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Supporting Local Grass Roots

Big Dog now in its 4th year of business, have focused on expanding our range ever further during this time with great success. We wanted to continue this trend and also help our local canoe and kayak club here in Nottingham Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club. Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club was hit by a terrible arson attack
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Etive First Descent (for Aaron!)

You don’t always need water for a good day kayaking. This may seem at odds with the very point of our sport, but it only took the coming together of three factors to make it a reality. Stunning weather, yet another month of Scottish rivers low as a snakes arse and a good mate, Aaron. Aaron
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Paddling in Italy

Swiss Drance – Photographer: Chris ‘Frankie’ Smith At the beginning of June, two fully loaded cars headed out to the Alps. The long drive to Valsesia (fortunately I was asleep for most of the way) was broken by a short stop in Switzerland and an excellent ‘warm up’ paddle on the Swiss Drance. For all
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Valsesia

The Big Dog van joined the annual exodus of British paddlers last week and headed south in search of whitewater and better weather. Valsesia is an area of the Italian Alps excellent for river paddling, lush Alpine valleys and Italian cuisine. All good reasons for Josh Gosling to drive down with a fleet of Big
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Moriston River Race

If you didn’t already know, last weekend held the first Big Dog Moriston River race the predecessor to the very popular ‘Etive River Race’. It brought 50 paddlers from all around the country with different paddling backgrounds including local legends, Sickline competitors and many more; we know the fight for the number one spot was
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Rio de Oro: a real river fantasy

So what’s your favourite river? Impossible to answer, but there are certain runs that stick in your mind. The Rio de Oro in Mexico is one of those. If you were to dream up a fantasy creek adventure that you could run in a day, you’d probably be looking at the Oro. Fernando the fixer:
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Big Dogs in Costa Rica

In January 2012 a Big Dog Force and a Big Dog OC1 left for Costa Rica and neither of them returned. Our small team left England and its new year blues, packing shortie cags and sandals and a tick list including jaguars, parrots, monkeys, a few poisonous snakes and warm, steep, tropical rivers. Overnight in
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