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by Strad
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?
Replies: 29
Views: 2177

Re: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?

They (MPs) always give the VA blah blah blah route, I've had a few back and forth discussions requesting things like how does this align to the mission statement of EA getting everyone to use the countryside, do they have any legal cases they can quote to support the idea that there isn't a general ...
by Strad
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?
Replies: 29
Views: 2177

Re: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?

The latest petition asks for a "review of current policy towards access on waters in England and Wales, including consideration of new legislation to establish a public right for fair, shared ... access". Is this really what paddlers have been asking for? I thought we had moved on from this about 1...
by Strad
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone tried a pyranha ozone yet?
Replies: 11
Views: 1060

Re: Anyone tried a pyranha ozone yet?

The Dagger Rewind is really more of a Pyranha Ripper equivalent, so a bit off topic. Not really, this is just the new swathe of boats trying to be the next generation of awesome river runners. Which quote is for which? The ultimate downriver play boat for paddlers of all abilities, the xxx over-del...
by Strad
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Avon- Bath to Bristol
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: River Avon- Bath to Bristol

The paddle from Bath (Pultney Bridge) to Bathhampton, stopping at the Mill pub for lunch and back is quite pleasant.
by Strad
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone tried a pyranha ozone yet?
Replies: 11
Views: 1060

Re: Anyone tried a pyranha ozone yet?

Must admit I'd be more excited to get in a Dagger Rewind, but I've always tended to Dagger boats for no real reason that I can give.
by Strad
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Talla Spillway
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Talla Spillway

At the levels on the weekend the dam that drops into the head of the spillway looked viable as did all the spillway I could see - didn't walk down to the bottom of the spillway to see if there were any bits of metal that might chop your head off or anything though.
by Strad
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Talla Spillway
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Talla Spillway

Was out walking yesterday and couldn't help but notice the rather inviting looking spillway from the Talla reservoir.

I can find references that others have been tempted, anyone actually taken a decent?
by Strad
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seals riding on deck!
Replies: 12
Views: 1200

Re: Seals riding on deck!

I had a seal come over and say Hi when swimming popped up face to face at a range of about 10 inches - two thoughts, first when it's next to you in the water they are larger than you think, second their breath is really bad. Could certainly do damage if they so chose, but have always appeared inquis...
by Strad
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1582

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

Try finding this book - it's a great set of exercises, that you can adapt to what space you have: http://www.netscribes.co.uk/stuff/fitness/cct_trng.jpg May I suggest, more in line with McGruffs mental training-approach to use in that case : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u86NaR3z6FE JB Think I mi...
by Strad
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1582

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

Try finding this book - it's a great set of exercises, that you can adapt to what space you have:

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by Strad
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof smartwatches?
Replies: 9
Views: 708

Re: Waterproof smartwatches?

Fitbit Ionic - works okay. Linked to endomondo account via the phone, but happily stores a day's data. Tracks GPS,heart rate, but I don't have anything as hand sounding as Seawolf's home made app.
by Strad
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1474

Re: A boat to start off with

Hope you enjoy the boat.

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by Strad
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1474

Re: A boat to start off with

Looks like an early GT series you need to get him to measure the length tip to tip where abouts are you based Maybe be a honcho (or whatever the smaller one was called) , not a bad boat, but you led want to check the size. Sent from my H8216 using Tapatalk He just got back and said he made it 2470m...
by Strad
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1474

Re: A boat to start off with

G7AFM wrote:Looks like an early GT series you need to get him to measure the length tip to tip

where abouts are you based
Maybe be a honcho (or whatever the smaller one was called) , not a bad boat, but you led want to check the size.

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by Strad
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1474

Re: A boat to start off with

I would add the dagger GT series to your list, not too aggressive in terms of edge, but enough to be a good learning platform. Low cost as well. There are 4 versions so worth working out weight including kit and deciding which will fit you. (I'm 6'4" 19 stone and liked the GT Max when I reviewed it)...
by Strad
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vids
Replies: 18
Views: 1936

Re: Vids

In still have waterfall kayak on a VHS, along with the BCU Squirt one, both worthy of a real nostalgia trip.
by Strad
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EJ resigns
Replies: 18
Views: 2194

Re: EJ resigns

inflation calculator I used suggested a current price of around £1200 for a boat in current prices - so I would take it that so many are sold below that line (a Dagger GT or Axiom can be found at £600) That feels under-priced not that I'm moaning as I'll happily buy something like that as they are g...
by Strad
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EJ resigns
Replies: 18
Views: 2194

Re: EJ resigns

Lots of talk in the US about the WW kayaking industry being in crisis--and EJ's resignation is seen to be part of that. Jackson, Dagger, Liquidlogic are all in trouble, it seems. The WW side of thing is not making enough money. The EU retaliatory tax against Trump at 25% can't be helping any of the...
by Strad
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Dart – Why is it infamous?
Replies: 75
Views: 9801

Re: Upper Dart – Why is it infamous?

What Mike said! if you ever paddled it in the days of using glass slalom boats as your main WW boat it was always "interesting" to run
by Strad
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Video editing for GoPro
Replies: 14
Views: 2403

Re: Video editing for GoPro

I love premiere elements, got it for a bargain price of £30. (that said I do have the full premiere pro but a very old version so was used to the workflows)
by Strad
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 2123

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

I guess that paddlers expect more from their boats these days. I think paddlers who haven't paddled in glass tend not to be quite as paranoid about rock avoidance, plus people now play the river a little differently (rock spins etc) which will be harder on boats. Expectation I think is set by the c...
by Strad
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 1749

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

I would say once you've paddled enough to make the call you can decide on whether you want to go a little longer or shorter to decrease / increase stroke rate to what suits you. There's no precise fit other than what works for you

I use 204s on WW, 200s on surf, but I'm a 6'4" gorilla.
by Strad
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: new kayak brands
Replies: 6
Views: 1446

Re: new kayak brands

haven't tried Titan, but Lettman and Zet have some great boats, and good reputations.
by Strad
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 1518

Re: Drip rings good or bad?

I hate them, but can give no reasonable answer as to why.
by Strad
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Authorised personnel
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: Authorised personnel

Years ago had someone in EA clothing ask me for my licence telling me I should have my licence on my boat on the Medway (I'm thinking 1987 or so), I told them that was completely impractical as I had multiple boats, not been asked once since then.
by Strad
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?
Replies: 6
Views: 1942

Re: Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?

garya wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:43 pm

Is there a benefit to carrying a small waist mounted throwline on quick release belt ?

Yes, but you will get burnt at the stake by the 'run clean / it's a snag hazard brigade' - it's a marmite subject.
by Strad
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Which wetsuit is warmer
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: Which wetsuit is warmer

My honest thought is depends on the manufacturer - I've had suits that are identical on paper from different companies and seen very different performance. I've grown to love the o'neill stuff - super stretchy and the heat pads make a huge difference - worth the extra cost IMHO.
by Strad
Wed May 08, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's

Hi all, I'm a long term WW kayaker (almost 40 years) but haven't played much in these weird long boats you folks love (just a couple of day trips with more experienced folks). Having moved to Scotland a little over a year ago I'm thinking a point boat to play on Lochs would be good, I love the look ...
by Strad
Tue May 07, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 15
Views: 2659

Re: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

What I'm trying to say is, surely 'creek boats' as we know them have reached the zenith of design, and until someone makes a radical change (eg twin hull or something), any tweaks are pretty immaterial and designed purely to shift new boats Think I've been hearing the 'pinnacle of design' line for ...