Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Team Member - Ollie Vann

Name: Ollie Vann
Hometown: Tiverton, Devon
Current canoe/kayak/SUP(s) owned: Mad river Intrigue, Wenohnah Prospector 15, Riot Magnum 72 and Plastic Mega Neutron
Favourite canoe/kayak/SUP of all time: Wavesport ZG 54 brings back some fun memories and is super comfortable! Dag Expevery open canoe was an absolute work horse!

Most useful piece of equipment owned (why?): Kokotat Meridian Dry suit, it took a while to pluck up the courage and save the cash for this suit, but well worth it. Its been truly amazing, the cut is perfect for me and is super lightweight.
A piece of equipment on the wish list (why?): I'd love a new wooden canoe paddle, you can never have enough wood!
An item of clothing on the wish list (why?): Palm Oceana Touring Jacket and Palm Ion Bib , because they look flash.

Favourite type of paddling: With friends, this could be kayaking down some cheeky grade 4/5, having a ball and getting the adrenaline pumping! Or packing the open canoe/sea kayak with red wine, gin and BBQ meat for a few days!
Favourite paddling location: I have some real fond memories of paddling in France with the boys, but Morocco multi-day kayaking/rafting trips were incredible, the culture is amazing, scenery is out of this world, and the river was pure fun!!
Best paddling experience: Working on the Zambezi as a safety kayaker on my first multi-day trip waking up to find the raft had disappeared... and had to kayak a section solo to find the raft! Hiked back up to camp to spend 3 days waiting for a helicopter rescue!!
Future trips on the wish list: Wilderness canoe trip in Canada, Norway or Finland! Complete sea kayak mission around Corisca with JC. Kayak the Verdon Gorge with Matt Blue.

Current paddle wagon: VW T5 LWB with panels different shades of blue.
A song/artist/album which gets you motivated for a paddle

Black eyed peas- Pump It
Bob Sinclair - Love Generation
Favourite thing to buy from Greggs: The Mexican Bandit.... oh, and few cakes!

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