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Playak Weekly Digest - week 44, 2018
Playak Weekly Digest
The world's top paddling news in week 44, 2018.
CKS Blog 5 Must Have Items for a Southeastern Whitewater Road Trip
CKS Blog - Colorado and the Rocky Mountain states demand their own gear essentials; a solid GORE TEX dry suit, pogies, skull cap, and a slippery hulled creeker are almost mandatory for anyone who is planning on firing up many of Colorado’s classic runs.
Bellyak Bellyaking at the Ocoee River Race with tips on how to race on Bellyak
Bellyak - I first bellyaked the race in 2012 and raced in the hand paddle kayak category. Since then I’ve maintained my status as reigning champion of the prone division by putting down times that are about eight minutes slower on average than the elite men’s longboat division. All while laying down and using my hands.
Palm Blogs Tips to feel confident at the race start line
Palm Blogs - Having start line confidence is something that is crucial before you compete in rafting and paddle races, so I’ve put together five key points that are essential in race preparations.
Canoe London Kayaking the Medway Island Forts
Canoe London - These Medway forts date back almost 150 years and can only be reached by boat, such as a trusty kayak.
Canoe Kayak David Jackson shows how to properly pick up a canoe without hurting your back
Canoe Kayak - Regardless of whether you’re moving your canoe 10 feet from the truck to the river, or spending days portaging through the Boundary Waters, proper technique is key to avoiding injury. C&K contributor (and certified Canadian) David Jackson shows his preferred trick for picking up a canoe without hurting your back.
Canoe Kayak Familiarise yourself with Leave No Trace practices to cause no harm to environment
Canoe Kayak - As paddlers when on our wilderness expeditions out to the outdoors, do we know things like we must set camp and camp fire being 200 feet away from any water source around, so that water quality and wilderness is preserved, not hampered. Well, we must then familiarise ourselves with Leave No Trace practices and develop good outdoor ethics.
Canoe Kayak 'The Cobra' paddles solo down the legendary Stikine River in British Columbia
Canoe Kayak - Aniol Serrasolses is a man on a mission, challenging the long-held notions of what is possible in whitewater kayaking. In 2017, he and Benny Marr did what was once unthinkable: A complete run of the mammoth whitewater of the Grand Canyon of Stikine River, not once but twice, in a single day.
Jackson Kayak Fall fishing techniques
Jackson Kayak - Here are a few of my favorite baits to use in the fall and early spring to make sure that the bite stays as hot as the middle of July.
Jackson Kayak The Rock Star 4.0- What You Can Expect From Your New Playboat…
Jackson Kayak - With such a BIG change in our latest Freestyle Kayak design from the 2014 or 2016 Rockstar to the Rock Star 4.0, many people have wondered what they can expect with this boat… so many unanswered questions… With a ton of experience in it now, by Team JK, Keeners, new boaters, and old boaters, I can give you the lowdown. For Starters I am more excited about this boat than any other since the last time we had such a big jump in the design (2010 All-Star).
WWTCC To Creek or not to Creek? Which Dagger Outfitting is the one for you?
WWTCC - One company that we are particularly chuffed to see follow this route is Dagger who, around a year or so ago, started to offer their well known and loved Mamba in an Action Spec outfitting option. For the purposes of this blog we are going to focus in more detail on Dagger. Dagger offer four different outfitting options in their whitewater range, yet not every model is available in every spec...
Jackson Kayak Halloween Paddle on the White Salmon 2018
Jackson Kayak - Not much water, but tons of Ghosts and Goblins.
American Rivers River lovers gather to celebrate rivers, telling stories of their favorite rivers
American Rivers - Around 500 people came together that evening to celebrate rivers and to share their stories with us. Folks showed up eager to talk about their favorite rivers and ready to act to protect them.
Outdoor Industry Association Why REI Is Attending Outdoor Retailer in November
Outdoor Industry Association - REI's SVP of merchandising and co-op brands, Susan Viscon, explains why the retailer sees value in the November and the January shows and why they plan to attend both.
International Rafting Federation What did it take to start the international rafting federation?
International Rafting Federation - As we ready ourselves for our 17th IRF World Rafting Championship, we take a look back at what it took to create this global phenomenon which started 21 years ago and boasts membership from over 50 nations across six continents, runs inclusive worldwide raft race competitions several times each year and can lay claim to hundreds of thousands of clients being safely guided down the rivers of the world each year by IRF qualified raft guides.
Alpin Action Team High quality, robust and very exciting boot for whitewater activities- Bestard Wildwater Pro
Alpin Action Team - As its name suggests, this is a new very exciting boot for whitewater activities, such as canyoning, rafting, kayaking, etc.
Athletes with top online media coverage in October
1. Eric Jackson
2. Bart De Zwart
3. Michael Booth
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