The Meaning of Life: Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen lets us into his life and thought process in a touching and inspiring short film, if this doesn’t strike a chord and invigorate your sense of adventure then nothing else will.

Press play and drift away for 5 mins ….. trust me you will not regret it.

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Meet the bloggers: Jeff Allen

We are extremely lucky here at GVSCO to have started working with the legendary explorer and Journeymen that is Jeff Allen. With his very unique skill set and passion for the outdoors Jeff strives to bring the nature and humanity back to its symbiotic relationship where by we can enjoy the beauty of the natural world but also respect it, view it and live with it in an educated and thoughtful manner.

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Jeff is the founder of the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA), which is a commercial guiding organisation, specialising in training and assessments of commercial sea kayak guides.

Jeff is also the founding director of several successful commercial sea kayaking businesses, specialising in tuition, guiding and expeditions by kayak/canoe, these businesses include Expedition Paddler, Sea Kayaking Cornwall Ltd and Gylly Adventures. In 2008, working with David Whiddon (Sea Survival Trainer RNLI) Jeff developed the first sea survival programme aimed specifically at the sea kayaking industry, this two day course has since been emulated by various organisations around the world in Canada the US and Europe and he is regularly consulted in areas of rescue, survival and incident management. Jeff is the technical advisor to the DGI, Denmark’s leading sea kayaking organisation as well as to various other sea kayaking businesses. He teaches and presents regularly at sea kayak symposia around the world Within the sea kayaking industry, Jeff is considered to be a technical expert in these fields and due to this recognition is also a regular contributor and columnist to the Ocean Paddler magazine.

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Jeff draws not only on his proffessional awards in training the service, awards which include the highest levels of proficiency and coaching of the British Canoe Union – but also on his experience, to date Jeff has accumulated more than 20,000 miles of practical expedition sea kayaking experience, including a classic first un-supported circumnavigation of Japan, the first British Circumnavigation of South Georgia, a combination Ski and Kayak circumnavigation of the Scandinavian Peninsular and a world record breaking speed circumnavigation of Ireland as well as many other personal and commercial expeditions to the Mediterranean, North & South America and Europe. He plans the logistics and itineraries for these expeditions which run in a variety of climates where temperatures have ranged from -20 (Winter in Northern Norway) to + 35/40 (Sub tropical Japan & Mexico) Celsius and has an understanding of the requirements for conducting small boat expeditions in a whole variety of environments.

So it is clear to see that the man and legend that is Jeff is a force to be admired and not to be messed with 🙂 . With such a broad skill set and huge vault of experience to draw upon is there anything that he can not do ? We are extremely excited and honoured to bring you these adventures as they unfold so keep your eyes out for Jeffs blogs ….. they are sure to make you rethink and get up and outside.

Please visit his website and get in contact he would love to hear from you:

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‘Road to the Mountains’: Skookumchuck- British Columbia- EP3

We continue to follow the amazing journey of our favorite world champion kayaker Nick Troutman on his epic adventures around the globe.

The Third entry to his online series ‘Road to the Mountains’ – we hope you are enjoying his travels as much as we are!


‘Road to the Mountains’: L’Dub White Salmon- EP2 with Nick Troutman

Another update for Nick Troutman on his travels! We hope you enjoy as much as we do!

We have made it to the west coast, and driven north to White Salmon Washington to meet up with some friends and get some creek race training in on the famous Little White River.


Follow more from Nick here.


‘Road to the Mountains’. On the Road Again – EP1 with Nick Troutman

So excited to be following Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson on their journey! They are on a big old road trip whilst preparing for the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games and are going to be keeping us up to date on their progress through their Youtube videos!

Keep following his progress here.

Meet the Athletes! Nick Troutman

We are very excited to announce our partnership with this man! The things that he can do in a kayak are truly astonishing!  Having the balls to even attempt some of the drops and lines he runs is enough, but to come out the other side alive and smiling .. well that shit is just NUTS!


Nick is 28 and grew up in Beachburg Ontario on the famous Ottawa River, he has a house in Rock Island TN but mainly resides in a RV living on the road 8-10 months of the year.

His list of accomplishments are truly impressive:
World Freestyle Kayak Champion
North American Champion
8x National Champion
GoPro Mountain Games Gold Medalist
First Full descents of the Rio Alseseca and Rio Jalacingo in Mexico
Expedition leader and team member for multiple first decent rivers
Film maker/ photographer
GoPro, Adidas, and Jackson Kayak