Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Staff Profile updates

Mitch enjoying his lunch break.

Seeing as though we haven't done a huge amount of boating this week we have found the time for the guys and girls to update their staff profiles. Alex joined us in the summer so we had to get his up. Check them all out here: Staff Profiles.

Alex ripping in his Scud.

The profiles let you know who's helping you choose your gear. What kind of paddling they like and the kit they use them selves. For example Liam uses Palm pfds. He usually gets 200+ days a year on the water, most of them teaching so his kit has to work.

Jim "the Swim" hard at work on the Upper Dart.

Yes Liam, We can see you.

Jemma. Racing hard at the Colligan Gorge Games in Ireland.

Not a recent pic of Ewart. But he's back to Italy for 2011 so some fresh drops will be done.

Monday, 20 December 2010

There's snow boating here.......

We are open! If you get offered some canoe paddles from this guy, hes' nicked them from the shop.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Custard County Cetus MV!

We've just received the new boat in the P&H line up the Cetus MV. There are now three sizes of Cetus to choose from, the LV, MV and HV. This means that there is a boat of every size for every paddler, whether you are small or tall, want a day boat or an expedition boat the Cetus now has it all covered.

It also features some funky new 3D gel filled logos. They look great and really catch the eye. A great way of making your friends envious.

The Cetus features four hatches; Front and Rear hatches, a Day hatch and a super handy Mini hatch in front of the cockpit.

The Cetus also features the Great P&H skeg system, ideal for keeping your boat under control when paddling in windy conditions or through confused waves and races.

We've got a great west country colour scheme, its a real Custard County Cetus. With White hull, seam and deck trim, while the deck is in the loudest shade of Custard yellow possible!

Don't forget you can now also get the great P&H Delphin deck. The Delphin deck is a solid neoprene spraydeck, with edge reinforecment, built in storage bungee and large easy to find and use release webbing.

Find out more about the whole Cetus Range HERE

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Making a Venture Kayaks Easky 15 pt 2

Part 2 of the making of an Easky 15 touring kayak from Venture kayaks. The fitting out and final parts.

Making a Venture Kayaks Easky 15

Here you can see the popular Venture Kayaks Easky 15 being made in the UK production facility. The Easky 15 is one of the UK's favourite Weekend touring kayaks. Perfect for lakes, slow moving rivers, Estuarys and light coastal work. This is part 1. Part 2 to follow.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Pots rodeo 2010 again!

The blistering heat and massive water was just too much! So, we went for sub zero temps and low water just to make sure!

The second Pots Rodeo and Boater Exe went off on Saturday and was great fun. Over 30 paddlers braved the freezing air and water conditions (it never got above -2 deg bankside)

to compete in some very close racing. There were short boat races (playboats) intermediate long boat and advanced long boat races. No different categories for the Ladies as most of them were just as quick as the boys! Good work girls.

Seeding runs took place in the early afternoon before the daylight faded and then the floodlights(very kindly supplied by HSS Hire in Exeter) went on, the tunes got turned up ( Sound system provided by Sound Events) and the racing spirit (and maybe some other spirits, medicinal of course) got every one into the mood for some serious down river racing.

With very few rules (except for safety ones) we saw plenty of action. The tough course set by Ewart from A.S and Pete, rode organiser included Yak touch boards in tricky eddys, a long sprint/slog across the slow flat water, a quick spin around the Crewsaver maker buoy and a final dash to the crocodile ( yes, the Exe has some truly amazing wildlife!) finish line, dodging the "Mighty Pots" on the way. Despite low water the hole still took a few prisoners and dished out a few spankings, only one ended with a swim though!

During the timed seeding heats it was all about the Big Dog boats, the Force and Dropzone came in with the quickest times of the day. Good job they made it out of the snow in Nottingham just to come down for the day. They even had a prototype full carbon kevlar Kaos play boat on show. (following blog on that soon!).

The Square Rock "how long can you stand up in your boat competition" was very well attended with all the signed up paddlers getting on the water. Very funny to watch and cold for the unsteady!

After all the racing was done it was into Mill on the Exe for beers and food. Prize giving and the charity raffle. The prize fund was massive, Yak paddling equipment gave about £1000.00 worth of kit away! Bigdog kayaks had their own brand of bottled beer to cheer people up and tees and hoodys to keep them warm and Square Rock gave away buoyancy aids for the stand up comp.

The after party went down with boat races, crazy rave rodeo outfits and some storming tunes from Jamthechannel DJ's.

Once again thanks to the supporting companys:

Yak paddling equipment for continuing support of grass roots kayaking events and huge prize bags!

Big Bog kayaks for free demo boats and prizes, also keeping UK paddling events going.

Square rock for raffle and impromptu prizes. Thanks to Team GB freestyle member Sam Anderson for coming down. (also congrats for winning the UK freestyle Championships!)

Fluid Skills for the on site EMT support. Good job it wasn't really needed.

Four your eyes people for the event t-shirts (some still available; only £10. email team@potsrodeo.co.uk )

Mill on the Exe for great hospitality (nearly selling out of coffee and hot chocolate)

HSS Hire in Exeter for the massive floodlights.

