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by davebrads
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton
Replies: 21
Views: 1307

Re: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton

The speed and grade of the water has nothing to do with whether it is pumped or not. If you built the Lee Valley course where it could be fed with a constant 16 cumecs (or whatever it is) from a natural river it will be exactly the same. To a degree the speed of the water is determined by the gradie...
by davebrads
Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: How big is too big?
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: How big is too big?

Thanks for the videos Jim. In the video of Chris Hobson he just mans up and takes it. The size of the waves in the other video are just mental, I can only assume their was a decent rip to get out on.
by davebrads
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: How big is too big?
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: How big is too big?

I found some video of the 1991 worlds at Thurso. Pretty big, and some classic boats. I also found this video of Chris Hobson on some big waves, a bit bigger than my session at Widemouth but he is younger and fitter and with way more skills than me and he was still having trouble.
by davebrads
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can I use my Bliss Slick Blitz for river running?
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Can I use my Bliss Slick Blitz for river running?

I have to add that although I only used my Prozone on grade 3 I lent it to my daughter's boyfriend on a trip to Scotland who was good slalom C1 paddler, better than me. He jumped straight into it and was running grade 4 never missing a line or capsizing.
by davebrads
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 20
Views: 739

Re: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160

The other thing to bear in mind is that the OP is asking us ordinary Joes, not those at the cutting edge. For those at the top of any sport the risks are much higher. If I was a skier I wouldn't be skiing on slopes that have the potential to slide, it would be enough for me just to tackle a stable s...
by davebrads
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 20
Views: 739

Re: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160

For me, generally the risks and difficulties in a rapid are usually fairly obvious and logical. You can look at a rapid and see where and how the water is moving, understand how that will effect a kayak, and make a decision as to whether your ability is enough to handle it. I get what you are sayin...
by davebrads
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can I use my Bliss Slick Blitz for river running?
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Can I use my Bliss Slick Blitz for river running?

It will be fun but it will limit what rivers you are able to run. I used to run some rivers in my Prozone which is similar era but even more edgy, but never anything above grade 3. One issue is the tight fit which may limit the time you can stay in the boat, and running into rocks or hitting the bot...
by davebrads
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: How big is too big?
Replies: 10
Views: 541

How big is too big?

I was out today at Widemouth, Magic Seaweed reckons it was 3-4 feet but I am sure it was bigger. I think I have been out in bigger surf, but it has not felt so powerful before. It was a real struggle getting out, and sometimes when I rolled under a breaking wave it still picked me up and chucked me ...
by davebrads
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 20
Views: 739

Re: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160

The discussion of high risk sports is interesting and I want to add my tuppenny - worth. Compared to most other mainstream high-rise sports it is very difficult to assess the risks. You can walk a rapid near the top of your ability and make an assessment of your chance of a successful outcome but yo...
by davebrads
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Keeping warm in summer
Replies: 28
Views: 1591

Re: Keeping warm in summer

So I can buy a decent pair of neoprene shorts for £30 or I can pay double that for some Neoprene shorts with some cloth attached so that I can wow the ladies when I am hanging around the river bank.

Hmm.... let me see

Fool ... money ....
by davebrads
Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: What do you wear when surf kayaking???
Replies: 17
Views: 962

Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Why are you thinking of changing from the impact vest? I am only asking out of interest, I already have a Sandiline BA and am quite happy with it, but I always thought impact vests looked quite useful for surfing.
by davebrads
Tue May 30, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: What do you wear when surf kayaking???
Replies: 17
Views: 962

Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Most of my surfing is in the summer, and it'll be either a shorty wetsuit or if it's really warm just neoprene shorts. For colder conditions I have a Peak dry cagdeck which I'll wear over one or two layers of fleeces combined with neoprene shorts.
by davebrads
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Faster, bigger, stronger, new gen boats vs older
Replies: 33
Views: 2119

Re: Faster, bigger, stronger, new gen boats vs older

I don't get your point. The Shiva is too big and the 9R is boring if you are paddling a river that is well within your ability, which to be honest most of us do most of the time. They aren't if you are using them in the right environment. Actually this applies to any of the boats mentioned in this d...
by davebrads
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Much needed Advice from BC
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: Much needed Advice from BC

Hands up any of you who actually paddle where rowers also paddle? I was hanging around the middle of the Thames at Shepperton weir when I heard someone shout "canoe". I took no notice until I heard it again - a bit closer - I looked round and there was an eight coming straight at me with their oars...
by davebrads
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing AGM
Replies: 70
Views: 4673

Re: British Canoeing AGM

Ring any similarities? https://spark.adobe.com/page/0QN8kOi6YNKua/ I don't think so, apart from maybe the comments about intransigent old men. British Cycling was always about competition. They are now being pushed to be more active in the recreational side of the sport by Sport England but this is...
by davebrads
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The best boat in the WORLD!
Replies: 67
Views: 4275

Re: The best boat in the WORLD!

