Self teaching vs coaching

Recently I had a brief discussion with someone about the merits or otherwise of being coached in kayaking. This person was keen to get himself onto much harder white water in an effort to improve. He is a very solid grade 3 kayaker, but he wants to be equally solid at grade 4. We both…

Cardiff International White Water

White Water Courses. Rethinking Concrete

Water water everywhere… Or not. In the UK, unlike many other parts of the world, we don’t really have a set white water boating season. Our rivers are rain dependent and so given enough water they can be paddled at any time of the year. Unfortunately even in the winter water can be sparse, and…

Zet Veloc Review

As people who have been reading this blog will know I ordered a Zet Veloc back in the summer of 2014. I spent most of that season paddling a demo Veloc from Canoe and Kayak Store at Cardiff, as well as being loaned that boat to take out to Austria for a few bimbles down…

Five Ten Canyoneer 3

Five Ten Canyoneer 3 Review

Five Ten Canyoneers have been a staple shoe for those wanting rock solid footwear for the river. The Canyoneer boot has been through two previous incarnations, and now a third has been released. Previous versions of the boot were not exactly known for longevity! A common complaint was the sole coming away from the upper…

Immersion Research Rival Jacket.

Immersion Research Rival Jacket

Immersion Research products have been available in the US for a good number of years, however it is only in the last couple or so that their products have been easily available in the UK, thanks to the efforts of Mark Mulrain who now imports them. Immersion Research have always had a good reputation, and…

Pyranha-9R-Review

Pyranha 9R Review

Background Creek racing has become very popular in the last few years. With many paddlers feeling that slalom isn’t exciting enough, or perhaps falling too far away from grass roots recreational paddling, creek racing has now taken on a life of its own. This is due in no small part to the fact that it is…