Bungees are widely used in paddling, but the how’s and the why’s are not always considered in great detail. They’re a great addition to a training program, especially when you’re trying to increase speed and specific strength. We wanted to give some overview and some thoughts on how to best use the different options, and what the benefits or drawbacks of resistance training for kayaking can be.
It's been around for a while now but the Nelo Cinco is still getting comments about its strange looks so we thought we should have a dig in to the ideas behind the changes. Obviously we can't speak for Nelo and their designers but it is interesting to look at some general boat design and learn about the thinking behind the design of the Cinco. The main change to the hull is the upside-down nose / inverted bow but in addition there are changes to the rudder, rudder hatch, the stern and some cosmetic alterations.
Quite a few people take part in the Devises to Westminster International Canoe Marathon (DW) every year, with competitors ranging from existing kayak world medalists to people with only a few months paddling experience. Lots of people complete the Waterside and Thameside series and then DW but don't have another canoeing target lined up, and we think that's a shame so Paul put together a list of races we think would be worth a try. Over the years I've heard of quite a few interesting races, though I should confess I haven't taken part in all of them yet! (At the time of writing I've done five of the races, and although I've done DW as the four day stage race I haven't done it straight through – maybe some time…)