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by jamesl2play
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 16
Views: 780

Re: Wings?

The forward paddle stroke is a science all on its own. Lots of 'experts' have their theories of what is right and what is wrong. Without wishing to sound anyway patronising can I suggest you do a bit of research and reading on this. It is a fascinating subject and one that I have yet to master in ne...
by jamesl2play
Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: K1 Club South Wales
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: K1 Club South Wales

Hi Lee
Yes I do paddle a K1 especially on the Canal, but not very quickly.
by jamesl2play
Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: K1 Club South Wales
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: K1 Club South Wales

Hi Lee, I have recently joined Cardiff Bay Kayakers who meet Sat mornings and Wednesday evenings at CIWW. They paddle skis, K1s and K2s on the adjacent River Ely. They also race ski and Marathon. They have a Facebook page if you would like to make contact. I do not of any other club close to Ebbw Va...
by jamesl2play
Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Marathon Boat Wobble
Replies: 9
Views: 691

Re: Marathon Boat Wobble

I have just bought my first K1 having paddled all sorts of other boats for many years. When I first start paddling it the whole boat wobbles/shakes from bow to stern. Once I relax and get into the stroke the wobble goes. I reckon the tension comes from the lower back muscles which are not used to th...
by jamesl2play
Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help from Penrith (ish) Locals
Replies: 1
Views: 1395

Re: Help from Penrith (ish) Locals

Hi Erin,

pm sent
by jamesl2play
Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hiring sea kayaks on Shetland
Replies: 4
Views: 1077

Re: Hiring sea kayaks on Shetland

Can I suggest that you contact Martin Rickard at http://www.seakayakadventures.co.uk
He is a very experienced Coach/Guide/paddler and he is based on Shetland at this time of year.
I have paddled with him many times recently and he is a really nice guy.
Hope he can help.
by jamesl2play
Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Veteran circumnav
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: Veteran circumnav

I am a little confused at the relationship between the Helen Skelton 'record' and the achievements of Freya Hofmeister.
Can some one enlighten me please?
by jamesl2play
Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Old School Fun!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 1258

Re: Old School Fun!!!

Well you got some of it right.
Bottom break out on the tail, correct.
Colour, correct.
The paddler (and you should have got this ) Nick Barnes.
by jamesl2play
Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Old School Fun!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 1258

Re: Old School Fun!!!

Do you recognise this Isere Malcolm?

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by jamesl2play
Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Percy Blandford RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 3405

Re: Percy Blandford RIP

The first kayak I sat in was a PBK back in 1968. That experience changed my life for ever. I am currently reading about kayaks brought back to the UK from Greenland in the early thirties. These must have been part of the inspiration for Percy Blandford but I have yet to find a link. Has he written a...
by jamesl2play
Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 8796

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

It is a long time since I have done DW and the design of equipment has moved on quite a bit particularly clothing.
What would the current day DW paddler be wearing to ensure they remain comfortable?
by jamesl2play
Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Cetus - Demo or Test boats
Replies: 13
Views: 1485

Re: P&H Cetus - Demo or Test boats

Seriously NB, are you going to purchase a boat based on reviews from a forum? Stick to your original plan and go and paddle one first. BTW, I bought a Cetus because MR and a few others bought one. Never ever sat in one before, just picked it up from the factory on the way to Scotland. Best thing I e...
by jamesl2play
Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share Your Icebergs (The Queen and the Pussycat)
Replies: 16
Views: 1846

Re: Share Your Icebergs (The Queen and the Pussycat)

I too had a great trip with Martin Rickard this summer. Too many pics to post but feel free to flick through the Blog if you are interested.
by jamesl2play
Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Wanted: K2 for DW
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: Wanted: K2 for DW

Hello, Ben are you there?
by jamesl2play
Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Wanted: K2 for DW
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Wanted: K2 for DW

Looking for a cheap stable K2 suitable for DW 2014.

An older Kirton boat would be preferable.
by jamesl2play
Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Own up was this you?
Replies: 29
Views: 3005

Re: Own up was this you?

