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Canadian National team paddler Stig Larsson and Canadian Olympic paddler Tyler Lawlor were tired of wearing mediocre gear with outdated styles. They wanted their own style and personality represented in the form of their own paddling gear and apparel so they started a company in 1997 that did just that. Since then, Level Six has been setting trends on the water and pushing the boundaries of quality and fashion within the paddling community. Stig and Tyler know what paddlers need and want and they continuously provide them, year after year, with their fix. Whether you are a hard-core, whitewater guru or a sun-soaking, beach bum, Level Six has what you need to get the most out of your time on and off the water.

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Gym Class

September 22, 2014

While the BC teachers were on strike, what was one to do with an active 9yr old..? A little biking was on the agenda, along with some hikes, but then finally when the weather warmed up we decided it was time we do some kayaking. 

For those of you who have taught children to kayak, you know it isn't something you typically push on the kid. You don't want to freak them out and have them hate it. It can sometimes be a very slow and long process until they feel comfortable. 

And although I have tried a couple times to get my own kid into the sport, I have tried not to force it. I figured if I proclaimed my love for kayaking enough, eventually she would take the hint and want to give it a go..... and success!!  

And so began our water themed gym classes. There was a lot of 'follow the leader', and a bit of 'I bet you can't beat me to that rock island', and a ton of 360's. Teaching, or should I say tricking, kids is super fun when they have no idea they are learning.

As we approached the last set of rapids (the biggest of the day) her stoke was high, my stoke was high, and all I wished for was all to be super stoked at the end. 

We both smash through the waves (the very cold waves might I add), and before we get to the end she screams 'that was turbo awesome, can we do that again?'. Phewf! We're all stoked.

We left the day wanting more... thank goodness for that because now I will always have a paddling partner :) And although the teachers and kids are now back to school, our gym classes will still go on because, hey, why not! Kayaking is 'turbo awesome' some might say!

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#levelsixgauley Photo Contest!

September 17, 2014

ATTN Gauley Fest Goers: Do you follow us on instagram?! 

Here's what we want you to do:

Whether you are on your way there, partying there, paddling there, or even if you went in the past and have some vintage Gauley pics - we want to see them! But only if you add in the hashtag #levelsixgauley - that's the only way we will see them! 

WHY?! 

How does a 75$ gift certificate to levelsix.com sound?
All for a hashtag! 

BE SURE to tag your pictures #levelsixgauley and @levelsix so we can see your rad pictures and ultimately pick one to win the $75 gift certificates! Share your pictures on Twitter and Facebook for extra points!

Oh, and if you don't follow us on Instagram, follow us so you can participate! 

We will pick a winner shortly after Gauley Fest!

 

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Jacques-Cartier Nord-Ouest

September 16, 2014

 

 

 

One of the most mythical sections of whitewater around Quebec is definately the Jacques-Cartier Nord-Ouest. Some people say it's Taureau's big brother. There is not a lot of infos about this section and only a handfull of people have been into this deep canyon. Every time we were running the Taureau, we were able to see this steep and deep crack comming from the west getting into the Jacques-Cartier at the bottom of the Taureau section.

Last spring,  we decided it was time for us to go in this crack.

 

We drove as far as we can in the wilderness and camp at the point where the road was not praticable anymore. The next morning, we had to get into the epic hike that made the reputation of the JCNO. 

 

The whole adventure was epic and we were all super stoke to be at the bottom of this run. It is a mission but definitely one of the sickest place we've seen. This river is the main tributary of the Jacques-Cartier. To paddle continuous class IV-V (full of sieves & undercuts) in that huge canyon for a whole day is pretty intimidating but an incredible feeling

 

So there it is, one of the rare videos of this mythic section, featuring a quick shot of the third descent of Landslide rapid,  some clues to reach the canyon and a lot of good whitewater images. 


ENJOY

 

Jacques-Cartier Nord-Ouest river from Quebec Connection on Vimeo.

