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by MikeR
Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: oooof beatdown
Replies: 25
Views: 3033

Re: oooof beatdown

banzer wrote:Just to follow up the theme of nutter Americans + snow and ice + oooof, how about this one... when you look at what's downstream:
Just....... No!
by MikeR
Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: oooof beatdown
Replies: 25
Views: 3033

Re: oooof beatdown

With forward paddling like that, he was probably exhausted before he even got to the drop! Ooh let analyse. What was wrong with the forward paddling. Nice vertical paddle good pull through, looked like a lot of speed. I'm no expert but on hindsight and easy for me to say after seeing this, possible...
by MikeR
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Selfie Kayaking!
Replies: 2
Views: 945

Re: Selfie Kayaking!

Fun little video - gets a thumbs up from me :-)
by MikeR
Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: After you sir, no I insist...
Replies: 6
Views: 2052

Re: After you sir, no I insist...

It's a good long while since I last posted round these parts, but...... eek!

Mike.
by MikeR
Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAS Hurley Classic Event Video
Replies: 8
Views: 890

Re: SAS Hurley Classic Event Video

Fun video..... but it's not as good as Hurley.

Mike.


#retrogag
by MikeR
Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddles - To toss or not to toss?
Replies: 18
Views: 1464

Re: Paddles - To toss or not to toss?

Tim - you've just made my morning with that post. Some meaty paddling, a splendid set of photos, some carnage and all skillfully interwoven with innuendo. What's not to like!

:-)

Mike.
by MikeR
Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Crash Reel
Replies: 3
Views: 1085

The Crash Reel

Last night I watched 'The Crash Reel' on TV. It's an astonishing feature length documentary about the life of professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce both before and after the accident that nearly killed him. Exhilarating, moving, heart wrenching, uplifting and tragic.... I was a bit of a mess after w...
by MikeR
Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost - Gore Tex jacket at Tyne Tour
Replies: 0
Views: 335

Lost - Gore Tex jacket at Tyne Tour

Hi there, My trusty Gore-Tex jacket went walkabout at this year's Tyne Tour. It's a blue and black MEC jacket and was last seen in the Station Inn pub on Saturday night. I'm hoping somebody has picked it up by mistake - it'd be good to be reunited with it. Please drop me a PM, or email on mikereddin...
by MikeR
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Why do people still paddle a topo?
Replies: 64
Views: 3359

Re: Why do people still paddle a topo?

The other weekend I saw a pair of paddlers both paddling a topo. ..... So why do people still paddle them? Probably because they enable their owners to get out on a river in the fresh air with their friends, have some fun and enjoy themselves. Unless I've missed something, that is the sole purpose ...
by MikeR
Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: Anyone seen...
Replies: 33
Views: 8883

Re: Anyone seen...

Great renovation job - that looks like it's in tip-top condition now :-)

Mike.
by MikeR
Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: Anyone seen...
Replies: 33
Views: 8883

Re: Anyone seen...

It sounds like you've got a fun little project lined up - hope you enjoy it. With regards grab handles, I'm not sure they'll add anything to the boat (unless you specifically want them for a reason?). They detract from the smooth flow of water around the boat, which is why most squirt boats don't ha...
by MikeR
Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: Anyone seen...
Replies: 33
Views: 8883

Re: Anyone seen...

Definitely not a Prodigy - they have a big square 'cornflake box' just in front of the cockpit rim.

Could be a Projet, as others have muted above? The graphics match this one:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8103741@N0 ... 834404641/

Mike.
by MikeR
Tue May 14, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: I want a squirt boat
Replies: 34
Views: 7592

Re: I want a squirt boat

Whoa! That is one seriously strange boat and I'm utterly clueless what it is?!?!? I can't imagine you'll be doing too much roaming with all those lumps and bumps everywhere.

A good case of 'buyer beware' on Ebay though. I doubt very much that's the ideal starter boat for 'junior' paddlers!

Mike.
by MikeR
Wed May 01, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newcastle Amsterdam ferry with lots of boats on the roof?
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Newcastle Amsterdam ferry with lots of boats on the roof

5 boats on edge only needs to be done securely enough to drive on and off the ferry. Fudge a roof rack extension with a bit of wood, or just use a few spare straps to get your 5th boat on edge. Do the rest of your trip with the 5th boat securely up on top.

Mike.
by MikeR
Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Just a little stern squirt practising....................
Replies: 28
Views: 3935

Re: Just a little stern squirt practising...................

