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by smallbear
Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaking Video -Shetland
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Sea Kayaking Video -Shetland

Hurrahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Well done you - the sessions at the Glenmore Pool did the trick!
by smallbear
Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaking Video -Shetland
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Sea Kayaking Video -Shetland

Good video, Justine had better watch out! But the most important thing is ... did you roll yet??!! (Babs)
by smallbear
Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suitable Foam and Glue For Footrest^
Replies: 30
Views: 9245

Re: Suitable Foam and Glue For Footrest

The wooden bar previously in my old Aquanaut HV was made for me by an experienced paddler who has paddled on white water for decades and on the sea for several years. He made it to swing forward but it was also attached at the very far end of my footpeg so it would not float off. It was made so that...
by smallbear
Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: womens' dry suits^
Replies: 10
Views: 4652

Re: womens' dry suits

My first drysuit was the Typhoon Ladies Racer (I think!). It was pretty cheap around £200 I think and they had a good selection of sizes. I went for the "small relaxed" size as I needed it for the chest but it meant the suit was a little on the short side for me. I am 5'6" which is the maximum heigh...
by smallbear
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Have Nordkapps gone out of fashion?
Replies: 57
Views: 9008

Re: Have Nordkapps gone out of fashion?

In January 2009, I got a Nordkapp LV as my first composite boat after 18 months paddling an HV Aquanaut. Although it took a few trips to feel comfortable and confident in, that has developed steadily and even in more testing conditions, I can't see me wanting to paddle anything else. Like, Pam I was...
by smallbear
Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Wizard of Oz
Replies: 14
Views: 2030

Re: The Wizard of Oz

Do we think Paul Caffyn's record will be bettered?
by smallbear
Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Airbeds....^
Replies: 19
Views: 4667

Re: Airbeds....

I can't see past my Exped either. Having 'dodgy' hips and lower back, I used to dread camping as if I ever got off to sleep, I used to wake up barely able to move. However, after lashing out about £90 on an Exped9, I almost look forward to sleepy time in a tent especially with my toasty warm Marmot ...
by smallbear
Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp LV v Tiderace Xcite^
Replies: 83
Views: 23125

Re: Nordkapp LV v Tiderace Xcite

After about a year paddling an HV Valley Aquanaut, I tried a few composite boats out before plumping for my Nordkapp LV. Amongst others, I did try the Tiderace Xcite and the Xplore. Although only in the Xcite for about 20 minutes, it, for some reason, didn't interest me as much as the Nordkapp did. ...
by smallbear
Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: So, how was your weekend?
Replies: 25
Views: 1682

Re: So, how was your weekend?

It was a really good day. The last time we did this paddle, it was between Christmas and New Year and it was BALTIC! Also quite choppy up the side of the island (seaward side). On Sunday, the clapotis wasn't so bad but it did concentrate the mind a little after the fun seal watching session. On a cl...
by smallbear
Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: So, how was your weekend?
Replies: 25
Views: 1682

Re: So, how was your weekend?

It was g-r-e-a-t! A wee group of us paddled from Pettycur over to Inchkeith in superb sunshine. Arms and noses are distinctly red today. We saw a few puffins but I wasn't quick enough with my camera. We did come across a group of seals basking in the sun. They soon decanted into the water to do some...
by smallbear
Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What Paddle next
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Re: What Paddle next

Another vote for the Shuna. I have used them for a little over a year and wouldn't consider any other make at the moment. My 'spare' is a Cascadia. Both light, effective and no complaints from me - except a little trouble with separating them even though I am very careful about rinsing them thorough...
by smallbear
Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rockpool Alaw V Valley Nordkapp LV
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Re: Rockpool Alaw V Valley Nordkapp LV

Interestingly enough, my partner and I are about to have one of each! My partner is hoping to pick up an Alaw this weekend and I am waiting the delivery date from Stirling Canoes for a Nordkapp LV and keeping my wee fingers tightly crossed it might just be before Christmas. Since we do all our paddl...
by smallbear
Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry suit spray deck flap / tube
Replies: 8
Views: 975

I've got a Typhoon dry suit with no spray deck flap/tube. I also have a neoprene Yak Kryo spray deck. I've never had any problems with water getting into the boat. Without being cheeky - is the spray deck snug enough around your middle? I only ask because I mistakenly put my partners spraydeck on (o...
by smallbear
Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seakayakphoto.com desktop calendar 2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2508

Jings, you don't make it easy do you?! My vote would be for the third one simply to repeat a previous post for the "wow" factor, I don't think it matters as much that a boat isn't visible in it sincewe know it was taken from a kayak. I struggled to choose between the other two though, I t-h-i-n-k th...
by smallbear
Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fooooooood!
Replies: 12
Views: 1092

