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by BaldockBabe
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nervous paddlers
Replies: 43
Views: 4283

Re: Nervous paddlers

Racing/targets/competition definately help with nervousness. Can be tricky to find the right one and sometimes you need to go the other way and just have fun rather than worry about being better/faster/madder. Don't race - just use the gates when they are there - that's what I did at Teeside last S...
by BaldockBabe
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nervous paddlers
Replies: 43
Views: 4283

Re: Nervous paddlers

One thing that has helped me with nerves and that I have used on a few juniors when I was a member of a club was slalom. I am not saying that every paddler should get involved in competitive slalom or anything like that BUT I did find that by having the gates to aim for when starting out on moving w...
by BaldockBabe
Wed May 27, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercise?
Replies: 61
Views: 6404

Re: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercis

Also bear in mind there is Cardington as well as the Nene. I heard it's been upgraded recently. Never been though. <SPAN class=skimlinks-unlinked>http://www.cardingtonwhitewater.co.uk</SPAN>/ It now has rapid blocks rather than Hippos. Much flatter than it was with the Hippos and fewer swirling edd...
by BaldockBabe
Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: No translation necessary
Replies: 7
Views: 2018

Re: No translation necessary

Having seen what he did to the fish am I the only one fearing for the kitty when he gave it "that look" at the end?
by BaldockBabe
Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nighttime kayaking
Replies: 49
Views: 4437

Re: Nighttime kayaking

Kayaking in the dark is an unnecessary risk and is incredibly irresponsible. If someone were to get injured during such an a activity they would sue the land owners! . Firstly, it is not irresponsible outsright. It is a judgement call for the paddler and the water and the conditions at the time. Ju...
by BaldockBabe
Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nighttime kayaking
Replies: 49
Views: 4437

Re: Nighttime kayaking

As a club we have arranged night paddles on a local river which have a few features on but is generally very flat. These paddles were very well attended and some of my most memorable trips. We had torches but most of the time they were off so we could watch the bats and owls flying overhead. The wil...
by BaldockBabe
Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Any ladies got a Dam-X drysuit?
Replies: 11
Views: 2026

Re: Any ladies got a Dam-X drysuit?

I have one. Love it as it is (as other have siad) bombproof and it is great to have something that fits properly.

I did not get a relief zip on mine as I am generally capable of controling any urges until the trip is over!
by BaldockBabe
Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Good universities for whitewater:
Replies: 20
Views: 2162

Re: Good universities for whitewater:

When you are paying £9k pa for Uni fees go to the best one you can for the subject you want to study. That leaves Cambridge, Imperial, Durham, St Andrews, Oxford etc. None are great for paddling in teems of location but you can always travel. Imperial has a Canoe club that I have bumped into on many...
by BaldockBabe
Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dealing with loss of ability and drive
Replies: 38
Views: 4562

Re: Dealing with loss of ability and drive

I think I can understand what you are going through to some degree. I broke my leg at Lee Valley (yup, that was me) and this resulted in a huge confidence loss on the water in two ways: one was the paddling, I had always been happy and comfortable on the water knowing that if the worse happens I wou...
by BaldockBabe
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Why C1? I don't get it
Replies: 22
Views: 3595

Re: Why C1? I don't get it

I use mine on easier water where I don't get so much of a challenge out of my kayak any more. It adds a different dimension to a familiar river/ play spot...
by BaldockBabe
Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Kayaking on TV
Replies: 10
Views: 2554

Re: Kayaking on TV

There was no mention of the K1W, C1M and C2 gold medals either though the team events were going on in the background whilst they were presenting, still enjoyed the program :-)

Matt Pinsent made me laugh - I watched him interview Etienne for a while at the venue and he made Etienne look tiny!!!
by BaldockBabe
Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Kayaking on TV
Replies: 10
Views: 2554

Re: Kayaking on TV

Also for those in Scotland the Prem slalom event at Tully is on The Adventure Show. I think that was today too...
by BaldockBabe
Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: 2 golds & silver in C1 Slalom World Cup
Replies: 2
Views: 1332

Re: 2 golds & silver in C1 Slalom World Cup

Plus 5 golds in the team events - it was a clean sweep :-)
by BaldockBabe
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chain Bridge Llangollen
Replies: 1
Views: 907

Re: Chain Bridge Llangollen

Hi Dave,

Dave Bradshaw (who posts on here) has run the Serpents Tail slaloms over the past few years so he may have start-lists etc.

The results are all available from http://www.canoeslalom.co.uk/info/results2013.shtml (you can link to previous years too).