 

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Experiencing more First Descents

September 10, 2014

I have done more kayaking for myself this summer than I have in the last 8 years.  I have ran waterfalls, boofed hundreds of drops, stuck challenging lines and 'ran the gnar', feeling stronger than ever.  And, as much excitement as all that arouses and as many "likes" as that gets on facebook, there is one thing that sticks out that surpasses all that personal attention . . . and, that is being a part in others' "First Descents".

The month of August consisted of me driving to Montana to lead my first "First Descents" camp of the summer; then, off to Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer Show; followed closely by two weeks in Southern Oregon on the Rogue River for more "First Descents".  I never thought I'd be on the 'back end' of that busy August, but now that I am and have time to reflect, it consisted of the most amazing events of my summer.

Lodge on the Rogue River

It's difficult to sum up my FD experience this season, as each camp was unique in its' own way.  Words cannot even describe what goes on in the 5 days of an FD week.  We share laughter, tears, fears, love, meals, "love" notes, silly "awards" and so much more.  So instead, I'm just sharing with you a few photos.

If you would like to read a more personal write-up about this experience, please visit this website.  (plus there are more photos)

As I've said in the past, "you walk in as strangers and leave as family". 
"Lox" and I getting ready to make some money for FD ~ who do you think won?  Beach day and Rugby  FD family jam in Montana
Chilling in our evening "family circles"  Gearing up for a day on the river  6:00 a.m. surf session

 

Mrs R (me) and Mrs. Kemp (both nicknames)  Helping Lilo with edging  Sundance Kayak School ROCKS!

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2014 European Championships

September 09, 2014

From the 27th to the 30th of August, the European Championships took place in Cunovo, Slovakia. Best of European athletes stood there, ready to smell blood.

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Sungai Singor: A hidden gem in the Malaysian jungle

September 05, 2014

Where is MalaysiaOn our first trip to Malaysia back in 2012 we missed one river, the Sungai Singor. The last known full descent of this gem was done by the Tribe crew around Pat Camblin, Ben Marr and Andrew Pollock in 2009. They thought they ran the Sungai Mangga, which is just one of tributaries of the Singor. So we weren't sure what to expect when we started our trip, the shots of the Tribe crew looked like some substantial big water class IV-V in an absolutely remote area. So what if this really was just the tributary?

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spring 2014 destination pyrenees, between Spain and France.

September 03, 2014

It’s time to try the new canoe! we decide to go in the pyrenees, we start with the California stuffed with food and 

enthusiasm!

 

 

 

our first stop’s the french part of  the pyrenees, we don’t find so much water in rivers, but the landscapes are incredible and there’s wild nature everywhere.

 

 

 

During the trip we meet the second group of paddlers, some our close friends from past adventures, and we decide together to go North, Spain is waiting for us.

 

 

 

the pyrenees, wild landscapes, crystal water, we just been there and we’re already thinking about a second come……

 

 

have a good paddling Gigi :-)

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South Africa, the country with the rainbow flag.

August 22, 2014

     

 

 

You have never enough, let’s go to south africa! we already decided the journey, map in hand, we arrive in johannesburg and we rent a toyota, first stop Paris.

The first leg is in the center of the rafting center of Corran Addison’s father, we’ll find there our canoes  that we’ve rented online, when we were in italy.

We did not even familiarize with the surroundings, and we were already sailing in river’s waters, just a couple of hours after our landing in south africa…..The wiew is wonderful and we end the day with the first south african sunset! 

 

 

I just let you imagine the beauty of South Africa’s rivers, and i’ll update you about the great time i had in this wonderful country!  

Have good paddling Gigi :-)

                               

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KNIGHT SHORT SLEEVE SEMI-DRY TOP

August 09, 2014

I love so much this short sleeve jacket,  which means hot water and summer! 
This january i’ve been in south africa and i had the chance to wear for more than 21 days this short sleeve jacket, and for my journey i’ve chosen Level Six! 
A good choice! the model is the knight version, a wonderful jacket with nice details, the electro-welded sewings are very good and keeps the water outside, the textile is very resistant over usage.
The jacket features a double tunnel that makes difficult for the water to fill inside, and it also has the dcd (dual cinch system) that allows you to tighten the neoprene skirt.
I appreciated the chest zip pocket in the anterior part, that is very spacious.