Try slowing things down a touch and being a bit less aggresive when you try and sink the tail. Given a decent eddyline, it should be a smooth progressive move and not a 'grunt' move. Aim to cross the eddyline on a curving path (a 'charging arc'.... or 'charc' in squirt boat parlance) with a gentle f...
by MikeR
Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: Boat outfitting
Replies: 8
Views: 2559

Re: Boat outfitting

Here we go!

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Shout out if none of those make sense.

Mike.
by MikeR
Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: Boat outfitting
Replies: 8
Views: 2559

Re: Boat outfitting

Hi Mozz, I've got an old Prodigy that came with all its original outfitting, so I'm probably your man for this! There may be benefits in starting from scratch with your outfitting, but here's how the factory went about it: There's 3 bits of foam that need to be slotted in (hastily scribbled sketches...
by MikeR
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: Swiss squirt boating
Replies: 6
Views: 2393

Re: Swiss squirt boating

Mysterymove wrote:Or you could try getting hold of a guy called Helmut, he's a German squirterist
Please let his surname be 'glittery'

:-)

Mike.
by MikeR
Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: UK squirt spots
Replies: 16
Views: 4360

Re: UK squirt spots

Has anyone explored the re-vamped Tees Barrage for spots? The bottom pool looks like it could have potential nowadays.

Mike.
by MikeR
Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: Swiss squirt boating
Replies: 6
Views: 2393

Re: Swiss squirt boating

Going back a few years there was the 'Mysteryzombies' website that was European based, but I don't think it's around any more. The only spot I recall from it was a seam at the Inn/Sanna confluence, but that's probably a bit of a drive for you Dave!

Mike.
by MikeR
Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: UK squirt spots
Replies: 16
Views: 4360

Re: UK squirt spots

Wish you were here - confluence of River Lune and Rawthey
by MikeR
Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Downtime disappearance
Replies: 19
Views: 2233

Re: Downtime disappearance

Mark - a squirt forum on here would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Mike.
by MikeR
Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The friendliest place to paddle WW in the UK is...
Replies: 22
Views: 1856

Re: The friendliest place to paddle WW in the UK is...

The River Dee in Chester City Centre. I once got drawn into conversation with a bunch of chavs loitering on a park bench. I demonstrated a roll for them. They gave me a can of beer when I got off the water.

I'd call that a result!

Mike.
by MikeR
Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cag removal
Replies: 9
Views: 1301

Re: Cag removal

Pull waist band up and lift over head/shoulders. Pull arms out and ease hands out of wrist seals. Hey presto - you now have an inside out cag attached to your head by its neck seal. Remove cag from head. This works from me and results in very little pulling/heaving on the fabric and seals. Hope this...
by MikeR
Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Developments with Gyrodactulys parasite in Norway
Replies: 7
Views: 989

Re: Developments with Gyrodactulys parasite in Norway

What bugged me when I was in Norway a couple of years ago was that, for one river, they were asking you to disinfect your boat at a local disinfecting point, but wanted to charge you really quite a lot for the privilege (can't recall off the top of my head, but it was several pounds, rather than sev...
by MikeR
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Teesside trots??
Replies: 32
Views: 2568

Re: Teesside trots??

I used to paddle the barrage loads and only ever got ill once. Compared to my (unpleasant!) HPP experiences that's a pretty good batting average! Water quality in the Tees is generally very impressive indeed as the Barrage and associated collector drains down both banks solved many of the legacy pro...
by MikeR
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Northern Scandinavia wavehunt is ON!
Replies: 17
Views: 1690

Re: Northern Scandinavia wavehunt is ON!

Tuomas wrote: And yet another new wave ticked off for this spring:
Image
Awesome! Best playboating photo I've seen in ages.

Mike.
by MikeR
Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: first fisherman experience
Replies: 12
Views: 1372

Re: first fisherman experience

Just politely point out to them that it's currently the closed (fishing) season on rivers and see what that does to their argument......
by MikeR
Fri May 25, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: ParknPlay spots in the lakes?
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: ParknPlay spots in the lakes?

There's a great little cartwheel hole just downstream of Skelwith Force. It'll need a bit of water to work, but is a bit like the top hole at the Tryweryn.... but with much bigger eddies! Skelwith Force itself is tempting for some waterfall fun - but be warned that the sticky hole at the bottom can ...
by MikeR
Mon May 21, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 007 Wezzit
Replies: 21
Views: 3161

Re: 007 Wezzit

Awwwww..... :-( I was expecting a photo of a fabulous retro boat with no back end.