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As has been the case for the past 6 years of my life, June brings the end of exams and an accompanying burst of kayaking to make up for all the time spent library-bound. This year is particularly significant: my (hopefully) last ever exams have been sat and my degree is complete!  So how to celebrate?  Soon after finishing, I headed to North Wales with Cambridge University Canoe Club for a long weekend of Dee and Tryweryn paddling. The feeling of post-exam freedom combined with great whitewater and double-figure temperatures makes it one of the best club trips of the...

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As I spend most of my time in a creak boat these days when Jackson Kayak announced they were making the Nirvana I could not wait to try one out. So at the start of this winter I finally got my hands on the Jackson Kayak Nirvana and we had rain.  Unwrapping it in the car park at Dartmeet I was like a kid at Christmas. All I needed to do was put a few hip pad shims in and it was ready to go. I went for the Medium size and found it was the right size for me. READ MORE

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A month in the sun, perhaps returning as a world medalist, was the perfect ending to 2017 I had been dreaming about for many months; but as our flight out of a cold UK made a hasty retreat to Heathrow with engine problems to be met by fire trucks just getting to Argentina for the World Championships would be success enough. 24 hours later we are off again and a mere 14 hours across the Atlantic we make it to Santiago, Chile. Why Chile you might wonder, isn’t the competition in Argentina? Well yes but the closest international flights are...

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So the last few weeks have been very busy for me, with lots of boating and even more driving. First stop for me was Scotland and it was time for my Advance White Water Leader ( Formally 5 Star) Assessment. It was a great opportunity to get in some new rivers under my belt, and there was even time for some Scottish classics. READ MORE

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We were looking for a small kayak for our grandsons, Alex and Hayden, to use during our holiday in the Alps. While searching on the internet, we found the Weeniwave on Square Rock’s website. Frustratingly, we couldn’t find any reviews on it and the description on the website was very brief. It read, “Our “Weeniwave” features a lively but stable hull, 100 mm rear hatch, integral carry handle and self-draining cockpit.” It also said that it could be used on up to grade 2 water or 50cm surf and the weight range is up to 40kg. We decided to take...

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