveted crates of Dutch Gold. Upwards of fifty challenges range from fun little treasure hunts to legally questionable acts of nudity. I bore the brunt of the challenges on the Banter League due to my treacherous switch between the two most prestigious clubs in the competition. Galway got revenge in the form of head sized fruit (check the photo) being launched at me from all directions during the freestyle competition. It'll go down as one of my scariest experiences in a kayak ever.
The real winner in all this is the sport of kayaking. One experience of a Varsities weekend can keep people involved in their college club and give them an amazing pastime which will stick with them for a lifetime. The Varsities is not about winning or losing its about showing everything good about the sport and the people in it. All I can say is well done to the host college Galway this year and best of luck to Castlebar who are hosting next year. My University of Limerick have won the event a number of years in a row now and I am sure every other college is already looking forward to another epic weekend in a years time and the chance to beat Limerick.
You heard it here first: Irish Kayaking Intervarsities – best university kayaking event in the world. (GalwayFest sponsored by Palm and Dagger is next up this weekend, see you there!)
Photo by Oisin McHugh – check him out on Facebook he can take a good photo
Coming soon ... this summer, an open kayak fishing event in Ireland. Open to anybody with a kayak, some basic safety gear and some fishing gear. Come along for a day of fun and fishing on the water with the chance of going home with a nice prize from one of our sponsors.
The Irish Kayak Fishing Open is yet to confirm a venue and specific date. The event will be held in the South West of the country (Cork/Kerry) and will run as a one day event on a Saturday in August.
The competition will be open to all anglers over 18 years old but every entrant must meet a number of certain criteria to ensure their own safety and the smooth running of the event. Every competitor must:
Please register your interest, offer suggestions or make general enquiries by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Started by Glenn Leite Nov 6, 2014.
Started by Carl Scarbro Oct 31, 2014.