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: 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!
ICF Marathon Classic Series: Adige Marathon (Italy) 3You 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.
ICF Marathon Classic Series: Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic) 0What does paddling have in common with mosh pits and World Heritage? This race has a wicked fun river, great paddlers, and idyllic scenery with great Czech beer waiting at the finish line. The Cesky Krumlovsky Vodacky Marathon is a Bohemian odyssey and well worth noting on your paddling To Do list.
ICF Marathon Classic Series: Liffey Descent (Ireland) 3Using the words of a numerous Liffey paddlers "That's the Liffey!” and what a race it is. With the 2021 edition of the race coming up I thought I’d retrieve the old 2014 GoPro footage of my first attempt on this race and re-watch this superb ICF Marathon Classic Series event. For those unfamiliar, it is a race where the luck of the Irish can help greatly.
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.