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by bigd942
Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surfkayak to Waveski?
Replies: 14
Views: 1724

Re: Surfkayak to Waveski?

I think what your seeing is people trying other things which is human nature, I also read Dessie was moving to waveski, I've saw Harry out on a waveski a couple of times and also saw Mr Bingham out on a board, very good on it also so everyone is dabbling it seems. Think lots of factors come into pla...
by bigd942
Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Careers In Engineering?
Replies: 59
Views: 1925

Re: Careers In Engineering?

I'm an engineer as well, do R&D on medical devices, pretty much everything from idea to modelling through to sourcing and liasing with the tool maker. I came up through the National Diploma path ending up with a 2:1 from Sheffield. Secondry school wasn't great although I had good results in maths an...
by bigd942
Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Price reductions?
Replies: 3
Views: 532

Re: Kayak Price reductions?

We use quite a bit of PP and PE in the place I work, think we're going through about 1.5 tonne a week, as far as I'm aware the price increase's haven't been anything in line with petrol/oil prices. Suppliers seem to contact us weeks in advance and say, price increase due on x date, normally you have...
by bigd942
Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: reviews
Replies: 10
Views: 1211

Re: reviews

I've had two of your boats (three if you count my first a Riot Domanatrix 54) Stinger and a Thruster Stinger - by far the most fun I've ever had in a play boat, bounce bounce bounce down the wave, 6'3" so could just about walk after two hours in it though Thruster - good boat, not so good on ocean w...
by bigd942
Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice on Nordkapp plastic keel strip.
Replies: 13
Views: 1532

Re: Advice on Nordkapp plastic keel strip.

I had to help a friend with something similar before, was an old Perception I think. After cleaning the worn section down we gave it a light touch with a blow torch, I mean really light as it was in an effort to give as smooth a surface as possible. He'd got some plastic strips, not sure wht they we...
by bigd942
Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What fins?
Replies: 2
Views: 372

Malc at Mega does a good set of fins and the ones from Dave at DBExclusive also look good as well. Harry from the NISurf Kayak also does some of the Vince Shay ones I think also, not sure if I a.have that right or b.what the price is but he's worth asking. You can also get a fin adapter from FCS and...
by bigd942
Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Composite playboats
Replies: 43
Views: 4938

I've saw a few carbon boats, the DB Exclusive one was pictured in the photo album on the Bitches, I spoke to Dave about when I was buying a Fusion from him, think he had an Australian house mate at the time and the boat was just a project with him, never meant to be commercial. Have saw a pic of a C...
by bigd942
Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Damaged. MEGA IMPULSE. Needs repairing.
Replies: 7
Views: 865

To be fair I think Malc would be more than happy to help if you were closer and could drop the boat in, in the end he'd like your repeat business so would do what he could within reason. I think your problem is that with carriers and the repair you could see a bill of £250+ for something like that. ...
by bigd942
Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surf Kayak manufacture!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

you'll find a good article here http://airsquad.playak.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=25 plenty of pictures and if you read through parts 1 and 2 it explains most of it. I toyed around with the idea for a while but to be honest I reckoned by the time you buy all the materials and run the risk ...
by bigd942
Fri May 30, 2008 6:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Zealand..now
Replies: 10
Views: 1499

Have to recommend Kaituna Kayaks (http://kaitunakayaks.com/) ran by a guy called Kenny Mutton. He lives basically 100m from the put in of the Kaituna and is a great guy, has loads of boats and kit at his house (he's designed boats for Prijon and I think Bliss Stick also in the past). He a great guy ...
by bigd942
Mon May 19, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surf kayak recommendation - 90kgs & 6'4ft
Replies: 17
Views: 1662

I'm 6'2" and a bit and come in at 97.5kg as of today so prob round 100kg with all my kit on. Have a DB Fusion and Mega Merlin. Both float my weight fine, Fusion has less rocker on the nose compared to the Merlin and is a snug fit indeed. Merin has plenty of room and is I feel as good a boat as you'd...
by bigd942
Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Learning to roll
Replies: 23
Views: 3924

I'd a guy in NZ called Kenny Mutton teach me. I was getting close on my own but just didn't have it nailed. His approach was to try it on the river bank. You kinda roll over so the hull is facing skyward, place the paddle down the side as normal for the screw roll and then try to flick the boat, and...
by bigd942
Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mega X-Ray vs Mega Maverick?
Replies: 4
Views: 884

Depends your level of surfing I think, x-ray I would be fine if your a capable surfer and know what your doing - smaller volume so less forgiving, the Maverick is a good boat and would be easier if you were learning. The plastic Neutron would be kinda inbetween the two and you should try it also, it...
by bigd942
Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mega Neutron outfitting for feet
Replies: 14
Views: 2120

I've never got on that well with the style of block Malc supplies, not sure why, maybe just size elevens in a Merlin were never made to be comfortable! Borrowing an idea from Dragorossi/Corran I used the foam to make more of a heel block and I find it's great, heels sits snug and you've plenty of su...
by bigd942
Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A question about fins for the surfers out there..?
Replies: 21
Views: 1820

I rode my Fusion for about a month last year in twin fin setup, broke a fin and with no spare's it was the only option. Have to say those sessions were some of the most fun I had, had waves from 6ft+ down to 2ft. First few waves it felt like the tail was just sliding out too much, I changed my techn...
by bigd942
Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Orchestrated campaign to post photos of us ripping it...
Replies: 33
Views: 3526

