Lieksa in my Guigui Helixer

Little clip of raw footage from our time running a coaching camp in Lieksa, Finland.

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a SIMPLE paradise with Katya Kulkova

Uganda has long been a kayakers paradise, one of the reasons is how simply you end up living there and the joy that this brings.

This film is a profile of Freestyle Kayaker Katya Kulkova living a simple life in Uganda on the White Nile.

For Russian Subtitles click the CC button at the bottom of the player.
Для российских Субтитры нажмите кнопку CC в нижней части проигрывателя.

Filmed/ Edited: James Bebbington

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Tony Anderson – Rise
Capo Productions – Field of Dreams
Tony Anderson – Hope

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Winter training in Uganda


Uganda has been our winter training destination for the last 10 years – it’s a paradise for Kayakers. 

The White Nile has some of the best waves in the World and is a beautiful place to spend time, but the true beauty of spending months there is the way life simplifies – no internet, phone or TV.

We live in a tent on an island, with just a few other paddlers, eating the local fruits, kayaking, playing games and just watching the wildlife – You feel calmer, more alert and in-tune with the World around – it’s like hitting the refresh button spending time there.








The island we stay on called the Hairy Lemon is owned by a guy called Paul who is working very hard to help the wildlife & ecosystem of the area and his island is a haven for animals and native plants as well as kayakers 😉







We spent 2 months kayaking there and previously i’ve made countless edits of myself from Uganda so this time I wanted to do something different. Something to show the lifestyle & the beauty of the place.

I’ve made a little mini-docu film about my wife Katya, our life in Uganda & the place. Katya is also an amazing kayaker who competes for Russia, she’s also an amazing artist…

All of this area is under threat from a flawed new dam project that aside from not really doing much to help Uganda would wreck an enormous area of natural beauty, communities and unique habitats as well as ruining the kayaking, all to produce a measly amount of electricity when a lesser damn would produce nearly the same power without ruining anywhere the amount of land proposed and would keep the rapids we cherish so much. Please read about it here and see how you can help.





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Nottingham Sessions: Freestyle for the Mind – Video

The film explores what it takes to enjoy & succeed at Freestyle Kayaking and shows what i’ve been working on this last month kayaking in Nottingham, a paradise for hole kayaking.

Camera: Katya Kulkova
Edit: James Bebbington
Support by: Teva Footwear, Dagger Kayaks, Palm Equipment & AT paddles

Parade of Lights: Only Human
Faded Paper Figures: Invent It All Again
Pokémon Theme Song Dubstep (ft. Lindsey Stirling)

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2013 Hurley Classic Report

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A glorious Autumn morning welcomed 140 competitors to Hurley
The Hurley Classic has been running for 24 years now, it’s one of freestyle’s most iconic events held in europe and best of all it’s held on a feature worthy of it’s reputation.
Hurley itself is a dynamic wave/ hole where all moves are possible, not always that easy to land but spectacular definitely. Jacko the event organiser has put a lot of work in this last few years to grow the event getting more and more top paddlers from around the World to come over and see if they can steal the classic crown from the locals!
This time Jacko excelled himself with nearly all of europe’s top paddlers coming over and even Stephen Wright from America.
The main idea is to unite the Uk paddling community with the rest of the ww community from around the World for an exciting, fun end of season showdown on an exciting feature to see who can provide the best spectacle.
This year we had quite a few events going on such as the Saturday GB team selection & night time super final, the epic boatercross, the Palm pin up photo contest and of course the main event the Classic on the Sunday. Jacko even threw a delicious banquet in the massive heated tent by the wave for all the competitors!
GB Selection
The saturday was for most people a warm up comp for the Sunday classic, but for the few who are trying to make the team to compete at the Europeans it was serious 😉 Because it’s a selection event for a hole contest, we were restricted during the heats to only use the hole gate which made for a very very tricky contest.
Best of the Brits was Palm/ Gb’s Alan Ward who battled his way to 3rd place in an extremely tough final showing the best of what the Thames Valley can produce. 2nd went to my Dagger team mate Tomasz Czaplicki and 1st with incredible rides was the french powerhouse Sebastian Devred with a incredible last ride !

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Sebastian Devred – France
In the women’s frances slalom superstar Nouria Newman won the super-final showing amazing adaptability and Palm’s Katya came in 4th.

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Nouria Newman – France

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Katya Kulkova – Russia
Full Results from the Selection (but not the super final) –
This years boatercross was amped up a notch with an even bigger & steeper launch ramp followed by paddling around a marked out course across the flow of the wave whilst Rob Harris shot at you with a water canon then back again around the other buoy before a sprint to the finish all the while the two kayakers in body armour called  “8 Ballers” tried to stop you in your tracks.
In the men’s Palm’s Alan Ward added another great performance to steal the win ahead of Austria’s Marcel Bloder and Slovakia’s Peter Csonka after 5 gruelling rounds.
In the women’s there were no surprises as France’s Nouria Newman easily sailed to victory! ahead of Palm’s Anne Hübner, & Gb’s Paula Volkmer (not 100% on the womens 2nd & 3rd, so please correct me if i’m wrong.)

