Friday, 29 April 2011

Kernow surf part 2

A bit of a long way away, competitors sit it out waiting for a set. Still not a bad day for being on the water.

The only women in the comp, come on girls, its lots of fun. Keep an eye out for the next event.

The winners, organisers and judges.

No boats in the comp but the Vally flag flew high all day and was a great wind marker.

Kernow Student surf contest

The Kernow Student surf kayak contest happened on Wednesday in nice 2-3ft surf with northerly cross shore winds. These were great conditions for this event as it allowed all paddlers a chance to get some waves. There were a few students who had never surf kayaked before so that really helped with the confidence. Here are some pictures from the day in no particular order. Above is 2nd place? paddler and English team member Phil Watson.

Judging area. The contest site at Gwithian near Hayle is perfect. You can see the action really easily from the cliff and it has all the facilities you need, like a great cafe (Sunset surf) toilets and parking.

Godrevy light house in the distance. The waves always looked a bit better at Godrevy but it didn't matter. Every one had a great time with a nice fun vibe to the day.

The Vally demo boats went out and were enjoyed lots. We aim to support more surf kayak events in the future, Our main man in Kernow, Denzil has a comp later in the year (Sept time) and North Devon shredder Steve Chivers is also hosting the British champs (I think) which we aim to be with the Valley Range. Demos will be available at these events so pop along with your kit and try one out!

A tough day at the office for Ewart!

A big thanks to Tim Elks and Steve Bowens from Falmouth Marine School for letting us get involved.

Part 2 pics on the way.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Palm 2011 kit hits the shelves!

Oh yes!
2011 Palm Aqua cag for ladies in aqua/jet grey/mist

The long awaited 2011 Palm cag collection is now starting to hit the shelves. We have had our first batch of Mens Atom and Flow cags and the ladies Aqua cag.

2011 Palm Mens Flow cag saffron/jet grey/ mist

2011 Palm mens Atom cag Red/jet grey/ mist

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Coaching Diary - Taster Session and Guided Exe Day Trip.

This Saturday plenty of people joined us on the water for one of our Free 2 Hour Taster sessions...

A fun 2 hours in the Sun but more importantly the perfect chance for you to sample kayaking with a qualified instructor and try a range of boats.

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On Sunday we were incredibly lucky with the weather. I had 1 : 2 guided trip on the Exe Estuary, Jane and Bev were soon comfortable and stable in their touring boats, we re-capped on a few skills then we took the high tide down onto the Estuary.

We spent the day learning skills in the sun before a packed lunch in Topsham then heading back to Exeter.

This area is packed with wildlife, we spotted Buzzards, Kingfishers, Egrets, Herons, Grayling or Mullet (I think).

This is a great day! If your interested in kayak touring then book on to our guided day trip for your first taste.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Coaching Diary - One to One Introduction to Kayaking

A pleasant morning delivering a One to One class.

This gentleman hadn't paddled in thirty years and within two hours he was really getting to grips with the Pyranha Fusion

A keen learner he also successfully had a go at a capsize and a capsize with a spraydeck!

The Swans have also begun to nest on the canal, kayaking gives you a great view of wildife on the canal.

Also managed to spot a Mink last week, not everyones favourite animal!

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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Coaching Diary - Moderate Water Endorsment - North Wales.

This Weekend our inhouse instructor Liam Kirkham succesfuly took his Moderate Water Assesment with Stuart Woodward of Canoe Control.

This new award from the BCU allows A.S Watersports "On the water" coach Liam Kirkham to coach on grade 2/3 Whitewater ( his perfect playground) aswell as assessing BCU 3*.

" I spend alot of time coaching, So it's really refreshing to be coached myself, espescially by someone with such experience as Stuart Woodward,

Some pictures from the couple of days.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Sit on top kayak hire on the River Dart

Stoke Gabriel Kayak Academy and canoe hire is the new venture from Tom Morris formally of Totnes Kayaks in Totnes. We have supplied a brand new fleet of Islander Calypso sit on tops, Wilderness Systems T130 double sit on top kayaks with Palm Quest pfd's and paddles. The Calypso is a brand new model from Islander, made with love at Dagger Europe's factory in Clevedon, N. Somerset. A very stable and easy paddling sit on top which is perfect for the River Dart estuary hire location. In the back ground you can see the Mill pond and jetty of the small harbor which is a lovely place to start your paddle. With a few hours to spare you can visit the Sharpham estate with its vine yards and cafe where they serve cream teas and the Sharpham Brie cheese. Bow creek is just across the river and has a great pub and the village of Dittisham is just a short way down stream. A full day will get you to Totnes or Dartmouth depending on the tides.

Summer evenings will bring on the BBq supplied by the River shack, sounds good to us.

For all the information on prices and booking along with all the local info on where to go and what to do check the website. Hire is available now!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Student surf kayak contest

Kernow Student surfk kayak contest 27th April 2011

Coming up towards the end of the month there is the Kernow Student surf kayak contest at Gwithian beach near Hayle in Cornwall.

Organised by Falmouth Marine School the contest is open to any collage or university student over the age of 16.

A.S Watersports are supporting the event and will be taking our demo fleet of Valley Surf Kayaks. We will have with us the plastic Storm, Glass Rip and glass/carbon Rush 7.2. We will also be supplying some prizes.

Demos will be free on the day and we should have a couple of extra boats from Valley available as well.
Even if you havent competed before or have never used a surf kayak its still worth entering. It will be lots of fun.

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