Little and often might be the key. I remember from hillwalking that after lunch, I could feel a bit more sluggish so snacking as I paddle might hold the key. I also remember after doing half marathons, I found it impossible to eat for several hours afterwards. I like the idea of snacking as I go. We...
by smallbear
Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fooooooood!
Replies: 12
Views: 1092

Yup, I suppose we are guilty of eating and clambering back into the boats after about 10 minutes - mind you, on Sunday that was largely to work up some body heat again after standing on the banks of the Tay scoffing. The point about the salts is possibly a telling one. I do tend to drink water en ro...
by smallbear
Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fooooooood!
Replies: 12
Views: 1092

Errrr, I could probably do to 'tone up' the midrift a fair bit but wouldn't say I'm podgy as such nor is my nearest and dearest. I can understand the point about gas though. Breakfast tends to be a concoction of poached egg, toast, bacon and mushrooms or similar. Glass of orange juice and mug of tea...
by smallbear
Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fooooooood!
Replies: 12
Views: 1092

Fooooooood!

Okay, here's a (maybe) new subject to be chewed over....... On a day paddle, I generally take for myself and my partner, a lunch consisting of a filled roll (usually ham or mashed egg for me and cheese/coleslaw or tuna mayo for him) a drink of juice or a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit of some so...
by smallbear
Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: UKSKGB photo comp 2008 - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Replies: 151
Views: 25582

I'd like to add my small and humble snap, taken while having a weekend trip at Arisaig. Looking over towards Rhum - taken in May this year.
Excellent competition with lots to appreciate and lots to inspire for future trips!!

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by smallbear
Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Perth Show
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Damn! I didn't think of trying up the stairs for my bacon bap! The last time I was at that cafe was with a few pals from work and by the time we all waited for our burgers, the chips were like cardboard and we had to chew as fast as we could to get back to the office! I do think next year could do w...
by smallbear
Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp RM?
Replies: 21
Views: 6419

Hi Douglas - thanks for that. So far we've only managed two-day trips and my partner carries the tent and I take the food. We take our own sleeping mats and bags etc. We're hoping to extend that next year - weather permitting! Mind you - as long as the LV has enough space for my OPTIO W30 - superb w...
by smallbear
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp RM?
Replies: 21
Views: 6419

How much difference is there in the amount you can carry in the LV? I'm considering options for a first composite boat after paddling an Aquanaut HV for almost a year. I like the Aquanaut and it holds plenty for multi-day trips. Just wondered how much of a difference there is with the six inch short...
by smallbear
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Perth Show
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Enjoyed Justine's talk, Brian Wilson and Douglas Wilcox. Went to the workshop about 'forward paddling' but glazed over a bit at some technical bits. Interesting what he said about not 'pushing' the upper hand when paddling, must try that when I next paddle. My partner went to the coastguard/safety e...
by smallbear
Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley in Scotland.
Replies: 6
Views: 1031

Hhhhhm - may have to phone Stirling Canoes for a wee demo then - or drag one over to the Tay from Paddle08. Don't think they'd be too chuffed at that somehow......
by smallbear
Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley in Scotland.
Replies: 6
Views: 1031

.... and if you go on Stirling Canoes website, they are reconstructing it and there isn't any info! I'm considering a Nordkapp and will just have to wait until Paddle 08 to see if anyone is displaying them there....
by smallbear
Sun Sep 21, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety cag thingie
Replies: 20
Views: 1717

You're so right, Robert. My partner and I took the two days paddling course with Skayak and it was then I was introduced to the concept of capsising and of being wrapped in a huge crinkly storm cag! Not one of the coolest looking pieces of paddling apparel - but did the trick!
by smallbear
Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety cag thingie
Replies: 20
Views: 1717

I can recommend a storm cag. I went for an unexpected dip while on a course on Skye. It was a sunny warm May day and I had a wetsuit and BA on but nothing else. The guide insisted I put on the storm cag which I did and boy was I glad. I hadn't realised how much I had cooled down while getting back i...
by smallbear
Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tenosynivitis
Replies: 11
Views: 1405

Well, I managed a trip from Mallaig up the length of Loch Nevis and back this weekend. I paddled fine although as I type, the finger is seizing up.... what's THAT all about??!! I'll do some research on Trigger Finger. Glad to hear your own complaint has cleared up and isn't hampering the paddling.
by smallbear
Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stuck Werner Splits
Replies: 4
Views: 894

I had this problem with Werner Cascadias a few months ago. We ended up leaving it under a steady drizzling tap overnight then got it apart with my partner at one end and me at the other. It DID take two or three nights in total though and we tried hot water then cold, managing to get it to move mili...
by smallbear
Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tenosynivitis
Replies: 11
Views: 1405

sort of the same thing-ish.......

I did have tenosynivitis after a day paddling early in my paddling experience. (I know now from gripping the paddle too tightly.) It subsided after about three weeks and a wrist support helped on subsequent paddles. No reccurence of it at all even with multi-day paddles. I haven't tried cranked shaf...