Caption Competition - Reminder



This shot was taken in Iceland by Aquapaccer Yishyene C, using one of our waterproof camera cases.

The best caption will win one of our new bike-mounted waterproof phone cases, worth $75 / £50.


These bike-mounted cases (there are two sizes to fit all makes and models of phone) were launched just a couple of weeks ago.

Plus 5 runners up will win a copy of Dave Cornthwaite's hilarious book 'Date' in which he recounts his attempt to date 100 women in 100 days.



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No purchase necessary. Entrants must be 18 or over.
Aquapac reserves the right to feature the name, location and photograph of the winners.
Winners will be selected according to the captions/comments we like the most.
First prize is a bike-mounted waterproof phone case worth $75 MSRP / £50 RRP. 5 runners up will receive copies of the book 'Date' by Dave Cornthwaite. No cash alternatives will be available.
The competition will run until midnight GMT on 31st July 2014, and winners will be contacted by email within 7 days of competition closure. If a winner does not respond within 7 days of this notification, Aquapac reserves the right to offer the prize to another winner.
You can enter as many times as you like. We reserve the right to edit or remove captions/comments if we deem them inappropriate.
The promoter is Aquapac International Limited, 7 Bessemer Park, 250 Milkwood Road, London SE24 0HG, United Kingdom.
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Spring in the USA - blog by Jessie Stone

Over the last couple of months, I was back in the US from Uganda. It was wonderful because spring in the US is my favorite time of year there. The weather is completely unpredictable, and all the blooms and buds are just waiting for their moment to pop. Each day in spring is a day closer to the longest day of the year and thus more time to be outside and play. April this year was uncharacteristically cold punctuated with a few warmer days. The accumulation of snow in mid April was winter’s last exclamation point, thank goodness. The T’Ville Triple Crown took place over the Weekend of April 12th combining down river racing, slalom paddling, and freestyle kayaking on the Farmington River in Connecticut. A good group of paddlers from near and far turned out as well as a lot of local support for the event. It was a great way to kick off the North American paddling season.

Miraculously, the week after the Triple Crown, a fabulous surf wave on the Connecticut River came in. Though the temperature of the water required all my winter paddling gear to brave, the wave, known as Wave – O – Saurus because it is near some fossilized dinosaur footprints, was well worth it. I had not been there in 12 years and with the 2014 Rockstar, I was in surf heaven. A bunch of board surfers showed up as well as local kayakers during the week that it was in, lots of people were enjoying Wave - O.

Next stop on the US tour, was a trip to Buena Vista, Colorado, for the CKS Paddle Fest on the Arkansas River. Buena Vista is the definition of paddle friendly towns – almost anywhere you stay in town, you can walk to the river. It is truly awesome. This was followed by a stop in Glenwood Springs for another big beautiful wave recently in from all the snow melt. Colorado had a very good snow pack so there was plenty of water everywhere! After two days of Surfing in Glenwood with kayakers from all over, SUPers and surfers, it was time to head to the tiny town of Lyons.

Lyons had been devastated by severe flooding last September and has been in the process of rebuilding ever since. Talking to some of the locals, it’s amazing that everyone survived the flooding. Luckily, this natural disaster brought the whole town together – so much so that every person we met in town was very happy to welcome us for the Outdoor Games. Though there were many obvious signs of the flood’s damage, life was moving ahead as usual for everyone. Incredible how there can be so much beauty and destruction side by side. I felt truly inspired seeing the how well the people of Lyons bounced back from this natural disaster.



Finally, the US Spring tour concluded with a trip to Idaho for the Payette River Games. Two hours from Boise, is a fantastic whitewater park called “ Kelly’s Whitewater |Park” just upstream of the famous very difficult section of the North fork of the Payette River. Cascade, Idaho, population 2,000, is home to Kelly’s. The scenery is stunning wild open space with beautiful mountains surrounding the open space. Pelicans and Osprey fly overhead and nest near the river. If you are out for a paddle, you are sure to see some of these Osprey grabbing a fish right in front of you. The pelicans in the middle of Idaho really threw me though! The Payette River Games brought together many of the kayakers, SUPers and surfers I had been seeing in other places in addition to many others from far away destinations for one big weekend of whitewater fun. It was really great to share the river with so many water enthusiasts and catch up with many people I had not seen in years. Reconnecting with people from the river community and meeting new people is always one of the best things about being at any of these events. Even my good friends from Connecticut, Dave and Paula Saaf made the journey across to check out the Payette River Games. Hopefully, they'll be back next year.



I should say that I think my most favorite event of the spring is that the Housatonic River in Connecticut is paddalable most of the time. This Spring I enjoyed a good number of days kayaking there and even some special dusk to moonlight paddles that were later and later as the spring went on and the days got longer.  As a kayaker, I feel like I have grown up on that river and I always love coming back to surf there and run the river. Its always beautiful and enchanting – I fall in love with kayaking and the beauty of the river every time I go back, and its something I really like sharing with other people. The first time I paddled the Housatonic was 18 years ago when I was a medical student – it was a great restorative for my mental, physical and spiritual health and it still is!



