Looking down on Sunningwell

I’ve just been skiing on the hill behind our village. Didn’t manage to pick up as much speed as I’d hoped and I can see why ski lifts were invented; walking uphill in ski boots is no fun… (Read More)

Read more "Winter"

Pathfinders Ock BoaterX

PYCC BoaterX: Down the weir
Dave Surman once again organised the Ock BoaterX for the Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club this weekend. Attendance might have been a little low but the sun was shining and there were plenty of smiling faces amongst the competitors.

Starting by the bridge where the Ock flows under Drayton Road the racers then navigated the low water in their Wavehoppers, avoiding the shopping trolleys and shooting the weir before entering the Thames and sprinting to the finish line back at the club hut.

Read more "Pathfinders Ock BoaterX"

It’s that time of year again

  It’s that time of year again; BLASTATHON! Once again the great and the good of KCC and friends gathered at Abingdon weir to strut the latest in freestyle/rodeo/playboating moves. Or something like that anyway. Don’t let the professional look give by the pro-vests fool you, it was just as random as usual. Great fun […]

Read more "It’s that time of year again"


Well thats something you don’t expect to see everyday. I managed to grab a picture of this grass snake with my phone as it was making a quick get away from the pavement by where we park by Abingdon weir. I’ve never seen one before and was quite suprised that England is home to 3 foot snakes, […]

Read more "Surprise"

Summer Weirs

Its hot and the rivers are low so you can be sure that summer is here. Hurley’s closed so unless you fancy a beat down from the beast that is Hambledon then its time to paddle what I seem to spend most of my summer paddling: Abingdon and Sutton Courtenay weirs. Frankly if your looking […]

Read more "Summer Weirs"

Bank Holiday

Bank holidays are, in my opinion, designed for three things only. Eating, drinking and a cheeky bit of paddling. So thankfully with the rather pleasant weather we’ve had this weekend I enjoyed pints in the pub, a birthday BBQ and cooking for friends. And of course there was still time for a bit of time […]

Read more "Bank Holiday"


The boat in the picture above is a Wavehopper. Their manufacturers, Perception describe them like this: “The Wavehopper is a true white water racing design in the ideal construction for an introduction to competition. This quick yet forgiving design is extremely popular with clubs and individuals for both training and competition. It has also proved […]

Read more "In-training"