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by Rhod
Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Learning to bow stall
Replies: 10
Views: 1069

Re: Learning to bow stall

Put a bit of water in the front to slow things down. Get vertical off the side of a pool, get yourself into a stable stall, then push yourself away whilst holding onto your blades. Longer, thinner old school payboats (if you have access to one) are more stable on end, so easier to learn in. Remember...
by Rhod
Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW paddling. Why do you do it?
Replies: 28
Views: 1754

Re: WW paddling. Why do you do it?

This post a mate wrote while we were at uni tickled me at the time: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=18524&p=143399&hilit=gear#p143399 For my part, it's because it's awesome. - It makes rainy days the best days. - It lets you regularly get together with friends and be who...
by Rhod
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Novice needing tips on River Stour!
Replies: 1
Views: 1369

Re: Novice needing tips on River Stour!

You will find it much easier going in the other direction, with the current. Clubs that may be able to help are SVCC (in Blandford) http://www.stourvalley.cc/index.htm https://www.facebook.com/groups/14600255386/ Or PHCC (In Poole) http://www.phcc.org.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/112865292144...
by Rhod
Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha moan
Replies: 104
Views: 13706

Re: Pyranha moan

When I buy a new laptop, the first think I do is tighten the screws, then I evo-stick down all the keys.
by Rhod
Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha moan
Replies: 104
Views: 13706

Re: Pyranha moan

I am always puzzled that folk will spend three or four times the price of a boat on a mountain bike and then spend hours fiddling to get each bit just right, yet expect a boat to be perfect for them out of the wrapper. Different cultures I guess. Thing is, advice seems to be, buy a boat, rip out ev...
by Rhod
Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UK Summer White Water
Replies: 10
Views: 1731

Re: UK Summer White Water

So they are, cheers.

Here is what I meant to link to:
http://www.canoescotland.org/InfoAdvice ... eases.aspx
by Rhod
Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UK Summer White Water
Replies: 10
Views: 1731

Re: UK Summer White Water

Has to be Fort William. Often rains in the summer, but even if it doesn't: Spean George - Almost always navigable. Meig - Almost always navigable Moriston - Tuesdays (Two sections to play with) Garry - Thursdays and some Saturdays You have mentioned the Tay and Tummel Coupled with a walk up Ben Nevi...
by Rhod
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Corsica easy rivers?
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Re: Corsica easy rivers?

Simon Dawson, who regularly posts on here, has made this fantastic online guide, that I have used each time I have gone. Print it off, then you have more rivers, at every grade, than you could shake a stick at: http://www.simondawson.com/crsprint.htm Much fun in those pages! (Info on his grading sys...
by Rhod
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River names on Satnav
Replies: 0
Views: 315

River names on Satnav

Is there any way to get river names on TomTom?

My Garmin had them, but when I changed to TomTom they were gone, I would have got another Garmin had I realised.

It's nice to see river names you recognise when you're driving about!
by Rhod
Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Second grade 5 on the Conwy
Replies: 21
Views: 2768

Re: Second grade 5 on the Conwy

Like many things, it only feels difficult if you’re off-line. In my opinion the difficulty comes from having to cross the grain at the top of the rapid to get away from the left hand wall. This video of a mate of mine illustrates quite nicely what happens if you don't get over: https://www.youtube.c...
by Rhod
Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UK Whitewater Sat Nav POI
Replies: 22
Views: 4571

Re: UK Whitewater Sat Nav POI

Waw! I hadn't realised that you had already done so much when I made my comment about rivers in valleys in the other thread, sorry. This is very useful and a big time saver. Just need to work out how to get it on my satnav! Thanks for the significant effort Henry!
by Rhod
Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EWW 2.0
Replies: 66
Views: 6296

Re: EWW 2.0

For many rivers, using a satnav, you just need to type in the place name suerly? You might not be able to find 'the' get in but you should be able to find a river in a valley - put on there! Post codes/co-ordinates would be handy, but I'm fairly sure most people can find a river without (drive to th...
by Rhod
Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Flatwater/easy whitewater boats, £145, Dorset
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Flatwater/easy whitewater boats, £145, Dorset

Dagger Crossfires, Great condition, Blandford Forum - Dorset, £145 Great boat for tearing up and down your local section of flatwater, or for explooring easy whitewater. 8 boats for sale. 40 - 80Kg capacity. Best for smaller paddlers or children. https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc...
by Rhod
Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Polo paddlers into WW paddlers
Replies: 14
Views: 1827

