Wash Rider Blog
Portage handles will make you portage like a pro 0
A guide for marathon kayak paddlers to install your own portage handles ready for your next race.
The best way to portage is to portage cleanly. This requires control of your kayak when taking it out of the water, running with it through the portage and placing it into the water at the end of the portage. A clean portage will be a fast portage so to remove the risk of your cockpit edge slipping out of your hand or losing control while excess water moves inside of your kayak during the portage many of the top kayak marathon athletes upgrade their K1’s and K2’s with portage handles. This gives your hand a complete grip to control the kayak and allow you to easily carry the kayak through the portage like a suitcase. The Wash Rider portage handles are also made with an aluminium insert making them stiff to allow you to steer the kayak where you need it when weaving through the pack in a hectic portage.
- Kieran Babich
How to protect your surfski rails or kayak deck from paddle scuffs 0
A 10min do it yourself guide to applying Chine Tape paddle protection to your kayak or ski. A cheap and effective way to protect your favourite composite kayaks and surfskis from expensive gelcoat repairs is to apply protective Chine Tape. The Wash Rider Chine Tape provides the thickest 14mil heavy-duty protection from even the hardest-hitting paddlers who scuff, chip, and dull the gelcoat shine of your K1, K2 or surfski rails.
- Kieran Babich
9 amateur races you should paddle after the lockdown ends 8
While some parts of the world are in lock-down, others going into it, and some starting to come out of quarantine it’s hard to keep focus on our paddling goals. We will admit, it is hard to set goals when so many club races, National and World Championships, and even the Olympic events are being deferred or canceled until 2021. So, we think it is a perfect time to set new goals and plan new paddling adventures to keep us focussed and fit.