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by GregMiller
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1
Replies: 62
Views: 31774

Re: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1

Cheers Krizzy. Appreciate the reply. Could I ask how the Viper 46 compares to the Eta you owned? I've been starting to paddle about in an Eta but don't fancy my chances in any sort of wash/waves. At least the Viper 48 I have has a good bit of volume and I can get away with paddling it on the lake as...
by GregMiller
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1
Replies: 62
Views: 31774

Re: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1

Nelo Viper 46 Vs Quattro Classic Due to the wealth of experience already posted on this thread I wanted to ask if anyone had any experience of the Nelo Viper 46? I seems a lovely looking boat. I've got the 48 and was tempted to move along to the 46 but only if it was a nice progression and there is ...
by GregMiller
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Angmagssalik - new start?^
Replies: 59
Views: 8916

Re: Angmagssalik - new start?^

Question from a person with very little experience -
How would they have made the apex on the foredeck that pronounced without the ply fracturing?

Greg
by GregMiller
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder pain solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1282

Re: Shoulder pain solved

I know it's a big ask, but I wish more manufacturers had the option for different stiffnesses of shaft. Jantex offer 4 shaft options (for their wing blades) -. http://www.jantex.sk/products/accessories/kayak-shafts Braca also offer 3 options - http://paddles.braca-sport.com/paddles/other-paddle-mode...
by GregMiller
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Side Sculling Advice Please
Replies: 7
Views: 862

Re: Side Sculling Advice Please

I would tend to agree with PlymouthDamo that it's a good skill to have in your toolbox. I was very grateful for side sculling recently when we went rock hopping and I got a bit too close to a sloping rock. A larger set came in and I got lifted up the face quite a bit. I capsized into the water away ...
by GregMiller
Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: paddling films
Replies: 7
Views: 1196

Re: paddling films

Should also include "Kayaks in Kodachrone" - Glasgow to Galway. This 'classic' shows the 1959 trip that Hamish and his 3 mates made in their home made sea kayaks around the coast of Ireland. It's a great insight into sea kayaking in the 50s and the untouched 'old ways' of the Emerald Isle. It was or...
by GregMiller
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Games - Share Centre in Northern Ireland
Replies: 0
Views: 498

Greenland Games - Share Centre in Northern Ireland

. Just wanted to say a big thanks to the organisers of the Greenland Games at the Share Centre this weekend. Great craic and fun with the rolling, rope gymnastics and competition at the end. I'm hoping lots more paddlers with an interest in the greenland tradition and techniques will be able to atte...
by GregMiller
Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Foam Seat replacement for Nordkapp LV
Replies: 0
Views: 933

Foam Seat replacement for Nordkapp LV

Hi Folks, I'm looking for some advice on fitting a 'Bumfortable' seat to my wife's Nordkapp LV. The Valley seat has finally given up the ghost, despite many temporary fixes to keep it going. I was interested in the custom outfitting that Mark Sudin & Rob Mercer had done to their Tarans for one of th...
by GregMiller
Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tear Aid
Replies: 4
Views: 1157

Re: Tear Aid

Hi Mike, I've tried it, but wouldn't recommend it. Used it to patch a rip in my cag. It went on OK, stuck well and was a nice flexible covering but after about 2 weeks on the sea it had hardened, become more rigid and 'flaked off' from the base material. It might be good for a short temporary repair...
by GregMiller
Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Geology of the OH's
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: Geology of the OH's

Lol,
We'll you know us Irish.
Some even say we invented Whiskey so it must be true we've the oldest rocks ;-)

Greg
by GregMiller
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Geology of the OH's
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: Geology of the OH's

The OH are pretty old. Gotta trip out to Inishtrahull off Malin Head during the Inishowen symposium and its rocks are 1,778,000,000 (or 1.778 billion) years old. Used to be part of Greenland, a long time ago.... Great paddle and fantastic place. Mad tides though. Greg http://irishislands.info/nwreg....
by GregMiller
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How difficult is kayaking with a sail?
Replies: 79
Views: 10545

Re: How difficult is kayaking with a sail?

Mark, TheGWS,
Just watched the video and that looks a lot of fun.
Any chance I could get you to make me up one of the deck strengtheners for the mast you have on the Tarans?

Greg
by GregMiller
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: In praise of the "half roll"
Replies: 10
Views: 1815

Re: In praise of the "half roll"

OK... totally agree with Nick and others about playing with the 'half roll'. Great as well for teaching as it's less disorientating than the 360 and you don't have to wait for the boat to 'settle' or 'come over the top' Can I also praise the ' quarter roll '. This would therefore be - capsizing on t...
by GregMiller
Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2015 Events and Symposiums etc
Replies: 48
Views: 6703

Re: 2015 Events and Symposiums etc

Hi Mike, Belfast Kayak Club organising the Bangor Bay Sea Kayak Race again this year so just wanted to give you the details. We had a great event last year with beautiful weather and loads of people taking to the water. The event is for young and old, seasoned paddler, or 'give it a go' beginner. Th...
by GregMiller
Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling - a suggestion
Replies: 3
Views: 1176

Re: Rolling - a suggestion

Re: Ear Problems. I kept getting recurrent ear infections so got a pair of these: http://www.surfplugs.co.uk/ http://www.surfplugs.co.uk/images/uploads/products/product_3.jpg Helped reduce the frequency of problems and they've stayed in place during some hefty surf sessions. Might be worth a try? Greg
by GregMiller
Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Taran owners?
Replies: 11
Views: 1312

Re: Taran owners?

