Monday, 31 December 2012

Source to Sea - A Charity Paddle on the Exe

Mo-vember is a charity raising money for and the profile of men's health. Specifically prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is likely to affect 1 in 10 men so its pretty common.
The idea is you grow a moustache and get sponsored. Well obviously kayakings fun to so join them together.

Here is a little video of local man Charlie and friends as they paddle from pretty high on the River Barle on Exmoor (not the true source of the Exe but at the shop we coincided it was the sensible thing to do in regards to levels and time).

Disclaimer: We do not condone some of the activity and behaviour shown in this video, Boys will be boys.....
Bad language and other naughty behaviour.


River Exe Source to Sea from Charlie Wilkes on Vimeo

The guys used Pyranha Fusion and Wavesport Ethos kayaks. These crossover boats were perfect for this job with the ever changing environment and conditions.  Try one for yourself with our free on site demos.

Festive Huckin'

As we are sure you all know there has been plenty of white water action to be had over the Christmas period.

Jim has had loads of fun on the Dart and Erme in Devon while Ollie went up to the Lake District to see family. While he was there they went for a trip to launch themselves down some big drops.

Check this out! A super sweet 30 footer on the Coglihn Beck    He's only 18 you know!

Jimbo on the Erme  (Ivybridge Devon)   Photos by Jemma Lane. (of new sea kayaking blog
How about you show us your festive hucks?

Friday, 21 December 2012

New Super Awesome Sea Kayaking Blog

Being our Sea Kayak Specialist Jemma has got her own blog.

The blog is for all things salt water, news, reviews, trips, and general sea kayaking delights. 

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Anglers Afloat Competition Winner!

 Ewart ran  a quick off the cuff competition on Anglers Afloat this afternoon. Just for a bit of fun and to give some freebies away. "Like this" "Share that" Tag to win kind of nonsense. Just the first to send in a pic of your best catch so far this year.
The inbox was buzzing in no time at all (not even time for a cuppa) with pictures of fish.

1st place with a record response time. Lofty with a 10lb Cod. His first ever so not a bad effort.
Caught at night off  his Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.7 xt  in Poole bay on a squid and maccy rigged Pennel. 
(He also let us know that the Typhoon Ps220 was from us and he enjoyed the grub at the deli next door! )

We have sent Lofty a Pyranha cap, key ring and Sticker. 

Next in, just 11mins behind was Cameron with this lovely Dace. Less than an inch shy of the British record length. So rightfully proud of this one. Good effort. Going by the reel it looks like it could have been caught on the fly?

 A cracking Thornback Ray from Andy Money.

 And where would we be in a kayak fishing comp without a Bass. This one from John was his first ever Lure caught fish!

Stay tuned to the Anglers Afloat forum for all your Kayak fishing events and meets. Its a great place to meet other anglers and paddlers to get and share information.


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

First Surf? - New waves on the Exe

Big water levels always throw up potential new spots for paddling. River features change, new features appear so its time to go searching.

Ex Exeter local now residing in the Thames Valley an the Current British Freestyle league Champion Sam Anderson went in search of new waves to play on.
Roger and Ewart had seen this wave before but at slightly lower levels but had never given it a go before. the consequence of a swim is not too high as there are no features behind it but you can never be sure. At lower levels the feature that would appear in the same place is very nasty.

But as we said, Sam is the British Freestyle Champion so he knows what he's doing. Do not try this at home!

Check out the rest of his photos of the first surf here:

Ewart has also been off hunting for new waves and has found another potential unriden wave less than a mile away from Flower Pots. More on that soon......

Friday, 2 November 2012

Photo mayhem!

 A nice random selection of photos. Mostly of the A.S Crew and a few other locals and friends.
Above: Exeter Canoe Club member Alex Warren gets his urban freestyle thang on!  Love this pic. Energy, fun and colour. Exactly what play boating is all about. Doing fun things in kayaks any where you want.

 Capt'n Jim "the Swim"  He doesn't actually swim. Just likes getting wet. We salute you sir!

 There was a time when Ewart went kayaking. It was many moons ago before the
 perils of getting old grabbed him.

 One of our closest beaches and a great place for easy fun paddling, who ever you are. Amber and Emma enjoy some summer sit on fun at Teignmouth back beach. followed by a BBQ on the beach. Lush.

 Ah, Family Bewsey. L-R Mitch, Louise and Dan. What is it they say about a family that paddles together?
I think it is they have fun together!

