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Category Archive: Tips & Guides

17
Mar

7 Paddling-Related Things to Do During Self-Isolation

It’s all a little bit doom and gloom out there right now, so we thought our fellow paddlers might appreciate some ideas of what to do to keep yourself occupied if you’re self-isolating…

14
Nov

Expedition Rippering

I genuinely didn’t look for food I liked or that would typically be good to have on a multi-day, I looked for the lightest sources of calories possible and walked away with several packs of biscuits.

23
Oct

The Young Rippers of Balto Kayak Club

Balto Kayak Club, based in Wicklow, Ireland has been running now for 9 years, and we have a solid bunch of paddlers pushing their way onto more challenging rivers.

27
Aug

How To Name Your Kayak

Naming your kayak can be a fun, group-bonding exercise, and sets the tone for the time you and your kayak are going to spend together.

08
Aug

Building Confidence

Most paddlers experience dips in their confidence at some stage. Coach Jonny Hawkins shares his thoughts on the topic and some strategies to help you manage it on and off the water.

05
Jun

Tom’s Top Tips for Tailees

John Lennon once said, ‘Someone getting vertical in their boat is either really into kayaking, or knows someone who is really into kayaking…’

28
May

Breaking Out of the Routine

It can be scary trying new things on the river, however, I think it’s a large part of why I find kayaking so addictive.

15
May

Planning a Trip Somewhere a Bit Different

Fundamental ideas and things to consider to help budding explorers go out and plan their own adventure.

26
Mar

Norway – Why the Land of Giants is not just the Land of Pros

Norway is an optimal place to build your confidence on different styles of rivers – whether that is running your first slides, finding some larger volume rivers, or improving your stamina on more continuous whitewater.

20
Mar

Big Water Appreciation for the Machno!

It isn’t as rewarding as the 9R, and it doesn’t feature the learning curve, everyday joy and surprises of the Ripper, but my goodness when the river is rowdy am I happy to be in my Machno!

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