Otto Van De Steene

Grünwalder Brücke to München

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Definitely always use a lifejacket on such waters! This is not a beginners trip, as the weirs around here can be extremely dangerous. 

I did this paddle after some heavy rainstorm, so I suspect there was quite some more water than usual. Th trip from higher upstream (Wolfratshausen) should also be possible.

Perfect to take the public transport to the starting point.

Had to do two very short portages at point A & B

There is a very big weir at the Marienklausenbrücke (point C), portaging around should be possible, but I took it (you can see it from the 12th second on the video) 

 Thalkirchner Brücke would be a good endpoint, but I still went on from there. I suspect that the weirs just after it ( point E) were only possible due to the heavy rains of just before.

Also, there was one tricky weir (point F) that I didn't see coming easily. I got quite a huge splash in from that one as you can see towards the end of the video.

When less water I can imagine that these weirs look totally different.

Discovering just out of Berlin

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A beautiful spring day just outside of Berlin. We made kind of a special tour that started with a hitchhiking element, but it would be easier to just take the S-bahn to Erkner to than paddle to the S-bahn at Zeuthen or something.

Anyhow, we left at Spreeboard in Neu Zittau to enjoy the good stream until the Dämeritzsee close to Erkner. Very nice paddling until there, with a good strong flow, so it was effortless paddling. After that, we immediately chose for the small Gosener Graben river through the woods to get away from the motorboat madness. This very calm river that is only accessible for paddlers, and definitely, a must do for Berlin. 

Turning back we still did a small detour for the Werndorfer See, where we could even spot a snake swimming very close to our boat!

Potsdam tour

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Getting from the lake to the river Havel was a little tricky getting out, but shouldn't be a problem.  We also had a great stop at the Schiffsrestaurant John Barnett, where we could leave the boat on the water safely.


Stunt - Down the Ghent rabbit hole

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This was just a little fun stunt we did for easter. How to; to do the steep waterfall successfully it is about paddling solo and sitting quite in the back seat. Otherwise, the nose would dive too deep into the water to recover.

As preparation, we did nothing special to the boat. Temperatures were still around freezing. We checked the water before through probing a paddle on its longest setting, and Otto, of course, wore a drysuit and lifejacket with neoprene boots and gloves.

Mangroves and fishfarms to Tainan

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This is a little trip I did in the South China Sea. Calm, warm and rainy weather. Endless fish farms in the sea. We started from the mangroves of Tainan. The last bit turning pack to Tainan took us hours until dark as the tidal streams started to play heavily against. Be aware of this danger!

river Toa (Cuba)

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Beautiful paddle with many beautiful encounters. People really live around these rivers. Came to the starting spot with the help of a taxi driver. Got collected back by him at the end. Good directions with an offline OpenStreetMap as a help are much advised to make appointments with drivers in Cuba!


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Just a small tour I had when I was in Vienna for a short time. Much more to explore!

Melreux - Durbuy - Barvaux-sur-Ourthe

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Perfect day trip! The train can bring you back to your starting point, and all good paddling. In Grand Han, we ate in La Passerelle, to then further persue our adventure.

From Lesse to Meuse

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A full day paddle after having camped our tent in Le Houyet. Lots of shallows and a few barrages we were all able to paddle. Would recommend doing this very careful though. We were able to take the train back and forth. The train has multiple stops along the route. Perfect if you want to do it easy. Just check the closest train station from the moment you feel it was enough...

Discovering Oslo

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This route is a combination of several paddles we did in Oslo when shooting our Kickstarter launch video. Both under the station an at the marina you have actual water pass-throughs only accessible to paddlers. The combination of having a small river at the start, to then have the wide waters of the city make this an amazing paddle.


Paddling Berlin

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Close to central Berlin, but amazing to paddle, very green at the beginning, At (A) you have the perfect spot for a stop with a drink at Insel der Jugend, and at the little dead-end at Treptow (B) you can paddle alongside the techno clubs. Passing one lock (C) we could paddle the canals in the direction of Kreuzberg. Be aware that the Spree from Oberbaumbrücke (D) is off-limits to paddle.

Sunset paddle in Saint-Omer

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Our first evening paddle close to Saint-Omer. We kept a little romantic photo-sessions with our ONAK lights.

A tour in Saint Omer

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Due to some too small drain pipe to pass we had to walk towards the end of this tour.

Stockholm Archipelago

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We only left in the evening and due to the worsening of the weather we couldn't paddle much further than our camping spot. Most small islands are inhabited here, so it can be difficult to find a camping spot. The paddle back took us all day due to heavy winds (bft 6) from the West.

Copenhagen round-tour

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We had many adventures here, but this is a tour I would advise most. The kayak bar in the center is the perfect place to launch. Do mind that on busy days the water can have a lot of waves. But fine for an experienced paddler .Although they rent out boats there, asking if we could launch there was enough. Ordering a drink can be helpful though.

Seals and island hopping in the Glénans

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WARNING: You should only do this adventure when you are highly experienced and take all possible safety precautions into account! Weather and tides can be highly unpredictable in this place!

This adventure has been done with a prototype boat. We hitched bigger boats with our canoe folded to and from the Archipelago. We stayed for 3 nights on the islands at different places. As I was doing this adventure with somebody that worked for the local island-owning sailing school we were allowed to do this. We were kept a lot of attention on the leave-no-trace principles. Around Quignenec island we had to transport some wood from island to island to be able to cook our meal close to a place that was appropriate for our tent. We also had a seal following us for a while. The inquisitive seal even touched the boat gently out of curiosity!

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