Busy Few Weeks of Boating

So the last few weeks have been very busy for me, with lots of boating and even more driving. First stop for me was Scotland and it was time for my Advance White Water Leader ( Formally 5 Star) Assessment.

It was a great opportunity to get in some new rivers under my belt, and there was even time for some Scottish classics thanks to Sean Quinn at PhotosbymeSeanQuinn for the photos!

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Second trip was to the mighty Tryweryn for some coaching work for Rock The Boat Activities It was great to see the guys enjoying themselves and developing there white water skills.

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Catch you on the water

Alex

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The Jackson Kayak Antix brings the fun back to your local run’s

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The Antix is the latest creation from Jackson Kayak, this boat is described by Jackson as “a new creeking/river running kayak that is fun, easy to paddle, runs the river like a dream but with some groove in the hull design to allow for continual play all the way down!” (www.jacksonkayak.com)

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So I have been using the new Jackson Kayak Antix for the last few months down in Devon and it does not disappoint. This boat turns quickly, squirts, spins and splats rocks like a dream! While still being able to get you down the river with ease.

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I normally paddle the large zen and I sit at the bottom of the weight category so have lots of volume so with the Antix I decided to go for a medium as I sit at the top end of the weight and wanted the boat to feel more sporty. The slicey stern makes it easy to stern-squirt  and rock splat adding more fun to my local runs. With the fuller bow this boat is not only about spins and squirts but it has the volume up front to get you down the river.

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I have used this boat on most of my local runs and it never disappoints to put a smile on my face, it’s definitely one of my go to boats at the moment.  If you are looking to spice up your local run, the Antix is well worth a spin.

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Alex

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!

White Water Weekend on the Upper Dart

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This weekend we finally had some rain in the South West and both myself and Chris thought we would take full advantage of a little water in the rivers. The Upper Dart is one of my local rivers and it does not matter how many times I have paddled it you know your going to have a good time! We even got a lap today in the sunshine. Check out below some of my Go Pro shots of the fun times we had on the river.

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France 2016 Road Trip and Outdoor Mix Festival

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For the last two years we have done trips to Italy, this year we decided to do something a little different.

OutdoorMix festival – France

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This year we decided to check out the OutdoorMix festival in France, after being invited by Mathieu Dumoulin to compete in the extreme river race. We thought it would be good to have a go at racing and enjoy the other sports going on.

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OutdoorMix is basically an extreme sports and music festival. So lots of different sports during the day such as, kayaking, slacklineing, bmxing, longboarding and more! The evenings were party time, with the music side of the festival starting at 7pm going on till 3am for the ones that love the party.

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We split the journey up by stopping off on the way at a little Whitewater course called Saint Pierre De Boeuf. Straight away we loved this place! It had two nice freestyle spots, just took a bit of practising to work out where the deep spots were.

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We had a great time at the course getting back into proper freestyle kayaking and practising some new moves.

OutdoorMix started on Friday 13th May, with the first kayaking event being a sprint race, with the top 32 competitors going forward into the boatercross. With no previous race experience, and having only paddled the section once, about 20 minutes before, it is fair to say we didn’t come in the top 32, but we still had a great time on the water as well as watching the other competitors race.

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The next day we thought we would chill out in the sun and check out some of the other sports going on in the event. We also managed to have a go at standup paddle boarding on the lake. We also thought we would try some slacklineing, as they had various lines set up on the trees, and also across the lake. As we were in board shorts already, we thought we would try one over the lake.We got wet. A lot. But it was great fun!

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That evening we thought we would hit up the party as we had been told they were meant to be really good, and they weren’t wrong! Great music and a great atmosphere.

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We liked doing some freestyle on the white water course we stopped at so much, we decided we would skip the last part of the festival and go back there. The next morning we packed up camp had a little walk around the festival again, then started the 4 hour drive.

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We got there in good time so were able to get a good few hours paddling in that day as well as a full solid day the next day. By the end of it we had both learnt some new things and refined our freestyle paddling some more.

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It was then time for the big journey home with Aaron and Rhona from Squarerock kindly letting us stop at there to continue the journey the following day.

We had a great time in France, and look forward to another trip there to explore some more of the rivers available.

Big thanks to Hatherleigh Motor Services for lending us their wicked T4 van for the trip!

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See you on the water

Pete and Alex

Freestyle Boating at Cardiff White Water Center

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So last weekend was Easter weekend and Chris and I decided to spend the holiday at the Cardiff White Water Center for a bit of freestyle kayaking. The journey up from Cornwall is a bit of a trek but well worth it as it was nice to get back into a playboat following a winter of river running and creeking .

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So it was the perfect opportunity for a bit of practice and have a laugh with some friends. The White Water Center in Cardiff is a great place to brush up on your freestyle skills with some good challenging features.

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It was a great day boating, and even the random rainstorm towards the end of the session didn’t dampen our spirits. I always have fun playing around in my Jackson Kayak Rockstar due to its versatility and its ability to go big while looping. Can’t wait to get back out in it soon!

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Alex

 

Hurly Weir on 3 Gates with the 2016 Rockstar

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With the lack of water down here in the South West it was the prefect opportunity to head up to the Thames Valley for a spot of Hurly on 3 gates with my 2016 Jackson Kayak Rockstar . It was a great day with good levels in the sun what more could you ask for. This boat is so much fun!

Alex

 

Italy 2015 Video

 

So I finally got around to put all my footage together from last year kayaking trip to Italy, With the Dynamic Kayaking Productions Crew Alex Read and Pete Bridgeford. Amazing white water in the sun, what more could you ask for, Enjoy!

Film on: Go Pro Hero 4 Black, Go Pro Hero 3+ Go Pro Hero 3 black and Canon 60D

Music: Rudimental – Waiting All Night ft. Ella Eyre