Booking made even easier!

We’ve made booking with us even easier!

You can now book instantly online using paypal or a credit / debit card. Once you’ve paid, just complete the online booking form on the page you are taken back to and you’re done. No need to print anything off. No need to post anything. No need to even use the phone! You can book yourself a superb day or two on the water from the comfort of your home in just a few clicks.

Of course, if you prefer the human touch – you can still pay by cheque or bank transfer and our printable booking form is still available too.

For full details, see www.flowfree.co.uk/booking-info.

Read full story

Demo Boats Now Available

We just wanted to let you know that FlowFree now have access to a small range of the latest white water and freestyle boats for you to demo, including the much sought after 2010 Jackson Star range (2010 Star, AllStar, SuperStar and MonStar all available, plus 2007 Shooting Star). For more information or to reserve a demo boat for a particular course, please email us on info@flowfree.co.uk

Read full story

Ladies Days

Well it’s been quite a while since we’ve put anything up on the blog; but that’s not to say we haven’t been busy! With degrees, competitions and most recently trips to Norway and France the FlowFree team have barely had a chance to catch their breath! To see some impressive photos and read tales from their adventures so far, take a look at their personal blogs.

A few weeks ago, Becky Russell and I ran some Ladies Specific Courses in glorious sunshine on the rivers of North Wales.

Saturday’s Confidence Booster was a particularly fun day on the water, with ladies ranging in experience from just a few beginner rivers to those who’d paddled for years but now felt their confidence waivering. With low ratios, we were able to cater the day around these varying backgrounds and soon had everyone happy, smiling and progressing with their paddling. At the end of the day, almost everyone went for a body-surf in the bottom wave of Mile End Mill – a sign of improved confidence, high spirits and unusually hot weather in Llangollen!


Charlie Gwilliam looking determined

On Sunday it was time to focus on White Water Skills such as driving the boat across eddylines, boofing and using the river’s features to our advantage to make our paddling more efficient and dynamic. Thanks to Tom Wardill for some cracking photos from the day.


Lowri explains the next challenge…

Ladies Specific Courses are always a joy to coach and extremely rewarding as the atmosphere of peer encouragement and a fresh perspective never ceases to provide great progress in the paddling of those on the course.

The next Ladies Confidence Booster is set to be October 10th with a Ladies Playboating day on the 11th. Keep an eye on the ‘Ladies Courses’ page for more dates to be added soon!

Read full story

Massif fun all round!

Myself and Jon Davies have recently returned from guiding one of Flowfree’s Steep Long Weekends in the Massif Central in Southern France. We had a real range of weather from pleasantly hot to sideways “coffee shop” rain. Starting off with some classic bedrock on the middle Tarn, we also paddled the fantastic upper Borne, Mimente and a section of the Upper Ardeche. High water levels scuppered our plans for a run on the upper Tarn, so we made do with some fantastic alpine-style boating to round off the long weekend. Keep your eyes open for next year’s trip, coming Easter 2010….But for now I’ll let the pictures tell the story…


Nick drops into the Moyen Tarn. C’est Bon!


Tom lines up on “Rib Cage” of the Haute Borne


More fun on the Haute Borne


FlowFree-Ride on the Mimente

Read full story

Canoe Wales Freestyle Dev – Feb 22nd – SOUTH WALES

The next Canoe Wales (formerly known as WCA) Freestyle Development Day will be held on the Morriston Weirs on the Tawe in Swansea. Directions can be got here: http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/map-directions.htm – as soon as you come off the roundabout, go past Wychtree Street and park on the left hand side near the foot bridge. Walk across the foot bridge and up the path to access the weirs.

There are three weirs, water level will dictate which weirs we use and what sort of features they produce. This is a friendly spot so people of all abilities welcomed, but confidence on white water is highly recommended.

We welcome anyone with an interest in freestyle and particularly youngsters, anyone who’d like to get into competing or coaches who wish to learn how to deliver better playboat coaching. Those wishing to attend as a student should live in Wales and/or be a CW/WCA member. Coaches are welcomed from anywhere; those wishing to observe and get coaching tips can come for free. If you would like to help with providing the coaching, please get in touch and we’ll also cover your expenses.

The day costs £15 for adults and £10 for U18s, which includes quality coaching from a range of experienced coaches and use of a small range of demo boats.

Meet at 9am outside Swansea Canoes.

