Thursday, December 03, 2009

This is a recent pic of the local reef break 5 mins walk acroos the dunes from the b+b we will be staying in in Morrroco. Check magic seaweed for loads more pics of recent waves. Cant wait. A quick surf at Sidmouth today some how is not quite proper preparation!!

Africa calling

Finally after what seems like years I am getting to go on a board surfing trip.
Instead of just the ususal day trips.
The last time I went for a surf specific trip was to Portugal back in 2004/5?.
This time I'm of to Morroco over christmas and new year. Sweet southern desert points and reefs with no one on them. We are staying at a friends Mums new b+b 45mins south of Agadir. Go check out the site. Looks like a nice place.

Xpose 6`4" rounded squashtail thruster. An every day type short board. Plenty of foam in the middle for easy paddling and a nice v through the fins for speed.

And for this I have allowed myself two new boards. many thanks to Jeff, Pete and Simon at Circle One for hooking me up with two sweet short boards from their Xpose range.

6`2" Swallow tail, Small pocket rocket for fast hollow waves. not sure how well I will get on with this. Definately the smallest board I have owned. But it should go well in the fast reef breaks to be found near our place.

The reports from Taz for the last mounth have been in 4-6` range every day for three weeks solid. This looks like it is to stay and probably get bigger as we draw nearer to late December.
Will post some surf pics soon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A.S on the Water.

A.S watersports have set a new coaching and tuition arm to the shops services.

Lead by new member of staff Liam the sessions are aimed at new comers to the sport. The sessions include one to one, basics, intro white water and ladies only sessions.

Click the banner for details.
Check out Liams staff profile here: Liam

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

River Dart tragedy

I wasn't sure wether to post about this or not but it has been part of my life for a few days and been making me think. I wasn't invloved nor did I know all the persons involved well. Infact I had only met some once, but I was aware of their standing in the white water kayaking community.

Chris Wheeler died on Saturday 21st November on the Upper Dart. He was a very capable kayaker who inspired many. He will be missed greatly by family and friends and leaves a hole in the lives of many who had not met him.

I thought I would share some words that have helped me in the past.

On Death
Kahlil Gibran

You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Early bird.

I have had these pics for a while. Finally got myself up to Haldon one early morning before work for a blast on the new trail. Infact I didn't realise but it was the day the trail opened to the public. Naughty boy.

Still, I finally found one entrance to the "rat run" section. Thats pretty good fun, fast and fairly flowing except for a few weirdly placed sharp corners. Keeps it spicey I supose.

Now its not light enough in time to get up there and back before work.........

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

White water at last!

I have finally made it back to descent white water. last weekend I managed to get on the Lower Plym with a group of ex Bristol uni peeps, Small robin and Liam from work. It was some good consistant Grd 3 but good to be on some thing other than the Dart Loop. Pics show the end of the main Plym section.At the level in the pics, a solid grd 4/5. I have run it at this level but not for a few years.

A beautiful and ancient Oak woodland. Then on Sunday i got on the Upper Dart for the first time in two years! The first time since I first popped my shoulder in June 2007. A great level with most rocks gone, plenty of water pumping into Euthenasia made for a nice huck into the drop, a quick roll and we are back in the game. Thats it now, I'm back in the white water action. keep it locked to 3bsports for more kayak fun.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Top wave session

Back in January of this year I helped out with a BCU coaching update based at the River Dart Country park. Just got hold of these pics. All photos curtesy of Jemma Lane. Cheers Jem

Ooh he did a trick! Right hand blunt.

Yakoflage is rulin still.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Crash and burn.

Hit up a few wicked DH tracks on Exmoor on Friday with Vandal boss Elbry.
Top day out, lots of fast steep tracks with plenty of tech sections.
One of the steeper harder bits I managed to clean first go. Later in the day we had another go. Not so good this time. A lame crash on an other wise wicked ride.

Crash and burn here:

And some more of the track here:

All videos from Elbry and the Gopro wide helmet cam.

Yak 2010 brouchure

The new 2010 Yak brouchure is about to hit the shelves. Available for download from the Crewsaver website.
Of course I'm featured again. Also look out for Jim and Andy.

Get the dowload here:

South West Canoe Show photos

A fair bit has been going on, I just haven't been able to document it.
The South West Canoe Show went off well with visitor numbers in the region of 800 with about 300 of thoses trying new kayaks out on the water.

