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by davebrads
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 38
Views: 1153

Re: Paddling into your thirties

I've been paddling since my early 20s and I'm in my late 50s now. Things such as strength and agility naturally start to drop off from your late 20s onwards, but this can easily be offset by training at least into your early 50s. Fortunately whitewater kayaking involves a great deal of learned skill...
by davebrads
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Critique my roll?
Replies: 31
Views: 1363

Re: Critique my roll?

I spoke about trying not to learn a roll before you have some mastery over using the paddle This is great advice tbh. Another thing beginners focus on is preventing capsize instead of learning how to paddle and as a result learn some very bad habits. Plus, the duty coach called out to me that he lo...
by davebrads
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Critique my roll?
Replies: 31
Views: 1363

Re: Critique my roll?

Sorry, have to disagree with the last 2 posts. The first thing I thought when I watched the video was that it was too slow. It makes perfect sensde that you're used to rolling sea kayaks. Speed it up and you'll be fine. If you can roll a sea kayak, you can roll a Burn. All the other problems with t...
by davebrads
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Critique my roll?
Replies: 31
Views: 1363

Re: Critique my roll?

The reason low volume boats are easier to roll than creek boats is that there is less of the hull sitting above the water when you are upside down. When you perform your sweep the non-active blade can pass above the hull fairly easily. With a creek boat you have to make more effort to get the blade ...
by davebrads
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small or Medium Machno????? (or Zet Five)
Replies: 10
Views: 538

Re: Small or Medium Machno????? (or Zet Five)

DaveBland wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:18 pm
9Rs ar crazy fun, even on easy local runs. You can reach so many more places and do silly stuff just because they paddle like a race car.
But a Ripper will do all that and more on easy runs. 9R is still boring on ordinary rivers.
by davebrads
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small or Medium Machno????? (or Zet Five)
Replies: 10
Views: 538

Re: Small or Medium Machno????? (or Zet Five)

There is no such thing as a do-everything boat. If you want a boat that will be safe and predictable on the higher grades it will always be boring when you are paddling stuff that is within your comfort zone. A small version of a creek boat is not the answer, I would hang on to your medium Macho (pr...
by davebrads
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mamba vs Burn
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Mamba vs Burn

Just goes to show that you need to try for yourself. I owned a Mamba for a short time, admittedly the old one, and I found that I couldn't get it to go the way I wanted half the time, and I blamed it for getting me into bother on three separate occasions. Considering that I came from a I3 which most...
by davebrads
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chaco Sandals / River shoes
Replies: 28
Views: 4776

Re: Chaco Sandals / River shoes

I have been wearing them for 10 years now. TheKikkitWars bought me my first pair when he was at Bangor Uni and I have replaced them every since then via Amazon without any problem. I have the Z2 with the toe loop, suits me and a pair of their river shoes Amazon for £10 ilastsummer: https://www.amaz...
by davebrads
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?
Replies: 11
Views: 781

Re: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?

From your question it appears that you aren't thinking of surfing it, but since you have posted in the surf kayaking section of the forum [moderator's note - now moved] I thought it was worth mentioning that most sit on tops don't surf at all well due to the long keel. There are some sit-on tops tha...
by davebrads
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Only Allowed 2 Boats
Replies: 29
Views: 1699

Re: Only Allowed 2 Boats

I have them already - a Burn and an I3. I would consider the Loki instead of the I3, I've paddled one and it is very good, but so is the I3 and I've done a lot in it and sometimes it is exceptional so it's not worth risking changing just for the sake of it, though I need to do a bit of welding on my...
by davebrads
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: End of a dream?
Replies: 20
Views: 2123

Re: End of a dream?

HPP is a mutual company run by Serco. I don't know the details of how it was financed, but a large proportion came from lottery funding while at least some money came from the BCU who raised some money from donations by members. It is clearly quite well used by canoeists, though slalomists probably ...
by davebrads
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: End of a dream?
Replies: 20
Views: 2123

Re: End of a dream?

Hi! People are here talking about class 3/4 artificial courses! Where in earth can I find a artificial white water course difficulty near class 4? I am very interested in. I've always advised people not to attach grades to weirs since they do not necessarily function in the same way as 'normal' riv...
by davebrads
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak bailing sponge
Replies: 9
Views: 876

Re: Kayak bailing sponge

Jim wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:47 pm
They work better as they age.
True. And at 3 for a pound at poundland you can even put one aside for cleaning the car. Of course Jim would have to buy at least £5 worth to have any spare.
by davebrads
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First time to N-Wales, some advise?
Replies: 7
Views: 827

Re: First time to N-Wales, some advise?

Betws-y-Coed would seem favourite as a place to stay with the Lledr, Llugwy and Conwy converging on the town offering options for grades 3-5 depending on levels. It's not too far to the Tryweryn if water is in short supply, nor is it that far to the Ogwyn, Wnion or Mawddach which have different catc...
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: 1536

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: 782

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: 782

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: 559

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: 828

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: 828

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: 559

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: 782

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: 828

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: 1680

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: 1235

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: 1235

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: 2543

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: 962

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: 5100

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: 5107

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...