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by Simon Westgarth
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: European (And slightly beyond) options from now onwards...
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: European (And slightly beyond) options from now onwards...

This year, the north Alps got the mega snow fall. The southern Alps, a lot less. Norway is primed as ever.
by Simon Westgarth
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 8
Views: 842

Re: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

One2one contact time for a day is expensive. Some people are happy with the intense and direct input, others feel that the price is beyond them. In a location like Devon, during the week, I may split the day's one2one across 2 days, which allows for a period of development in between, however if the...
by Simon Westgarth
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Corsica 22nd - 28th April - anyone about?
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: Corsica 22nd - 28th April - anyone about?

That is very likely to be a suntan and sailing trip. Late April this year, hmmm a hard call, see https://www.rivermap.ch/map.html when you hit the main land and go to the action.
by Simon Westgarth
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1437

Re: What degree WW paddle

I think I know what you mean, I think the difficulty I am having comes from a difference of understanding the meaning of the term "feather". I have always thought that to feather the blade was to adjust the angle of the blade in the water by rotating the shaft in the control hand which is achieved ...
by Simon Westgarth
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1437

Re: What degree WW paddle

Simon's comment about feathering the left wrist provoked some thought and some off forum discussion. Still can't quite visualise what he means by feathering the wrist, I always left the shaft slip through my left hand so I don't need to rotate the wrist and fixing the left hand would surely be quit...
by Simon Westgarth
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1437

Re: What degree WW paddle

Recommended 45º feather or more. When some paddlers use 30º feather or less, the opposite wrist is often not feathered. This means for a right handed paddlers, for some, their left wrist is locked in place and does not feather at all when making a right stroke. The effective power transfer is thus c...
by Simon Westgarth
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sticker extreme sports
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: Sticker extreme sports

I like it.
by Simon Westgarth
Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Just for fun........
Replies: 15
Views: 1345

Re: Just for fun........

Adrian Cooper wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:40 am
I recall a friend broke an ankle here so maybe a bit more money than that for the off-work.
On Spirit Falls? This drop has a large punch bowl pool.
by Simon Westgarth
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Palm Orbit
Replies: 4
Views: 690

Re: Palm Orbit

I've been running with the Palm Orbit for the last 2 years, probably 200 days of use, and have not experienced any issues with the build quality.
by Simon Westgarth
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1664

Re: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

Who here would consider it safe for someone to guide a pair of moderate-level (comfy on grade 3, pushed on grade 4) paddlers in a group of 3 down the Siphon Canyon section at 25-30 cumec? Lets say that the "leader" of the group has 5 years of experience paddling on whitewater and has been led down ...
by Simon Westgarth
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Erik Boomer Greenland talks
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: Erik Boomer Greenland talks

If you can catch a show in the UK, then I'd recommend it whole heartedly.
by Simon Westgarth
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Looking for a guide / coach in the southwest...
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: Looking for a guide / coach in the southwest...

Hello Mark Gene17Kayaking can help you with this. Our staff are Dartmoor locals with a wide of experience in the UK and around the world at guiding and coaching. For 2 or more paddler's our rate is £250 a day for the coach/guide. Head over to Booking to secure those dates, and of course we are flexi...
by Simon Westgarth
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Advice Please
Replies: 2
Views: 413

Re: Paddle Advice Please

Almost certainly you'd be happier with a WW crank after years using such a paddle shaft on the sea. Yet be sure to try out some paddles before hand, may be at somewhere like CIWW where the centre or the kayak shop on site will have a selection of demo paddles to try, before you buy.
by Simon Westgarth
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Any ideas on model please?
Replies: 15
Views: 1280

Re: Any ideas on model please?

