Louise Capel

I have been excited about kayaking from the first time I sat in a friend's playboat on Meldon Reservoir. An intro session with Liam on the canal, and a 1* course with Exeter Canoe Club later and I was completely hooked.
Last year, sitting at my desk in my corporate 9-5 job, I decided that 2014 was to be "The Year of Adventure". So, I quit my job in the spring to do some exploring. After a summer in Italy and Norway, I think a year of adventure might not be quite long enough...

Years Paddling:

3

Favourite type of paddling:

Whitewater

Favourite Product:

My kayak is my favourite product and probably my favourite possession! We've been through a lot together. That feeling of getting in the boat when you've made the decision to go is hard to beat.

Least Favourite Product:

My drysuit. It leaks. I'll get a new one soon though!

Favourite river/spot in the UK:

Dartmoor, of course! It's where I learnt to paddle.

Favourite river/spot abroad:

It's a tie. The Soča, for beautiful, chilled out paddling with good food and warm weather and Northern Norway for adventure.

Favourite River Snack:

Any kind of nut bar.

Future trip plans:

Hopefully another European kayaking summer for next year.

Paddling Hero:

Of course Liam :) but closely following on behind...

It's been great this summer to have met lots of inspirational girls on the river; Toni George, an amazing Kiwi paddler who is also super friendly and encouraging, Mariann Saether, a proper adventurer, Amy Elworthy, a great paddler, always happy to share advice and experience, and I could continue, which is pretty exciting in itself!

Current Equipment
Boats:

Zet Veloc, Jackson Star

Paddles:

Werner Sherpa

Helmet:

Sweet Rocker

PFD:

Palm AMP

Drysuit

Palm Element

Cag:

Palm Aqua

Thermals:

Anything merino, Palm Trisuli Womens Thermal Suit

Footwear:

5:10 water tennies

Spraydeck :

Nookie Absolute