Unless the Loki is very different to an Axiom I'd just fall over repeatedly while getting more and more nervous and unhappy :( but its obvious lots of paddlers love that sort of thing! The Loki is like the Axiom but more so. It is slicier, more responsive and better balanced but you are right it ne...
by davebrads
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing AGM
Replies: 70
Views: 4673

Re: British Canoeing AGM

Maybe I'm a bit perverse but I vote no to more benefits as I would rather they focus on things that matter. Nothing comes without a cost implication and I would rather not pay for something I don't want or need.
by davebrads
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HPP - best time to go?
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Re: HPP - best time to go?

Most people arrive at 10.00 when the course opens so it is usually busy from then until 12.00. It is usually quieter then until 2.00 when everyone gets back on. If you want a really quiet session go for about 4.00 onwards, especially on Sunday.
by davebrads
Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Does fear affect your paddling ability?
Replies: 12
Views: 852

Re: Does fear affect your paddling ability?

I have also observed the opposite, where someone who hasn't either capsized or taken a swim for some time becomes increasingly scared because it has been so long since they have experienced it, and they then do everything they can to avoid it happening with the inevitable result that they continue n...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing AGM
Replies: 70
Views: 4673

Re: British Canoeing AGM

I think this is really important. If you agree, then please publicise it to your clubs/colleagues and encourage as many people as possible to use their proxy vote.
by davebrads
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Kayaker- Wetsuit choice
Replies: 9
Views: 608

Re: New Kayaker- Wetsuit choice

My paddling goes back far enough when standard winter paddling kit was a long john wetsuit, a couple of old woolly jumpers and a leaky cag. In my experience the wet suit worked great when you were swimming but didn't keep you very warm at all on longer winter paddles. Since you generally end it sitt...
by davebrads
Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access dispute stateside
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: Access dispute stateside

I've experienced a couple of instances where landowners have brought along a gun to reinforce their opinion - on the Rawthey and (incredibly) the Goyt. Both a long time ago now, perhaps things are getting better.
by davebrads
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 6151

Re: First thing you coach on WW

3. Am I / you happy with the consequences if it goes wrong and I miss the line? You may end up going to plan B and paddling a different harder line, or it might be a swim. 4. Can the team set up safety to adequately mitigate against point 3? If I get a no on these then it's shoulder the boat time. ...
by davebrads
Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tactical Considerations for River Running
Replies: 18
Views: 1233

Re: Tactical Considerations for River Running

I would have thought line was the first thing. You'll be looking for the cleanest line down the river (unless you are playing around in which case you might take a more interesting line). You then will plan how you're going to make that line, what features you want to avoid, and what features you mi...
by davebrads
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 6151

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Finally, I challenge you to put someone who's never been in a kayak before, and who's never read a book or watched a video on kayaking, on a grade 2 river and tell them to cross it without being flushed downstream. Tell them exactly what tactics to use, but NOTHING about how to paddle. I guarantee ...
by davebrads
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 6151

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Not edging is a neat trick, but edging is almost always the surest way to stay in control of your boat while you're learning. If you are taught to edge on breaking into or out of the current you will always do it, and you will never find that sweet spot where the edging is "just right" (which of co...
by davebrads
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Loki - any good?
Replies: 22
Views: 1447

Re: Pyranha Loki - any good?

When paddling out and a wave is about to break over you, take a big stroke,throw your weight forward, head down, and lay the paddle along the boat. Because these boats are low volume at both ends you can usually get them to sub under the wave fairly level and avoid being endered. They are great fun ...
by davebrads
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small or Medium Burn 2
Replies: 7
Views: 491

Re: Small or Medium Burn 2

I'm 5ft 7 and 71 kg, so not so much different. I ended getting a medium because there are occasions when I wanted the extra volume, but that was only on proper grade 4/5 water. The small will be fine for most Alps paddling. I don't think that it is the volume of the river that matters so much as the...
by davebrads
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 6151

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Some of the comments on this thread seem to have forgotten the title. We are talking about teaching beginners, so that is grade 2 water not grade 3, and edging is not essential on grade 2,nor is it the first thing you will teach. That is not to say it isn't important, just that it might be better to...
by davebrads
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 6151

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Most of the paddlers I have taught have not been taught to edge, they just learnt it. And some of them are more than just competent on HPP and Lee Valley.