Over the past few days, people have been voting for the Means of Production to be release for free online. And since DVD stock is depleted (and DVDs are a dying media), I thought “Why not?”….
December 30, 2011
April 18, 2008
It’s the film they’re all talking about! Coming later this year after a few last minute shoots around the world…
View the MOP Movie website and trailer: www.mopmovie.co.uk.
March 13, 2008
The official NSR 2008 DVD is set to be released at the beginning of April, at a price to suit students, and will be chock full of extra features.
Somehow we managed to cover every event and not break a single ankle running about the place!
See www.NationalStudentRodeo.org.uk for more information.
February 1, 2008
A look at things to come; just a few bits and pieces from Norway and The Zambezi in 2007.
This video is clearly all about the tune.
Footage from Means of Production
November 5, 2007
Festering away at the put-in; a crocodile was ill-equipped to tackle the minus rapids after a descent of Victoria falls. For nearly a week he remained there – a stinking tourist attraction for the rafters.
After 2 months, I am getting to know the river pretty well – looking for new and exiting new ways to run the rapids. One in particular is the boof on number 5, viewed from the left (above) and the right (below).
However after my exceptionally clean line, as seen in fourth-coming mini-video ‘Increase the Funk’, I was most disappointed to find that the kids from the World Class Kayaking Academy were free-wheeling off the drop by their third day!
The World Class Kayaking Academy is basically a school, based in The States, where the students, 16 and 17 year olds, travel round the world with their kayaks and generally going pretty hard. At the moment they are sitting in one of the local back-packers lodges having a history lesson but come 1:30 they shall be back on the river for the bulk of their study programme.
The World Class guys, far from being loud-mouthed cocky American wonder-kids, have been a tremendous pleasure to paddle with. Hats off to them and their staff! They’re keen to get a British student on board in the near future so checkout their website and tell your children!
Whenever I’m not kayaking (or organising other kayakers) I try to jump on with the rafts and have a go. After learning to guide in Norway this summer, I was pleased to know that I had not forgotten my training. The Zambezi may be, for the most part, fairly deep and devoid of rocks but a long swim here can be pretty swirly and terrifying. Hopefully, when the kayaking quietens down towards Christmas, I’ll get the chance to spend more time in the rafts.
It’s not all fun and frolics however: As Sam Ward said, before he left for Thailand and I took over as Sven’s man about town, no-one spends a long time on the Zambezi without their fair share of mishaps, epics and humbling misadventures.
In the last two weeks I’ve been mugged, robbed, dealt with a dislocated shoulder (not mine), and had the worst swim of my life!
Two weeks ago I lost my boat and paddles after missing the centre line on rapid number 9 (Commercial Suicide). A couple of feet two the right and not enough speed left me struggling to stay in my kayak as I was worked upside-down in a small cauldron in the middle of the pour-over. Conflicting voices in my head told me that a swim, whilst being the very last thing I wanted to do, was possibly a necessary course of action. But no need to fret: a few seconds (or was it minutes) later the decision was made for me as both my boat and paddles were ripped from me simultaneously and down I went. As the water around me grew dark and calm, I decided it was time to swim up. A few metres before the bottom hole and I have time to take a tactical breath before holding onto my shoes and curling up into a ball. Down again into the calm dark waters, then swim back up. And then it was over. My paddles gone forever and my boat was not to show up for another 3 days with an amazingly small amount of damage.
Two weeks later I am back on top form and ready for a little retribution: a hearty breakfast and a clean run down to number 9 had me back in the mood. A perfect boof followed by an unchallenged ducking under the bottom hole had me whooping and punching the air like the first time I ran it.
Money’s tight at the moment so I may not get up to the Uganda for the Nile River Festival. But a short excursion for the new year might well be on the cards.
Till next time!
October 7, 2007
OK, so I’ve not really been 100% with the old blog updates but there will be many exciting images to follow once I’ve tracked them down! So… What am I up to?
Everyday life in Livingstone I guess: Running no. 9 (commercial suicide) on day one, running kayak schools on day three, winning a medal in the Zambian regatta on day four (OK a bit of a novelty in-between rowing flat water kayak competition but I got to shake hands with the mayor of Livingstone), 7 day descent of the mighty Zambezi on day five.
Since then I’ve been working hard, playing hard or sleeping hard as and when required. Now that I’m fully settled in, and the river is dropping to reveal many exciting new lines and waves, I will be spending my days off collecting video footage and learning new tricks.
I usually like to be more informative than this but slow internet and laziness are looming over me like some kind of big looming machine. So here are 6 interesting facts about the Zambezi:
- It’s SO much more exciting yet forgiving than you’d think
- The walk out sucks
- Hippos and Crocodiles aren’t a big worry (For the first 30k or so)
- Always take out on river left.
- YOU should come out here!
So in short: I’m having a lovely time doing coaching and guiding for Sven and theZambezi.com and I hope to report with a few more interesting facts and photos before I come home. Chat soon, get in touch, come visit!
September 11, 2007
It’s seems like an age ago I was squirting it up in Nottingham for the 256th annual squirt-fest:
It seems even longer since I was hucking some moderate Norwegian gnar.
But here I find myself, escaping a rather disappointing summer for the Northern hemisphere, sitting in the Jollyboys hostel in Livingstone, about to embark on a very promising Zambian summer.
I will be here (or nearby) for around 3-4 months so if you wish to contact me, see this page.