Re: Polo paddlers into WW paddlers

I understood that white-water kayaking was the cure? http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Canoepolio I used to have episodes twice a week for many years, but was spontaneously cured when I moved to Dorset. I have tried to catch it again, but with no sufferers in the area, this has proved difficult! Po...
by Rhod
Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydeck grab loop snapped
Replies: 11
Views: 1411

Re: Spraydeck grab loop snapped

Other than boats with very small cockpits like old school play-boats or squirt boats, I find in most boats it's very easy to kick off a deck with one knee (especially creek boats, and easiest when lying on the back deck). It's certainly something to try in the swimming pool. I don't think I ever pul...
by Rhod
Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Midweek boaters win again
Replies: 29
Views: 5490

Re: Midweek boaters win again

Rob Harris uploaded a snap shot video of the left line:[/vimeo] That left line is possible, even when it's low. Leaves you landing a boof behind the curtain of the main falls, to paddle back out through them. Only done it once, because it took a big slither of plastic off the side of my boat, it di...
by Rhod
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: T-rescue
Replies: 94
Views: 10575

Re: T-rescue

Ultimetly it's just practice that you need. Do T-rescues on both sides of your boat off the side of the pool. Build to a 360 degree T-rescue off the side of the pool. Capsize a little way away from the side then swim to the side (still upside down in your boat) and T-rescue up off the side of the po...
by Rhod
Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: T-rescue
Replies: 94
Views: 10575

Re: T-rescue

There is lots of good stuff on youtube,

I think that these two videos are useful when it comes to visualising what we mean by the head-down, hips-up movement:



by Rhod
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Important changes to access in Wales
Replies: 9
Views: 973

Re: Important changes to access in Wales

Right then WCA. How can we make a donation towards employing such a person/being succesful this time?
by Rhod
Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where's all the footage?
Replies: 10
Views: 1722

Re: Where's all the footage?

DaveBland wrote:Upper or Lower?
Not the middle, Piddle?

Do you often see the Piddle in the fields?

(giggle)
by Rhod
Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: CT charges
Replies: 19
Views: 1969

Re: CT charges

Looking at the prices on their website I don't understand in what way the charge is hidden?
http://www.ukrafting.co.uk/raft
Unconventional possibly, but not in anyway hidden.
by Rhod
Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Off the grid playspots
Replies: 12
Views: 2174

Re: Off the grid playspots

Not quite off the grid, but when I lived in Birmingham we spent a few fun summer evenings at Nafford, (near evesham). Flatspins were simple there, and there was lots of space for people to watch. Shallow but fun, and forgiving at most low levels is how I remember it. Birmingham Anglers Club have mar...
by Rhod
Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What's the deal with Site Zed?
Replies: 12
Views: 2640

Re: What's the deal with Site Zed?

The video in question is here:



For anyone like me, who couldn't quite remember it!
by Rhod
Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: "Fairy Glen Log"
Replies: 59
Views: 10933

Re: "Fairy Glen Log"

'The scheme, if consented, could be capable of generating enough energy equivalent to meet the needs of the entire Betws-y-Coed area' . - That sounds pretty good to me. It's a classic section, but would the plan be the guidebook section or only the falls? If only the falls, or only one side of the ...
by Rhod
Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Changes to Level 2 from 1st January
Replies: 42
Views: 3500

Re: Changes to Level 2 from 1st January

Kayak-Bloke wrote:You can please a lot of the people a lot of the time. Give them the choice to decide what they want to do. Don't enforce something they have no interest in because it' s loosely connected to what they are interested in.
Like.
by Rhod
Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Correct pronunciation of welsh rivers
Replies: 10
Views: 3598

Re: Correct pronunciation of welsh rivers

That's the thing about welsh though, it's pheonetic. The only problem is that the alphabet is different. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnH33183y2M Ll is a single letter in the welsh language. As is dd, th, ch, ph, ng, rh and ff. This fella has a good go at explaining the ll sound: http...
by Rhod
Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Correct pronunciation of welsh rivers
Replies: 10
Views: 3598

Re: Correct pronunciation of welsh rivers

Tawe
Ta (Thanks), We - (like the We part of well)

Teifi,
Tei (Like in river Tay) fi (like in the letter V)

Dulas
Du (Like the letter D) las (Like a girl)
by Rhod
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help on super size kayak
Replies: 36
Views: 3748

Re: Help on super size kayak

Given he has not tried paddling yet, he would not be sure what sort of paddling would appeal to him. At 170Kg sea kayaking would be a sensible choice. Some capacities are shown here: http://www.kayakacrossthewater.co.uk/sea-kayak-size-volume-comparison-chart/ Though whether he would fit into the coc...