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Nouria with her 1st place boater cross £!
In the classic you get 20 minutes with 10 people getting as many rides as they can. The aim is to do as many different moves as possible. The top 5 go though to a final with the full 3 gates open (it was on 2 for the rest of the weekend) to get 3 45 second rides with your best one counting to decide the winner.
GB’s top performers were Palm’s star performer Alan Ward  who just missed the final in 6th followed by Doug Cooper and Palm’s Bren Orton.
For the super-final the lock keeper opened up the weir to give us a perfect retentive 3 gates which let us really see what some of the World’s best could do. It was very close as everyone had amazing rides but in the end Stephen Wright of the USA took the win with moves i’ve never seen stuck before on Hurley (pistol flips on demand), 2nd went to Spain’s Euro champ Quim Fontane Maso and 3rd to Frances Mathieu Dumoulin.

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Quim Fontane Maso – Catalonia

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Alan Ward – GB

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Sebastian Devred – France

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Mathieu Dumoulin – France

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Event winner Stephen Wright – USA

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Men’s Classic Podoum: Stephen 1st, Quim 2nd, Mathieu 3rd
In the women’s GB’s Claire O’hara had the ride of her life to take the win ahead of Slovakia’s NIna Csonkova in 2nd and Frances Marlene Devillez in 3rd.

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Claire Ohara 1st, Nina Csonkova 2nd, Marlene Devillez 3rd
Finals Results:
Mens Results:
Women’s Results:
All info/ Photos:
A big thank you must go to Jacko and all the volunteers who organised and ran the event, it was a true showcase of the top of our sport uniting all ages, sexes and abilities in a common love of kayaking! It was amazing having so much talent come over to the UK just for one event and I think everyone left feeling that it was a fun trip. Next year is the 25th edition so it’ll be a big one so you’d better get preparing for it 😉

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Event organiser Jacko closing the classic.


Palm’s Anne Hübner gives us her thoughts on the Classic:

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Palm’s Anne Hübner’s impressions
It was my first time going to England for a kayak event. Usually before a kayak trip everybody is jealous but not this time. I got told about the bad and cold weather I will find in the UK and so on. And finally everybody was right – the weather during the event was cold and grey and the wave was only on two gates which wasn’t my favourite. Anyway, friday offered a beautiful sunny autumn-day and I got an awesome session on friday on three gates which was already worth to fly over. Great to see so much enthusiasm for Freestyle Kayaking in the UK and thanks to everybody who helped to make the Hurley Classic such a great event!”


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Alan Ward
A few words from Local hero, Palm’s Alan Ward:
The SAS Hurley Classic was an incredible event with competitors coming from all over the world to invade a quiet and unsuspecting rural village in Berkshire at the weekend. Every year the organisers (Jacko and friends) step the competition up a notch, which included an incredible 8 ball boaterX competition, a huge heated marquee and the biggest banquet to date.
Most of the top ten men and women in the world competed over the weekend for the coveted title of SAS Hurley Classic Champion and the show did not disappoint with two floodlit finals and breathtaking heats all weekend on a variety of different gate set ups.
It’s one of the oldest competitions in freestyle kayaking and next year celebrates its 25th year, so with our help may the SAS Hurley Classic grow and grow!
Many thanks to Jacko and the team,
See you next year,
See if you can find yourself in our photo dump below 😉


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Rivers Source wrap up


On the 26/27th October we gathered once again on the Dart river for the Rivers Source event. It’s a nice event toward the end of the season for whitewater paddlers and freestylers to enjoy everything the Dart has to offer with various coaching clinics going on during the day and evening entertainment on the Saturday.

We came to run freestyle clinics on the Loop section. It’s a pretty easy section in a creekboat but in a playboat you can really squeeze a lot out of it. It’s full of little waves, eddy lines, splat rocks and holes that are ideal to learn the basics on and also perfect fundamental skills on for the more advanced freestylers.

The Sunday we were gifted higher levels which actually turned the section into a really fun play run for all abilities with a particularly good but very feisty hole on the first step of Triple falls and a wave you could do air blunts on the last step of the falls! Everyone went to take their beating in the hole and try their hand at looping, with some good success’s amidst the trashings.

The weekend was very enjoyable for us & hopefully for our students too. It was nice to kayak in clean water in such a beautiful setting for a change. The event brings together the paddling community of the area and further afield to come and enjoy the Dart river at it’s finest!

Come join us next year!


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Photos Courtesy of Epic Stout Photography:

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Autumn Freestyle Camp – HPP


Freestyle Camps at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham – 5 Days – £290

  • Autumn Camp – 29th October to 2nd November

To book email me at 


Our 5 day camps are limited to 4 people maximum. Water fees & camping fees are not included in the course fee.

We aim to help you get the best from your paddling with maximum enjoyment along the way.

I’ve spent the last 12 years  falling over in the cold to teach myself all the moves and skills required to be a World Champion and I love passing what I know on to others so they don’t have to take so long about it 😉

I will be on the water paddling with you at least one session of every day & filming the other one.


All camps are tailored to the individuals needs but for most paddlers this will involve teaching you 2 or 3 new moves, improving the consistency of ones you can already do & helping you put together competition rides and put them into action.

Off the water i’ll teach you how to warm up properly, how to train to your potential, how to learn moves on your own, how to use video to help your progression and will talk in-depth about mental preparation, competition preparation and how to get the most from your playing.

All participants will get daily verbal feedback and video review.

All video footage taken can be copied and taken away, provided you bring a hard drive to copy it onto.

Lunchtime video review on a previous Hpp Camp last summer.

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