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by Jim
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie first kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 260

Re: Newbie first kayak

Yes later Glides and Slices had fin boxes, mine is early and doesn't. Also the generation that followed, I think the Prankster and Trickster or was it the Dominatrix? they also had fin boxes. Riot or Dragorossi also made a plastic surf boat at some point, I think Mega still do? My Glide surfs pretty...
by Jim
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nose cones |?
Replies: 21
Views: 681

Re: Nose cones |?

The thing is that the argument Otherwise you'd end up with athletes using incredibly specialised boats that no-one could justify buying for actual whitewater use, like slalom (or the Green boat), completely misses the point - those athletes are getting far more time on the water in their boats than...
by Jim
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie first kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 260

Re: Newbie first kayak

For flatwater freestyle and surf you want a slightly older generation long but slicy playboat - they won't surf like a proper surf kayak and you probably won't be flat-looping them but they will flat wheel and wavewheel nicely. In fact, for cartwheeling a longer boat gives you more time and control ...
by Jim
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nose cones |?
Replies: 21
Views: 681

Re: Nose cones |?

Nope. Slalom boat lengths went down in 2006 (from 4m to 3.5m). This year ICF increased minimum weight of K1 and C1 from 8kg to 9kg, BC followed suit but only apply dimensions and weights in div 1 and Prem. I can't remember C2 weights, I think they went up too. The 'well meaning' behind the increase ...
by Jim
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nose cones |?
Replies: 21
Views: 681

Re: Nose cones |?

Rules always come in with good intentions to level the playing field, but there will always be people with different viewpoints. In buggy racing we had few limits - eventually on the continent some small kids were using buggies heavier than themselves (putting lead into the tubes as permanent weight...
by Jim
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nose cones |?
Replies: 21
Views: 681

Re: Nose cones |?

The idea behind the rules is to prevent 'chequebook racing' where it comes down more to who has the richest sponsor than who is necessarily the best paddler - if some manufacturers are getting away with supplying non-production boats to chosen paddlers they are flouting the rules and the organisers ...
by Jim
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nose cones |?
Replies: 21
Views: 681

Re: Nose cones |?

My Corsica S came with a bow cap, it disappeared at some point, I always assumed I had snagged it on something endering at Hurley and ripped it off. Maybe manufacturers stopped doing them because they were rubbish and caused more damage than they avoided?
by Jim
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$

I'm sure there is a way to do ship to shore calls through VHF but it may be quite expensive. Surely an easier solution would be to log your trip with the coastguard, and if you are running late call in to let them know your plans have changed and a new ETA. If you use CG66 to permanently register yo...
by Jim
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Helmet GoPro
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Helmet GoPro

Gentle wafting with a heat gun on low or hairdryer will soften the adhesive enough to peel off without leaving marks. In fact, its a good idea to do it when you stick it on too to get the best bond. You can get replacement adhesive pads. The adhesive is much stronger than you will get on vinyl, that...
by Jim
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 335
Views: 25392

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

That just means you are getting a feel for it and starting to do stuff instinctively - that's good!
by Jim
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some lessons learned from a swim.
Replies: 16
Views: 1397

Re: Some lessons learned from a swim.

Don't underestimate the usefulness of a chase boat - it wouldn't have helped in Dave's case (although maybe useful if he'd have let go of the line before getting to the eddy) but I'd say that more than 90% of the time 'rescue' is collecting a swimmer that has already flushed, and for that a chase bo...
by Jim
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Mystery sea kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Mystery sea kayak

Hatches should be 17cm diameter. I think Valley still sell covers, or Kajaksport probably do some that will fit.
by Jim
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: BoaterX - Have your say
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: BoaterX - Have your say

Get your comments in before lunchtime tomorrow.
by Jim
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Mystery sea kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Mystery sea kayak

Sea King, same colour as mine except my cockpit is orange too.
by Jim
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Northshore Atlantic Question if I may?
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Northshore Atlantic Question if I may?

