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by Mantaray
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: European (And slightly beyond) options from now onwards...
Replies: 12
Views: 983

Re: European (And slightly beyond) options from now onwards...

For Morocco contact Pablo Cascardo at Karma Turismo Activo in Spain (www.karmaturismoactivo.com) - he speaks really good English and should be able to help. You could also contact Saltarios in Granada, as they also arrange trips to Morocco (https://www.raftingenandalucia.com/en/)
by Mantaray
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bulgaria for our summer trip?
Replies: 8
Views: 882

Re: Bulgaria for our summer trip?

DaveBland wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:55 pm
Have you got a Great Uncle you can ask?
I suspect he's too young for that one, Dave.
by Mantaray
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time

I had a sub-achromial decompression and repair of a labrum tear in my right shoulder about 10 years ago but it was keyhole surgery. From memory I think it took about 3 months in total to recover but that was following physio advice and doing plenty of exercises to build the strength back and not pus...
by Mantaray
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying with Emirates
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Re: Flying with Emirates

Turkish were pretty good last time I flew with them. Shouldn't worry about the boat being lost in transit. They're pretty big and obvious so can't go missing easily! I've flown dozens of times and it's only once been the case that there was "no space on the plane" so it got bounced to the flight th...
by Mantaray
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying with Emirates
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Re: Flying with Emirates

clarky999 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:48 pm
From Austria you say? Just fly Easyjet and call it a windsurfer.
If only it were that easy! I'm Dubai based right now so need to look into these options.
by Mantaray
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying with Emirates
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Re: Flying with Emirates

Thanks for the input, everyone. Hmmm...looks like I'm scuppered with Emirates, as I really want to take my Remix next time. I think Turkish will fly boats but that means flying from here to Istanbul then getting a connecting flight which will add another couple of hours minimum to the journey. Then ...
by Mantaray
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying with Emirates
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Re: Flying with Emirates

Hey LucyLou - would you care to elaborate? I'm genuinely interested to find out if people end up paying any more in excess baggage. What boat did you take? How much kit? How many bags in total? What do you think your total baggage weight was? Did you have to contact them early on before going to the...
by Mantaray
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foot entrapment
Replies: 18
Views: 2205

Re: Foot entrapment

Really glad to hear it worked out for the best, Phil. Just goes to show that on a river that we all run (well used to run) on a regular basis can be just as dangerous as any other. Quite sobering, as TechnoEngineer said.
by Mantaray
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying with Emirates
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Flying with Emirates

Has anyone had any recent experience of flying their kayak with Emirates? I left my Remix behind on a recent trip to Austria because, according to their website, travelling with sports equipment comes out of your usual baggage allowance - in usual cases it's 30kg. My boat weighs 20kg and my kit at l...
by Mantaray
Tue May 22, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pfunds, Austria - Kayak Hire
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: Pfunds, Austria - Kayak Hire

Thanks for all the suggestions. Steve at gokayaking got back to me and it seems nowhere rents out kayaks. Very surprising for a country with a whole load of rivers and a missed opportunity, maybe?
Looking at other options now.
by Mantaray
Sun May 13, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pfunds, Austria - Kayak Hire
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: Pfunds, Austria - Kayak Hire

Thanks, Clarky. That's a little too far away from where I'm starting from and need to be.

Anyone else have any suggestions? I'm starting to worry now!
by Mantaray
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pfunds, Austria - Kayak Hire
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Pfunds, Austria - Kayak Hire

Does anyone know if it's possible to rent kayaks in the Pfunds area of Austria? Meeting up with friends for a week of paddling early July.

Thanks.
by Mantaray
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First time to N-Wales, some advise?
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

Re: First time to N-Wales, some advise?

Lynda at Tyddyn Bychan - very paddler friendly. You haven't said the size of your group but they have a big bunk house and smaller one.

www.bunkhousenorthwales.co.uk

Second vote here for Betws - great spot and easy to get to a lot of rivers there.
by Mantaray
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tolls to Briancon please
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Re: Tolls to Briancon please

I have a Sanef Tolling device in my car and the bill just came in at £150.
by Mantaray
Tue May 23, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted Liquidlogic Remix69
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Wanted Liquidlogic Remix69

I've got one for sale. It's a bit old and has a repair but still in not bad condition. Message me if you're interested and we talk details.
by Mantaray
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vehicle for boats and bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 1317

Re: Vehicle for boats and bikes

Chrysler Grand Voyager Stow 'n' Go every time for me. Can seat up to 7 people with all the seats up. The back seat drops down into the floor creating a load of boot space with seating for 4 people still or if you need more just drop the 2 remaining rear passenger seats into the floor and it turns in...
by Mantaray
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Kit Clear Out
Replies: 1
Views: 559