Check photos and reports here:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Not to much to report.
Lots of XC and play riding. Surf kayak and white water in the summer rain. No pics though.
I was hoping to have some great surf kayak footage but managed to lose my new GoPro head cam in a big trashing at Saunton in solid 4ft surf.

Off to Kanumesse Trade show in Nuremberg, Germany this week so maybe some good Kayak news next week.

Monday, August 17, 2009

South West Canoe show 2009

Thats right, the regions biggest free canoe show returns for its 6th year to the Quayside in Exeter Devon on Saturday 3rd October 2009.

This is the best chance to see all the newest kayaks, canoe, paddle and other gear that will be hitting the shops in the new season.
The Kanumesse trade show in Germany two weeks before is the largest in Europe and has more importance than the Outdoor retailer show in Salt Lake city Colorado. Most of the new product comes direct from Kanumesse straight to the SWCS. Often being seen by the public for the first time in the sunny south west.
Expect great deals, lots of shiny new kit, free on the water demos, the best advice, information and help from all the main brands in paddle sport and some of the smaller ones too!

Adventure travel talks from Jeff Allen (a well respected sea kayak explorer) and The Hosie brothers who this year crossed the English channel by sea kayak. Big deal you may say, this has been swum by celebs. Well try doing it at 13yrs old! Christian did and became the youngest person ever to do so. Earning himself a place in the Guinnes book of records.

Visit the show site for all the latest news and updates.

Dont forget this is also the openning weekend of the River Dart and kicks off the white water season so dont forget your boat or even buy a new one!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

150th post (part 2)

Yeah! A proper trails day is just not complete with out a BBQ.

The new GoPro Hero wide angle headcam.

Craftsmans tools.

Digging day at the Mafia. 150th post!

Puddles in August.

I forgot to do a 100th post so I thought I'd make note of this 150th post. And what better to celebrate with a day at our spot diggin, riding and eating BBQ.

New hip/berm transfer on the main line.

Pump bump before it to get speed.

Bustin' out the o'l STP single speed style.

Lots of nice butterflys including this Peacock.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Devon ducky fun.

Ducky's, the common name for a 2 person raft, are a huge amount of fun. Especially for introducing people to white water.
Check out the summer white water fun we had last week. In the front is 16 yr old Dan.
Filmed on the Go Pro hero wide head cam. Available at A.S Watersports

More Go pro on its way

Friday, July 31, 2009

Go Pro is back

Thats right, I have a new Go Pro head camera. Thanks to James at Xtreme video in France for sorting me out a demo one. This time its the new 170mm wide angle 5 mega pixel. This is the first vid from it. The image is much better but it still needs lots of light to get the best. It looks much better when you play it back on the computer, here it gets compressed a lot for the web so the image is not as good as it should be.Over all I'm impressed with the quality and I got so many attachments I can get loads of different angles. There will be lots of these short vids in the weeks to come.
This is at Stoke woods.

Tavi woodlands summer jam.

If you prefix any event with "summer" you can be promised it will rain, and so it did.
Sunday was the Woodland Riders summer jam at Tavi woodlands, also known as Chipshop, nr Tavistock.
The setup at Tavi is now very good offering lots of short course down hill tracks from fast open and flowing to very steep and rocky. Something for every one and some massive hucks if that's ya thing.
Sam and I burnt down there Sunday morning hoping it would clear up but no. Lots of nice west Dartmoor rain, fog and a howling wind. Perfect Dartmoor then!

A good attendance though with around a hundred riders all getting mucky and having fun.
They held a few mates races type of thing but we only found out as thye started so we hadnt ridden the course and the que was massive so we passed on that and kept on riding.
2 1/2 hrs of wet fun, lots of nice jumps and technical dh. A good day out Lets hope it gets better weather next year. If you havent been to Tavi or Gawton get there soon.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Quick catch up

Haha! Its Tom KP going down at the OP trails some where in deep Somerset.
Its a wicked little bunch of trails that I mentioned in my last post. Just nicked some pics from Jim 3rider. This was a slippery little S bend that kept us amused for a bit!

I of course styled it!

My first time back in a surf kayak for about 2yrs! Small but fun surf at Sidmouth with some of the other A.S crew and mates.

I even had a go on Jim's wave ski. This was popular back in the 80's. Funny how it has made a small come back in the UK over the last 4 yrs. I for one wont be jumping on the band wagon. Its just not as good as a surf kayak let alone a surfboard. (of which I have had a few nice sessions at Sidmouth lately.
All pics copyright Jim Ottaway.

