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Category Archive: History

28
Nov

So Long, 2004 Riverside Drive…

The only thing constant is change, or so they say. By now, most have heard that Pyranha’s US distribution center is moving from Asheville NC to Erwin TN; well, that time has come, and after 15 years in Asheville, we now call Erwin home. Over the years, a lot of great memories have been made …

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21
Nov

The Legend of Starrk Moon

31 years ago, Brad Nelson created Starrk Moon Kayaks, which would quickly become an east coast staple for Pyranha Kayaks. With his endless knowledge about the world of whitewater, Brad has created countless whitewater kayakers. Starrk Moon is located in Delta, Pennsylvania and prides itself on introducing new paddlers to the world of whitewater. Brad believes …

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25
Sep

A Boat That Can Hold Both Books AND Beer

Like plenty of stories, this one begins with winning a launch date for the Grand Canyon. Where this story maybe takes a sharp turn was finding a kayak that I could cram a bunch of books inside… Several years ago, I was sitting with friends on a rental cabin porch in the Appalachians of Tennessee …

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29
Jun

Two Legends and a Big Green Truck

The image below of our founder and MD, Graham Mackereth getting his first taste of driving a big rig from John Regan encapsulates the Pyranha family spirit perfectly, but there are few understated things about its three subjects that you might not know; allow us to explain…   John Regan Words alone aren’t enough to …

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13
Nov

High Water Raven Forking

The Oconaluftee gauge is at 340cfs and +100cfs an hour when I checked it before my last class of the day. Excited, I messaged a few people who I knew would be interested in going. Some people for their first time. “It won’t be over 15 inches,” I thought. Throughout my class period, dreams of …

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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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