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by Jim
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KId versus adults
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: KId versus adults

Also whilst the kids are encouraged to try harder and harder things, none of them are under any pressure to even be there so it may be that the really nervous ones only try it once and then we never see them again. It's a shame if they get put off after one visit. Some of them might have come to en...
by Jim
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KId versus adults
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: KId versus adults

People seem to be reading stuff I haven't written :) I didn't say I have never encountered nervous kids, I did in fact start by pointing our that all kids are different. All I said was that the club I paddle with most these days seems to be good at inspiring confidence, and if they have had really n...
by Jim
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KId versus adults
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: KId versus adults

I've said this before, but I found a basis in flatwater paddling to be an excellent grounding for white water. Just little things like draw strokes, bow rudders etc. - there are some white water paddlers who've no idea of what those are. I'm sure that is the case, but it is also possibe to go strai...
by Jim
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KId versus adults
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: KId versus adults

Everyone is different, even kids. But most kids are more adaptable than adults and will quickly overcome their fears, given the right encouragement. I have seen this quite a lot in slalom, kids arriving at a new course especially if recently promoted taking one look, or having a bit of a nightmare o...
by Jim
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice Please
Replies: 28
Views: 749

Re: Advice Please

A good plan would be to talk to the instructors he will be paddling with and find out what kind of boat they would recommend for the stuff they do. A friend ended up getting his boy a Master TG Lite recently on the basis that it is what he had been using and was quite happy with - it was probably on...
by Jim
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Competition
Topic: Polo Goals
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: Polo Goals

Floating or hanging?
by Jim
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: East Lyn River
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: East Lyn River

Looks like someone wants to put the crowds off and keep the river for himself... :D
by Jim
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak bailing sponge
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Re: Kayak bailing sponge

davebrads wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:19 pm
Jim wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:47 pm
They work better as they age.
True. And at 3 for a pound at poundland you can even put one aside for cleaning the car. Of course Jim would have to buy at least £5 worth to have any spare.
£6 might do it.
by Jim
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak bailing sponge
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Re: Kayak bailing sponge

They work better as they age.
by Jim
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Up and under kayak shop
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: Up and under kayak shop

Yes, quite a bit of my polo kit, and the club's, has come from them. I haven't a problem. Custom kit takes a while to come, but that's normal and at PeakUKs end rather than upandunder's.
by Jim
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Cag for Watersides - any recommendations?
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Cag for Watersides - any recommendations?

Looks like DM have a stand at the Tyne, they might have the Peak top there to look at.
See you on the start line? (I'm in a Pink WWR)
by Jim
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Replace footplate with footpegs...?
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Re: Replace footplate with footpegs...?

I'm sorry, the option to downgrade from bulkhead to footpegs has never occurred to me so I have never considered how it may be done.
by Jim
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Cag for Watersides - any recommendations?
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Cag for Watersides - any recommendations?

Saw this in DM the other day - looked nice and lightweight, I was thinking about it for FW training in WWR over the winter. I've never done marathon paddling so have no idea if it will work as well as it looks, but it is very light and has a 1/2 zip at the front to regulate airflow down the neck: ht...
by Jim
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Trip report - Algonquin Park, Canada
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Trip report - Algonquin Park, Canada

I read quite a lot, many brilliant photos, but it looks like too much portaging for me :)
by Jim
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17

Interesting report Jim - I managed to work out from the names of the features where it was you went. I don't think I ever spent a weekend there in C1 without at least one roll. Maybe I should get back into it - I think 4m boats are still legal but are they practical? Being long winded… Even by your...
by Jim
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17

Mark R wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:08 pm
Good stuff Jim, but that is the most surreal sea kayaking report I've ever read.
By being off topic, it has got responses...

I think you have a point!
by Jim
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17

Oh I've even taken time out to enjoy the surroundings (count fish?) right at the start of some courses this season - Chapel Falls springs to mind, I didn't even get to gate 1! At one race earlier in the year some of the masters & veterans (over 35's) were proposing a time out eddy in the middle of t...
by Jim
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17

It used to be customary to start these kind of things with a mention of the drive to the put in: Friday's drive started OK but as I crossed the A66 Tomtom (which uses some kind of magic to ask my phone for actual road conditions) started to predict some long delays. It told me that if I cut accross ...
by Jim
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 42
Views: 1166

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

I'm a skimmer these days, little is new or really sparks my interest - and that's not just on the sea forum or just UKRGB forums. I don't trip as much as I used to, I don't really have a group to go inland tripping with any more and whilst I could hook up with some of my sea kayak friends more often...
by Jim
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Child paddle length
Replies: 18
Views: 468

Re: Child paddle length

Robert - there is not much choice of kids kit in the mainstream shops, but look at the specialised race manufacturers websites (Galasport, Vajda, Braca Sport etc.) and you will find they do cater well for smaller paddlers, but many of them will only have a single UK distributor to buy the kit throug...
by Jim
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scotland in February, enough water?
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: Scotland in February, enough water?

As others have said there is no reliable way to pick a week, just pick one and hope to get lucky. Some of the best paddling here is in august, we can get torrential rain at any time, but best days are when it is warm and the days are long so you can go boating after work... :) Fort William is always...
by Jim
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Drysuit Recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 749

Re: New Drysuit Recommendations

Ask Immersion Research, I've been really impressed with my IR kit, drysuit, semi-dry cag and shortie cag. I took a swim from my C1 at Tees slalom the other week and when I peeled my shortie off afterwards the top half of my thermal was still dry underneath (bottom was wet from water wicking up from ...
by Jim
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Child paddle length
Replies: 18
Views: 468

Re: Child paddle length

I'm not sure but I observed one of our smallest paddlers tonight who is too small even for the tiny kids slalom boats we have, she was using a low angle stroke and doing a great job of paddling straight lines when necessary. I suspect she would fail the size criteria, but with bigger brother and sis...
by Jim
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Child paddle length
Replies: 18
Views: 468

Re: Child paddle length

Hi Robert - I thought Monklands had a minimum age, great if they don't! We also seem to have a problem with kit, particularly paddles, disappearing as well, but it always amazes me how often I find kids have put their paddle down at the opposite end of the site and forgotten about it so it may just ...
by Jim
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Competition – Name this new rapid on the Greta
Replies: 33
Views: 1740

Re: Competition – Name this new rapid on the Greta

Site D
WTF?
Noobie
Washout
I have no memory of this place
by Jim
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Child paddle length
Replies: 18
Views: 468

Re: Child paddle length

Best bet is to get a split with length adjustment. What people often overlook when sizing a complete paddle is that the blade length doesn't change (well a kids paddle compared to adult might because it should have a smaller blade, but if comparing different length paddles with the same blade it doe...
by Jim
Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 42
Views: 1166

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

I normally ignore skeg threads, having never had a skeg, but noting that you started it piqued my interest....
by Jim
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hot air, cold water
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Hot air, cold water

Almost got to Zion last year but with so much to see I never got quite that far north. The temperature regime you describe sounds less extreme than I have experienced in the Grand Canyon, which I have run 4 times now. I never felt like I wanted a dry suit in the Canyon, most days I have paddled in s...
by Jim
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie first kayak
Replies: 15
Views: 463

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: 854

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...