Kayaking Gear

My Kayaks

I am a Non Pro Boater, 184 cm tall, weighing 87 kg and 61 years old. Like many kayakers of my generation with a slalom background, I prefer half slice kayaks as a play boat and on technical water. But, having lost some of my strength, agility and response capability for river running, on bigger and more dairing powerful water I prefer a more bulky and steady boat.

Pyranha 9R II, my river runner.

So, having lost some of my strength, agility and response capability, on bigger and more dairing, powerful water I prefer a more bulky and steady boat. My quest for this boat down to two totally different kayaks, both made by Pyranha: The 9R II and the Machno.
The Magno is the all-round comfort boat, typified as ‘High, Dry & Fast’ and thus could be the ultimate all purpose kayak for us, 50+ kayakers. It excells on steeper water. Yet, for me personally, I chose the 9R II, because of it’s need for speed. It has loads of volume, progressive rocker and turns on a dime.

I chose for the large sized 9R II, 287cm long, partly for overnighting, but mostly because I like it’s behaviour better. This boat is nimble, it’ll turn on the spot. It doesn’t have the stern rocker that some boats do, so it tail-taps, but since I don’t often boof from ledges, I don’t care. This is a boat that asks you to keep the speed up. It has a dramatic, up-turned bow. This bow rocker results in a ton of bow lift. The stern width and volume helps keeping the boat level when coming out of holes and landing drops. The somewhat pronounced chine edge in the center of the boat helps to whip into an eddy or hold a line when charging through turbulent water. The 9R is susseptive to diagonal seems in the water. Due to the design of the boat, edging it requires getting to know it, but it will reward you by offering loads of control. The characteristics of the 9R II large compared to the medium, with my weight, perform better with regards to being sensitive to side-water at lower speeds. A more comfortable feeling.
Negatives?: The very large cockpit opening demands the biggest spraydeck with a very tight fit, but the wavy cockpit edge makes it hard to get the spraydeck on. And, the outfitting will do, but could do with an update.
Having said that, this an awesome kayak!

Supplied by Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem.

Dagger Rewind, my creeker.

If you are looking for slice and speed in a whitewater kayak, the Dagger Rewind is a great choice. This whitewater kayak offers a full volume bow and a low volume stern that makes it easy to get vertical on stern squirts and splats. When it comes to slicy river running kayaks, the Rewind is at the top of the food chain.

The Dagger Rewind has a planing hull rocker profile, making it ride up and over larger hydraulic features with ease. The sleek design is also fast and responsive while still feeling “forgiving enough”. Boofing the Rewind is super easy with the high-rise bow that quickly clears the drop and helps it to rise fast on rock-assist boofs. The stern has just enough volume and length to make it feel like a true river runner, but easy enough to bury in a squirt or pivot turn when you want to. The Rewind surfs short steeper features well by keeping the bow from pearling. The tapered edge profile starts at the bow, gets strongest right under the seat, then fades away at the very end of the stern, giving it a responsive feel. Initial and secondary stability seem to be spot on, stable and easy to roll. Its a really good design. And you can’t beat the Contour Ergo outfitting, with its ease of adjustability and immediate step-in comfort, and the Step-Out Safety Pillar. The low volume stern is just begging to be plunged underwater and is designed to allow the paddler to do stern squirts and get vertical on even the weakest eddy line. Lots of rocker. The boat tracks well and the stern could easily be made to do pivot turns and stern squirts. The extra volume in the bow feels extremely buoyant and resurfaces quickly.

Supplied by Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem.

KSU Noctiluca Expedition, my big water boat.

My KSU Noctiluca Expedition, made to navigate the seas. Able to stow loads of gear.

  • Length x Width: 505 x 54 cm
  • Weight: 23 kg
  • Snug ocean cockpit 36,5 x 49,5 cm
  • Retractable (Internal) Skeg
  • Suunto build in Compass
  • Internal Bilge Footpump
  • Three waterproof compartments
  • 2 Sunken Paddle Slots in bowdeck

My kayaks so far (history).

Prijon: T-Slalom / Avalanche / Stingray / Hai / Rockit / Performance
StipYaks: Verdon / Summit (multiple) / Ultra (multiple)
DoubleDutch: Fuego / Scimitar


Stohlquist X-Traxt -D Rescue

Stohlquist X-Traxt -D Rescue, with NRS Co-Pilot Knife
and a Level Six Cow Tail with Prijon biner.

Fully accessorize-able lead paddler’s rescue vest is UL listed and USCG approved for livebait and strong-swimmer rescue procedures. Features an 1100 lb. tensile tested, built-in body harness and a center back-towing anchor point for added control and stability to the rescuer. Features three “Modes of Operation” versatility for a variety of rescue situations.

