Is it a bird, is it a plane? Errr no?!? Its a flying sea kayak :/

Not often you find yourself up up and away in a 17ft long sea kayak but that’s what happened when I was surfing some rebound waves just outside of Port Stephens, NSW

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I was surfing one wave rebounding off the cliff and another biggish wave was coming in, I was in an amazing sweet spot as the 2 waves met and peaked in perfect timing to launch me and all 30kg of boat and day gear way up in the air.

The landing was actually very nice and gentle but my rear day hatch did get popped off by the push of air up from the hold as I landed. The best thing was someone (Josh) caught it on video!!

 

Fat-Skeptic to Fat-Evangilist in just one bike

In May last year (2012) I had a go on the fatbike that Andy had brought to try on the sand. I was very fat-skeptic.

“Of course a bike wont work on the deserts soft sand”, I thought.

Oh how wrong I was. From that brief play on a small dune just outside Arabian Ranches I almost ran home and started googling everything  could about fatbikes. There wasnt much about using them on sand, most of it was about snow biking and the growing interest around the world in riding the 82mm rim / 4 inch tyre combinations on trails.

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12/10/2012 Showka Descents Video + Wadi Racer Strava Segment

Had a great ride yesterday. I’ve quickly put together some of the chest mounted GoPro footage edited to include some of the key descents of the area and posted it on my vimeo account

It includes a full un edited run of Wadi Racer which is in my opinion the definitive Hot Cog track. I’ve set up a Strava segment called “Wadi Racer Short TT” that can be found at http://app.strava.com/segments/2559689

So lets see who is quickest along this very gradually descending fast and technical boulder fest. If your going to play make sure your bike is feeling strong 😉

Enjoy

Ian

First ride at Showka on the BMC Trail Fox (inc Video)

On Thursday I received a BMC Trail Fox TR02 from Adventure HQ in Times Square, Dubai. I’ve set up a page under “My Bikes” to post detailed information about it. You can find the page at https://ianganderton.wordpress.com/my-bikes/bmc-trail-fox-tr02/

Here is a youtube video I’ve put together using footage from a chest mounted Gopro camera I was wearing on the bikes inaugral / shakedown ride at Showka on Friday morning.

The first outing and shake down ride for the BMC Trail Fox. Out from the roundabout Weaved our way up to and through Lisa’s Gash to the top of the bridge descent. The descent from the bridge is feeling great ATM! Then through and up to Wadi Racer. From the top of the steep gully across the ‘plain’ and then down the wadi to the resting tree by the farm took about 9:51. This should be clocked on Strava as the short Wadi Racer time trial. There needs to be a longer one that includes the ascent. From there it was over and round Gregors Mount (pause for face plant incident) before heading home. Just over 30km I believe. Top ride. New bike was tested on some of the best and toughest that Showka has to offer and I’ve got to say I’m pretty damn impressed! Great ride folks, shukkran

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For more information on mountain biking in the UAE check out the UAE Mountain Biking page on my blog at https://ianganderton.wordpress.com/uae-mountain-biking/

Outdoor UAE Beach Party – Special deal for this blogs readers

Outdoor UAE is organising a beach party at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa. There are heaps of activities to ‘have a go’ at and then a party into the night. For readers of this blog there is a deal. Advance tickets are 100aed, on the door its 120aed, for you reading this its 75aed!!! Check out the details below.

Get ready to enjoy the last days of the spring sun as one of the best outdoor events this year comes your way with the Outdoor UAE Beach Festival, taking place at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa – Joumana Club on Friday March 30th from 1pm until Midnight.

Enjoy a great day out with friends and family on the beach with tons of free-to-do activities offered including: wall climbing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, long boarding, beach football, volleyball, skim boarding, fitness pursuits, slack lining, and much more.

The fun won’t stop there; as the evening settles we will be bringing in summer beats and partying towards the midnight hour with our live DJ’s: Daniel Vitellaro and Cheriana, who will perform during the event. Amongst all that, there have even been rumors about some fire performers!

Worried about getting there? We’ve got you covered! FREE Bus rides are prepared to ferry you and your group from the Mall of the Emirates to the venue and vice versa to ensure that you won’t miss out on partying with us!

Tickets cost 100 AED and kids under 10 can go in for half the price. Tickets can be purchased on http://www.boxofficeme.com. Other venues you can buy tickets at are: Adventure HQ, Go Sport The Dubai Mall, Go Sport MOE, IBN Battuta, Du Plays Office, Leisure Marine (Beach St. JBR Walk)

Tickets that will be available at the door of the venue will be priced at 120 AED. Valid ID’s are required on the door.

Our main sponsors for this event are Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa and Adventure HQ. Other sponsors include Julbo, Al Yousuf Motors and Wadi Adventure who will offer some of the free activities and loads of prizes.

For more details and other questions about the event, visit our website at http://www.outdooruae.com or contact us at 04-4472-030. You can also ‘like’ us on Facebook to get updates about the party.

For the ‘special price‘ of 75aed contact 04-4472-030during office hours and say you’ve read my blog.

Thursday 15th March 2012 – Arabian Outdoor Social Evening

Please come and join us and the outdoor community for a social evening organised by Simon Cahill of Arabia Outdoors. Mike Nott is speaking about his extensive 4×4 adventures in the region and launching his new advanced offroading book. I’ll be warming up for him talking about my Musendam Circumnavigation Adventure that was, I believe, the first complete Khasab to Khasab circuit including the portage over the isthmus. It didnt go entirely to plan, 4 of us started and I ended up doing the journey solo due to a mild issue with deportation. Come along to the evening and I’ll tell you the whole story along with giving a guide to kayaking in this world class paddling destination.

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Rivers running with positive karma – Nepal Kayak Trip Spring 2011

If you dont fancy reading my ramblings cut to the chase, scroll down the post and watch the 4 minute 20 second photo slide show with music at the end of the post

What a fantastic couple of weeks. Obviously I was expecting to have a great trip, you dont go for 2 weeks in Nepal expecting it to be a bit crap now do you, but some how it exceeded my wildest expectations.

View from the plane window as we approached Kathmandu

Continue reading “Rivers running with positive karma – Nepal Kayak Trip Spring 2011”

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