The full race results are now on the Pots Rodeo website here: http://www.potsrodeo.co.uk/

Pictures and blogs here: Pots Rodeo and 3Bsports

Massive thanks to all the supporters, crowd and paddlers that made it.

But with out the sponsors it would not happen in the same way.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Shake it, Shake it.

It really works! We had a shake this morning. I bet you there's rain this weekend! I'll put a pound on it. Thanks to Pete Scott and the guys and girls of Exeter School canoe club for this little peice of magic. Brought all the way from the jungles of Peru to the concrete jungle of Exeter.

All change!

We have had a great few days on the river recently. Jemma took her brother down the Loop in a ducky at the weekend which was amusing. Andy, Jim and Ewart all had great fun surfing the double ducky on the wave at the bottom of triple drop. Some times solo and some double surfing action. Solo proved best with soem great rides and even some 360's! Photos coming soon when Jim downloads his camera.

Down to business: We are currently updating all our price lists and webshop as most of our brands have issued new price lists. Whilst some stuff is going up due to the new VAT rate coming into place in January some items are being reduced!

What does this meen for you, our valued customer? It meens that its probalably better not to hold off on getting some new gear as it is almost definately going to have a higher price ticket in the new year. To help you out we are still able to offer alot of instock items at the old prices.
We have some great deals on Ex Demo boats and are offering some competative rates in other in stock boats.

If you find an item in store that has the older price on it we will honor it and even give you a discount! (Ask nicely or give us cake!).

Thanks for bearing with us on this. It takes abit of time to change every thing!
On the plus side, we have found our Peruvian rainstick. The lads at Exeter School did a trip to Peru a few years back and gave us the rainstick on return. We have been shaking it like a poloroid picture baby!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Email down today,

Hi Folks,

Sorry but we have no email today. We apologise for the slow response. We aim to be back online ASAP. In the mean time please call the shop with any enquires.


Wednesday, 6 October 2010

SWCS Nookie prize draw winners

We have three lucky winners of the Nookie prize draw held at the South West Canoe Show.
They will be nice and warm in their new Nookie clothing, except for the third place winner who will be styling it up in his board shorts.

Winner of the Nookie Bank Jacket: J Sibely from Dorset.

Winner of the Nookie Hoody: D Treslove from Wiltshire

Winner of the Nookie board shorts: J Eaton from Berkshire.
Well done folks, enjoy!

South West Canoe Show video highlights

Check out this very nice short film showing the South West Canoe Show including some interviews with leading members of the UK Paddlesports industry. If you didn't make it this year then you can see what your missing.

Southwest Canoe Show 2010 from Five Element Productions on Vimeo.

Check out other films and info over at UK Active Outdoors

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

South West Canoe Show 2010, massive photo blog!

The South West Canoe show 2010 took place this weekend. As usual we had a great event, with lots of people, lots to see, lots of boats to try, lots of Hog roast and stunning weather. A big thanks to everyone that came along and to all of our suppliers for making it such a good event. Below, in no particular order, are some pictures of the event.

Demos were popular, us usual

Ergo racing entertained many

Lots of people took to the water throughout the day

The crowds were treated to great weather all day

There were plenty of boats to try from all our suppliers

Big dog kayaks

Andy Benhams' fishing kayak

Andy Benham with his new book, discover kayak fishing.

The Mighty Hog roast

Hummin Bird fish finders

Coaches, course providers and colleges in the Marquee
Jackson Kayaks

More Big Dog kayaks

More crowds and people demoing more kayaks

Nookie Paddle Gear

Palm Equipment

Perception kayaks

Pyranha and P&H kayaks

Prijon and Wilderness kayaks

Prijon kayaks

Pyranha kayaks

Sevylor inflatables

Someone else enjoying taking pictures of kayaks!

Valley Sea kayaks

Canoes, kayaks, sit on tops all on the water

Wilderness systems touring and sea kayaks

More Wilderness systems touring kayaks

Yak Paddle gear

Friday, 24 September 2010

Sout West Canoe Show is go go go.

The South West Canoe Show is all go for this weekend.

We have had lots of up dates for the show and the weather is looking tip top.

News includes : Two presentations in the Exeter Canoe club, club house.

Mark Rainsley author of the SW sea kayaking guide book (one of the best selling guide books ever at the shop) and white water expedition paddler will be talking about and showing photos and video from a recent trip to the Thuli Bheri in Nepal.

Both Photos Mark Rainsley. Top Shetland isles, bottom Thuli Bheri

This presentation will be at 1pm in the Exeter canoe club club house on the banks of the canal. There is a bar on site for refreshments, make use of it and support a local club.

The second talk at 2pm will be from Marks wife Heather on a visit to the beautiful and wild Shetland Islands in Scotland.

Both will have stunning photos and very informative info on the paddling, people and culture.

Grab a hog roast and a beer and enjoy!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Win A Kayak with Westerly!

Westerly Mini of Marsh Barton Exeter are giving away the chance to win an Islander Hula sit on top kayak worth £299.95!

This weekend sees the launch of the brand new Mini Countryman. You will have seen the ads on the television by now, classic Mini looks all chunked up for a bit more rugged outdoor fun. Just perfect for nipping down to the beach with your boat on top for a quick paddle.

Visit the showroom as part of the Countryman launch for the chance to win a great beach fun sit on top. Or click your way over to the website for more info!