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Brendan Orton

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Date registered: January 3, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Bren Orton’s Top Three Rapids of 2017 — March 12, 2018
  2. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” — January 3, 2018
  3. Prevention is better than cure — November 2, 2017
  4. Bren’s First Year at Sickline — October 10, 2017
  5. Learning the Little White — May 16, 2017

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HOA White water Challenge 2016

The HOA White Water challenge takes place in the Hokkaido mountains in Japan, Run by Patrick and Naomi O’keefe of HOA rafting. This humble, grass roots event aims to unite the local kayaking community throughout several events spread out over the weekend. The competition format was inspired by the Peak uk challenges of past in …

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Man vs Hell

I largely despise any sort of Charity Challenge; far too often they are elaborate reasons for students to stroll up a mountain in the sunshine and feel empowered about it. Whilst it is brilliant that they have the forethought to raise money for charity, I’m not sure if going on holiday is the right way …

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Nile River Festival 2016

The Nile River Festival’s aim is simple; to celebrate the warm water, big rapids and perfect waves of the mighty White Nile with awesome people. The NRF is a four day event which begins with an evening Big Air Ramp Competition at the NRE base camp; beer fuelled, aerial antics promptly kick off the start …

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Gringo Journal

A collection of short diary entries and photos from Mexico, December 2015.  Day 1 The trip started off with a bang as we headed straight to Truchas, a cool little 20fter into a perfect 50fter. Waterfalls don’t get much cleaner than this, the only downside is a 80ft rappel down the side of an un-runnable …

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You don’t know till you go…

Two years ago we attended our first Yampa river festival and fell in love with the small town of Steamboat, the local river and local kayaking community. Throughout our first visit the local boys had been telling us tall tales of a stretch of river located just out of town called the North fork of …

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Seal Launching in Scotland

After a week at home and trying to sort out grown up things. I was more than ready to escape to the river, and when my friend Dennis Newton called me to tell me he was heading to Scotland the next day, I jumped at the chance to run away from Credit card bills, Visa …

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2015 Freestyle kayaking World Championships

The 2015 ICF Freestyle Kayaking World Championships are Freestyle kayaking’s single most prestigious event. Occurring once every two years, out of every single competition in the world this event is the main focus of almost all freestyle kayakers.  The past two world championships have been held in small holes but this year we saw the …

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How to Airscrew

After the front loop the Airscrew is one of the most sought after tricks out there, and for good reason, they look *sick!  (*Sick = Really good) The definition of the Airscrew is ‘a 360 degree aerial barrel roll on the horizontal axis of the boat’. To do this trick you are going to need …

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Stakeout | For the Young Ones

Stakeout, freestyle kayaking’s big wave tour and an annual pilgrimage for us to Canada. This is the land where some of the biggest waves and rapids in the world are found and where freestyle kayaking is pushed the hardest. Spring time in Canada is always special, some of the biggest whitewater in the world is …

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Yampa River Festival

We first came to Yampa river festival last year with no idea of what to expect. It took place in a small mountain town, we knew very little about the local white water and there where conflicting dates with bigger events throughout the state of Colorado but two old school legends and active kayakers in …

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