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by davebrads
Wed May 30, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.
Replies: 19
Views: 758

Re: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.

I used to have a 1.3 Metro which I used to carry up to 4 kayaks plus people and kit, or 3 people + camping gear, boats and kit. Good use of gears would get me anywhere just as quick as anybody else, the main issue was stopping - the brakes definitely weren't made to stop that kind of weight. Oh, and...
by davebrads
Wed May 02, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 57
Views: 2086

Re: Do you need a backband?

Going back to sprint kayakers, they can't push on the footplate Why not? I've only paddled a K1 briefly but I pushed on the footplate and, as Adrian says, I have always understood it was a key part of the technique; you reach and rotate forward, raise your knee, plant, push with the leg, pull with ...
by davebrads
Tue May 01, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 57
Views: 2086

Re: Do you need a backband?

Going back to sprint kayakers, they can't push on the footplate therefore the way they can transfer the power from the paddle stroke to the boat is via the contact between their bum and the seat. I don't see why it's much different in a ww kayak. You can move the footplate as far forwards as you wan...
by davebrads
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 14
Views: 1412

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

I generally don't on a canal, and I won't when surfing if I'm confident of the conditions, but I always wear one on rivers no matter how low the grade. I think it depends upon your confidence in being to stay in the boat and being able to deal with a situation should things go wrong and you end up i...
by davebrads
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2613
Views: 110348

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Hindburn?
by davebrads
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 53
Views: 2933

Re: Paddling into your thirties

I'm looking forward to sea kayaking when I reach retirement ☺
by davebrads
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access Motion to BC AGM
Replies: 56
Views: 3471

Re: Access Motion to BC AGM

We had a similar talk on Saturday about access to the Derwent though the grounds of Chatsworth House. Again, I'd pay to go through there if needed, I think it should be free, but , say, a £5 charge, I'd pay. In the grand scheme of things, paying a small amount isnt a problem, and , hopefully, the r...
by davebrads
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gloves!
Replies: 12
Views: 829

Re: Gloves!

I also recommend pogies, I've not had good results with gloves, possibly because I have only used cheap and rather thin neoprene gloves, but I found that my hands still got very cold whereas pogies solve the problem while not interfering with your grip and "feel" on the paddle. I recommend any neopr...
by davebrads
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 53
Views: 2933

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: 1806

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: 1806

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: 1806

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: 783

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: 783

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: 911

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: 5254

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: 1090

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: 1988

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: 2276

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: 2276

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: 994

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: 880

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: 1686

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: 954

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: 954

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: 615

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: 931

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: 931

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: 615

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: 954

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 ...