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by DaveWortley
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 6920

Re: Lee Valley

Even the legacy course isn't "easy", it's continuous, it's narrow, it's hard to navigate around boats if they are side-surfing. The bottom section is pretty tricky, I've taken novices down and they've really really struggled, it's not something you can just bash through with no skill. I worked at LV...
by DaveWortley
Mon May 16, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Thames
Replies: 10
Views: 2521

Re: Upper Thames

There is a fair bit of flow in the Thames at the moment so you'd probably do 18 miles a day easily.
by DaveWortley
Wed May 11, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hey 9R paddlers...
Replies: 27
Views: 3161

Re: Hey 9R paddlers...

It makes all other boats feel slow and un-boofy..... Switching to a Habitat 80 felt horrible!

Outfitting is still Pyranha... Wavesport still have way better outfitting.

9RL has a silly location for rear grab handle and bung.
by DaveWortley
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Artificial courses
Replies: 58
Views: 4502

Re: Artificial courses

I think the number of Man-made courses increasing is a good thing. Paddling at Lee Valley, it's healthy for our sport to offer good conditions year-round. The next generation of paddlers will be able to hone their skills so much by having the benefit of repeatedly practicing the same section of wate...
by DaveWortley
Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Man vs Hell - Charity Challenge - 24 hours of kayaking + 300miles on a bike!
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Man vs Hell - Charity Challenge - 24 hours of kayaking + 300miles on a bike!

https://vimeo.com/156401169 From Paddle Power to Pedal Power. 24 hours of white-water kayaking followed by a 300 mile cycle home! Richard Brooks completed his Man Vs Hell Charity Challenge yesterday (Sunday 21st February) in 53 hours 20 minutes. Successfully navigating his kayak down the upper secti...
by DaveWortley
Mon Feb 22, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Crazy challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

Re: Crazy challenge

If anyone hasn't been following the Facebook/twitter accounts, Rich successfully completed his challenge!

http://www.facebook.com/manvsHell
by DaveWortley
Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grand Canyon advice
Replies: 22
Views: 1734

Re: Grand Canyon advice

Thanks once again Jim. Just the info I was after. did your guys have any luck? It'd be nice to supplement the diet with a bit of fresh fish if possible. One thing you don't have to worry about on a Grand Canyon trip is the food! That is if you go with Ceiba or PRO, we did the BBQ extravaganza with ...
by DaveWortley
Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder dislocation dissertation
Replies: 5
Views: 945

Re: Shoulder dislocation dissertation

Or just go to hpp on a weekend.
by DaveWortley
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder dislocation dissertation
Replies: 5
Views: 945

Re: Shoulder dislocation dissertation

Get yourself to any of the major kayaking events, NSR, Moriston River Race, gene17 events, and set up a stand and you'll have dozens of people to test.
by DaveWortley
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Crazy challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

Re: Crazy challenge

Yes, Rich is that mad!!
by DaveWortley
Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chasing Niagara
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

Re: Chasing Niagara

At 88minutes I wonder if they'll have to do a shorter version....

I don't think Rafa comes out of it looking very good, I think every single person was happy he didn't actually run it.
by DaveWortley
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KLM to take kayaks?
Replies: 1
Views: 878

Re: KLM to take kayaks?

300cm combined l+w+h is the size of a medium/large playboat wrapped in a dust-sheet, my Carbon Superstar is slightly over this but it's hard to measure. I've flown with Air Canada with my boat by trying to blag it as a large item, thankfully the clueless staff member put it through as a surfboard in...
by DaveWortley
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chasing Niagara
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

Chasing Niagara

Got to see Chasing Niagara at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival last week, one of the best made kayaking films and actually has a narrative story. There is some deeply upsetting GoPro footage of Gerd's near-drowning which may be slightly traumatic for younger paddlers. It won the Best Mounta...
by DaveWortley
Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grand Canyon
Replies: 15
Views: 2339

Re: Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is rubbish.

by DaveWortley
Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to go in January
Replies: 12
Views: 2100

Re: Where to go in January

Save all your beer monies and fly to Uganda and paddle the Nile stay in the locals village at Nile Special and live super cheaply.
by DaveWortley
Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tree Falls On Raft - Terrifying...
Replies: 1
Views: 1138

Tree Falls On Raft - Terrifying...

