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by JonC
Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Any benefit from Slalom for WW?
Replies: 3
Views: 988

Re: Any benefit from Slalom for WW?

The guy in the blue boat must be a polo player...
by JonC
Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Don't mess with the Bear!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2240

Re: Don't mess with the Bear!!!

They also love toothpaste (apparently....)
by JonC
Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Euthanasia.
Replies: 29
Views: 2892

Re: Euthanasia.

Higher flows, riding the cushion left of the trench works beautifully. If it's low, drop down the slot and get ready for the flick with the right paddle that Simon describes so well. What a section it is: the only English section of genuine rapids where you can see the gradient when sat in the eddie...
by JonC
Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Much paddling in Alaska?
Replies: 22
Views: 1694

Re: Much paddling in Alaska?

Paddles as well as food. It was a fixed wheel plane that time; was the first time he'd landed on that particular sand bar so was also worried he might get stuck... Plan B would then have been for me to solo 50 miles of class III-IV rapids and arrange for another plane to get him out. All of that was...
by JonC
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Much paddling in Alaska?
Replies: 22
Views: 1694

Re: Much paddling in Alaska?

purelandexpeditions.com wrote:It is well worth the drive, cost and time - trust me.

I ache to go back.

D
Snap; amazing place for boating; float plane multi days, evening waterfall runs, big volume play rapids, cheap food and fuel, fantastic camping and really friendly locals (even the fishermen wave as you float by).

JC
by JonC
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Beyonce Aids: do you wear one?
Replies: 35
Views: 4495

Re: Beyonce Aids: do you wear one?

Board surfers don't wear BAs because you can't paddle a board when wearing one. (With the exception of tow-in surfers who have a gurt big petrol powered thing to paddle for them). Someone earlier reckoned they could duck dive easier without a BA. Assuming that's after they've ditched the boat? I wea...
by JonC
Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bantham rescue
Replies: 15
Views: 1876

Re: Bantham rescue

Ok, sorry, for 'against a rip' please substitute 'in a rip'. Hold onto your boat if rescue is potentially on the way, but when solo in surf it could be best to ditch the boat and swim for it (across the rip, into the impact zone and let the waves wash you in) I wouldn't ditch my BA, but might ditch ...
by JonC
Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bantham rescue
Replies: 15
Views: 1876

Re: Bantham rescue

Great shots of the practice rescue. I would have thought it is unusual for a crew member to enter the water, but guess this was to support the dislocated shoulder as described in the scenario. As well as the condtions being different, the Bantham beach lifeguard rescue boat is a small, 2 man inflata...
by JonC
Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sgian Dubh
Replies: 14
Views: 2677

Re: Sgian Dubh

Richard Barrett wrote:I live on Harris, but it's not me. My fantasies are in a different class altogether
LMFAO Coffee just spat all over keyboard!
by JonC
Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: History repeating itself!?!
Replies: 349
Views: 15213

Re: History repeating itself!?!

Those signs are unbelievable! 'sharing' the river', don't make me laugh! What a load of old shite; if they could the land owners would coral us all onto man made pump fed courses in cities and put a barrier up at Ashburton. Its time these feudal donkeys joined the 21st century. What the heck has the...
by JonC
Mon May 28, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Video Killed the Kayaking Star
Replies: 10
Views: 1125

Re: Video Killed the Kayaking Star

Had a 2 week trip to Cali seriously disrupted by too many stops to set up photos and video. Worst thing was the photos were mainly pants and I wasn't on the highlights vid!! (I was paddling more like a muppet than a man though).
by JonC
Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: St David's rescue^
Replies: 214
Views: 22469

Re: St David's rescue

Good bit of feedback Taran. Conditions off the rocky beach looked pretty untidy, and presumably conditions were the same when trying to rescue the swimmer. Not an easy situation to deal with, especially once the swimmer is seperated from his own boat. Jon C Having a swimmer in that situation must h...
by JonC
Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: St David's rescue^
Replies: 214
Views: 22469

Re: St David's rescue

Good bit of feedback Taran.

Conditions off the rocky beach looked pretty untidy, and presumably conditions were the same when trying to rescue the swimmer. Not an easy situation to deal with, especially once the swimmer is seperated from his own boat.

Jon C
by JonC
Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 57547

Re: Water Temperatures

Peter, maximum respect as usual! I've been swimming a mile in the sea at Weymouth once a week since August, but in a wetsuit since mid october. Mid jan was the coldest when the sea temp got down to 6.2. Warming up nicely now though, 9 degrees today according to the osmington weather buoy. I'm starti...
by JonC
Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fast ride….
Replies: 4
Views: 673

Re: Fast ride….