Friday, July 03, 2009

A mixed bag.

Thats right, a mixed bag of Boatin' and Biking this week. Tuesday saw small (2.5'- 3') surf at Sidmouth. The first time in 2 1/2 years in a surf kayak. It's been all boards for that time. (as it should really). A great session though with all the shop staff including the Boss Mitch, Jim, Jemma and Kayliegh. Alice and Sam had other things to do? I even tried Jims waveski. Not going there again.

Wednesday night saw a little ride up at Haldon just to see whats happening. Check out Elbrys Gopro headcam footage on pink bike.
The new red/xc run is looking really good, flowing and fast, not too trickey. Fun for the whole family.

Thursday we went for a mooch to pastures new. Funny really. I had seen some footage of the OP trails from Elbrys blog and thought it looked nice. Then Pete Ford (Yak Paddling equipment)sent me a pic of some north shore he had found near his place in somerset. (I now know why they are called the op trails as well, its all in the name) They looked excatly them same so we went to check it out. Yup we struck trail gold. This place is cool. Smooth fun and pretty flowing tracks with loads of berms and jumps. A great little session on the shore and jump after. Lots of trails under construction which when finished will make it a great full on fun spot.
After drinking all our liquid we moved on to Petes more local spot of Triscombe for some afternoon DH fun. I had never been. This place is a massive hill full of trails of all kinds. Steep rocky rooty twisty turny stuff or smoother faster jumpy stuff. Wicked. We only managed a few runs before the Scots like flies and midges attacked and the top of the hill was too far from the bottom to walk up again. We will be back.

As usual; Photos to follow!

Gawton and Chipshop next, then a return to puddletown in Dorset. One of my fave spots.

Random boating pic.

The 3bsports up lift vehical. This time with kayaks in Norway.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Spreyton Track cleared

We have finally managed to clear the Spreyton track. About 3hrs withg bow saws, lots of sweat and bug bites but it was worth it as the trail now runs from top to bottom.

The bigeest berm half way down. It was drifting nicely.

The top Berm. Still a few weeds to clear and a touch up here and there but lots of fun. About 1.30min to to bottom I reackon.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Axiom, All good.

We got the first of the new Dagger Axioms delivered to the shop yesterday. So course I had to have a little go. Popped on to the rive and went down to the weirs. Its an all river boat and feels pretty good. Fast enough on the flat not to make it too hard work for the longer flatter sections on easier rivers. Loose enough for some serious surf fun. I managed to get a good play in at the bottom of St James weir where the was a nice little hole. It surfs really well and i got some cool old school pop outs! I think i may well be paddling this a lot more in the winter, Especially for easier trips (which I will be doing a few of).

I'll do an update when we have had another go.
Quick kit check for this 3bsports installment:

Dagger Axiom 8.5 river kayak.
Werner Sidekick carbon bent shaft paddle
Yak Klarus Short Sleeved cag
CSR polyplush stretch thermal
Sweet Strutter full carbon helmet.
Playboater Kevlar Work deck.

Lost and found

I was looking for another pic and came across this. I don't think I've even seen it before but it's me in Uganda the first time i went way back in 2006. Malalu wave White Nile Uganda. Happy days. About to go into a big right hand blunt.

3bsports quick round up.

The last two weeks have actually seen complete 3bsports action.
Last Wednesday I had my first surf since my shoulder operation back in February. I hit up Bantham with big Owen and got some nice 2-3ft waves. Not especially clean but it was just so good to get back on my board. Paddled into my first wave and just had to take all the way to the beach as a little victory ride. Two hours in the water and the should felt pretty good. Just as well as I had a consultants meeting that afternoon. He was not quite so impressed with my board riding skills and told me to "take it easy".

Riding has not been quite as active but we have finally cleared a new corner on the Dual track at the Mafia trails. This now takes out the first constriction so you can actually stay online and not get an elbow in the face whilst racing. Some say its too boring but its definitely quicker so a better race. It will only improve as we ride it more and ad some new bumps and berms.

