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Playak Weekly Digest - week 04, 2017
Playak Weekly Digest
The world's top paddling news in week 04, 2017.
Canoe Kayak Colorado Raft Team misses breaking the speed record in crossing the Grand Canyon
Canoe Kayak - A punctured tube took the air out of their record plans. Rowing a 48-foot custom cataraft built for speed, on Jan. 14 eight paddlers from Colorado, including six members of the U.S. Rafting Team, fell short on their quiet bid to set a new speed record down the 277-mile Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. The record to beat was that of Ben Orkin, they would have done it if not for a wave in Lava Falls that punched their boat, they lost precious time in patching the boat and save themselves from sinking.
PaddleBlogs A Plan to improve kayaking performance this year
PaddleBlogs - For many people, 2016 was not a great year. David Bowie died, Britain voted for Brexit and America voted for Donald Trump. It was also a disappointing year for me on the slalom circuit. I failed to achieve my goal of improving my Premier division ranking to below my age (54) and instead dropped nine places, now ranked 67. I started thinking hard about my approach over the summer and here are the changes I’ve come up with…
Canoe Kayak 5 Paddle-Camping Standouts from the 2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer
Canoe Kayak - Last week, I attended the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was on the lookout for new water and camping gear as I navigated the stalls of the bustling trade show.
Rapid Magazine Blog Open Boat Surfing using the Rudder Stroke
Rapid Magazine Blog - Paddle Pointers’ Paul Mason recently released a great instructional video on the rudder stroke for use while open boat surfing. 
Rapid Magazine Blog Can’t stray too far from the urban life for your paddling trips? we’ve got you covered
Rapid Magazine Blog - We know you’ve seen the photos. Sinewy canoeists navigating first descents down Arctic rivers. Paddlers loading into Beaver floatplanes for journeys over tundra. Folding canoes brought on flights and unpacked thousands of miles away from the paddler’s home. These once in a lifetime trips to remote destinations are amazing, but you can have equally as memorable paddling journeys just hours from where you live. If you reside in a major city and want to get on the water in a stunning place, read on to find the adventures that are closer than you think.
unsponsored Dave Thompson – the whitewater adventure paddler who never cared for sponsors
unsponsored - Dave Thompson is perhaps one of the best paddlers you have never heard of. From dropping huge waterfalls, first descents and countless expeditions. Dave is far from your professional paddler. He has shunned sponsors and the limelight for years. I caught up with Dave in the Himalayas and asked him about his adventures.
SUP Magazine River Surfing Wipeout Reel
SUP Magazine - River SUP surfing wipeout reel from the Jaws rapid in the Nolichucky Gorge and Sandy Bottoms wave on Section 9 of the French Broad River.
Palm Blogs Tsangpo women’s baselayer suit
Palm Blogs - I had never been too bothered about buying a onesie. I already had decent enough leggings and thermal tops to bother with the same thing but joined together until one beautiful night spent under the stars in Chile with ever the gentleman, Bren Orton (never fear ladies – Bren remains the most eligible bachelor).
SUP Magazine Painting Ice Via Paddleboard in the Name of Mother Nature
SUP Magazine - One man's incredibly unique mission to save the environment via SUP and paintbrush. The post Painting Ice Via Paddleboard in the Name of Mother Nature appeared first on SUP Magazine .
Jackson Kayak Fun Size Perch Fishing in the Lakes District
Jackson Kayak - Though I live on the coast and do love my sea fishing I must admit I really enjoy driving across the country to visit the UK’s Lake District, beautiful scenery but more importantly some nice fishing.
Traversing Check Out MSR's New Winter Tents and Updated Snowshoes For 2017
Traversing - The Access Ultralight Four-Season Tent series is perfect for skiers, splitboaders and snowshoers who want to spend time in the backcountry, but don't want to carry a mountaineering tent. It is available in a Solo, 2-person and 3-person configurations.
Jackson Kayak Antix meets Suck Creek
Jackson Kayak - As the South East is waiting for rain for the rivers to run, one thing is for sure, once the rain falls the paddlers will come. So, when word got out that Suck Creek was running it was no surprise that the parking lots were full with 40+ kayak rigs and even more eager kayakers ready to get there whitewater fix while the water lasts.
Simon Willis Highland Open Water Swims - More Info
Simon Willis - We have firm dates, rough distances and very approximate start times for three charity open water swims I'm helping to organised this year.
Eric Jackson EJ Interviews Crispin Powley, Strike King’s Sales Manager
Eric Jackson - Here is my Interview with Crispin Powley, Strike King Sales Manager, and fishing super star.
surfski.info Professional coach giving insights on resistance training for better paddling performences
surfski.info - Roei is an Olympic grade paddler, a professional coach and is now sales director for Motionize, the world’s first affordable paddle tracking system. He has written a brilliant write up on resistance training for better paddling performance. Read on and enjoy.
Athletes with top online media coverage in 2016
1. Kai Lenny
2. Connor Baxter
3. Fiona Wylde
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