Max Hodges

Max Hodges

AS Instructor

Max has joined the team to work alongside Liam and "AS on the water".
Not only is Max an enthusiastic white water, sea paddler and coach he is an expert sailor with top 5 finishes in the National championships in the Hurricane class. (very fast that is).

Max has great attention to detail and a big love for falling out of his kayak. That's why we love him, keeps our throw bag skills up to date!

Years Paddling:


Favourite type of paddling:

White Water

Favourite Current Product:

Watershed Ocoee

Favourite Product Owned:

Kokatat Icon Suit.

Favourite river/spot in the UK:

Devon - River Teign, not far from my house, narrow bouncy rapids and quick with a lot of water in it.
Scotland - Etive, pool drop rapids, loads of fun and easy to re run things with amazing scenery.

Favourite river/spot abroad:

Val Sesia - Steep creeking, alpine runs, ice cream and pizza, whats not to like!

Favourite River Snack:

Roundtrees Randoms

Future trip plans:

No set plans but would like to go to Norway, New Zealand and Canada to name a few!

Paddling Hero:

Liam, he introduced me to whitewater and still teaches me quite a bit.

Current Equipment

Jackson Allstar - I just need the skills to paddle it well!

The new Zen has caught my attention, being fast and fun to paddle, great on big bouncy rapids, steep drops and everything in between.

On the sea I've been paddling the Demo P&H Cetus and the Valley Etain.


Werner Sherpas

Werner Nantahala

Werner Shunas


Sweet Rocker for white water and a Sweet Strutter for everything else.


Palm Amp for white water, plenty of storage for essentials. Astral Sea Wolf in fluro yellow for sea and surf, massive pocket and hydration compatible for those longer days on the water. Palm FXr for work, big pocket and hard wearing,


Kokatat Icon, the best dry suit I have owned.


Palm Zenith LS, Kokatat TecTour Gore-tex, Kokatat Blast Shorty


Palm Ion Bib


Palm, IR, Peak, Alder, Elephant, Helly Hansen. IR Union suit has to be my favorite.


Five Ten Canyoneers, for white water where grip and ankle protection is key. Astral Brewers, my go to shoe for most things. Super grippy, hard wearing and look good! Palm Paw so I can squeeze in to my play boat.

Spraydeck :

Playboater Work Deck


Watershed Ocoee Dry Bag - Its a perfect size to fit essential kit, will fit in most boats and keeps everything dry even if you go for a swim.
HF Throwlines - Weasel for swimmer rescues, being such a small bag its easy to throw a long way with accuracy. Alpin for rescuing boats or live baits where a thicker line is useful.
Docs Pro Plugs, keeps the water out of my ears protecting them from surfers ear and stopping my head getting as cold.