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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Well summer here in New Zealand has finally came to an end. We had a mixed bag of weather all over the country with huge floods over the New Year period and then drouths for the next three months. The mixed weather had us driving all over the country from Nevis runs in the south to a Karamea run in the north. Its now getting a little fresh with the first snow falling on the top so time to dust off the skis and gear up for what is meant to be a cold winter. A big thanks to Liquid Logic Kayaks, Artistic and Stacked Clothing. Be sure to check them out buy hitting their link on the side of the page. Here is wee clip I chucked together of a few of the better runs this summer. Hit the link below
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Who would have thought on the 12th of January the nevis river would be flowing! Well it was and we got it! Draining the Garvie and Hector mountain range the Nevis River drops steeply through amazing Otago countryside on its 16 km journey to meet the Kawarau river. If you like your creekin' on the steep side of very then this is the river for you. Make sure you pack your elbow pads!! It is the best in the region and offers some of the sickest, consistent hard boating in the country. There are so many drops and rapids on this wee gem.
|Good racks go a long way|
The Run starts off with mellow start. You get about 2.5 km or so of boogie water to warm up on and get the blood flowing before a manky rapid just above the obvious Slot Gorge which is a “mandatory” portage. (But in saying that Nick fired it up) Some people say to throw you boats and go others say take the hit on a flat landing as there are some shallow rock below as one of the american boys found out the day before. He decided to take the advice of one of the boys who doesn't have the best track record of jumping off stuff and ended up smashing his ankle is three places. So that ended in the team walking out, choppers getting called and ending Peacher New Zealand trip.
|Boat Brake, Ankle Brake! Sam doing his best to avoid both|
After this, this is where things really start to kick off with everything from ledge drops to long combination rapids and tight technical drops. Heading in with a crew that new the run was a huge bonus as we bomb our way down.
|Jared getting down in double drop|
After getting to a BIG horizon you see the river literally drop away from underneath you, this is lunch rapid. This is where we meet the other crew who had to walk in to get there boats from the day before. Lunch Rapid defiantly has line and it has been fired up before, I think last by Dlyan Thompson but this bad boy definitely rates high on the stout scale.
|The boys heading off into the beautiful Nevis Vally after lunch|
Below here you have 700m or so of continued steep before a quiet wee stretch for 200m which leads into the last STEEP section. The river drops like a staircase through the “Brothers” section Little and Big Bro. Theres are the last two rapids of the steep section. And what better way to end with sweet 15 footer.
|Sam and Jared getting the job done on little Bro|
|What better way to end a run! Nick Murphy Celebrates by going big on Big Bro|
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Well I know its been a bit dry here lately but there is a good reason for that.... I haven't been doing anything! Well thats not entirely true I have been up to a bit but nothing worth write home about as such. So on July 6th 2012 I undertook my second shoulder operation the operation involved a right shoulder revision posterosuperior repair and decompression, supraspinatus repair and soft tissue decompression of the subacromial space. If you are like me and don't have a clue what that means then I will explain it to you like my surgeon explained it to me …. its Fucked! So with that taking up 6 months of my life I am now back on the West Coast living and trying to find a job. So if you have and jobs going anywhere let me know I am all ears! Here are a few snaps of what has been going on I have been back in my boat for about two weeks now and working my way back up. Stay tuned for some more regular updates. Chur
|First day back in the boat|
|Life is good on the Karamea|
( Jump over to my videos page to check out the Karamea in action)
|A bit of Gopro Action|
|A screen grab from Postmans on the upper kakas|
|Giving the mail some air. One of the best flows|
For people that have paddled on the West Coast or been here they will know it can rain a bit here are some picture the latest downpour
|The Whanganui River pumping|
|For people that have paddle the styx river this is the road to it|