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Chris Brain

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Name: Chris Brain
Date registered: August 8, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Outfitting Your Pyranha Kayak — January 23, 2018
  2. A year in the Machno — October 20, 2017
  3. A big day out in the Pyranha Octane — January 4, 2017
  4. Allow Me to Reintroduce the Z.One! — May 5, 2016
  5. 9R Love — February 20, 2015

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Outfitting Your Pyranha Kayak

If you don’t put a bit of work into outfitting your kayak, you’re never going to get the level of performance that you deserve out of it. It doesn’t matter if you are getting on moving water for the first time or if you are a whitewater veteran charging down tight, technical rapids; making sure …

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A year in the Machno

In September 2016 I was fortunate enough to get the chance to borrow one of the final machno prototypes for a few weeks.  I had seen a version of the boat in the very early stages of development but that looked nothing like the final design that we now all know.  I was assured that …

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A big day out in the Pyranha Octane

In 2015 Michael Harper and I paddled 120Km on the river Dee from Bala to Chester in one push, taking advantage of high water levels and (questionable) enthusiasm.  It took over 11 hours, It broke me, it was hard, my hands had blisters and I said I’d probably never do it again.  We also chose …

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Allow Me to Reintroduce the Z.One!

Owning just one kayak seems a thing of the past; in the days of kayaks becoming more and more specialised, many paddlers have multiple boats and a range of options depending on what kind of water they want to paddle. Having observed the transition from paddlers doing everything from rodeo to waterfalls in the same …

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9R Love

Th 9R is still ruling my world at the moment, it really is the boat that I have been looking for when you’re after a day of making silky moves and taking beautiful lines on the river.  Ive actually found it to be a great all round river boat and not just for racing, its really …

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First Impressions of the New 9r

When I first heard that Pyranha was coming out with a race boat, to say I was excited was an understatement! For me having the option to up the pace on a rapid, charging and flowing dynamically and seamlessly through the moves is one of the best feelings you can get in a kayak. In …

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Pyranha Fest 2014

The hype was big, the prizes were bigger and with the promise of the biggest party ever, the Pyranha fest 2014 was going to be huge! Every year in mid September the Pyranha fest is held at Bala in North Wales with a range of courses, events, competitions, paddling, mayhem and of course a full …

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More French Alps Action!

Put simply, I love paddling in the French Alps!  The water is clear and cool, the sun is bright and warm and the paddling is spectacular and often very continuous.  I have been travelling to this region for nearly 10 years now and it was the first place I visited with my boat outside of …

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Scotland in the new Burn

Since getting hold of a new large Burn nearly 2 months ago now Ive been getting out on the water in it as much as possible, spending 2 weeks in Scotland and also trips to North Wales and the Lake District in it too.  I can honestly say that the design is fantastic and all …

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GB Team Freestyle Team Training

With the world championships at NOC in America coming up fast the GB freestyle team took to the water for a final training session.  Throughout the weekend the team was working on piecing together their competition rides and putting some final work into making sure that their moves score. Training consisted of working all the …

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