It is either a Prijon Wizard or Prijon Soča. I recall the hatch was in front of the cockpit on the Wizard, and thus a Prijon Soča is more probable. It is not meant to be a kayak fishing platform and as such id probably a little narrow.....
by Simon Westgarth
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advanced Whitewater / "5 star" logbook/assessment
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

Re: Advanced Whitewater / "5 star" logbook/assessment

From my experience as an assessor with these things, there are two areas candidates struggle on during their Advanced Leader Assessment. 1. Personal paddling; some candidates simply can not put the boat where the demand of the rapid needs. Their scope of experience reflects a lack of paddling, and a...
by Simon Westgarth
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 1273

Re: Personal Performance Awards

With fewer prerequisites for coaching and leading being required under the latest system it looks like the personal paddling awards will be just for personal satisfaction (and arguably will be less relevant than ever). Given that over time the general quality of performer coming to coach has improv...
by Simon Westgarth
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is it true that.........?
Replies: 13
Views: 1738

Re: Is it true that.........?

It appears kayaks imported from the USA into the EU are subject to a new 25% tariff, as part of the on going tit for tat trade war. Those Dagger boats made in the UK are not affected by this unwelcome development. To my understanding possible solutions being consider are the borrowing of the mouldin...
by Simon Westgarth
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 1273

Re: Personal Performance Awards

- Renamed to drop the well recognised 'star' terms No more explaining the an arcane and boy scout like structure to any one outside paddling. The loss of the name "star awards" is long over due. - New syllabuses not yet published An interesting question. Still they do have 5 months to sort that out...
by Simon Westgarth
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 2045

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

As ever with these things, it depends. Most of the time, I keep my krab on the throwbag, as I mainly deploy my bag a swimmers, where by I am at a similar level/height, so the bag is thrown beyond the swimmer during the rescue. At other times, when I throw from a point of elevation, or to a swimmer i...
by Simon Westgarth
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway levels
Replies: 2
Views: 482

Re: Norway levels

After what was a record snow pack across central Norway from last winter, May provided a surprise. At the 1st May, the record was in place, by 31st May, the snow pack was 50% of normal in the mountains. There was high runoff, but not huge floods. Various theories have been muted, but the most plausi...
by Simon Westgarth
Wed May 30, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: play boat instruction , coaching , help!
Replies: 1
Views: 440

Re: play boat instruction , coaching , help!

Alan Ward or Andy "Jacko" Jackson, both based near Hurley are you best bet.
by Simon Westgarth
Fri May 11, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?
Replies: 18
Views: 2043

Re: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?

Great water levels here in Valsesia at present.
by Simon Westgarth
Tue May 01, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?
Replies: 18
Views: 2043

Re: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?

Any thoughts on high water options around Verzasca/Val Sesia? Was thinking about heading over from Tirol this weekend to get back in the habit of drops and higher boofs, but levels atm look a bit more 'boof or die' (or at least beater) than the usual waterpark style... I saw on RiverApp that the lo...
by Simon Westgarth
Tue May 01, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Usual Soca levels late June? Question about sections at lower water levels
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Re: Usual Soca levels late June? Question about sections at lower water levels

At low water, the Soča is still good, more moves, more structure in the white water, all with less pressure in the flow. The upper river sections (Soča to Čezsoča & Koritnica), tend to be marginal then though, with most of the paddling in the fourth canyon, Srpenica to Kobarid. And of course it can ...
by Simon Westgarth
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?
Replies: 18
Views: 2043

Re: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?

Logistics question related to this thread Has anyone cracked hiring a car in the alps (ideally Geneva) with roof rails guaranteed - so bring your own roof bars & boats works out? Car hire companies contacted so far have been non-committal (rubbish). Any advice welcome. Past successes where I have h...
by Simon Westgarth
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?
Replies: 18
Views: 2043

Re: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?

The classics in the French Alps area of the Durance Valley have a very big snow pack this year. Piemonte equally so. Even in the eastern end of the Alps in the Soča Valley, the snow pack is excellent. Nothing to complain about for 2018. Spring high water awaits so long as all things being equal. Tha...
by Simon Westgarth
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling from the Back
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: Paddling from the Back

For sure it's a near throw away term for a big topic about boat design. Plus paddling styles lend to the way boats and sometimes specific boats are paddled, yet the run out of hull from the paddler to the stern certain influences the way the paddle moves forward, equally as important is the way the ...