[Dr Jessie Stone is Aquapac Outdoor Champion 2014]

USA Tour Blog - Brandon Hepburn


What I love the most about kayaking is that it enables me to travel the world, see new places and meet new people.  But it is always nice to come home and going to US, especially Colorado, really feels like coming home.  In Colorado I stay with Max Karlsson's family and they have really become a second family.  So I was really looking forward coming "home" to Colorado as the snowpack was huge and the run off was going to be EPIC.



First event on the Colorado Tour was The Golden Games in Golden, CO.  The Golden Games is a smaller local event that attracts the best paddlers from the Denver area competing in freestyle and creeking on Clear Creek .  The water level was not optimal as the run off had not quite yet started, but the laid back atmosphere of the event made up for it.

The first big event on the Colorado Tour was CKS Paddlefest in Buena Vista, which not only attracts Colorado's best freestyle paddlers but also some of the best paddler's in the world like the Jacksons, Demshitz, Mathieu Dumoulin of France, Tomasz Czaplicki of Poland and many more.  What makes this event interesting is that since CKS is the largest kayak retailer in Colorado, every brand known to man was on display.



The next event on the Colorado Tour was Lyons Outdoor Games which normally is a big event.  But due to the Colorado flooding last year which devastated the town, there were doubts that they would even hold the event.  I am really glad the town decided to hold the event as I hope it was a boost to their recovery as the kayaking community has rallied to support the town of Lyons in their recovery.

After Lyons we went to Vail and the GoPro Mountain Games which is my favorite event on the Colorado Tour.  The reason for this is that 50,000 people descend on the beautiful town of Vail to celebrate outdoors activities such as kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, slack-lining and more.  The GoPro Mountain Games did not disappoint as we had huge crowds at the events, even though the weather did not cooperate 100%.



FIBArk, or First In Boating Arkansas, in Salida, CO is the oldest whitewater festival in the US and this year the event turned 66 years old.  As an athlete this is another fantastic event as the crowds are HUGE.  The really high water level made the freestyle event even more to my liking as what normally is a hole becomes more a wavy hole. Sadly I didn't get the chance to compete as I had to head back to Boulder and sort out my Visa!

As soon as FIBArk was over, we drove back to Maxs parents house and stayed there for a day to prepare for the 14 hour drive to Cascade, ID and the Payette River Games.  The PRG has only existed for 3 years, but they have definitely set the gold standard when it comes to putting on an event.  They have an incredible feature which consists of a hole and a wave so you can throw any move in the book.  The prize money is HUGE and nothing else in the world comes even close.  They way they treat the athletes as well as the fans is just incredible.  They even streamed the events online allowing my family to watch me though I am thousands of miles away. it was great to place 6th against a huge stack of men!  I just cannot say enough good things about this event and I cannot wait to come back next year.


Now I am in Spain competing in the World Cups.



[Brandon Hepburn, from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire was British Junior Kayaking Champion  last year. Aquapac is a proud sponsor]

Caption Competition!



This shot was taken in Iceland by Aquapaccer Yishyene C, using one of our waterproof camera cases.

The best caption will win one of our new bike-mounted waterproof phone cases, worth $75 / £50.



These bike-mounted cases (there are two sizes to fit all makes and models of phone) were launched just a couple of weeks ago.

Plus 5 runners up will win a copy of Dave Cornthwaite's hilarious book 'Date' in which he recounts his attempt to date 100 women in 100 days.








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Terms & Conditions
No purchase necessary. Entrants must be 18 or over.
Aquapac reserves the right to feature the name, location and photograph of the winners.
Winners will be selected according to the captions/comments we like the most.
First prize is a bike-mounted waterproof phone case worth $75 MSRP / £50 RRP. 5 runners up will receive copies of the book 'Date' by Dave Cornthwaite. No cash alternatives will be available.
The competition will run until midnight GMT on 31st July 2014, and winners will be contacted by email within 7 days of competition closure. If a winner does not respond within 7 days of this notification, Aquapac reserves the right to offer the prize to another winner.
You can enter as many times as you like. We reserve the right to edit or remove captions/comments if we deem them inappropriate.
The promoter is Aquapac International Limited, 7 Bessemer Park, 250 Milkwood Road, London SE24 0HG, United Kingdom.
Finally: Please tick the box to join our mailing list. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time if you find you don't enjoy our occasional mails (they are mostly new product announcements). We will not share your details with any third parties.

KlickFast

and here's a shot of Darren wearing the Aquapac-KlickFast system


KlickFast

 


These cases are shown mounted to a lifejacket using the KlickFast system which is a recent joint development between Aquapac and Peter Jones ILG Ltd.

The photo was tweeted by Darren Lovering of West Midlands Search & Rescue. Thanks, Darren!

Always doing our best to keep our rescue services in touch...

Global Reach

This is a map of Aquapac's warehousing and distribution around the world, we thought you might be interested.


Our head office is in London, England. This is where we do most of our manufacturing.

We have a warehouse in Sterling, Virginia to supply distributors and resellers in the USA. And another warehouse in Stockport, England which supplies everybody else.

The red dots are 'stocking distributors'. That means that they carry most or all of the Aquapac range in their own warehouses, from which they supply resellers (stores) all over their territories. There are 60 or so distributors shown on this map.