Paddling film festival, 6th May at Yalding – come and join us!
What this man doesn’t know about kayaks isn’t worth knowing
Come and enjoy a day by the river at the Marlin site, Yalding on Sunday 6th May! Kent Canoes and In-Range Archery have joined forces to offer the opportunity to try kayaking and archery, and in the evening they will be showing films from the Paddling Film Festival World Tour, so it promises to be […]
Jason Dodd – early adopter of wild ideas
If you want to buy a kayak – or indeed anything associated with a kayak – Sam’s your man. He knows his stuff. He also has the patience of a saint because he has spent literally hours helping me get the right boat and associated kit, and there was a lot to explain because I […]
gdm architects – boat sponsors
In November 2017 I visited Jason Dodd at his office in Canterbury to make a poster to advertise the Blackthorn Trust Christmas fair. It took no time at all, I’d put my coat on and I had my hand on the door handle to leave. Just before I opened the door he said, “so, is […]
A rare sight
gdm architects play a really active role in helping to raise funds at the Blackthorn Trust. Last year they put on a charity football match in our honour, this year a member of the team will be doing the prestigious Prudential 100 cycle race for us, and they have also kindly contributed funding towards the […]
Meet my new friends – Surfplugs!
This is David Abra. He prefers to be on the other side of the camera, so Jason stole this shot of him while he was concentrating on filming. I met David at my first ever pool session. The following week he turned up with an armful of Go Pros and a camera, and so the […]
From Nomad to Rockstar
These little beauties are going to keep me safe from ear infections, a common problem for people who spend their time upside down in rivers or surfing waves, and one which can leave lasting damage. I was lucky enough to meet the owners of Surfplugs at Lee Valley White Water Centre in March. They took […]
Although I will be doing my Alps adventure in a Dagger Nomad, a big creek boat that will keep me safe out on the water in the Alps, I had been having some trouble learning some of the techniques in it. Looking back, I realize it was only a matter of time before someone put […]