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by David Fairweather
Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A great Christmas Pressie-but a little overpriced?
Replies: 14
Views: 1858

Re: A great Christmas Pressie-but a little overpriced?

I usually think a guidebook is worth about 10 beers or thereabouts. Given that one is being posted from Switzerland, the price seems about right.
by David Fairweather
Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nighttime kayaking
Replies: 49
Views: 4456

Re: Nighttime kayaking

This probably doesn't get said enough: If someone skilled makes a reasoned decision to do something dangerous and cool, and someone else copies them and gets in trouble, then the one copying is a moron. I was watching a great ski film yesterday. If I decide to copy the skiers in the film and break e...
by David Fairweather
Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nighttime kayaking
Replies: 49
Views: 4456

Re: Nighttime kayaking

Kayaking is dangerous and stupid. I only bother doing it 'cos it's fun.
by David Fairweather
Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: My first New Boat topic in ages!
Replies: 27
Views: 3603

Re: My first New Boat topic in ages!

Is there a good comparison of boat weights available online anywhere?

Boats certainly seem to have got heavier over the past couple of years and it'd be interesting to see how they stack up, especially in an independent test. Any retailers out there test the boat weights from different suppliers?
by David Fairweather
Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The future?
Replies: 5
Views: 1071

Re: The future?

I remember this cropping up a few years ago. Looks like it has come along nicely.

I wonder what it's like in a side wind?
by David Fairweather
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'White' water?
Replies: 33
Views: 3220

Re: 'White' water?

So much of this is socio-economic. Think about how many current paddlers are introduced to Paddlesports through organisations such as scouts, and how well do those organisations reflect the ethnicity of a community? Canoeing and kayaking are pretty much limited to those who have had swimming lessons...
by David Fairweather
Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to wear in Ladakh
Replies: 5
Views: 820

Re: What to wear in Ladakh

For most western folk in Ladakh, the inform appears to be a pair of ridiculous stripy pantaloons, a scraggly beard and a vacant look.

For the river, I'd go with dry rousers and then a three season sleeping bag for the nights, which can get a bit fresh once you are into the deeper gorges.
by David Fairweather
Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: modern technology and kayaking
Replies: 13
Views: 1507

Re: modern technology and kayaking

For me, the big advance in the past decade or so is the access to information about paddling. As styles develop, we can all find out about that instantly from the latest videos and internet discussion etc... Once we are on the water, not much has changed other than that it would now be considered ne...
by David Fairweather
Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How to teach Low Brace & Low Brace Turn?
Replies: 55
Views: 4832

Re: How to teach Low Brace & Low Brace Turn?

Some advice on teaching low brace turns: Firstly, ensure that your ribbed WIldWater BA is properly adjusted. Now climb into your Rotobat using your paddle for support behind the cockpit and encourage your group to do the same. Once they are all safely on the water, make them raft up ( make sure some...
by David Fairweather
Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Angling club signs on rivers
Replies: 6
Views: 1457

Angling club signs on rivers

In Ticino, Switzerland, they have got this spot on.

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by David Fairweather
Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ardeche river levels
Replies: 21
Views: 2943

Re: Ardeche river levels

Levels will be low all season from what the guides were saying last week. The dam is releasing slowly to try and keep it paddleable all season.
by David Fairweather
Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Role that dams played in the 2013 floods in India
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: Role that dams played in the 2013 floods in India

That is a sad and sobering film. Having visited, stayed in, and paddled through many of the towns in that film, it was enormously upsetting to see the damage done by the floods. To see how much of that was avoidable is sickening.
by David Fairweather
Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Extreme edge whilst boofing
Replies: 19
Views: 2833

Re: Extreme edge whilst boofing

It's worth noting that the ear dip can be taken too far.