Over the weekend Skam and I went back to a lost trail that Tom KP and i found around Christmas. We took Yak Rep Pete Ford with us to help with saw duty's and after at least two hours of hard bow saw action we got the trails clear and running top to bottom. Pete got some sweet pics so we hope to have those up soon.
Not a very hard track but flowing with great berms. There are some narrow off camber sections though and some of the lines are quite tight. I still want to hardtail it as i reckon it could be just as quick. No one has been there since we went last (Trail gold more trail gold and a bit more) so we now feel that we can start building a little our selves.
Also think its ok to give the location. The track is near Spreyton off the A30 towards Okehampton. Spreyton cross on a 1:25,000 os map will do it for you. google map link: map

Monday, June 08, 2009

South coast fish fest

Kayak fishing usually involves 3rider Jim or my house mate Phil or Tommy K. This week its been all three. Friday evening saw Jim, Tom and I at Seaton and Axmouth. An ok little mission as we got some small Mackerel, not pics as we were having to much fun.

We thought there would be some river action with all the rain on Saturday but nope. So off to Teignmouth to Phil's folks beach hut from (hopefully) a fish supper. Jim has some actual fishing shots on his 3rider blog so these are just some chilling pics. Teignmouth has a great lttle back beach that looks up river toward Combe cellers over the harbour.

Amber and Emma enjoy the Malibu 2 Xl.

The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100, this is a great ilttle SOT for short day missions (5hrs on the water) and is very well laid out.
The highlight of the day was on our second trip out of the harbour to see the local pod of Dolphins just out of the harbour mouth! unfortunately no pics of that although the guys and girls at Sea Sports south west have also seen them, they got pics.: Teignmouth Dolphins

Scorpios and sunsets

It has been hot hot hot lately (well last week) so on my day off work I hid from the sun, caught up with some paper work and course work, fixed bikes etc.
How ever this is not all that fun. So I hooked up with Jim and we grabbed some sunset paddling on the River Exe and Exeter ship canal. Not the most challenging of water but we took some long ol sea kayaks to speed up the journey and spice up the river paddling.

The kayaks of choice were both sizes of the new P+H Scorpio and Scorpio LV. (low volume)
These are the plastic versions of the flagship Cetus and the fastest plastic kayak I've ever been in.

Stability is no problem as Jim demonstrates sorting out his flat battery.

We had fun at Countess Wear bridge. As the tide went out there is a shallow shingle bank and you can paddle hard to attain the eddy up stream and come back down the shingle bank.
This was no problem in the Scorpio.

The sun sets over Exeter. Paddling back up the canal in the dark was ok, it make the journey over faster which is never a bad thing.

Peak Multi h2o test and first Supreme ride.

Ive been sat on these pics for a bit. There's been a lot going on. Any way this was the first ride on my new freeride and Down hill ride for 2009, a Commencal Supreme Dh team. Its the 08 version but still way pimp.

It was also the first time out in the new 2009 Peak Uk Multi H2o jacket. This a nice crossover jacket from kayak wear manufacturer Peak UK.

Nice and long in the back, perfect for riding mucky Devon trails in. Lots of nice shiny reflective logos for urban riding. Over all its pretty nice, a little hot as it could do with some pit zips. It has a nice fleeced lined collor fro warmthe and good neoprene wrist closures. A little baggy in the front for MTB but that will be better fro paddling. That test will be up soon.

We went to hit up some short dh runs near Ashburton but my tire would not stay on the rim so we came back and hit up Haldon. First around Soggy Bottom near the carpark with some nice technical tracks then wizzed over to hit up the berms and a few bits near the now defunct freeride area.

Clean lines and dirty bikes. Sweet.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More un-ridden dh tracks.

If you go down to the (different woods) today you might (if you look hard enough) some more DH tracks.

On yet another trail search mission we stumbled (with a good tip off) across yet another hardly ridden DH track. This time on Exmoor. (That's all ya getting for location for now.)

Both tracks start with this little shore launch, then split. It all looks very fresh and well made.

One track heads off through your usual rooty woodland stuff with a few berms etc. Then heads into this clearing and some fatter drops and bigger berms. We never made it to the bottom. Got to be well over 3 mins top to bottom.

The same shore as above, this drops into a big fat LH berm that you can really pin.

On the right hand split at the top it's more DH territory. This is the jump line over Skams head (minding the paunch) or you can wimp out and go around to the left then switch back right and left agin by Skams feet. It carries on down the hill like this, very steep and rocky with some cool step downs and rocky rooty corners. A few more shore drops near the bottom. A nice long fire road would make for great up lift, as its a long walk from the end. A good 20 min oush on a DH bike. If we can find out the builder/ owner I will post the location. Unless some one can tell me.