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Fuse-hot springs to river streams

I use the Fuse to teach beginners. Here is one of my students learning all the basic strokes at Zim's Hot Springs. I had a friend in town the other day, and the water was a little bit below ideal for the Little Salmon. He took my Diesel, and I took my Fuse 48.  It was rocky class III with lots of eddies and waves to catch.  I was so stoked on the performance of the Fuse.…

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Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on May 3, 2015 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Winter update and first event of 2015

Winter has been long, cold and snowy in VT! Luckily, Jeff and I like winter.  

We spent 10 days in the Florida Keys doing a bit of vacationing.  We brought our SUP’s and had an awesome trip paddle boarding, eating fish and just relaxing. The rest of winter we pretty much snowboarded, xc skied, snowshoed, and did a weekly pool session. 

Winter is not letting up in the northeast.  Temps have been a bit cold and it snowed Saturday, Sunday and Monday!  I was able to…

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Added by Elaine Campbell on April 2, 2015 at 11:57am — No Comments

Re-discovering the XXX surf machine

I just returned for the 29th Santa Cruz Paddle Fest. This festival highlights surf kayaks, wave skis, SUP, and production plastic kayaks.  I competed in specifically designed surf kayaks and in the WS XXX.Surfing in the ocean is one way to catch a few big waves. It is also a great jump start to spring paddling.…

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Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on April 1, 2015 at 9:35am — 2 Comments

2015 Farmlands Race

The "Farmlands" is a little known section of the White Salmon River, near BZ Corner, Washington, with it's take-out at the put-in of the notorious "Truss". The Farmlands is a Class IV section of whitewater, with incredible scenery, gorged out rapids, two waterfalls, and various ledges/slides; the perfect place for a race! This year, local paddler Kabe Grant decided it was time for the section to host the first race of the 2015 Western Whitewater Championship Series, March 14,…

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Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 23, 2015 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Off to the white Nile!

Super pumped to be packing up things tonight to take a little trip. Heading out in the morning to paddle the White Nile in Uganda Africa. My brother Quinton and I are taking the trip of a lifetime to get ready for the World Competition this summer on our home river, the Ottawa River. The White Nile is similar to the Garb Wave which will be the feature for this years World Freestyle Championships. The Nile will have visitors from many parts of the world paddling and dialing in on their tricks…

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Added by Kalem Kennedy on March 7, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

How to Hand Roll

You may never have to hand roll, but if you need to its nice to know how. Here are the five steps that I use to hand roll, as well as a video explaining it in more detail.

1. Tuck up tight to whichever side you want to roll on.

2. Reach completely out of the water with your hands.

3. Slap your hands down on the water while doing your hip snap.

4. Make sure your head comes up last.

5. End in an upright seated position.

I hope this helps you…

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Added by Caleb Adams on February 28, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Swinter (spring winter) rolling tip

We  have been having Swinter here in Idaho.  Everyone is out and paddling in our nice weather.  Here's a rolling tip.

Twisting in your set up helps your paddle reach the surface when rolling. Focusing on twisting vs. tucking forward is the key for me. Here's a short clip where my focus is on having my paddle at the surface before I start my sweep.

https://vimeo.com/120698156

Rolling questions? I'll do my…

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Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on February 26, 2015 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Why the Wave Sport Recon is Worth the Weight

Many people are immediately put off from buying a Recon as a result of their not insubstantial weight (22kg). Admittedly my disability does limit me from…
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Added by Natty Cordon on February 15, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Vertical Roll "Gravity Defying Kayak Roll" TUTORIAL

I'm not the first person to do this roll, but maybe I'm the first to share a tutorial on my process of learning the vertical roll technique.  Many people have asked me to make this video over YouTube and I finally came around to making an edit. Hope you enjoy and that it helps you to roll like a champ! …

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Added by Hunter Katich on February 6, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Sticky Hole Training

Training for the World Championships is not an easy task. Proper diet, training on and off the water, along with my college and work life has taken me by storm!  Since the world championships will be on “Garb” in Canada this year, I’ve been making extra efforts to get to Columbus, GA for some fantastic wave and hole boating. Diversity in mixing up training locations is the key for being prepared for any feature you come across in competitions, so even though worlds is on a wave you can’t…

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Added by Hunter Katich on February 6, 2015 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Dissertation help!

