Cowboys, Kayaks & Carnage!
The Best Kayaking Festival You’ve Never Heard Of
In a pretty quiet year for UK paddlers, Teifi Tour remained the bright spot for many British boaters, with a weekend that smashed all records and brought together months of hard work by the River Legacy team. On the weekend the clocks jumped back in October, River Legacy volunteers assembled from across the country to Llandysul in West Wales, putting together an event that continues year on year to inspire paddlers old and new alike. From humble beginnings with few students and a largely local South-Wales clientele, Teifi Tour on the River Teifi has grown to draw students from near and far, and has become a staple on the UK paddling calendar. Combining excellent boating that is suitable for all abilities, two nights of legendary parties and the infamous party tent pool, River Legacy and Llandysul Paddlers put on one hell of a show.
The yearly paddle/party combo that the registered charity River Legacy deliver is one of many throughout the year, with every penny of profit put into projects and causes that support the RL ethos – improving access and encouraging participation in paddlesport in the UK. And what better way to raise the cash than to
give everyone a great weekend?
Much like its bigger brother National Student Rodeo, Teifi Tour brings together a huge variety of people for a packed weekend of paddling, partying and competitions, including the annual #9rBoaterX and the Pyranha Kayaks Spirit of Teifi Award. The theme of choice this year was Wild West Wales, and watching a River Legacy cowboys and cowgirls pour pints for a random assortment of cacti and tumbleweed was a sight to behold! Loads of prizes went out to the loudest and most enthusiastic attendees, from Dewerstone hats and sunglasses to cranked paddles courtesy of White Water Consultancy.
Apart from the imaginative fancy dress, Teifi Tour is unique in many respects in that it offers a natural river suitable for everyone, puts on an impressive party and great prizes from Dewerstone, Pyranha and WWC, and all this run purely for the benefit of UK paddlesport.
Every attendee received a limited edition 100% organic Dewerstone T shirt with their ticket, plenty of boat stickers and posters as well as entry to all the competitions and free coaching clinics all weekend. Teifi Tour was also the first chance for UK paddlers to try out the new Pyranha creek machine the Machno!
River Legacy are a collection of paddlers from all over the UK, led up by our team paddlers including WWGP entrant Bren Orton, globetrotting Beth Morgan, Gene17 Coach Jake Holland and Palm Team member Eddy Mead. Off the back of such a successful 2016, River Legacy are officially putting out the call to YOU to get applying for funding. Got a community project, access improvements or need environmental river help? Anything UK paddlesport related they want to hear from you, so get emailing with a project proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. To keep up to date with all the River Legacy news and events, Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/2g1MBHN or check out the website river-legacy.org.uk.