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Brooke's Kayaking Adventure in Ecuador: A Western Canoe Kayak Ambassador's Journey

Brooke's Kayaking Adventure in Ecuador: A Western Canoe Kayak Ambassador's Journey

Posted by Brooke on 2024 Feb 23rd

Intro I’m Brooke, the newest addition to the Western Canoe Kayak ambassador team! I recently spent seven weeks kayaking and traveling in Ecuador. After I finished the two year Adventure Studies Diploma in May, I knew I was going to go back to TRU for two more years and turn the diploma into a degree. I also knew that I didn't want to go back right after the summer ended. I had a busy sprin …
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Composite Boat Repair Guide: Step-by-Step DIY Instructions

Composite Boat Repair Guide: Step-by-Step DIY Instructions

Posted by Pascal Smyth on 2024 Feb 7th

One of the main concerns I hear from customers when they are considering a higher end composite craft, whether that be a kayak or a canoe, is durability. It makes sense, as most composite layups are significantly lighter than a comparable sized plastic kayak, especially those using a rotomolded polyethylene construction. Though there are some manufacturers that sacrifice some toughness for lightne …
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Choosing the Perfect Kayak: Sit-on-Top or Sit-Inside?

Choosing the Perfect Kayak: Sit-on-Top or Sit-Inside?

Posted by Pascal Smyth on 2024 Jan 31st

When first researching what kayak will be a good fit for you, the choices can be overwhelming. Folding or inflatable kayaks have the advantage of ease of transport, though there are always some performance tradeoffs when on the water. Assuming you have the storage space for a hardshell kayak, as well as the means to transport it then a hardshell kayak is an excellent choice. &nbs …
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Extend the Life of Your Dry Suit: Essential Care and Maintenance Tips

Extend the Life of Your Dry Suit: Essential Care and Maintenance Tips

Posted by Pascal Smyth on 2023 Dec 12th

   Owning a dry suit is a significant investment for any water sports enthusiast. While the initial cost of purchase is quite high, they make paddling in cold weather as well as practicing in-water skills such as wet-exits and rescues much more comfortable. Designed to keep paddlers safe and comfortable in cold conditions, they do a great job provided they’re in proper …
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