Hi guys

I would appreciate it if as many of you as possible could fill out my survey. Its for my final project at university, so the more people who can fill it out the better!!

Its all about sensation seeking in kayaking, looking at how scores on the SS vary between levels of competition and type of paddling. Your guys input would be amazing!!…

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Added by james Ibbotson on January 20, 2015 at 8:35am — No Comments

Kayaking With A Toddler

Aulin and I at the take-out of our last float of the summer, Hwy. 49 to Lotus Park on the South Fork of the American (~1 mile, 3 rapids) September 2014. (Photo: Keri Cavin)

Last year I wrote about…

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Added by Taylor Cavin on January 7, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New Year's Paddleutions

I’ve never really engaged with the idea of New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I have always believed that if you want to change something or push yourself, you probably shouldn’t wait until January. Or perhaps I have always made the wrong sort of…
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Added by Natty Cordon on January 4, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

A Super Duper Day on the Upper Dart

Nothing spectacular - Just a couple of shots of me really enjoying myself on my local run :-D This is what life's all about for me :-D…

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Added by Natty Cordon on December 27, 2014 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Winter is coming...

2015 is 10 days away now, where has 2014 gone?! this year has flown past and so much has happened! Heres a quick dot-to-dot of my year;

-2014 starts with cold training! 

-River levels at HPP drop just in time for the Nathional Student Rodeo.

- Win C1 at NSR.

-Back into training.

-BUCS polo competition back home in Doncaster (we won the party).

-GB freestyle Event at Cardiff 

-Win C1 in Cardiff

-My first GB Freestyle training day…

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Added by james Ibbotson on December 22, 2014 at 2:54pm — No Comments

2014 was Awesome!

I know it’s that time of year when every one does a year in review.  Well here is mine. It doesn’t contain any sick boating in remote cool places around the world or dropping off the biggest waterfalls. It’s just me paddling around the Northeast having fun and just enjoying my life to the fullest.  

Jeff…

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Added by Elaine Campbell on December 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How the Mobius got me to switch playboats after 10 years in the ZG

   Surfing on the Main Stem of the American this spring in my ZG 54. Can't wait to catch this rare wave in my Mobius 65.  Photo: Kevin Weddle

    I love my ZG.  I bought one before I ever sat in one because I could tell from looking at the lines that I would love the feel and style of the boat.  When…

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Added by Taylor Cavin on December 17, 2014 at 6:10pm — No Comments

I Like Big Boats and I Cannot Lie!

I like big boats and I cannot lie...

Did you like that play on words? I thought it was cheeky and fun, but the truth is that I really have come to appreciate a large boat as a small paddler. This realization came totally by accident,…

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Added by Chris Wing on December 15, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Forging Paddling Fitness in the Offseason

Photo courtesy Scott Waidelich. Ohane Falls. 

With the boating “offseason” readily upon us, I use this time of year to reflect on my season as well as preparing for the next. The last few years I have spent the offseason addressing how I can improve my kayak specific…

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Added by Jonathan Ehlinger on December 13, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Wave Sport UK Factory Tour

After a busy summer of raft guiding and being up north of the country I finally got a chance to head down South to pick up fellow team member George Younger, after his season kayaking in Peru. Whilst spending a few days there I got to see some parts of the country I haven't visited before.



On route back to Nottingham we took a trip into the Wave Sport UK headquarters which gave myself and George a chance to visit some of the staff that make everything click…

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Added by Ryan liquorish on December 12, 2014 at 6:27pm — No Comments

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