 Gone for now, back in the spring. A.S super coach Liam during a sit on top safety day with Andy Benham.
Anchors during kayak fishing are not to be messed with and require some good knowledge. Our Sit on top safety skills course start again in the spring. 

 Ooh, two pictures of Ewart, how did that happen? Rio Chinqueta Spanish Pyrenees April 2012.

 World class sea kayaking, Isles of Scilly.  This small group of islands off the south west of the UK has to be on every sea kayakers bucket list. Jemma was lucky enough to go with local coach Mike Bradford in 2011.

 More local touring fun. Teign Estuary. Paddle down from Newton Abbot.

 Ewart's mate Sam gets in on the action. More Teignmouth, there's a theme appearing here.  (above) and SUP paddling on the Canal (below).

We like these random photo blogs more to come.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Some like it wet.

They boys enjoying packing the boats away in the rain. You can see the rain bouncing off the floor.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Multisport 4.

Wow, it doesn't seem like that long ago when the Multisport hit the shelves for the first time. 

We are now on the 4th edition. Its had some great tweaks but really they are just that, tweaks.

The fabric is still the same and very durable, the updated cuffs and neck help keep the water out nicely and the addition of a flap over the rear zip will help prolong the life of the expensive brass coil zip. 

We will be taking pre-orders for these at the South West Canoe Show on Sat 6th Oct (that's this weekend!)

You can also listen to a spotlight session with the European Sales manager from Typhoon on this product.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Clocks ticking....

We are now just days away! Well a week and a few days.

The South West's biggest paddling Event is nearly with us.

Lots and lots happening this year at the South West Canoe Show.

Take a visit over to the show website to get all the info on Exhibitors, Guest talks and presentations, Go Canoeing taster sessions and events, competitions, demos, deals and more!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Great Big Monster Sea Swim

This is a biggy!

We are very happy to be supporting local paddler Paul Rutherford and a few other South West paddlers in their support for this new Channel Swimming challenge!

Paul gave us the heads up on what's happening:

"have become involved in assisting with kayak safety support for a relay sea swim from Guernsey to Dartmouth on the 21st to 23rd September 2012. I will be paddling a Perception Essence kayak kindly supplied by AS Watersports in Exeter.
This swim has never been attempted before and is approx 70 nautical miles and will take over two days and nights with 5 swimmers taking 45 minute sessions each. Kayakers will paddle for 2 to 3 hours before changing over and will be crucial in setting accurate courses for swimmers to follow. Swimming at between 1 and 1.5 nautical miles per hour means the swim will take around 60 hours.
3 kayakers, Peter Thorn - Chairman of Bideford Canoe Club, Glyn Brackenbury from Skern Lodge in North Devon and myself, Paul Rutherford from Totnes Canoe Club will paddle in a rota with the swimmers to guide them and ensure their safety during the long crossing. We are also responsible for leading the navigation side of the trip and have a crucial role in geting the swimmers safely to land at the finish (which is 'planned' to be at Slapton Sands on Sunday morning.
There is a large support vessel which will be the 'mother ship' for the entire journey and will provide somewhere to sleep, eat and recover between sessions for swimmers and kayakers alike. This is a fantastic team effort with 2 skippers for 'Enigma' a fully qualified doctor (who can also provide some daytime kayak cover) as well as ensuring the wellbeing of the swimmers and other crew, 3 kayakers and of course the 5 swimmers!
We will leave Southampton on Friday morning, travel at high speed to Guernsey and the swimmers will start their marathon swim at approx 9am.
The weather will play a crucial part in the whole attempt and at this stage it looks as though we may be good to go - things may of course change during the early part of next week."

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

It's Show time!

Well almost! The South West Canoe Show returns to the Piazza Terracina in less than 4 weeks!

Make sure you don't miss this massive paddlesports event. One of the largest displays of canoes, kayaks, and equipment in one place at any time in the UK.

Demos, new gear, deals, presentations, competitions, information, advice and lots more.

Free entry all day.

See you there!

Friday, 31 August 2012

Grand Inga project

We don't normally post stuff like this on the blog. Its usually about us our more local stuff.

Love him or hate him, Steve Fisher is an absolute legend in modern kayaking, an innovator in freestyle and boundry pusher in white water paddling.

His new project is about the Grand Inga rapids on the Congo. Belived to be the worlds largest rapids. The trailer is out now.

