Friday, 18 February 2011

High water head cam on the Upper Dart.

South West teenagers Jamie and Torsten fire up the Upper Dart at some pretty big water levels. This is some great head cam footage of the South West favourite white water run. Thanks to Jamie for letting us post this. Enjoy.

High Water Upper Dart from Jamie Conn on

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Exeter Canoe Club's Scottish White Water Adventure.

Exeter Canoe Club have just returned from a weeks whitewater action in Scotland.

AS Watersport's in house instructor Liam Kirkham and Escape to Adventure's Andy Holt guided them through a collection of some of the Scottish Classics.

Some shots from the week.

The Team after a snowy walk in to the River Pattack.

Liam using the Typhoon Multisport Drysuit to use retrieving a paddle on The Lower Roy.

Jane Evans styling tripple drop in The Big Dog Force 7.7

Liam Planting the blade

Neville on The Etive

Bob Noakes on The Pattack Gorge

Liam Kirkham, Andrew Holt, Bob Noakes, Jane Evans, Nigel Hill, Peter Doxey,

A fantastic week, many thanks to everyone.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

New gene17kayaking website

Already lots of us, and we cant blame our selves, are thinking about spring and summer paddling missions. Half the shop have already booked ferrys (Liam and Ewart) to get out in the spring, chasing the snow melt in the European granite steeps of Italy and Switzerland.
They have been before and know the drill (kind of).
How ever, if you haven't (and there's no excuse) but really want to push your paddling, enjoy some other rivers, explore new cultures and make new friends but are just not sure where to start we have two top recommendations for you.

For the famous granite bedrock (hmm just like Devon?) of Piedmont and Ticino in Italy and Switzerland it has to be Gene17. Headed up by Simon Westgarth, the Gene17 gang really are the best people we can think of for a trip to Italy.
The brand new website is up with all the details and they are even hosting a river festival at the end of May this year (May is the best time to visit northern Italy).

Check out a little more about Simon and his team here: Devon boys (Simon and Nick), International guys (Jakub and Ollie) and World champion women (Deb). All ably assisted by some other great instructors and expedition paddlers Matt and Leo.

A little later in the year and with a bit more variety for those who don't like it so steep the perfect destination is the Southern French Alps. This is a classic destination for UK paddlers who have visited since at least the 70s.

There is so much to do, from bouncy grade 2-3 wave train runs to tight gorges, big volume and steep drops. Of course wine and cheese still play a big part of apre paddle activities.
Its so easy to get to and the man with all the info you could need is Stuart Woodward of Canoe Control. Stuart has been running rivers around the world for over 25 years and his Alpine kayak school for over 15.
With a new campsite near some of the most famous runs in Europe you cant go wrong with input from Canoe Control. Take some tuition, the family or a gang of mates. It is all fun in the sun.

We cant wait!