Guide 1 – Your paddling adventures start here!

Guide 1 – Your paddling adventures start here!

Here are my useful pointers to get you on the water having fun and staying safe! The UK being an island, has an abundance of places to paddle on the coast but also a great selection of inland waterways, lakes and lochs. There are a wide range of groups, clubs and watersport centres where you can try out and join in kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding etc. When starting out always paddle with other people. If you end up in the water, it will be another paddler who will help you back in your boat.…continue reading →
Lomo Kayak Buoyancy Bag

Lomo Kayak Buoyancy Bag

Kayak Buoyancy Bags are designed for filling the front or rear chambers of a sea kayak or touring kayak, if you do not have any gear inside them. There have been many stories of people out for the day in their kayak, but not out on an expedition, so their main storage chambers are empty or only partly loaded. If your kayak has internal bulkheads front and rear of the cockpit, then you can images your kayak split in to 3. Front chamber, cockpit, rear chamber. When empty or only partly loaded the…continue reading →
Road cycling and my Specialized bike

Road cycling and my Specialized bike

The open road, the wind in your hair, the beautiful countryside. Cycling wheather it's on the road or down a track on a mountain bike is great fun, great exercise and every ride is an adventure. People look at bikes these days and think, ah it's just a bike. I discovered that cycling has a great deal more to it these days. In addition to learning the fundamentals of cycling to improve my style and technique, over the years I've had to learn about bikes! I'm a very practical guy so setting too…continue reading →
Guide 2 – Where to kayak in the UK

Guide 2 – Where to kayak in the UK

Great Britain has some of the best kayaking in the world. We have huge variety in our rivers, wetlands and coastline. Soon you’ll discover it’s always best explored from the comfort of a canoe or kayak. There are some issues involved in choosing where to paddle. Here we look at the access issues in a variety of environments, how to access all this information and where to kayak in the UK. AccessWe do love our ‘red tape’ in Britain and the access to water ways is certainly not free from administration.Unlike elsewhere in…continue reading →
Thule Hull-a-Port Aero 849

Thule Hull-a-Port Aero 849

The Thule Hull-A-Port AERO is a Sleek and Stylish T-Track mounted J-bar Kayak Carrier. The Hull-a-Port slots easily into the T-Track of many all popular roof bars with T-Slots including Thule WingBar, WingBar Evo, WingBar Edge and AeroBar. I have always purchased Thules equipment. Why you might ask as it's expensive. Well, every single product I have purchased I still own, it's still going strong and doens't break. I don't mind paying that little bit more for quality products that last. These carriers feature a soft rubber padded J-Bar cradle, this protects the…continue reading →
Yak Galena 70N Buoyancy Aid

Yak Galena 70N Buoyancy Aid

Instead of designing a super slim option, with the minimum of floatation. Yak have strived to make some of the safest most floaty buoyancy aid on the market.With a huge maritime safety influence through Crewsaver it's safety first for Yak, which I like ALOT! The Yak Galena 70N Buoyancy Aid is a minimalistic whitewater buoyancy aid for those who carry only the essential accessories in one large handy front pocket. The buoyancy Aid is made from 4D Cast technology which hugs the body while a breathable spacer mesh fabric provides the maximum in…continue reading →
Palm Kayak Paddle Float

Palm Kayak Paddle Float

The Paddle float rescue is one of the first self-rescues that many kayakers learn. The paddle float rescue or re-entry, uses an inflatable bag on the end of your paddle to act as an outrigger. This bag helps stabilize the kayak as the paddler gets back in to the kayak. The paddle float itself is a simple and is easily safety item. They can be stored under the bungee-corded to the sea kayaks deck. They are fast and easy to get in place and inflate in a few blows. The Palm Paddle Float…continue reading →
Yak Sumit Kayak Cag

Yak Sumit Kayak Cag

Cags help to create a protective layer between you and the outside world helping keep you dry, trap heat and reduce wind chill, the happier on the water you are the longer you will paddle! Kayaking tops are known by a variety of names Cags, Dry Tops and spray jackets etc. There loads of well established brands offering a huge range of styles and designs specifically for the type of paddling you do, white water, day paddles, muilt-day trips etc. Kayaking cags tend to be shorter in the body than a normal jacket…continue reading →
Perception Expression 15 with EXP Backband

Perception Expression 15 with EXP Backband

My first Sea Kayaks........ Perception got this one spot on! I'm no expert or seasoned kayaker but to me the Expression 15 is a sporty, fast & fun touring style kayak. The kayak feels responsive yet still manages to retain a solid friendly feel. The Expression 15 feels very stable and not tippy, even my girlfriend who had never been in a kayak found it stable and instilled confidence. I purchased the Expression 15 which is the larger of the two Expressions, the 14 being the other. The Expression 15 gives bigger paddlers…continue reading →
Bluefin Cruise 10’8” SUP Board + Dog

Bluefin Cruise 10’8” SUP Board + Dog

I was excited to see the Bluefin Cruise 10’8” delivered (board on the left in the photo below). I had chosen this brand of SUP board after by own research and knowing they were a British company. The Cruise range is Bluefin’s entry-level all around inflatable SUP board. The kit includes everything that you’d need for a great SUP boarding day on the water. The board is constructed from a dual-layer drop-stitched hull, a comfortable thick deckpad with a quality kick-tail. included in the kit is a 2in1 paddle, 3 tubed (2 with…continue reading →