It happened again intermittently in the Milford Haven area on Sunday afternoon. I have not a clue who it was but there were a lot of kayakers on the water and I reckon we have more chance of doing this than boaters with a fixed set. I hope it was not me, but I have no way of knowing. I turned my rad...
by jamesl2play
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exped Downmats
Replies: 13
Views: 1028

Re: Exped Downmats

Thanks for information, just what I was after. I shall give Pete a ring later in the week. I have seen a Synmat 9LW ultralite if he cannot get one I shall go for the 9LW.

Geoff I got this idea off your blog. We may pass in the airport lounge on your way out.
by jamesl2play
Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exped Downmats
Replies: 13
Views: 1028

Exped Downmats

Well it makes a change from skegs etc.

Anyone use one?
Is the extra weight of the 9 compared to the 7 worth it?
Any suggestions of where to purchase one, I can only find outlets on the 'Net and would like to have a look at one first considering how much they cost.

Jim
by jamesl2play
Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yoga - does it do the trick?
Replies: 26
Views: 1201

Re: Yoga - does it do the trick?

This page puts it far better than I ever could : http://www.holisticonline.com/Yoga/hol_yoga_benefits.htm#Top Yoga is not just all about stretching your joints and limbs. I suggest you find a teacher who can adapt a practise to suit your needs. I cannot see any reason why that would not be possible.
by jamesl2play
Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yoga - does it do the trick?
Replies: 26
Views: 1201

Re: Yoga - does it do the trick?

It depends how deep you want to go into it. To get real benefit you would need to practise two/three times a week and need a good teacher to get you started. I think the best style for fitness would be Ashtanga but it is difficult to find a good teacher. Ashtanga can also be corrupted by leisure cen...
by jamesl2play
Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: GoPro tethers?
Replies: 16
Views: 1331

Re: GoPro tethers?

This any use? not exactly expensive.

http://www.exposurelights.com/product/000034/lanyard/
by jamesl2play
Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Strategies for dealing with fear in bigger conditions
Replies: 45
Views: 3050

Re: Strategies for dealing with fear in bigger conditions

Kayaks'N'Beer wrote:
sleepybubble wrote:Image



Stunning shot!


PLF??
by jamesl2play
Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which Drysuit
Replies: 6
Views: 634

Re: Which Drysuit

I went through this process just over a month ago. Spent ages trying on various suits, I recommend you find a friendly shop and do the same. If you can afford it the others don't come close.
I settled on a Kokatat you get what you pay for.
by jamesl2play
Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Double sea/touring kayak 'any model'
Replies: 15
Views: 1323

Re: Double sea/touring kayak 'any model'

Another vote for the Tahe Marine Reval Duo. It is quite light for a double and very quick on the water. Do they still produce them. For newbies though I would have thought that you would be looking more towards a plastic alternative. We borrowed/hired a Wilderness Systems Northstar once for a long w...
by jamesl2play
Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cracked P&H Cetus MV seakayak
Replies: 29
Views: 2409

Re: Cracked P&H Cetus MV seakayak

That does not look terminal to me. A good boat repairer would have it as good as new in no time. A little heavier perhaps.
by jamesl2play
Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cracked P&H Cetus MV seakayak
Replies: 29
Views: 2409

Re: Cracked P&H Cetus MV seakayak

I hate seeing boats damaged, I hope it gets repaired and back on the water. FWIW I see nothing wrong with surfing a sea kayak. O.K when things go wrong the repercussions can be somewhat greater than a shorty boat but that just proves it is a progression to get it right. It is also an essential safet...
by jamesl2play
Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cags for people with Latex Allergies?
Replies: 14
Views: 902

Re: Cags for people with Latex Allergies?

Could someone describe the symptoms of a latex allergy please.
by jamesl2play
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Typhoon Drysuit warranty^
Replies: 39
Views: 6932

Re: Typhoon Drysuit warranty^

Just to illustrate the power of this forum and the internet, I bought a dry suit today and did not even bother to try on a Typhoon due to this thread.

JIm
by jamesl2play
Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayakers in S.wales area
Replies: 53
Views: 4589

Re: sea kayakers in S.wales area

Steve, looks like we are heading west Saturday if you are interested.

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