10 Years with Square Rock

This year has been another great year for kayaking for me. I got the chance to travel to the Outdoor Mix Festival in France with Mathieu Dumoilin, head to Hurly, and Cardiff White Water Centre for freestyle, and to top it off, took a trip to Scotland in November. While, of course, also managing to fit in some fun runs down some of my local rivers.

I was planing on doing a year review and a video when I realised that this year has been my tenth year paddling for Squarerock. So, I thought I would go through some of my footage over the last few years and put a together short film with some photos of the fun I have had over the last ten years kayaking for the guys at Squarerock.

I would like to say a big thank you to Aaron and Rhona for the support, let’s see what the next ten years have to offer!

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First day on the water for 2015 (shameful I know)

pete east lynAfter much too long off the water, due to injury, I decided to dust off my Recon and head down to Cornwall and see if I could still remember how to paddle, and to see how well my back would hold up.

Alex told me there had been some rain and that the East Lyn, a river I’ve wanted to paddle for a while now, was up and running. I finished work at 8pm on Friday, packed the car and started the 3 1\2 hour drive down to Alex’s house.

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Saturday morning we met 2 other paddles at the cafe at the get out where we decided on what to do.  After getting on the water and have a little warm up, my back was feeling good and it felt like I’d never had time out.Paddling down the river I could see why everyone loves it, there wasn’t really any of those boring sections between features, something was always happening, especially if there was more water, it would be a lot faster and can only imagine how much more fun it would be.

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When we got the the gorge section, we jumped out and had a quick look. A little bit of nerves kicked in as there was a crux line to make to avoid going down the wrong channel where people have previously been vertically pinned. We set up cover and ran it in pairs and everything went well. With Alex accidently doing some down river freestyle in his new Jackson Zen, tail squirting into the eddy, and me getting beginners luck and getting a line I was pretty happy with.

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We then carried on down paddling down, all having great fun and sweet lines and not another paddler on the river! We ended up having two awesome runs down before getting off.

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There wasn’t enough water to go paddling on Sunday, so we decided we’d go surfing. We got to the beach and the surf looked pretty big, so after popping into Zuma Jay to get some kit, we got changed and went it. After a couple hours surfing we got some dinner and went back to Alex’s where I loaded my car to head back home.

It’s fair to say my back was aching a bit on the Monday.

Big thanks to Zuma Jay surf shop for leading me a board and kit, and Alex and Julia for giving me a bed to sleep!

See you on the water

Pete