Top-level whitewater coach Dennis Newton reviews the Playboater ProTeam Spraydeck
Playboater have been supplying equipment to kayakers (from beginners to world class paddlers) since the late 80’s. Set up by Shaun Baker and Nick Mallabar, Playboater boasts a history of bomber decks. In the early days it was about creating decks that they could trust whilst running first descents around the world, including some of the largest falls in Iceland and the Alps. It’s not just been about river running either, by 2000, Shaun had also gone on to win the UK National Championships in Whitewater Freestyle 9 times and taken 1st place in numerous international freestyle competitions.
Their ethos is as strong now as it was then…as they continue to develop decks that meet the environmental and performance demands of river running and freestyle enthusiasts. For years I have paddled with the Pro Team Deck and have been impressed by its bomb proof performance and durability.