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Playak Weekly Digest - week 03, 2020
Playak Weekly Digest
The world's top paddling news in week 03, 2020.
WWTCC Palm PFD Updates: What’s changed for 2020?
WWTCC - While the new Palm Nevis has been all over the social medias and winning awards, some may not have realized that Palm have fully revamped their range of white water PFD’s! While you’ll definitely recognize the names, and they do look quite similar to there predecessors, we thought we’d write a quick blog highlighting how things have been changed and improved.
Mt. Hood H2O Into the outside - The South Fork of Diamond Creek
Mt. Hood H2O - This was the third year in a row we had made an attempt to paddle the SF of Diamond Creek. The first year we had been stopped 3 miles short by snow in the Spring. Last year levels weren't there when we met at 6am in Gasquet, so headed to the SF Chetco instead. This year, flows again looked low as we met in Cave Junction. However Yann was in touch with a friend and got a visual update that the pipe gauge was at a runnable flow for Diamond around 8am. Given this was our third attempt, we decided even if it was low we wanted to check it out.
Jackson Kayak Suck Creek Run - Whitewater Fun
Jackson Kayak - Although many of us wish we could get on whitewater everyday, it may simply not be possible due to low water or worthwhile endeavors such as work, family, and everyday life. Nevertheless, many towns with nearby local runs can make this dream a temporary reality, such as Chattanooga, TN.
Jackson Kayak Pro Photography Tips for Kayak Anglers
Jackson Kayak - Kayak anglers understand that the magic of being out on the water in a small, quiet boat is something that is difficult, if not impossible to explain to the non-initiated. That being said, photography is one medium that can capture and translate some of the essence of that magic. Photography is often viewed as something very technical and best left to the professionals, but I truly believe that anyone that is willing to spend a little bit of time studying can become a much better photographer...
unsponsored Astral Serpent 2.0 PFD - A look
unsponsored - A long time ago HF produced the Serpent PFD that was designed and developed by Allan Ellard. It was a great piece of gear that had a huge following. For 2020 Astral has developed the Serpent 2.0.
Jackson Kayak The rapids of Upper Hiwassee has potential to awaken whitewater interest in the region
Jackson Kayak - The Upper Hiwassee, or “Dries,” is a remote section of river located between the Polk County towns of Turtletown and Reliance. Upper Hiwassee’s rapids roar back to life many times during a typical year. When the upstream inflows exceed 3400 cfs or maintenance outages are necessary at the Apalachia powerhouse, water rises to surround the dry boulders and cascades over them violently.
unsponsored Immersion Research’s new dry suit for female paddlers - The Aphrodite dry suit
unsponsored - Immersion Research have a new dry suit landing in stores very shortly. The Aphrodite dry suit is specially designed for female paddlers.
Traversing Alberta Parks Is Hosting A Photo Contest
Traversing - Alberta Parks is hosting a photo contest and you could win two free nights of winter comfort cabin camping at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park.
TotalSUP Aztron Nova 10.0 x 32 2020 – SUP Board Review
TotalSUP - Aztron is a SUP brand from Hong Kong that appeared in 2018 on the international Stand Up Paddle market and which already boasts a full-range of inflatable stand up paddle boards, hard boards, as well other watersport gear already sold around the world through a global distribution network.
Angling International Hanne Hangas founded Finnish lure company, he expires leaving behind this legacy
Angling International - Hannu Kangas, the founder and CEO of Finnish lure company, Finlandia-Uistin, has died at the age of 79. A devotee of pike fishing in all its forms, Hannu made his first lure at the age of 18.
Traversing Paddling the Bonaventure River - clear waters and breathtaking sceneries!!
Traversing - In September of 2018, I paddled Eastern Quebec's Bonaventure River. Water levels were extremely low, leading to bony, technical runs instead of the pushy waters this river is known for. However, the amazingly clear waters remained!
Jim Krawiecki Festive Fairbourne
Jim Krawiecki - Ontario's Algonquin Park is one of North America's foremost canoeing destinations. Only a day's journey from the Great Lakes and much of the Eastern Seaboard, and 200 miles from Toronto, it's a paddler's paradise of spectacular lakes, rivers and marshes surrounded by maple hills and rocky ridges.
SUP Tonic Nothing but Time- A Surf Movie Featuring Canadian Surfer-Footballer Mackenzie Pridham
SUP Tonic - Grab a coffee and watch this. Nothing But Time is a surf movie featuring former professional soccer player and surf adventurer Mackenzie Pridham. Follow the Canadian surfer’s footsteps, as he chases the dream waves of Uluwatu, in Bali, Indonesia.
SUP World Mag Inflatable River Paddle Boards
SUP World Mag - Paddling whitewater isn’t for everyone – but for those that can and do, it’s one of the ultimate SUP thrills. Starboard have built a board that’s ready to take on the rapids.
SUP Tonic Wading Around Ireland
SUP Tonic - Fresh of the CT tour Wade Carmichael, met up with local hero Ollie O’Flaherty and Cornwalls own Sam Smart for a last-minute trip up and down the Wild Atlantic coast of Ireland and scored an epic week of waves.
Athletes with top online media coverage in 2019
1. Eric Jackson
2. Casper Steinfath
3. Dane Jackson
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