Friday, October 31, 2008

Yak Photo shoot Exemouth

A couple of weeks back i took part in a photo shoot for Yak. The aim was to get some shots of their new 2009 range of kit. The photos would be used (if any good) for the Yak website and other marketing.

We popped down to Exemouth on the south coast as the light was great and there's easy access for the Photographer. Here i am surfing a Dagger Blackwater touring kayak. Not what it's really meant for.

Andy is always up for some paddling. He gets stuck in to some sea kayak surfing.

Alice is always up for ... sleeping. Getting busy on the sit on top.

There was a nice little shore break wave that had me entertained for a while.
Next up is the white water section.
All photos courtesy Pete Ford. Copy right Yak Paddling Equipment.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Elbry hits the "truck stop".

Elbry (Rider Run Company, Vandal) has sent me this short vid of him at the "Truck stop" spot.
It's one of two step ups at the spot and jumps over the step down. Any one for doubles?

Elbry hitting the step up.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

New trail action.

Blogs with no pics are rubbish. That will change. Just got to get the pics from mates.
i found a new bit of trail at Stoke woods. You can now go top to bottom. At least 1 min of down hill. Not a rough track but a fun trail that needs some development.
More on that soon.

South West Canoe Show 2008

The South West Canoe Show hosted by A.S Watersports was last Saturday the 4th Oct and went off! This year the weather was not great and held a few people back, along with the high performance surf kayak championships held at Newquay. Still, numbers were pretty good with visitor numbers in the 1000 range and at least 200 people on the water through out the day trying all the latest kayaks and canoes on the canal.
There was so much new stuff on show we didn't get round it all.
High lights for me were in no order:

The new Yak range, OK so I'm biased towards my sponsors but the new "Yak o flage" cags were a bit of marmite. You love it or hate it! The pattern is made from Yaks. i think its cool, especially the shorts which are still in development. (we had a sneak preview yesterday at the Yak website photo shoot. More on this later). Check the Yak website for more: Yak o flage

The Liquid Logic "Biscuit" playboat. The last play boat from LL was the not too successful Ronin.
So this new boat has been much anticipated. I paddle the Vision 44 which i love. The new Biscuit will have the same tucked in rails and the over all look is that of a dodgem car! Available in three sizes this should be popular in the new year when we see it here for real.

The new Sweet range of helmets and technical soft wear. Not much new in helmets except the "Wanderer" a skate style lid that comes from the snow board market. Not sure how popular this will be but the Sweet marketing machine will do it's best. New colours of the strutter are nice though. Hot pink and sassy green for grils and boys, you choose.

Of course the Hog roast by Tommy K went down well. Cheers for the bap mate.
And to top it all we all got to go for a high water run on the River Dart "loop" section on Sunday.
This was my first run on any kind of decent moving water in 15 months. My shoulder held up although i felt pretty rusty.
Two runs for twice the fun then home for tea and medals.

The next SWCS post will have all the pics and more!