Krizzy, Can I pick your brains on your views between the V10 and the Taran? I understand there are weight differences etc. but just curious as to what you see as the best bits about both boats. Was thinking about getting a Ski as I've thoughts that I might train harder maybe go faster etc. than with...
by GregMiller
Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 7954

Re: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it

Great debate. The exchange of ideas and views are brilliant for wannabe better paddlers like me. I'll bow to expert opinion but can I check if the leaning (slightly) back and the 'offside rudder' (non-wave face side) is intended to: - slow the boat slightly to maintain (or improve) the position of t...
by GregMiller
Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: why don't they make sea kayaks like this
Replies: 38
Views: 5553

Re: why don't they make sea kayaks like this

Hi Aled, I thought the full footplate on the Alaw (Rockpool) was your idea? I'd have it back in a heartbeat and really like a footplate as an option. I find it a much better alignment for my hips. Have boarded across between my footpegs on my Delphin and used minicell foam to achieve a foot plate li...
by GregMiller
Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: My long way to the roll (and still going)
Replies: 82
Views: 10041

Re: My long way to the roll (and still going)

Hi Justine,
Yes great video.
Come on, tell us when the next 'advanced' or 'rough water' rolling DVD with Cheri & Turner is coming out?
You've wet our appetite with this one....

Would love to have a few others to fumble my way through :-)

Greg
by GregMiller
Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: My long way to the roll (and still going)
Replies: 82
Views: 10041

Re: My long way to the roll (and still going)

Surely the best rolling DVD is: http://www.cackletv.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/TITRcover_med.jpg To me it does't really matter that much if you've a euro blade or a Greenland stick in your hands. The basic principles taught in this are sound. As they point out, you can progress to a forward fini...
by GregMiller
Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: My long way to the roll (and still going)
Replies: 82
Views: 10041

Re: My long way to the roll (and still going)

Yip, Have found coaching forward stroke and roll etc. with 'Coach's Eye' really useful. https://www.coachseye.com Great to stop, pause, draw angles etc. So easy for folks to look at themselves and see what they're doing. We also link it up to a projector and have 'before and after' class review. Gre...
by GregMiller
Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp questions^
Replies: 16
Views: 2000

Re: Nordkapp questions

Hi Rich, As the gents have already mentioned I'd see what type of paddling you're going to be doing most of and judge from there. I use my wife's Nordkapp LV lots of the time as it sits well between my Taran and Delphin. As most of our paddling is 3hr club trips or weekend day paddles the LV is perf...
by GregMiller
Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rockpool Taran (full size) vs Tiderace Pace 17^
Replies: 51
Views: 15919

Re: Rockpool Taran (full size) vs Tiderace Pace 17

Hi Jules, Like others, I think you have to try them out to see what one suits you best. I've had a Taran 18 for a couple of years now along with a Nordkapp LV and a Delphin. I love them all individually for their pros and cons and tend to pick the one best suited to the days paddling. If I was to go...
by GregMiller
Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do I need Wings?
Replies: 110
Views: 6805

Re: Do I need Wings?

Hi Mark, I'd agree with Mick and tend now to have both on my boat. The wings if we're doing a longer trip and swapping to the euro blades (Shuna carbons in my case) if there's manoeuvring, rock hopping etc. on the agenda. I've had wings for about 2 years now and at the start I thought I'd only use t...
by GregMiller
Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sraydecks
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Re: Sraydecks

Get a Phoenix neoprene one. I got Desperate Measures to put in a custom order with latex rim & 'D' rings with Phoenix (Joel) as they've a template for the Taran. It fits like a glove and is one of the best decks I've had so far. I also have a Reed one, but needed the neoprene one so I had something ...
by GregMiller
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Race off Dorset Coast.
Replies: 23
Views: 4169

Re: Race off Dorset Coast.

Interesting... Firstly, I would love to be paddling in the same event as Ivan Lawler and I don't know who Glenn Eldridge is, but he must be a hell of a paddler too. I would be really interested to see what the learning points were from the organisers. They'd said "We will be properly looking at thes...
by GregMiller
Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck
Replies: 7
Views: 972

Re: Spraydeck

Hi Mike, I've had a Lomo Rebel for 2 years that I use on a Delphin but it really lets a lot of water in. I recently got Desperate Measures to order a custom fit deck from Phoenix who had the template for my boat. Fits like a glove and probably the best deck I've had (re: water ingress). Got D rings ...
by GregMiller
Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which one to buy
Replies: 20
Views: 2601

Re: Which one to buy

Hi, If you're looking for volume and speed then I'd also consider testing the Rockpool Taran 16. Had a demo of it at the Skye symposium and it's a very surprising boat. Turns really well (because of the increased rocker) yet my mate was able to keep up with the longer 18' boat on the downwind runs. ...
by GregMiller
Mon May 13, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Bangor Bay Sea Kayak Race
Replies: 1
Views: 1121

Bangor Bay Sea Kayak Race

Hi Folks, Just wanted to share some pics from our Sea Kayak Race held last weekend in aid of the RNLI. Great time all round. Hope some of the 'fast boys' from across the water will consider coming over next year and giving it a go. (as well as anyone just wanting a fun wee paddle!) Thanks to everyon...
by GregMiller
Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?
Replies: 33
Views: 3791

Re: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?

Hey Lads, Don't forget about the Irish ! Whilst there may be a funny spelling thing going on - they make a right few nice drops. Triple distilled - Now that's how to get a smooooooth tasting whiskEy...... Greg PS: Nice Skeg! http://i734.photobucket.com/albums/ww347/RedRockpool/68fafb45-fa67-4181-85f...