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by David Fairweather
Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Extreme edge whilst boofing
Replies: 19
Views: 2833

Re: Extreme edge whilst boofing

It does allow you to plant the blade much further down the drop to get more purchase on those sloping drops. There can't be many instances where that it is critical though. I suspect that most folk do it for the best reason of all: 'cos it's fun.
by David Fairweather
Thu May 29, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha moan
Replies: 104
Views: 13705

Re: Pyranha moan

They used to supply boats with nyloc nuts on everything, but then folk complained that they were to hard to adjust. 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 pe...
by David Fairweather
Wed May 28, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nominations for British Rivers that need one of these
Replies: 5
Views: 1025

Re: Nominations for British Rivers that need one of these

How about at the bottom of HPP for the student rodeo, it could collect lost boats, bits of footrest foam, paddles, bits of costumes, and passed out freshers.
by David Fairweather
Fri May 23, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rather spiffing skills
Replies: 34
Views: 2833

Re: Rather spiffing skills

I've noticed short grips with many top paddlers, I believe that it compromises Torso rotation but they are that good that its not as important for them as an average paddler. A narrow grip doesn't stop good torso rotation, and if used in conjunction with a strong core and good rotation (as you see ...
by David Fairweather
Fri May 23, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Big up your local run
Replies: 16
Views: 2476

Re: Big up your local run

These days may local runs are the Vieze and Drance in Valais, Switzerland. Both cracking grade 4 rivers when they run (May - July) and surprisingly under paddled. http://davidfairweather.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Vieze-e1368047608160.jpg That said, I do miss living in Llangollen for being able ...
by David Fairweather
Wed May 07, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ben Marr is Dreaming!
Replies: 12
Views: 1406

Re: Ben Marr is Dreaming!

Incredible. That raises the bar for everything.
by David Fairweather
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Learning to brace
Replies: 40
Views: 3442

Re: Learning to brace

Got to pass 2* to get anywhere paddling with scouts - includes brace :( It shouldn't do for the kayak element. You have to prevent a capsize - do coach people to do that by static bracing would be antiquated. The best way to prevent falling over sideways, is to get yourself moving forwards. It's a ...
by David Fairweather
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing
Replies: 123
Views: 11987

Re: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing

Anyone suggesting paddlesport has obviously not visited paddles dot net thinking it might be something to do with kayaking..... EDIT - NOT SAFE FOR WORK and the overly intelligent forum software made it a link even though I didn't add it as such hence I've spelled it out Indeed. Try googling for th...
by David Fairweather
Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing
Replies: 123
Views: 11987

Re: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing

I'm pretty sure that most members of the public can tell the difference between canoes and kayaks these days. Even tabloid newspapers seem to manage, and if the Sun can tell the difference, then anyone can. Maybe it's that we are becoming more international, or maybe it's simply that people have beg...
by David Fairweather
Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing
Replies: 123
Views: 11987

Re: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing

If this were posted eight days ago it would have been really funny.

At least they have now admitted that Canoe England and the BCU are the same thing.
by David Fairweather
Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EWW 2.0
Replies: 66
Views: 6290

Re: EWW 2.0

Is there a shop nearby that sells OS maps? Not that we're going to ever use it again. It's shut you say? Oh well, let's not bother, we've wasted too much time trying to find a map shop anyway, let's go home." "Yes, the 24 hour petrol station sells local OS maps. Doesn't matter though as we can use ...
by David Fairweather
Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best price for a nano
Replies: 10
Views: 976

Re: Best price for a nano

Where abouts are you based? I'm pretty sure people will be able to direct to towards your nearest dealer.
by David Fairweather
Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nano weight specs
Replies: 3
Views: 514

Re: Nano weight specs

At about 85 kg, I rally enjoy the medium Nano as a fun little boat on steep and bouldery rivers. I'm certainly towards the top of the weight range and if it were my only boat, I would probably go for the large.
by David Fairweather
Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: European snowpack
Replies: 14
Views: 1797

Re: European snowpack

Here in southern Switzerland the snow pack is reasonable. It's not as epic as last season, but there is still plenty of snow around. We had about 20 cm in the last few hours at 1200m in Villars, much more higher up.

Should be a good spring and summer.
by David Fairweather
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe Wales reply to Petition
Replies: 19
Views: 1798

Re: Canoe Wales reply to Petition

That's remarkable. In a response that would fit in a tweet, they have managed to speak volumes about just how much they care about the views of their membership and access to rivers in Wales.
by David Fairweather
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Polo paddlers into WW paddlers
Replies: 14
Views: 1825

Re: Polo paddlers into WW paddlers

Randy Fandango wrote:Ah yes -- that little gem:
Paddling cliche no1: you can always spot the polo player on a ww river as they're the ones who throw away perfectly good paddles every time they capsize.... :-)
Giles
I'm not sure where you got an idea like that :-)