From Facebook.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhGGfFuE3T4 No shit, there we were .... rafting the Pacuare River ... on our honeymoon ... as a small rain storm began, not unusual for the jungle in Costa Rica. As we floated between rapids in a flatwater section, we began to hear "crack, crack, cra...
by DaveWortley
Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ossian / Ghuilbinn Hydro Schemes
Replies: 0
Views: 725

Ossian / Ghuilbinn Hydro Schemes

I spent the weekend camping up near Corrour Station and there's a huge amount of scarring on the landscape from new 4x4 tracks to allow trucks to get up to build Hydro Schemes. It's possible to walk from Corrour to Rannoch without getting your feet wet now! I only saw one of the dams but it looked p...
by DaveWortley
Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Feature Names?
Replies: 12
Views: 2028

Re: Lee Valley Feature Names?

There is also Revolver which is the feature with the eddy on river right above main event. There used to be a particularly nasty set of omnifloats positioned on the corner just above the bridge that would catch out many of the raft guides, often flipping the rafts on their first runs sending panicki...
by DaveWortley
Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Need to hire a small car to fit 2 playboats
Replies: 7
Views: 841

Re: Need to hire a small car to fit 2 playboats

Buy an inflatible handi-rack. After a couple of trips it's paid for itself in lack of hassle.

Oh and get the damage waiver so you don't get done for scratching the roof.
by DaveWortley
Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Californication
Replies: 173
Views: 20442

Re: Californication

I was in California 2 weeks ago for work, and we were ironically shooting kayakers in the background for a car campaign, we struggled to find anywhere with interesting water. There's barely any snow, 8% snowpack for this time of year and they were showing me the water level for normal at this time o...
by DaveWortley
Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nationaol Student Rodeo, history and background?
Replies: 10
Views: 1507

Re: Nationaol Student Rodeo, history and background?

These are all the party themes I can remember.... or not remember as the case might be...

Cowboys & Indians 2007
Pirate 2008
Space 2009
Ancient / Rome 2010
Jungle 2011
Circus 2013
Heros & Villans 2014
Carnival 2015
Christmas! (next year apparently)
by DaveWortley
Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Last minute Insurance
Replies: 7
Views: 1041

Re: Last minute Insurance

Strange how that sport never took hold... I heard it can be a pain in the ass to get the hang of.
by DaveWortley
Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Last minute Insurance
Replies: 7
Views: 1041

Re: Last minute Insurance

RichA wrote:World Nomads insurance will provide cover, even if you are already on a trip away from home.
Would they cover car-surfing Rich?
by DaveWortley
Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken blades, what to do?
Replies: 7
Views: 1162

Re: Broken blades, what to do?

Pick up some cheap second hand paddles?
by DaveWortley
Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Albania
Replies: 4
Views: 881

Re: Kayak Albania

I made a contact recently who runs tours out in Albania with Land Rovers with roof racks and has people on the ground for logistics, he's keen to get kayakers out there before all the dams go in. There's loads to explore in the south of the country. The season seems to be around April-May so I'm thi...
by DaveWortley
Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Albania
Replies: 4
Views: 881

Kayak Albania

Has anyone been kayaking in Albania? I know a few Germans have been there but there's not a lot of info out there about it, and potentially quite a lot to explore!
by DaveWortley
Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 13
Views: 1933

Re: Paddles

VEs are very popular due to their customer service, made to order paddles and quick delivery.

I've been using mine now for coming up to 6 years!
by DaveWortley
Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kayak dent repairs.
Replies: 9
Views: 1419

Re: kayak dent repairs.

Put as much boiling water as you can to soften the plastic, it might pop back or hit it with a hammer, works for me every time.