Clicked on your link to the surf club, I see the Valley RIP, similar rocker on the nose to the Fusion, reckon it'll have the same going through, rather than over the wave the Fusion does. Maybe not as much as the seating position looks a tad further back. I can bow stall the Fusion which ain't norma...
by bigd942
Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Orchestrated campaign to post photos of us ripping it...
Replies: 33
Views: 3526

Chris, was sorry to read about your accident, can't start to imagine what it must have been like to go through something like that, respect indeed. As for what else has been said about boardies, most guys I meet are great, chat away, some even ask "much are them things, they got skegs, where can I g...
by bigd942
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Orchestrated campaign to post photos of us ripping it...
Replies: 33
Views: 3526

Don't think I've saw it mentioned here yet but any boaters here try board surfing? I'd say I'm still early days but I can stand up and if I get an ok day can get a good run, think I'll spend the summer getting better and save the kayak for the bigger days when I can do more. I can tell you that it's...
by bigd942
Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Playboat for 17.5 stone person ideal for the surf
Replies: 46
Views: 3779

wow, seems as hot a topic as ever the old playboat v surfboat! I have both and I'm a fan of both, where board surfers have their "quiver" I have mine and a playboat is for the days when the surf's a pile of foam with faces dumping all over the place, is great just getting out to be honest after bein...
by bigd942
Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Playboat for 17.5 stone person ideal for the surf
Replies: 46
Views: 3779

Both the Fluid Element and Dragorossi Squashtail your to heavy for by a good bit - both are for around 90>95kg at the max - nothing to stop you trying though, Fluid are to do a Large Element and they seem to have a reputation for making boats that can float the heavier paddler so it may be something...
by bigd942
Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Playboat for 17.5 stone person ideal for the surf
Replies: 46
Views: 3779

Dragorossi Thruster I'm 98kg approx, 6'2" and I've tried my fair share of boats. Foud the Thruster to be the fastest of all the boats I tried in the surf (Wavesport T4, Dagger Rx, Dragorossi Stinger (what a ride in that thing, bounce--------bounce-------bounce!) The Thruster moves round fast enough ...
by bigd942
Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ainsworth or mitchell
Replies: 8
Views: 1275

I've a set of the Ainsworth K104 and also a set of Mitchell Blades, Jaguar blade I think it is. I've broke two sets of Ainsworth, just simple knock on rocks when I was crossing over to a playhole on a river. Both breaks we're at the very tip. Firth break they replaced under warranty as the paddle wa...
by bigd942
Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scotland Rules
Replies: 6
Views: 1729

Glad you'd a good time, Fort William is a great place. Should have brought your board as this last week or so we've had great surf.

http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPh ... toId=47058

Dom
by bigd942
Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic Neutron or Plastic Valley Storm?
Replies: 45
Views: 3906

I've had both the Maverick and Neutron (Composite) and both are great boats. I'm 6'3" and tip the scales at 97kg>100kg with a 33" inside leg and size 11 feet, comfort has never been an issue in a Mega boat for me, I've a Merlin now and three to four hours in the waters isn't a problem. It's hard for...
by bigd942
Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mega Maverick
Replies: 4
Views: 867

I'm 6'2" and 97kg, had a Maverick for just over a year. You'll fit in no problem and it's a really good boat. I think you'd be fine in but at your weight it will loop backwards more easily on the paddle out. When I first got into a Neutron the first thing you notice is the "power pod?" or extra volu...
by bigd942
Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look whats coming}
Replies: 18
Views: 3371

Think most of the swell will hit the west coast, still if the forecast for 30ft out at sea places like Portrush etc will more than likely maxed out, the wind is to be fairly high as well. A place like Glenariffe would be fine in those conditions as your really well sheltered, practically on the East...
by bigd942
Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New Girl to Northern Ireland needs paddling friends!
Replies: 2
Views: 946

Hi Ana, if your looking to try the north coast beaches then the causeway coast club normally meet at WhiteRocks on a Sunday at around 10 or 11 I think, google ccka and you'll find them - Robin Ruddock or Gary Lamont are good people to talk to. Depends really what your into, there is a good surf kaya...
by bigd942
Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Canon 350D Kit £250 - NOW SOLD YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Replies: 0
Views: 302

Canon 350D Kit £250 - NOW SOLD YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Great camera with little use, a few hundred snaps at the most. As new and still with box etc. Is the 18>55mm lens. Also included is a 1Gb 50x card (usb card adapter also) and a very nice all black Crumpler case.

All in including postage.

D

d2dom at hotmail.com
by bigd942
Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surfer prejudices - still ongoing
Replies: 46
Views: 6384

Personally I do both, have a couple of boards, started on a 8'4" during May and now surfing regular on a 6'11" Fatboy. I've a DB Fusion and a Mega Merlin on the way so just do which ever one I feel like doing. I'm a fit guy but I didn't realise how hard it was on a board to get out the back on a boa...
by bigd942
Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Making Boats
Replies: 17
Views: 1648

Is a good article on the Airsquad pages, type Airsquad into Google and go to the fourth or fifth page of the news, How to make a freestyle kayak is the article, three parts to it. Sorry just joined today so can't post the link. I've looked into doing it as well and it will cost a couple of hundred a...