Meet my new friends – Surfplugs!

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 […]

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From Nomad to Rockstar

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 […]

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Is it too late to swap kayaking for rafting?

I can often be seen with quite a serious, stressed face as I learn how to kayak. Put me in a raft and everything changes! Hannah and I tried our hands at taking a two man raft down the Legacy course at Lee Valley White Water Centre before joining the LVPC Men’s Masters Raft Team, […]

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Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

Capsizing is part and parcel of kayaking, especially when you’re a beginner, so knowing how to roll yourself back up is essential. I have spent the past three months learning how to do this in the pool at Gravesend with the expert help of Ian Whitcombe. The idea is that eventually the movements are committed […]

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Want to know where I spent Valentine’s Day?

Where else would I be on the most romantic night of the year? Especially in driving rain, strong gusts of wind and 4 degree temperatures? Yep, you guessed it – out on the water. I’d like to tell you that my training was recorded in photo-burst mode on purpose, but it was an accident – […]

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