Instore soon. More amazing kayaking DVDs here:

Thursday, 30 August 2012

River Exe clean up

The Exe Estuary management team are doing another river clean up.

Get involved!

 Hello there!
Hope you are well and feeling energetic, perhaps anticipating being at a loose end once the school holidays finish?  If so, I have just the thing (see attached poster) - a chance for fun, fresh air and feel good factor.  And as a thank you for giving up your time to come along and spruce up the beautiful estuary, the autumnal clean up event will be followed at 3pm by a relaxing cruise and buffet lunch aboard the Tudor Rose - free thanks to the kind generosity of Stuart Line Cruises and the Environment Agency. 
We hope that free parking permits from East Devon District Council will be available on the day, but are awaiting confirmation. 
You don’t need to book onto the clean up event, just turn up - the more the merrier!  I shall be out of the office after Wednesday 29th Aug until 13th September, but if you have any queries about the event, please ring or email and I will contact you on my return.
Midge Kelly

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The Quay to adventure (sun, boats and beer)

Just a quick few photos from the Quay and canal. 
Showing just why we love it soo much.

 Haven Banks outdoor education students having fun.

The new Haven Banks and Exeter college building goes up. Should be ready by late spring next year. Very exciting times for SW kids!

 Exeter canoe club begginers sessions on the River Exe, Lots of fun in the sun.

 Did we mention pints on the quay? A very popular post work past time for A.S Staff!

 A bit of casual SUP on the canal. SUP Hire from A.S Watersports coming soon.

More summer fun photos coming your way.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

SUP Demo evening

We are hosting a Circle one Stand Up Paddle evening on the 14th August for more info click here:

 SUP is easy and fun. Come along and find out just how fun and how easy!

Summer evening fun on the Exeter canal. 

Monday, 9 July 2012

Euro fun

At least one of the team gets away to Europe for some spring or summer paddling. This year Ewart, Liam and Jemma all had a trip over seas. We are getting together a nice gallery for you but here is a quick one from Ewarts trip to whet your appetites. 

Middle Verszasca -Ticino - Switzerland. The team check out the seal  launch after some portaging the Devils slide! Beautiful bedrock, super clear water, sunshine and friends = a perfect day on the water. Photo by Andy Iley.

We be burning.

Just found this on the shop camera. Our favourite coffee shop owner Lutzy  ( from Lutzy's on the piazza) with her Olympic Torch. Lutzy was chosen to be a torch bearer because of her amazing charity fundraising work. in the last 3 years she has raised about £60,000 for charity. Mostly by doing sponsored runs which is pretty amazing when you see how short here legs are!  Love you Lutzy!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Exeter to Exmouth Kayak Rally

Exe sailing club held their fund raising kayak rally on the 9th June. 70 paddlers got together to paddle from Exeter Quay all the way to Exmouth. A great collection of touring kayaks, Sit on tops and lots of general purpose boats took part.
Check out their blog for some more photos and a full report.

Plans are already underway for 2013. Get involved and raise some money for charity. (this year was Oxfam)

Saturday, 16 June 2012

See it, try it, buy it.

As we are firm belivers in trying before buying we are hosting a demo day with Tootega kayaks.


                                           Saturday 7th July. Click the banner for more info.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Venture kayaks Islay 14 1st look.

 Take to the water! Its not all hard graft here at A.S. We do get to splash about a bit as well. Ewart has a quick spin in the new Venture Kayaks Islay 14.

 Jemma paddling smooth, no splashing. The Islay  is the new boat from Venture. It has design elements taken from the very successful P+H Delphin, a slightly Scandinavian look and feel about it and is generally pretty nice to paddle.

 A square-ish stern thats rudder ready and you can see there is plenty of rocker.
A roundish hull through the mid section with soft edges with a vee'd bow and stern. Initial stability is moderate, not massive but secondary is very good. This boat should suit a paddler looking for a smaller day/weekend touring boat that will be a bit more fun on moving water. It's not anywhere near as responsive or manoeuvrable as the Delphin and feels less planted than the Easky 15 but feels forgiving and easy but not too boring at the same time. Does that make sense?

 All the usual features, twin hatches, drop down skeg, decklines, the reccess to take the Venture deck pod and a paddle park.

Jemma and Ewart discuss the Islay 14 with Tim from Pyranha/Venture kayaks. Production has started with boats in stock very soon.