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James Ibbotson

Best known as: Ibbo

Hometown: Doncaster

Living now: Chesterfield

Discipline: Freestyle

Class: C-1

Current boats: Exo Guigui

Shaft of choice: straight and smooth

Big volume or tight and technical: Bigger is better 

Favourite paddling spot: Plattling, Germany

Why should you be on the Peak PS team?: I am a central member of the GB freestyle team, freestyle community, and local Nottingham paddling scene. A friendly face that is happy to give out advice as well as organise events, and encouraging people onto the water. 

What can you bring to the party?: Chips and dips, beer pong, and dad jokes

How did you get into paddling?: Back when I was 8 years old, my parents took me and my brother to loads of activities in the school holidays. Kayaking seemed to stick and has moulded my life ever since. 

Achievements: 5th – 2021 European Champs, 7th 2017 World Championships, Multiple british champion titles, 2016 NFL 1000 point winner.

Best things about paddling: The water and the people. Being out on the water with a group of likeminded people is unbeatable.

Best boating moment: Paddling the final at the European championships. My good friend Matt was in there with me too and lots of amazing friends on the side. The Irish team were making margaritas by the feature. I had been having a really tough time, and this was exactly what I needed. 

Worst boating moment: Paddling during beast from the east. #notworthit

Any other Hobbies: Surfing, cooking, and tattooing


Ultimate worldwide destination: Bali!

Food: Pizza

Drink: a good Mojito

Music: Kid Kudi

Movie: Dark knight rises

Read: Joe Marler – Loose Head

Piece of Peak PS Kit: My STs!

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