In my opinion is a good model of short sleeve jacket, at the same level of the competitors, definitely one of the best.

 

 

see you the next time. have a good paddling :-) 

 

Gigi Codinotti 

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World Cup 2014 Freestyle

August 04, 2014

This year, the World cup of kayak freestyle was in Europe from the 26th of June to the 13th of July. The clash began in Millau, France, during the Natural Games, an extreme sports festival bringing together sport contests and fancy concerts every night! A lot had been planned during those four festive days in Millau: contests, BMX exhibitions, freestyle and extreme Slackline, rock and cliffs climbing, paragliding and last but not least, kayak freestyle! Most of the activities and concerts occurred around the “maladrerie”, the kayak pond, for the greatest pleasure of the kayakers and the spectators. Everyone enjoyed the freshness of the Tarn River. For the first time, the Natural Games received the world cup of kayak freestyle and it was a complete success!

  

The worldwide best champions were at the Natural Games: the Americans, the Spaniard, the Japanese, the French, the Poles, the Koreans, the English, the Germans and the Czechs… In a boisterous atmosphere we played the finals in front of… a French audience!

The junior ladies opened the ball at 2 pm on Saturday. A little French girl named Guénolé Bourgoin was competing! Loop, 360, space Godzilla…It was a very pretty final during which the Spaniard, Nuria Fontane-Maso, (ranked 2nd during the last worldwide championships in 2013) eventually got a leg up on the American, Rowan Stuart, (the first of 2013 worldwide championship). The English, Emma Winterford, succeeded to grab thebronze medal in front our little French kayaker. She was nevertheless glad of her first international contest!


The ladies make room to the junior men! Fabien Lanao and Thomas Richard (vice worldwide champion in 2013) for France were in competition for the podium! They blasted the scores, coming close with those of the best seniors! Eventually, the Swedish karlson won the gold medal right before Thomas and Fabien. In canoe Sebastien Devred take the second place after Tad and before Jordan.

 

The atmosphere of the senior finals, at 19h30 was electric! Pressure was at its most when I throw myself into my first final run! When I came close to the wave, the French tribe catch fire. The roar of the drums was deafening…I rushed forward… The battle and suspense lasted until the very last minute. Eventually, the Japanese Hitomi Takaku (vice worldwide champion in 2013) took the first place. We draw in second place with the American Emily Jackson (worldwide champion in 2009). In this case, the second best run decides between both kayakers and ranks me third.

 

 Men definitively set the Maladrerie pond on fire with magical runs! We witness a great battle of Mc Nasty, Phoenix Monkey, Triky Wu and we were pined down! Bull’s eye for the French team since Sébastien Devred took the first place before the American Dane Jackson, worldwide champion in 2013. Mathieu Dumoulin got the bronze medal!

 

Finals in video here :  

On Saturday night, a tempest gave the organizers hard times. The spot have been cleared out under heavy rains and howling winds… Nothing to harsh to demoralize a hundred of freestylers overexcited to celebrate these first medals! Eventually a third final take place at the Golf bar restaurant of Millau. The atmosphere was as warmed as the pond’s banks. We finished this first world cup round arm-in-arm, (due to an arm wrestling contest J) between the Americans, the Poles, the French and the Spaniards at 5 a.m., at least for the less courageous.

On Sunday morning, well, more noon, the French team took the road to Salt, in Spain, for the second part of the World cup. We discover a technical roll lost in the middle of the Catalan fields! After four days of practice, the contest could begin with a fancy worldwide opening ceremony: speeches, official pictures, videos and modern ballet choreography on the theme of kayak freestyle. A parade on Salt’s streets mixing batoucada and pyrotechnic show led all the competitors to the sports center. There, a huge meal thrilled the whole community! 

 

Qualifying rounds, quarter final, semi-final…runs came on and on. Competitors gave the best of themselves every day to reach the Saturday final step! The finals were as highly-charged as in France! The roll allowed to manage many types of figures and scores reached the top! Judges are in at 200% and succeed to grade despite the Spaniards’ “caliente” runs, the French’s huge figures and the Americans’ combo!

