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!
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.
Catch you on the water
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.