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The Diesel 80 - Revisited

If I were told that I could only have one kayak to take with me for a full year to paddle every river in Costa Rica, the choice would be too easy. A destination like Costa Rica - much like Fayetteville, WV - has literally every type of whitewater from ultra high volume powerful runs(Gauley/Reventazon) to medium-sized pushy creek runs(Pacuare/Meadow), to the tiny little micro-creeks like the Orosi(comparable to Wolf Creek, WV).

Here's the 80 on a newly discovered micro creek in…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on April 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

How to Get Into Kayaking

6 Top (ish) Tips for Beginner Kayakers



After a rather tragic amount of internet browsing, I have realised that it is a somewhat confusing world in which first-time kayakers must find…
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Added by Natty Cordon on April 3, 2014 at 2:35pm — No Comments

An update from a long winter in VT!

The new year started off pretty good with a bunch of rain and we got to go kayaking for a few days.  Then winter fully kicked into gear with ridiculously cold weather and snow.  Jeff and I spent our time going to pool sessions, xc skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding.  I worked another season at Timber Creek Cross and Jeff worked his regular job and played music at a few different places in the area.  

As I mentioned before it was cold, I have never seen so much ice on the…

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Added by Elaine Campbell on April 3, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Getting Out of a Rut: a Kayaker's Guide to Getting Back on the Horse

Kayaking is a fickle beast. Okay, okay… allow me to rephrase. The River knows no dominion, and as hopeful explorers we will discover this for ourselves sooner or later. We’re merely along for the ride until the River decides we are in need of some serious humility. You know what shape this takes: gnarly swims, coughing up water, swollen hands, banged up shoulders… if we’re lucky. We may limp off stream with concussions or dislocations and sometimes- maybe even worse than maim or…

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Added by Lydia Cardinal on April 1, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why Paddlers make great Fire Fighter

Well it hasn’t been easy, and my soul was at a bit of a lost. Why would I do such a thing.... Well no it wasn’t the dreaded injury but a career change to become a fire fighter. For 16 weeks, I went to the Country Fire Authority (CFA…

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Added by Tanya Faux on March 30, 2014 at 3:54am — 1 Comment

Winter of Rehab and Recovery

This is a very personal account of the last 6 months and my time spent recovering from injury. It features a few dark moments before the positive outcomes so please bare with it…

This winter has been pretty tough with very limited amounts of kayaking. Back in September I dislocated my ankle wake boarding breaking both my Tibia and Fibular. As a result I was in hospital for 5 nights requiring extensive surgery to fix my ankle back…

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Added by George Younger on March 27, 2014 at 10:41am — No Comments

Palomeras with the Boys

Here I leave a short video of this weekend on the Palomeras, with the boys Pallars riders good start to the season I hope that soon more and better.

Aquí dejo un pequeño vídeo de este fin de semana en el Palomeras con los chicos de Pallars Riders buen comienzo de temporada esperamos que dentro de poco mas y mejor .

Palomeras with the Boys…

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Added by Aleix salvat on March 25, 2014 at 5:26am — No Comments

NSR 2014......suns,swims and sore heads !

NSR, what a weekend we were treated to, with the sun shining down on the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham the scene was set for a great weekend. This year played host to the theme of hero's and villains, and being the committed party goers our nations students are the weekend would not disappoint!
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Added by Ryan liquorish on March 15, 2014 at 1:08pm — No Comments

NSR 2014.....sun, swims and sore heads

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Added by Ryan liquorish on March 12, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Sit-up Stern Stall

The Sit-up Stern Stall is an explosive flatwater trick that has recently become my new favourite.  Now that boat design has distributed volume in all the right places we can use our power and body positioning to get our kayaks vertical.

I have written down a few pointers along with a sequence photo of how this flatwater technique works.

Enjoy.…

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Added by Tyler Curtis on March 10, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments

FLUX: See No Limits

 

Girls just want to have FUN!

 

Flux is a collective of adventure-sports athletes from charger to professional with a vision to…

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Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 4, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Kids are ready!

This group of kids is ready for their Dare to Kayak day.  Thanks so much Wave Sport for the kayaks!…

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Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on February 27, 2014 at 9:24am — No Comments

More flooding in the UK lets the Mobius play!

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Added by Dale Mears on February 20, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Just Another Day on the Meadow

Got my first ever Diesel last week and got it on our staple run, the Meadow River, that took us into the Gauley at high flows.  The Diesel was made for the these runs.  With many higher volume river features, the Diesel glides and carves down rapids.  

 

Added by Shane Groves on February 10, 2014 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Recon-ing in Chile: a review

I knew enough about kayaking when I first started that I knew I didn’t want to hide from any parts of it right off the bat: not rolling, not swimming, not whacking my head on rocks. I started out paddling a Wave Sport Diesel 60 because it was a boat that I had easy access to throughout learning to roll and getting out on beginner whitewater. Immediately, I realized this was the boat that would not hide anything from me. As I’ve progressed as a paddler, I have come to appreciate the design of…

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Added by Lydia Cardinal on January 31, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments

Your the one I follow - Kayaking Norway's Brandseth River

Your the one I follow - Kayaking Norways Brandseth River from Bottomsupkayaking.com on Vimeo.

Trust. It is the building foundation with which every paddling team should be built upon. Trusting that your team mates will make make smart decisions for themselves, you…

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Added by Tyler Fox on January 28, 2014 at 7:44pm — 1 Comment

Mexican Adventure

I was recently fortunate enough to spend two weeks in the Mexican jungle kayaking some of the best whitewater in the world. This was, on all accounts, an adventure.  The airline lots my kayak and paddles, these showed up four days later.  Luckily I had packed a break down paddle in my carry-on and could rent a boat from the hostel I was staying at.  If you're ever in Mexico you should stay at Aventurec, they are very hospitable to kayakers and have everything you could need. With my Recon 83…

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Added by Caleb Adams on January 26, 2014 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Teaching Kayaking where it all starts- Stanley, Idaho- The Headwaters of the Salmon



Sharing my Dare to Kayak program is very rewarding and is an amazing way to connect to lots of students in Idaho.  This year brought me back to where my school teaching began, Stanley, Idaho.  It is ironic that it is also the headwaters of my favorite river.  It is upstream, a few hundred miles from, of my…

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Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on January 22, 2014 at 9:46pm — No Comments

My Kayak is a tool for many jobs.

Here is a short edit from my work in Sweden in October.

http://vimeo.com/79131536

I managed to get a job with SveaSkog which Sweden's largest forestry company for my ability to kayak. I worked with my girlfriend Lisa to survey over 45 islands on the Piteälven. Our job was to access these islands immersed within the whitewater rapids and remote areas of the river and note the tree species, age, height, and diameter of the…

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Added by Tyler Curtis on January 13, 2014 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

Is slalom useful for creek-boating?

Lots of creek kayakers want to buy a slalom boat to start training to get a better paddler. Is that a good idea or not?

Slalom kayakers have a better technique rather than any other paddlers but, is this enough to prove the slalom training is necessary to improve? 

 

Many people asked me about slalom training to improve creek boating skills. I think is very easy to connect the fact that slalom paddlers are good kayakers and the idea…

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Added by Michele Ramazza on January 10, 2014 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

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