That is absolutely stunning; so fast and such a long ride.
by JonC
Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fishguard rescue^
Replies: 47
Views: 6433

Re: Fishguard rescue

In fact during the whole sequence of events on the day, I think there is very little any of us would have done differently. Do you seriously believe that? Really? Honestly? Please tell me your kidding, or drunk or something. Not drunk and I do think there isn't much I would have done differently on...
by JonC
Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fishguard rescue^
Replies: 47
Views: 6433

Re: Fishguard rescue

This is a really interesting OP, and also really interesting to hear people's questions and comments. As I think is often the case, given the situation that triggered the [contact with HMCC] most of us would have made the Mayday call. (I don't want to get into the rescue versus assistance thing). In...
by JonC
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cornwall suggestions...?
Replies: 8
Views: 816

Re: Cornwall suggestions...?

Rock-hopping: mousehole to porthgrwara or sennen is great, with some lurvely beaches and coves for a spot of lunch. MTB? Tinner's way from stives to pz, and extended towards Pendeen should give a day or so sport; get the OS map. Surfing; head for hayle/ gwithian/ goddevy (3 different spots on one lo...
by JonC
Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Penarth Incident
Replies: 9
Views: 1366

Re: Penarth Incident

Nick; your comment re the arm around the shoulder is spot on; a genuine human moment caught on YouTube. Fair play to the crew involved (and also to the zap-catters for their efforts).
by JonC
Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Licking the stamps
Replies: 36
Views: 2761

Re: Licking the stamps

Also when we Brits get abroad to play, time is sometimes limited meaning the pressure is on to crack on and storm down as many sections as possible each day. Roo; you and I have been on trips where this was the case, but also on the longer ones where's there is time to get up to speed, maybe repeat ...
by JonC
Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Licking the stamps
Replies: 36
Views: 2761

Re: Licking the stamps

I'm not convinced anyone paddles at the b) end of the spectrum all the time, otherwise you'd never improve. There is always a rapid or a line when you hang it all out to make it down; that's where you learn isn't it? There is a balance in there and for most people who paddle with their peers it's to...
by JonC
Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Oregon incident
Replies: 4
Views: 660

Re: Oregon incident

There is plenty here to chew over: the leadership, the 'follow the leadership', decision making and control in a dynamic, relatively informal group. But some the most practical points come at the end of the comments. The size of a group ('pod') in the surf should always be smaller than for normal se...
by JonC
Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ethics in sea kayaking.
Replies: 266
Views: 9824

Re: Ethics in sea kayaking.

I would say 'by any means' is fine so long as, if you claiming any kind of first, you are clear as to what help you had. The question of fast boats versus slower boats is significant in that most fast boats are tippy highly strung things and not as reliable when the ocean decides to kick your butt. ...
by JonC
Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - talk to us!
Replies: 54
Views: 3884

Re: RNLI - talk to us!

Hi Isla I caught an interview of your Cheif Exec (forget the name, ex Navy operations) on BBC Radio Solent while driving home on Friday night. He was chatting to Robin Knox-Johnstone who presents the weekly 'On the water' show. He sounds like an excellent guy to have in charge; with a lot to say abo...
by JonC
Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surf beach recommendations South Cornwall
Replies: 7
Views: 475

Re: Surf beach recommendations South Cornwall

Hi You won't get much joy on the south coast during the summer; Porthleven only breaks rarely this time of year, and it is completely mobbed when it does. Pra Sands is the best chance on the south coast (west of Helston; about 20 mins from Falmouth), but in general won't get anything like the surf t...
by JonC
Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t more people surf?
Replies: 19
Views: 1736

Re: Why don’t more people surf?

Stone Weasel: No problem being pedantic! I gues I was driving at the resurgence of composite surf kayaks, not saying they are a totally new thing. I grew up in Cornwall and to be honest, I was always more likely to surf of a weekend than paddle rivers; more chocie of more consistant surf over less c...
by JonC
Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t more people surf?
Replies: 19
Views: 1736

Re: Why don’t more people surf?

More and more are surfing in kayaks, especiallly now there are some awesome purpose-built craft around. I guess in general, (especially in the winter) when there is decent surf there is also, or soon will be decent water levels because the surf and the rain come together, and given the choice most r...
by JonC
Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swanage rescue
Replies: 1
Views: 493

Re: Swanage rescue

They're coming thick and fast now.
Mark R wrote:recovered the kayaker from the water
Not good.
by JonC
Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Redcar rescue
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Re: Redcar rescue

45mins even with a 3mm a wet suit would not really be a problem Not convinced by that to be honest, particularly in the north sea. If there is any kind of wind and you're not moving about a lot, 45 mins would see you pretty chilled if you were wearing a 3mm suit. my dry pants & cag Also depends on ...
by JonC
Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 456 incidents, 9 fatalities
Replies: 99
Views: 7125

Re: 456 incidents, 9 fatalities

For me, it's a combination of paddlers, all of whom are aware of each other, and all of whom could (if necessary) be in a position to assist each other. Without knowing the details of every incident on the MCA report, and without resorting to statistics, most of the incidents that involved an actua...