Re: Kit Clear Out

Palm Switch XP100 - blue, men's, medium. Not much use in recent years if at all. Great condition. New neck and wrist seals added a few years ago - £50. - SOLD Palm Vertigo XP50 - red, small. This was my son's first cag. A bit on the tired side now but probably okay for the summer season, as the rubb...
by Mantaray
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Kit Clear Out
Replies: 1
Views: 559

Kit Clear Out

Palm Switch XP100 - blue, men's, medium. Not much use in recent years if at all. Great condition. New neck and wrist seals added a few years ago - £50. Palm Vertigo XP50 - red, small. This was my son's first cag. A bit on the tired side now but probably okay for the summer season, as the rubber coat...
by Mantaray
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: WANTED: Medium sized Creekboat
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: WANTED: Medium sized Creekboat

I have a Jackson Villain S to sell and I work in Guildford so not an issue to bring in and meet up. Looking for £300.

Regards,

Colin
by Mantaray
Tue May 03, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thinking of a New Boat
Replies: 12
Views: 1777

Re: Thinking of a New Boat

Thanks for all the tips and suggestions, everyone. Seems like a lot of votes for the Zen. I must admit I'm not overly keen on the Sure-Lock back band system, as this has "pinged" out on me a couple of times in the Villain just when I needed it so was really looking for something with a ratchet syste...
by Mantaray
Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thinking of a New Boat
Replies: 12
Views: 1777

Thinking of a New Boat

Hey peeps, I'm thinking about getting a new boat because my old Villain S is looking a bit on the tired side. But I'm stuck out here in the Sandpit of the UAE I have absolutely no way of demoing any of the new boats on the market, so I'm really looking for some good suggestions that suit my paddling...
by Mantaray
Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat Hire in Briancon
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: Boat Hire in Briancon

I'll second that for Dave King. Hired a Jefe and a Stomper from him last summer and both boats in good condition. Both of them were bright yellow so we looked like a couple of bananas on the river and that goes for my paddling too. The shop is based in Vallouise. Also there's SND at St Clements who ...
by Mantaray
Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder Surgery Yes or No?
Replies: 7
Views: 1210

Re: Shoulder Surgery Yes or No?

Mark, I had keyhole shoulder surgery a number of years ago now (5 I think) for a labral tear and a subacromial decompression and as the surgeon said at the time "It was a bit of a mess in there..." This was after fighting with my GP to even get looked at, as she didn't believe me, told me it was a f...
by Mantaray
Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I know a good few club coaches who openly voice their dislik
Replies: 33
Views: 6502

Re: I know a good few club coaches who openly voice their di

I'm an L1 ex-club coach and have nothing but respect for professional coaches: It's a tough job trying to make a living out of a niche sport. After a catastrophe of a first French Alps trip a number of years ago I booked on a course with an L5 coach and I have to say it was a major turning point for...
by Mantaray
Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Turkish Airlines
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: Turkish Airlines

Hi Shalabh, I booked with Turkish in the summer to fly from Dubai to Turin via Istanbul and had planned to take mine and my son's boat with us but in the end didn't take either of them. I had managed to book my boat in but you need to phone a representative in order to ensure they have suitable spac...
by Mantaray
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Beth Hume - 5th November 2015
Replies: 6
Views: 4719

Re: Beth Hume - 5th November 2015

Terrible news. It always hurts when we lose someone from our paddling family. Thoughts go out to family, friends and loved ones.

RIP, Beth and I hope the sun is shining and the rivers are sparkling where you've gone.
by Mantaray
Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Molly Jones.
Replies: 3
Views: 1295

Re: Molly Jones.

RIP :o(
by Mantaray
Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Middle East Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: Middle East Advice

Dave, No problem at all. Let me know once you're settled and we can sort out something. The paddles are okay but I remember the first time I went there without my own kit and ended up with a single blade after flipping so they're not the most reliable but if you're only here occasionally they're fin...
by Mantaray
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Middle East Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: Middle East Advice

Hi Dave, Nice to know that I won't be the only paddler based out in The Sandpit! I've been in Dubai since April last year and make the occasional trip to Wadi Adventure with my son but it's been too hot over the summer and I can't be arsed. I usually hook up with a Canadian buddy and I've also got a...
by Mantaray
Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: My manky ditch exploration vid from the weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 1485

Re: My manky ditch exploration vid from the weekend

Nice.

I'd love a manky ditch right now but all I have are dried up wadis and 48 degree heat... (sad face)