 

For the junior ladies, Nurià Fontane-Maso, originating from Spain took the first place. For the junior men, Karlson took the gold and Thomas Richard the silver medal! In canoe discipline, Dane Jackson established himself before Pat Dénis and Jordan Poffenberger. As far as senior ladies are concerned, Emily Jackson took the gold right under Hitomi’s nose and I took the bronze medal! As far as men are concerned, Dane Jackson wins the round before Mathieu Dumoulin and Quim Fontane Maso.

  

Finals in video here :

 

 It must be said that pro freestyle, is also a great international bunch of friends! No way to miss an occasion to celebrate those new medals! We all met in our Spanish hostel (an accommodation supplied by the organization for all of the competitors) for a giant “fiesta” which ended on the dance-floor in the city center of Grirone.

To end this world cup on a higher note, athletes take the road again, direction Sort, still in Catluna! Goodbye to the fields and the nice roll of Salt, hello to the “Pallaressa” river. The roll, located in the heart of downtown, offers a perfect show for every Spanish! Kayakers fought against a high-powered roll and the paddles broke for some of us. One must have guts and self-control to master this Spanish body of water! After a tug of war, several French got their tickets for the finals. Junior men and ladies put on the day show with a first place for Rowan and a golden medal for the Swedish Karlson. For the canoe, it’s an American podium with Dane, Jordan and Pat!

 

It was not until 9:30 p.m. that we’ve been allowed to put the kayaks on the water for the senior final! At nightfall, under the spotlights and in front of more than 400 spectators, we rushed forward in the arena! Giant screens, four speakers who were warming the place, interviews and direct broadcast, the organizers had really put on a great spread!

Athletes gave everything they had to get a medal…Bleachers shook and athletes thrilled under the supports of over-excited spectators. After an amazing show and a total harmony with the public, the wave and the athletes, results fell. I finished second of this last round right after Hitomi Takaky (Japan). Emily Jackson (USA) finished at third place. Mathieu Dumoulin also won the silver medal right below the American Dane Jackson and before Nick Troutman (Canada).

At the open category, I am ranked at the third place of this world cup 2014. The French team counted 12 athletes for this world cup. We are proud of our results since no less than 7 Frenchies reached the final at each round. Knowing that a final is reserved for the 5 best worldwide. They succeeded in every discipline: canoe, kayak, junior and senior.

This world cup was by far the best one for me. Just as much for the medals as for the atmosphere and the team spirit of our great French team! I wanted to say a great thank you to all members of the team and to all the fans on the spot or in front of their screens! “Big up” to you, competitors, organizers and judges who made that world cup outstanding!

 

 

Thank's Constance and Maxime for your help! ;)

Photo : tous droits réservés Gilles Reboisson

 

 

 

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We're Hiring! Position: Warehouse Inventory Manager

July 29, 2014

New position available

Position: Warehouse Inventory Manager

Level Six is an Ottawa based designer and supplier of quality casual outdoor clothing and technical paddling gear. We are currently offering part or full time position for Warehouse Manager. 

The position also allows for opportunity for advancement.


Starting date: Immediate


Responsibilities

Shipping and Receiving Orders

Warehouse organization

Inventory management

Potential for customer service, sales, and events

 

Qualifications:

Experience in the Outdoor Retail or Vendor industry. 

Skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Microsoft Outlook. Familiarity with Quick Books an asset.

The ability to work in a goal oriented team environment. 

Excellent communication and organizational skills as well as a “can do” attitude. 

The ability to work proactively to anticipate problems and work within a flexible series of guidelines.

Detail oriented knowledge of outdoor clothing and gear.

Written and Spoken French would be considered an asset.

 

Contact Information.

- All applications will be treated in a confidential manner. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. 

Salary to be determined based on experience and qualifications.

Send a current resume and letter of introduction to Tyler Lawlor:  HYPERLINK "mailto:tyler@levelsix.com" tyler@levelsix.com  or by mail to our offices, care of Tyler Lawlor.

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before boarding height Chiese upper 2000 meters of the river that excitement home!

July 29, 2014

....Excuse me please tell me for refuge might Val di Fumo?????Thank you

 

 

coming soon the video,

have a good paddling,

Gigi

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