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Category Archive: History

23
Mar

Albert Kerr Wins Gold at the 1977 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, Spittal

In July, it will be 40 years since Albert Kerr from Carlisle Canoe Club, won the World Slalom Championships in Spittal Austria, using a Pyranha Elite Equipe. Albert’s super-human performance was a surprise to many, though not to those of us who knew him; the local paper the next day was headlined, ‘Mr. Nobody Wins …

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29
Oct

Spooky Rivers of Britain

It’s almost Halloween (or Hallowe’en if you prefer the traditional spelling), and whether you believe in ghosts or not, rivers can be pretty spooky places to be as the air gets colder and the evenings get darker. Here’s a few ghost stories based around rivers that have given us chills recently: The Drowned Children of …

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13
May

The Jed

This is not just a high performance freestyle kayak; it’s a story of progression between an aspiring freestyle kayaker and one of the most influential companies in white water kayaking. To understand what this project means to me you have to go back to 2009, I was 14 years old and slowly emerging on the …

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05
May

Save the Conwy – Action required!

RWE are planning to install a hydro scheme on the river Conwy near Betws-y-Coed in North Wales. The plan is to abstract up to 6m³/s of the water in the Conwy, above Penmachno bridge, and divert it through ~2km of pipelines before returning it below the confluence with the Lledr. This section of river is …

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11
Feb

Pyranha Memories: The Rob Roy, A Happy Accident

You may be aware that we recently released a Sit-on-Top version of the Pyranha Fusion, which has just been awarded ‘Coolest Kayak of the Show’ at PaddleExpo 2014; however, this isn’t the first Sit-on-Top kayak that Pyranha has produced! Way back in the day, around ’86 or ’87 (maybe even earlier!) when most whitewater kayaks …

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02
Oct

Pyranha Memories: The Rotobat

I designed the RotoBat in 1984 with the help of leading paddlers at the time, including Dave Reynolds. In the UK, pool training boats were used for introductions to kayaking in swimming pools during winter, and then from that Canoe Polo became popular. It always used to surprise me just how much damage the players did …

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