  • Shoulder Strap Tensile – measures the strength of the shoulder strap, the adjustment hardware and the assembly to the body of the vest. The minimum to pass the test is 150 lbs. per shoulder. Each Stohlquist vest tests to 300 lbs. per shoulder–double the standard strength! (X-traxt™ 1100 lbs. / shoulder.)
  • 300-pound zipper tensile – Vest horizontally mounted from an iron form with 300 lbs. attached perpendicular to the slide of the zipper. The effective load applied is transferred to all of the seams, giving you confidence in your PFD.
  • 1100 pound slip / 25 pound release – What do you know of that weighs 1100 pounds…a horse, maybe a small car? Imagine hanging that mass from our building’s steel girders attached only by our Quick Release “QR” belt. Guaranteed minimum slippage at 1100 pounds, yet made to release quickly and easily with no more than 25 pounds of pull on the “QR” release tab.
  • Strong-Swimmer harness – Use with the QR Belt™ and Re-traxt™ tow system for rescue and water extraction.
  • Crotch-harness capable – Add one 6 footer cam strap to your rescue kit. Position it’s Ancra buckle at front for easy release. Adds an extra measure of security for particular rescue situations.


Gram 900D Carbon, greenland style paddle

The best looking Greenland paddle ever made?
Lars Gram makes these paddles close to, if not, perfect.

I use the two piece ‘shouldered’ version. It’s a hollow 100% carbon paddle, weighing just over 500 grams. My paddle is 224 cm, with a loom width of 58 cm.

The very comfortable handle has a 31x36mm oval shape, with a non-blistering high-friction surface. The hexagonal shaped ferrule is very secure and guarantees a strainless joint. The paddle comes with a well made bag.

Whitewater paddles Werner Sherpa Carbon

Trusted on the hardest runs in the world and those firing up the hardest line on their local run are the Werner river running paddles. The Sherpa offers Bomber reliability, tested and proven where it counts. A blade shape for a more efficient forward stroke, the moves you need to make river running, the obstacles you need to work around.
Dihedral allows for smooth and stable forward paddling, a core philosophy for Werner. Custom shaped, low profile, reinforcement spine allows for enhanced blade maneuverability when linking several strokes and provides blade stiffness and overall strength. Mid-sized blades are an ideal fit for the most average size paddlers. Optimized flex and strength. Designed for your body to feel strain free without giving up Bomber reliability.
I use a 197cm, R45 version, with standard shaft, weighing 950 grams.

Supplied by Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem.

Whitewater paddles 2-piece Spare Paddle

This paddle has 730 cm2 Kevlar Carbon blades, the feather is 45 degree Right Handed. The strength/weight is great on this paddle. I fitted the blades with R&G 30/28 mm carbon shafts, wrapped CFRP round tubes with high-quality, high-gloss surface, made of 3k carbon fibre prepreg. They also come with a CFRP inner tube, of which 150 mm is glued to the outer tube. The weight of this shaft is only 140 g per meter. This paddle has a great stiff feel, which I prefer for whitewater kayaking.


Shred Ready Standard Half-cut

My 2020 Shred Ready Standard Half-cut has a nice fitting system. The rough fitting is done with fitting pads, after which a dial system will make the fit perfect. It has a low profile design and is CE1385 Certified. A great helmet for river running or playboating. Being made out of a ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) injection molded shell and a multi-impact molded EPP (expanded polypropylene) foam liner.

Supplied by Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem.

Predator Lee

Stylish and light high-cut helmet in carbon, with a longer baseball cap style bill as an integrated sun protector. With the included fitting set and a click-dial precision rear adjuster, the helmet can be easily customized. A comfortable closed-cell waterproof EVA foam is used to dissipate impacts. The Shell is made of high impact, Ralvek thermoplastic for increased stiffness and protection. Type examination according to CE EN 1385.

GoPro Mounts

Both helmets are fitted with a SP Gadgets ‘Stem Cap Mount’ for my GoPro
and a Loxx M6 Lower part to connect the GoPro tether to.

Spray decks

Palm Impact

The Impact is a premium shockcord deck for whitewater paddling. Burly 9.5 mm shockcord holds it in place‚ and the seamless O-ring seal keeps the waist tube where you want it. The reinforced rim shrugs off wear and tear‚ and a three-quarter dry lip seals water out.

  • 3 mm nylon Jersey CR neoprene deck
  • Nytex and Supratex CR neoprene rim
  • Jersey and mesh neoprene waist
  • Weight: 771 g (R4‚ M/L)
  • Waist CR neoprene tunnel with O-ring seal
  • Triple Glued‚ blind stitched and Melco taped seams
  • 9.5mm elastic shockcord double sewn
  • 3/4 length dry-lip
  • 3 dimensional deck shape
  • Sticky Gripsil on cockpit lining
  • 38 mm webbing release loop with attachment clip (for walking)

Supplied by Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem.

Palm Heavy Duty Cover

A heavy-duty durable cockpit cover to protect the contents of your kayak during transport and storage outdoors. It has a 6 mm adjustable shockcord in grippy PU sheath and a 20 mm webbing release loop with moulded handle.

Supplied by Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem.


PeakUK Stern & Bow Airbags

I carry these for extra buoyancy and to clamp my spare paddle into the stern of my kayak. The bow airbag is a tough welded nylon PVC bow airbag for use in most modern whitewater kayaks, in front of the bulkhead. Eyelets fitted for security. Size when deflated: 60 x 35 x 35 cm
The stern airbags (pair) are tough welded nylon PVC split stern air bags for use in most modern whitewater kayaks with centre buoyancy. They fit on either side of the centre column. Eyelets fitted for security. Volume approximately 30L. Size when deflated: 45 x 85 x 20cm

Supplied by Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem.