Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Scotty Ball Mount System | Colin Chick

I use two different fishing kayaks. One for long distance fishing, and one for easier more comfortable fishing. The problem I have is that I only have one fish finder/GPS unit .

I could of course purchase a second transducer, but this can be very costly depending which unit you have, so realistically speaking that's not an option.
The brand of kayak I use (Wilderness Systems) has a gear track moulded and fitted as standard giving me options right from the start. 
One of the yaks has a removable Flexpod which carries the fish finder unit, battery, and transducer all in one which keeps the unit and plugs dry and free from corrosion which is a massive plus, but my second kayak does not .

The Scotty Ball Mounting system allows me to use my Raymarine Dragonfly Pro on both kayaks, and the Scotty ball on this particular item is in fact the same size as the ball used to mount the Dragonfly pro models.

The mount comes with two base platforms in the packet, so I took one base unit and mounted it to my WS Tarpon 160 and the other to the WS Flexpod.

So now depending which kayak I'm using I can easily in less than five minutes switch my fish finder to either kayak.

Early trials have gone well. A great product at a reasonable price.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Vegan For Sickline

Once again I have committed to competing at the Adidas Sickline in Austria, this will be my 5th time competing at the challenging and fiercely competitive race. I’ve had some promising results over the years but last year was my worst result which was very disappointing.

After a torn meniscus in my knee, an impinged shoulder, and becoming a father all in the lead up to the race, training took a back seat, time was limited, convenient food became a habit and inevitably weight creeped on. I was hoping I could wing it and make up for it with my abilities but after nailing the lines, I totally blew out on the sprint section putting me in 90th place. Overall it could’ve been a lot worse, I knew I was capable of much more.

So here we are again in the lead up to the biggest race on my calendar and my approach has changed a bit, well… a hell of a lot.

About a month ago I decided to go Vegan, a totally plant based diet. It was time to get back in control of my diet and training and a drastic change was needed. My thinking was this new lifestyle would shave off some unwanted weight, boost my energy and health and force me to think about what I’m eating again.

At first I had a lot of negative opinions from friends and colleagues, saying I’ll get sick and lose all my muscle. But I knew that basically they didn’t know what thy were on about, and a lot of people don’t. What’s made it easier for me is that I like a lot of different foods so my diet is still really varied which is exactly what you need to stay healthy. The main challenge I’ve found is trying not to be too carb heavy. One thing that’s hard to get on a vegan diet (though not impossible) is vitamin b12, so I’m taking a supplement for this.

So one month in and I’m nearly a stone lighter, energy levels are great and training is going really well. I’ve ramped up my training for this year as I really want to go all in this year. I have a bunch of steep hills literally on my doorstep so I’ve started doing hill sprints every two days, which so far hasn’t aggravated my torn cartilage. It’s basically interval training, intense on the way up, walk down and so on.

My friend Lyndon Williams has also entered so we’ve been doing many a lap at the Cardiff white water course, pushing each other for faster times. I’ve switched my weight training from heavy with few reps to light with loads of reps to help build that stamina, rather than bulk. After some advice from former Sickline winner Joe Morley, I’m waiting for my new skipping rope to be delivered. This is fantastic cardio and also should increase stamina in my forearms which is usually what lets me down first.

So with 7 weeks to go the plan will continue to be shaving more weight, keeping building stamina and get as much boat time as possible. For anyone looking for a healthier lifestyle I highly recommend making the switch to being vegan, it’s really not that hard once you get into it. It just forces better choices out of you!

Thanks for reading and be sure to cheer on team Escape Watersports at this year Sickline!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

What's Your Next Adventure?

Are you ever sat in the office, wondering where your next adventure should be?
Sometimes, sitting and looking out of the window at the wind and rain is enough to get anyone down (other than maybe a white water kayaker).

So how about trying something different with your spare time?

Maybe you have always wanted to learn to paddle board, try kayaking on the ocean, or jump off a waterfall? Well the adventure you're dreaming of is a LOT closer than you realise...

At Escape Watersports, we believe there is nothing better than discovering a new adventure right on your own door step.
We are lucky enough to be based in South Wales, and although I may seem a little bias here, it's possibly one of the most beautiful places in the UK.

From mountains to sea within less than 30 minutes drive, you can be sure to get your fix what ever it may be.

Boofing hard over this waterfall on the Pontneddfechan.

A hidden valley in Glynneath just waiting to be found.

The BIG one on the River Hepste. (Spaniel included for scale).

At the foot of the Brecon Beacons, Pontneddfechan has waterfalls and steep creeks perfect for thrill seekers wanting to go gorge walking or kayaking, and ideal for people who simply want to have a good walk and take in the surrounding beauty.

In Cardiff, Swansea, and Camarthen you'll find gentle rivers and canals that offer a  stress free day on the water, and along the coastline you'll find some of the best surf beaches around.

The weather may not always be great, but that just means more water to play on! (River Ely, Cardiff)

Even man's best friend loves kayaking at Oxwich Bay.

Just in time for dinner! Mackerel fresh from Oxwich Bay.

Paddling between sandy bays and sleeping under the stars is a great way to relax after a week in the office!

So what will your next adventure be?

Sunset over Rhosilli Bay in the Gower.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Essentials For The Alps | Lyndon Williams

Make sure you have all the essentials when it comes to your summer trip. 

If you're like me, you will be spending time somewhere in the Alps this Summer. 

Whether you're booked on to a guided trip, being coached, or you're just planning on having a social (involving more beers than paddling), there are still things you don't want to forget. 
The rivers are very different to those in the UK, many have a lot higher volume and more continuous rapids, so it's important you catch a boat quickly when rescuing. 

You definitely want a Palm Safety Tape or Palm Snake Sling, with a Karabina at the ready. 
You can also opt to carry a Rescue Belt to make carrying all this easier.

Check your airbags are staying inflated throughout your trip. This keeps the water from filling up your boat, which can make it super heavy and makes a rescue much harder. 

Is your Buoyancy Aid up to scratch? 
You don't need me telling you the importance of having a well fitted buoyancy aid that is not falling apart, and offers plenty of flotation.

And finally my favourite. The shorty cag.
I love my Palm Zenith shorty because of the comfortable glide skin neck and arms, but currently Escape Watersports has a great deal on the Peak UK Combi cag.

So enjoy yourself!
Don't forget to drink plenty of water and wear sun cream! 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

New Website Launch

We're proud to announce that our new website is officially live!

We've kept all the best bits of the old website, and thanks to the help of our customers we've added some brand new features that will make shopping with us better than ever before.

We love to hear feedback (both good and bad). So check it out and let us know what you think!


A refreshed look for the homepage.

Discover our newest products and special offers.

Our new filter makes browsing so much easier.