Rachel Symns

Years Paddling:


Favourite type of paddling:

White Water

Favourite Current Product:

Sweet Rocker - it keeps you warm in the cold, keeps the sun off your face and is grade 1 protection when you need if most. A true life saver.

Favourite Product Owned:

All my kit is relatively new so I will have to say my kayak is my favourite product I own.

Favourite river/spot in the UK:

I am still undecided as there are so many yet to experience but I really enjoyed the Middle Dart as a training run last year from Holne Bridge to Buckfastleigh and I and planning on lots of trips to the Loop this year.

Favourite river/spot abroad:

It has to be the Soca - Bovec in Slovenia visited this summer.

Favourite River Snack:


Future trip plans:

I am looking forward paddling the Tryweryn at some point. Italy is also on my list of places to go soon.

Paddling Hero:

Hendri Coetzee for his brave expeditions on African rivers and tragic death. Also for the work he did uniting the tribes in Africa. He was not just a good paddler but had many more strings to his bow including writing the book "The Best Day Ever". And he was quite hot.

Current Equipment

Jackson Zen in Spiderman Colours
This is my first kayak. I took a lot of time researching which boat to buy as I wanted a boat that would be suitable for my first white water experiences, that would help learn and yet be stable enough to give me confidence. The Zen fitted the bill perfectly. It is fast and sleek through the rapids yet stable and manoeuvrable across the dreaded eddy line.
I love my boat and will not be looking to change it any time soon!


Werner Players 194cm


Sweet Rocker


Palm Amp


Palm Torrent


Sweet Shadrack


Palm Wairoa & Energy Pants


Crewsaver Toki & Palm Tsangpo


Astral Brewers

Spraydeck :

Playboater Work


Yak Open Palm Mitt - essential for the cold