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by Natalie
Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Any ladies got a Dam-X drysuit?
Replies: 11
Views: 2066

Re: Any ladies got a Dam-X drysuit?

I've got one and love it. I didn't order one with a relief zip because I didn't see the point. The only downside of the suit is I need assistance to do the back zip and put my BA on, but I think all drysuits are like that- and it's not really a problem as I've got nice paddle buddies who can assist.
by Natalie
Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1268

Re: Drysuit recommendations

And it only cost just over £300.
by Natalie
Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1268

Re: Drysuit recommendations

I know it's been said before but I couldn't resist saying how pleased I am with my DamX drysuit. It fit's perfectly- like a glove :) The material and taping is good. I know some people worry that the material is too thick, but it's fine. No problem moving in it at all. Admitedly I've only paddled in...
by Natalie
Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Lift share London to Wet West Festival
Replies: 1
Views: 840

Re: Lift share London to Wet West Festival

Hi Ezra,

If you still need a lift to wet west and you can make your own way to Bedford by 4:00pm Thursday evening, you're welcome to join us. We plan on paddling Friday and maybe Monday- depending on the river levels.


It would be great to catch up.

Nat
by Natalie
Thu May 08, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley - assessments
Replies: 58
Views: 5576

Re: Lee Valley - assessments

I think the raft-free session (3:00 - 4:00) is a brilliant idea. I never go any other time. You definitely get way more paddling in.

I just hope the powers that be keep it raft-free. :)
by Natalie
Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water tennies
Replies: 12
Views: 1889

Re: Water tennies

Love them. They are cheaper and easier to fit in your boat than the canyoneers and though I've only had them for a couple of months I suspect they won't wear as badly as the canyoneers.

Natalie
by Natalie
Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: LOST purple sling Seiont
Replies: 0
Views: 264

LOST purple sling Seiont

Hi,

Is there any chance someone has spotted a purple sling at the get out for the Seiont (near the Castle)?

If so, and you picked it up, please let me know.

Thanks

Natalie
by Natalie
Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Secret Society Canoe Clubs
Replies: 94
Views: 5957

Re: Secret Society Canoe Clubs

I agree with Jim. Last minute trips are best, the only problem is sometimes it's hard to find last minute paddlers to paddle with. As for the - just turn up at a put in and hope to find some people to paddle with, I don't really recommend it. One a couple of occassions I've tried it (with a friend) ...
by Natalie
Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where will kayaking be in 10 years?
Replies: 30
Views: 3365

Re: Where will kayaking be in 10 years?

You're lucky to be based in a good spot for kayaking. Relatively close to all the good spots- Scotland, Wales and the Lakes. I drive any distance to go kayaking, but it makes it harder in terms of logistics and to find people to paddle with.
by Natalie
Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit wrist seals - is it me?
Replies: 20
Views: 1627

Re: Drysuit wrist seals - is it me?

I've got the problem of really narrow wrists as well. I plan on buying some neoprene hand sleeves, which I'm hoping will help keep the water out and keep the backs of my hands warm. I borrowed a friend's a couple of months ago and they worked a treat. In the mean time I'm going to give the sleeves u...
by Natalie
Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WWPF stories?
Replies: 43
Views: 5129

Re: WWPF stories?

We had a great time on the Morriston Saturday, then headed off to do the Spean on Sunday and the Orchy on Monday. I took a few picks of a few guys paddling down the lower Morriston on Saturday while I was waiting for my friends to paddle it. I don't know if the link below is going to work but if it ...
by Natalie
Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bouyancy Aids - Which one?
Replies: 8
Views: 976

Re: Bouyancy Aids - Which one?

The Palm Axis, purely because of it's pockets...plenty of room for a camera, knife, whistle, karabiner, sling, spare contacts and numerous chocolate bars.
by Natalie
Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ethics of building in safety to nasty drops
Replies: 28
Views: 3353

Re: Ethics of building in safety to nasty drops

I don't think the thrust of Dave's original question was directed towards directly altering a rapid or river feature, but at providing some form of safety feature/escape route from a situation in a well known spot with dire but likely consequences. I have in mind scenarios such as this: http://jack...
by Natalie
Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ethics of building in safety to nasty drops
Replies: 28
Views: 3353

Re: Ethics of building in safety to nasty drops

I don't like that idea at all. Whitewater courses are great fun, but we should leave the rivers alone.

