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Brendan Orton

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Date registered: January 3, 2012

Latest posts

  1. To the Machno, “I’m Sorry!”: A Review by Bren Orton — April 17, 2018
  2. Bren Orton’s Top Three Rapids of 2017 — March 12, 2018
  3. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” — January 3, 2018
  4. Prevention is better than cure — November 2, 2017
  5. Bren’s First Year at Sickline — October 10, 2017

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17
Apr

To the Machno, “I’m Sorry!”: A Review by Bren Orton

You’ll have to forgive me for sounding like an elitist dick in the following few sentences, but when I hear a kayak described using words like ‘predictable’, ‘forgiving’, or ‘confidence inspiring’, my initial thoughts are, “boooooring… not for me!” View it as you will, but I love high performance, aggressive kayaks that require you to …

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12
Mar

Bren Orton’s Top Three Rapids of 2017

As the snow melts and the rivers begin to be filled with possibilities, I am thinking forwards to the goals, projects, and descents that I want to accomplish over the coming year; 2017 was a ridiculous year on the water for me, Here are the top three rapids that I ran. 1: Little White at …

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03
Jan

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going”

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going”; whilst this is often merely a clichéd, pretentious antimetabole that is used to ill-effect to motivate people of larger and softer proportions to stay on the treadmill for a few minutes longer, it is also what I wrote down in my journal during my last trip, …

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02
Nov

Prevention is better than cure

A lot of time when we talk about ‘safety on the river’ peoples minds are drawn to heroic images of throw bags spiralling across the river into desperately waiting hands, numerous Z-drags working in cohesion to retrieve a pinned kayak and a live baiter grasping someone from the clutches of a hole. These are all …

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10
Oct

Bren’s First Year at Sickline

Throughout kayaking history, many races have come and gone, but there is one that has been around almost from the beginning of extreme kayak racing and has maintained its position as one of the top races in the world; the Adidas Sickline World Championships. Born from humble beginnings almost 10 years ago in Austria, Sickline …

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16
May

Learning the Little White

The Pacific North West has earned itself a reputation as one of the best destinations for kayaking in the world. Home to a diverse selection of rivers, slides and waterfalls, the area is a geographical paradise for all level of kayakers but especially those looking to pursue the art of free fall. The waterfalls in …

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26
Feb

Nile air | Bren’s top 5 moments from Uganda

When I was younger and hatching plans to run away from school to pursue kayaking full time there was one place at the top of my list, The White Nile in Uganda. Home to perfect waves, huge rapids and warm weather this river will forever hold a special place in my heart. I have now …

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09
Dec

My best day of free fall

A snapshot by @MelissaHucksom of the best day of free fall we have ever had. @we.are.send @palmequipment @wernerpaddles @dewerstone @shred_ready_helmets @riverlegacy @pyranhauk @gformprotects #Chile #kayak #kayaking #waterfall #River #sport #adventure #explore A post shared by Bren Orton (@bren.orton) on Dec 3, 2016 at 9:04am PST I arrived in Chile a week before my crew. Mostly …

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24
Oct

Maniflowba and the Dream Wave

The tip-off came from a friend who had recently flown over a river with enormous rapids in Manitoba. Joel had originally planned this trip for the fall of 2015, however a severe weather system forced the team to delay their mission until the following year. In August 2016, an eleven strong team of some of …

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22
Sep

Massive moves at the Montreal Eau Vive

The Montreal Eau Vive, created by several prominent kayakers within the whitewater community that centres around Lachine rapids in Montreal, Canada, celebrates both the whitewater and city of Montreal with as many people as possible. The event is unlike other events in both its format and judging. Taking place over two days throughout the weekend …

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