Hope that helps...
by BaldockBabe
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Disinfecting a drysuit
Replies: 9
Views: 2001

Re: Disinfecting a drysuit

I agree with the Milton suggestion - cheep and cheerful and if it is safe for babies I figure it is safe for paddling kit! I have put it in the bath then added stinky paddling kit to it, soacked the kit for a bit then rinsed it out. No problems (with my kit) yet...
by BaldockBabe
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Marking your paddles
Replies: 21
Views: 1628

Re: Marking your paddles

I don't know if it causes damage but I can confirm that nail varnish doesn't last long!
by BaldockBabe
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Marking your paddles
Replies: 21
Views: 1628

Re: Marking your paddles

I use this for my kit http://www.divegeardirect.co.uk/product ... arker.html

It is designed for SCUBA kit so is fine for paddling kit. I have had it on everything including my neoprene shorts for over 7 years and it is still gonig strong.
by BaldockBabe
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For Sale - Galasport Cobras - Paddles
Replies: 0
Views: 131

For Sale - Galasport Cobras - Paddles

I have a set of Galasport Cobras (I think!) for sale. I used them about 3 times for DW training then my partner pulled out and they have sat in my garage ever since Looking for £150. I am based in Herts but go to Lee Valley/ HPP frequently or am at most Prem/1 slaloms if that any use! I can email ph...
by BaldockBabe
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Slalom C2 - Double Dutch - Short length
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Slalom C2 - Double Dutch - Short length

I am putting my lovely black and silver sparkley C2 up for sale as she does not get used as often as she would like and is missing the water. She is the shorter length (i.e. newer style) C2 and has no repairs/ damage etc other than the usual scratches on the bottom. She comes with padding (to a degr...
by BaldockBabe
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: adventure sports private sales..... massive overvaluation...
Replies: 40
Views: 3054

Re: adventure sports private sales..... massive overvaluatio

I am not sure why drysuits should be devalued just because they have latex seals. With people like Andi Reilly and Rubberman replacing seals for as little as £12 either the purchaser or the seller can have new seals put on the item cheaply and quickly. Thus, if your latex seal is bust it shouldn't r...
by BaldockBabe
Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: French Alps apartments
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: French Alps apartments

We (Baldock & Diostrict CC and friends!) have used these guys in the past http://www.alpbase.com/accommodations/search

We stayed in the chalets but they also have apartments.
by BaldockBabe
Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 14
Views: 2416

Re: Gloves

I have no idea why/ how they work but I got some of these a few years ago http://www.chillcheater.com/aqshop/catalogue.php?id=2607&page= (Aquatherm Open Palm Webbed Paddle Mitt) and find them excellent. I have used them for the past few winters on flatwater and whitewater and my fingers have stayed ...
by BaldockBabe
Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BBC Sports Coverage (etc..)
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: BBC Sports Coverage (etc..)

I agree but figure I can't complain unless I make the effort to make my views known - I just used a lot of the boxes! The sport bit (hence my comment "a small part of this" is in the "General: Overall views of the BBC TV channels (including coverage of UK-wide issues, cultural and sporting events) "...
by BaldockBabe
Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BBC Sports Coverage (etc..)
Replies: 5
Views: 487

BBC Sports Coverage (etc..)

The BBC are running a consultation on their programming: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/ A small part of this is regarding their sports coverage. Perhaps this is our chance to encourage them to show more minority sports whether it be Olympic sports such as slalom/ mountian biking or non-Olympic sport...
by BaldockBabe
Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuits!
Replies: 29
Views: 3241

Re: Drysuits!

I need to wash my eyes with soap - they feel so uncleen...
by BaldockBabe
Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuits!
Replies: 29
Views: 3241

Re: Drysuits!

Lancs_lad wrote:You will look like an S&M gimp if you buy DamX.
Less so than wearing Reed kit!
by BaldockBabe
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuits!
Replies: 29
Views: 3241

Re: Drysuits!

biketastik wrote: DamX I have no idea about other than that they look heavy and unflexible. No not at all. I have had mine for over four years now and have been very impressed and pleased with it. Its very hard wearing but light and flexible enough to do everything I want in it and made to your per...
by BaldockBabe
Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nepal
Replies: 11
Views: 1449

Re: Nepal

My bank (Natwest) decided to cancel my (visa) debit card as soon as I put it somewhere near a cash machine. Something to do with attempted fraud... Probably worth taking a few cards / friends out with you just in case ;) If you notify your bank before you go then this won't happen. Don't rely on th...
by BaldockBabe
Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Zip up PFD's
Replies: 19
Views: 2218

Re: Zip up PFD's

I have the Yak Desent. Have had no problems with it and bought it for the reason you are talking about (and because it sits low at the front leaving my boobies space!). The pocket on the front is big enough for safety kit and the obligatory choccie bars (which I consider safety kit anyway!). It is f...
by BaldockBabe
Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coaching, Instructing & the Law
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: Coaching, Instructing & the Law

then I accept primary responsibility for my own safety and actions, but I'd still expect my friends to intervene if they saw me doing something foolish, (and vice-versa). If I'm with a paid instructor, then I still accept that primary responsibility, but there's a stronger duty on the instructor to...