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Some random information about me

I am a converted waterphobe who decided to take up whitewater kayaking in August 2010 after a lifetime of not being able to swim or go near water in any way shape or form. This is my little kayaking blog that will show my progression, and I also hope will serve as inspiration to those who also have phobias, particularly of water, and who would really like to overcome them. I also hope that those who want some inspiration to get out there and do something a little more than sitting at home watching TV or doing DIY at the weekends will find this blog of use.

I love all aspects of the outdoors, and I am just as happy walking on the hills in the pouring rain as I am in the sun or on the water!

In my ‘real’ life, I am a video producer, cameraman, and video editor of over 20 years industry experience supplying services through my company Five Element Productions and providing UAV aerial filming through It Came From The Sky I am also Deputy Editor for RedShark News, writing video industry based news stories, as well as reviewing the latest camera gear.

6 comments on “About

  1. Loving the blog, lots of really useful and engaging articles! We’d be more than happy to have you review any of our products if you’d be up for it… just give us a shout on 🙂

    Kind Regards,
    Pyranha HQ

    1. kayakjournal says:

      Hi Mathew, Thanks for the comment. I have sent you an email.

      1. Cheers, I’ve seen it and will reply asap!

  2. Dave says:

    Just came across your blog…really good.

  3. Hi Matthew-you written some seriously good stuff on this blog. In less than eight years you’ve gone from a newbie to some one who has a really good grasp of the whole WW industry.
    Your info about river access is a point I often find myself discussing with our club members “oh you can’t go down that bit of river, it’s private…”. Yes you can! I’ve even offered myself up as the go-to guy to politely argue the toss with any landowner trying his luck.
    You think you started late at 35, well I started in Sept 2015 at 51 and this year I have been actively learning playboating. You’re so right about this. Any playboater can run WW downhill but any downhill creeker can’t necessarily playboat. Keep up the good work.



    1. kayakjournal says:

      Hi Marc, thank you for your kind words about the blog! That’s great to hear about the play boating!


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