One of the good things about kayaking is that we don't mess with the natural environment. Can you imagine the backlash we would get if we did a U turn on that stance.
by Natalie
Sat May 04, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Q. re Lee Valley
Replies: 77
Views: 7921

Re: Q. re Lee Valley

I'm strongly in favour of the legacy course being toughly assessed. I was down there a week last Thursday and it was packed. The only way they can make it safe and keep the large numbers of paddlers they allow on the course is by having a high standard of assessment. On an unrelated matter, I hope ...
by Natalie
Sat May 04, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Q. re Lee Valley
Replies: 77
Views: 7921

Re: Q. re Lee Valley

I'm strongly in favour of the legacy course being toughly assessed. I was down there a week last Thursday and it was packed. The only way they can make it safe and keep the large numbers of paddlers they allow on the course is by having a high standard of assessment. On an unrelated matter, I hope t...
by Natalie
Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Baywatch do kayaking
Replies: 5
Views: 1060

Re: Baywatch do kayaking

That's so funny. First, blondie at 4:03 doesn't bother to do up her helmet after instructing everyone to put theirs helmets on, then at around about 26mins (I skipped the bit in between 5:00 and 26mins) they just throw in a massive gold lump of metal loose in the boat (I'd imagine that could be rath...
by Natalie
Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Female Specific BA with chest harness?
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: Female Specific BA with chest harness?

A while ago I was interested in buying the Palm ladies BA (purple one that zips up) however they didn't sell it in the shop I was in and so the shop assistant suggested I try the unisex Axis, which I did and love. It's got a massive pocket on the front, large enough for a camera (which I can clip in...
by Natalie
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Girls getting ideas?
Replies: 88
Views: 5867

Re: Girls getting ideas?

I say that we do need all to be debating this - that it's clear that there are issues worth discussing in terms of gender and paddling - BUT that clumsy language and clumsy thinking means that lots of people undermine the (perhaps valid) points they want to get across. The linked article at the top...
by Natalie
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddlers who can't swim very well.
Replies: 49
Views: 2994

Re: Paddlers who can't swim very well.

Is it better to.. swim on your front using your paddles, or on your back feet first (the traditional way)?

I suppose on a rocky river it makes sense to go for the second option and on a high volume river the first option.
by Natalie
Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nicely done video
Replies: 4
Views: 696

Re: Nicely done video

hahaha (I was just going to just put haha, but the computer didn't let me).

The elbow pads thought also crossed my mind when I watched it.
by Natalie
Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nicely done video
Replies: 4
Views: 696

Re: Nicely done video

Good find. I wasn't planning on watching the whole thing but it was quite addictive to watch. Watch out for the gruesome bit after about 15 mins. I didn't like that bit.
by Natalie
Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: maintaining paddle fitness when you can't get to the river
Replies: 19
Views: 2483

Re: maintaining paddle fitness when you can't get to the riv

This probably isn't going to help you Dave, but for any paddlers in the UK struggling to maintain paddle fitness and like me live too far from any whitewater I recommend Body Combat classes. I think most gyms do them. They're good for the heart as well as muscles. The man who runs the class always s...
by Natalie
Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Walk on Water
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: Walk on Water

Glad someone followed my suggestion and put this post up. 210 views is very good. It hadn't occurred to me before but kayaking must be one of the few sports that lends itself well for someone with a disability. First a blind kayaker now a paralysed one. It think the biggest determining factor is the...
by Natalie
Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Storing a kayak outside...
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Re: Storing a kayak outside...

Join the club. I currently keep two kayaks on my balcony (second floor), one upside down, the other bungied to the railings, upright. Both seem alright, though my flat is North facing and sheltered by the flat above so that probably makes a difference.

My new burn I keep in my bedroom, but I digress.
by Natalie
Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Growing popularity of paddlesport.
Replies: 5
Views: 687

Re: Growing popularity of paddlesport.

I don't know about that. I paddled the Upper with a friend about a month ago and we didn't come across a single paddler on the Upper and it was a Saturday and a nice level. I guess it just varies.
by Natalie
Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Girls getting ideas?
Replies: 88
Views: 5867

Re: Girls getting ideas?

If equality is what some people are talking about then watch this video. https://vimeo.com/59749521# Not really "girls getting ideas" related, but very impressive. It probably deserves its own thread as people are probably bored of the Girls getting ideas topic so may not look here. Very inspiring ...
by Natalie
Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 4 mins and 49 secs of stomach churning terror
Replies: 29
Views: 4403

Re: 4 mins and 49 secs of stomach churning terror

I think I forgot to breathe while watching that.
Very impressive.
by Natalie
Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Relaxing on whitewater
Replies: 9
Views: 992

Re: Relaxing on whitewater

Personally, I find I paddle best when I don't relax. When I'm anxious, I'm focussed, concentrate plus the adrenalin kicks in, which are all good things. If I relax I end up losing concentration and mess up. That said you always want to keep those hips loose. My point is, don't beat yourself up about...
by Natalie
Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Girls getting ideas?
Replies: 88
Views: 5867

Re: Girls getting ideas?

Really wanted to comment on Women can't drive can they ;) but Nat would kick my ass. Ez, What was the nickname for your car? :-) I love the fact that everyone know everyone. 3. When a women is starting out and is afraid, men swoon around her to be the one to give her a hug and 'make it ok'. If only...