Swap a few litres of water for a water filter so you can make extra water instead of carrying it and that should save at least the 1kg you are over weight....
by Jim
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 335
Views: 25392

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

One of our scout leaders took this video while on camp, which is a pretty reliable roll in the pool and still water... https://youtu.be/MRmIvzFaG3o Unfortunately when I visited CIWW, I swam a number of times (in both 6 and 8 cumecs) as the roll just didn't want to work. Is it the panic of moving do...
by Jim
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 335
Views: 25392

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Leaning back to finish a roll is not cheating, it is a valid kind of roll which is reliable. Remaining in the lay back position once you have rolled leaves you vulnerable to falling straight back in so best to learn to roll leaning back and then sit up immediately. In time you will find you start si...
by Jim
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit Sizing
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Drysuit Sizing

Tell the shop you won't place an order until you can try one on, and let them work out with the supplier how to get a demonstrator suit to the shop for you to try. The fit of a paddling drysuit is almost everything, make sure you try it at least sitting on the floor but ideally sitting in a boat so ...
by Jim
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: R.I.P. Tom Petty
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Re: R.I.P. Tom Petty

I liked how on the radio they felt the need to explain that he was the frontman for the band called "Tom Petty and the heartbreakers", as though the audience might be too stupid to work that part out....
by Jim
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Symonds Yat 14th/15th October
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: Symonds Yat 14th/15th October

Have a great event this year Ali.
I decided I couldn't face driving to Llandysul and Symonds Yat on consecutive weekends so I got a paddle up at Tees instead, it's a mere 4 hour drive :)
by Jim
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some lessons learned from a swim.
Replies: 16
Views: 1397

Re: Some lessons learned from a swim.

Yes, shock, adrenaline, exhaustion, cold - until you have had a bad one it is difficult to understand the effect of these. My worst was in 1994, broached on debris in Dora di Rhemes - I have no idea how long it took the guys to set up the hauling system to release the boat pressure on me and get me ...
by Jim
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best touring kayak?
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Best touring kayak?

I've had a read through your Baidarka Explorer thread - I never paddled one although my dad had one for a while and I've never thought of him as preferring a tippy boat, although whenever I paddled with him we always had kit for a week. There are lots of great touring boats out there and everyone ha...
by Jim
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: BoaterX - Have your say
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: BoaterX - Have your say

Given that the sum total of all committed slalom and freestyle paddlers in the UK is just a few hundred paddlers, they should probably get over this and work together. I don't even think there is very much interest in it from British slalom paddlers, the percentage that paddle in multiple classes i...
by Jim
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: BoaterX - Have your say
Replies: 3
Views: 211

BoaterX - Have your say

After many years of growing underground through independent events and alongside freestyle events, ICF finally noticed BoaterX and introduced their version of it to this years world cup series and the world championships. For some of you alarm bells will ring when you hear it is called Extreme Slalo...
by Jim
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Carbon Paddle
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: Carbon Paddle

Interesting all the positive comments about VE. Out of interest, the bulge / pocket on the rear of the blade - are you not aware of that when doing sculling or similar strokes ? Im no paddle designer but would have instinctively thought a smooth surface to be better ? (Notwithstanding the need to s...
by Jim
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?
Replies: 16
Views: 699

Re: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?

Never used kayak foundry (I downloaded it once), in autohydro I can get a print of lateral plane status for current draft and trim which displays the underwater and above water lateral centres of area. If wind areas are also defined they are included in the above water lateral areas in addition to t...
by Jim
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Grandtully Slalom on TV
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Re: Grandtully Slalom on TV

So glad they didn't get the demo runs or my officials runs, I was terrible!
I think I did get all the gates by the end of the weekend (the film is saturday only), the prem paddlers make it look so easy!
by Jim
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Carbon Paddle
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: Carbon Paddle

I've been a big fan of Lendal paddles for years, slightly less of a fan of Celtic paddles (I don't feel the finish is as good as it was under Lendal) but they are still what I use for sea kayaking (mostly Lendals which are still going strong). The Kinetic touring blades are good for all day use, try...
by Jim
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Experienced paddler but new to Sea Kayaking
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Experienced paddler but new to Sea Kayaking

Finding a group to paddle with is always the best idea, but either way here are some of my top tips: - Check the forecast, more than beaufort 3 can get exciting so start with 3 or less. - Check the tides, lots of texts and courses go on at length about the options for crossing a tide stream most eff...
by Jim
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg operating fault - any ideas?
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: Skeg operating fault - any ideas?

Always worth checking the spring if hosing out doesn't work, the smart track rudder has a stainless spring and they can break (I had that once and keep a spare, although I rarely take the spare paddling).