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What kayak or ocean ski racing rules would you change?

What kayak or ocean ski racing rules would you change? 0

This blog is a recap of phone call with a paddling friend musing on two different questions; “If you could change/add/remove one single rule in paddle racing, what would it be?” and the far less ethical question “How would you mechanically dope (cheat) in paddling?”. What would be the one rule you would change and how would you modify your paddling gear to go faster?

ICF Marathon Classic Series: Descenso Internacional Sella (Spain)

ICF Marathon Classic Series: Descenso Internacional Sella (Spain) 6

This race is absolutely mad. If you ever get the chance, do it. Doesn’t matter if you paddle surfski, K1, canoe. Just do it. This race is a real experience to say the least and as such one that is hard to put into words.  The Sella Descent is the biggest race of the Spanish river series and one of the largest kayak races in all of Europe in terms of paddlers, boats and definitely spectators. In this blog we’ll try and give you a sense of what makes the Sella so special and hopefully tempt you into racing it yourself.
How to fix 6 of the most common paddling pains

How to fix 6 of the most common paddling pains 0

Unless you're surfing swell straight into a reef or sending the line down the rapids in a river race, paddle sports are relatively safe and low impact for your body. To help you keep paddling and enjoying your paddling, we have identified some of the common pains and what you can do to reduce or remove them from your paddling life.
ICF Marathon Classic Series: Tour de Gudena Marathon (Denmark)

ICF Marathon Classic Series: Tour de Gudena Marathon (Denmark) 0

Being an amateur paddler is great fun. Like many amateur paddlers I like to get my value out of a race. Some amateur paddlers like to quantify that race value with a positive $/km ratio on race entries, a mate of ours explained when answering why he prefers ultramarathon canoe races over sprints. Applying this logic, the Danish ultra-marathon race the Tour de Gudena delivers excellent value!

11 of the best gift ideas of paddlers: Ideas for surfski, kayak and more

11 of the best gift ideas of paddlers: Ideas for surfski, kayak and more 0

Browse our 2021 holiday gift list to pick the perfect gifts for paddling lovers in your life and make your holiday shopping as quick, easy, and painless as possible.

 

ICF Marathon Classic Series: Adige Marathon (Italy)

ICF Marathon Classic Series: Adige Marathon (Italy) 3

You know a race has hot competition in it when the fire brigade is hosing down the paddlers at the start. The Adige Marathon in the north of Italy attracts 1500+ paddlers to the Verona region of North of Italy. Set in the river below stunning limestone mountains above the town of Borghetto d'Avio the river is fast flowing, cold and packed with paddlers for this wild water canoe marathon. This blog is our recount of the 2014 edition of the race.