Please let me know if you plan to attend by dropping me an email on wca-freestyle@flowfree.co.uk or joining the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=50563572846

Read full story

WCA Freestyle Dev – Feb 7th @ the Dee

The first WCA Freestyle Development Day of 2009 will be at Mile End Mill on the Dee, where we will be based throughout the day. Park in the White Water Active / Paddleworks car park as usual and meet at 9.30am in the cafe.

Mile End Mill is ideal for aspirant playboaters of all abilities, with 3 features which are great for learning all sorts of new moves or even having your first surf (if the river is very high, those without a confident white water roll will be advised not to attend. I will update on water levels on the Thursday before.) We welcome anyone with an interest in freestyle and particularly youngsters, anyone who’d like to get into competing or coaches who wish to learn how to deliver better playboat coaching. Those wishing to attend as a student should live in Wales and/or be a WCA member. Coaches are welcomed from anywhere; those wishing to observe and get coaching tips can come for free. If you would like to help with providing the coaching, please get in touch and we’ll also cover your expenses.

The day costs £15 for adults (coaches attend for free) and £10 for U18s, which includes quality coaching from a range of experienced freestyle coaches and use of a small range of demo boats. It does not include the charge made by White Water Active to use their site.

Please let me know if you plan to attend by dropping me an email on wca-freestyle@flowfree.co.uk or joining the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=49882181829#/event.php?eid=50993751346

Any questions, drop me an email.

Hope to see you there!

Read full story

FF at Paddlefest

FlowFree are proud to announce that we will be providing coaching clinics, workshops and freestyle demonstrations at Paddlefest in Nottingham this March 28-29th. Sessions will include Introduction to Playboating and workshops for nailing your cartwheels and loops.

Paddlefest Logo

Throughout the weekend we will also be on-hand to answer questions and take bookings, so keep an eye out for stand – we’ll have a flag!

For more info see the Paddlefest website, or drop us an email.

Read full story

2nd North Wales Playboat Gathering

After the success of the first gathering that saw 27 people braving the cold on the Dee… a mixture of novices to GB team, C1 and K1, men and ladies, old and young all having fun messing about on the river.

The gang at the 1st gathering

Brandon was elected “winner” of that gathering for general fun attitude and smileyness and he decided that the next one would be….

February 1st at Tryweryn (with the Dee as a back up if there is no release of there is lots of water).

Meet 12pm.

There’s a facebook event for it here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=41401264019#/event.php?eid=41401264019

See ya there!

Read full story

Exploring North Wales

Everyone knows that North Wales is a honeypot for white water kayaking, with thousands of paddlers making the migration here every weekend. With all those paddlers about, are there still adventures to be had off the beaten track? Somewhere up in the hills behind FlowFree HQ, an epic gorge awaited an exploratory mission…

Stay tuned for part two of the adventure, here’s a taster of what we found in the forest:







It’s great living in Wales 🙂

Read full story

Informal Playboating Gatherings in North Wales

Inspired by the old Sunday league at Tryweryn and the current league held on the Thames Weirs, an informal playboating league is being set up in North Wales. The basic premise being to get people together to have a play and help and encourage each other while having fun!

Times and places for a playboating gathering will be advertised here and on the Dates and Events section of UKRGB, and will happen roughly every 2 weeks or so. The first of these gatherings is happening the day after boxing day (December 27th) at Mile End Mill on the Dee. Meeting 12pm for about 2 hours of boating.

The session will last 2 hours but obviously, you can paddle before and after the gathering if you wish!! It’s totally informal, so there is no single person in charge, no rules, no formal coaching, no entry fees, no paperwork… just come along and paddle with a bunch of like-minded people who enjoy going for a play, no matter what ability.

After each gathering, a “winner” will be decided by the group (the winner may be the person who did the best old school move, had the biggest smile or encouraged other people the most… whatever, the group decides!) and that person then gets to decide the time/place of the next one.

This way it does not rely on one or two people to make it happen… just whoever would like to get involved at any time; which should mean it has some longevity. We can use also a range of places and features, depending on what suits those involved. There are already quite a lot of people keen to make this happen and I hope it will create a new, friendly and approachable playboating community in North Wales.

The main idea of this is to encourage people to come along and give plaboating a go without the stress of an organised event / competition, but where there will be plenty of people around to help out and paddle with – so shake off that xmas pud and come for a play! 🙂

Read full story