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by GumGum
Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: inflatable kayak for wave surfing
Replies: 9
Views: 4279

Re: inflatable kayak for wave surfing

Old thread resurretion alert, but I can confirm that the Gumotex Safari surfs (ocean waves) beautifully! Pump it up nice and hard (it'll take it), put the aluminium skeg on (that's a must - I find a slightly cut-down version works best in the surf), use the thigh straps and go for it. There's a bit ...
by GumGum
Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Tawe estuary - red kayak
Replies: 0
Views: 1228

Tawe estuary - red kayak

22-12-15

There's currently a short red kayak - river runner? Playboat? Can't see the make/model - half submerged up against the Sail Bridge boom in the Tawe Estuary (SA1 Marina area).

I dare say the harbour/marina authorities will retrieve it along with the other detritus in due course...

Dom
by GumGum
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Spotted - kayak in Tawe estuary?
Replies: 0
Views: 819

Spotted - kayak in Tawe estuary?

At lunch time today (Thurs Jan 15th) I could see what appears to be a small green/yellow kayak - maybe a playboat of some sort - in amongst the miscellaneous debris and flotsam washed up against the first line of moored boats in the marina section of the mouth of the Tawe (just south of the Sail Bri...
by GumGum
Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access on the Hampshire river Avon......again
Replies: 68
Views: 13101

Re: Access on the Hampshire river Avon......again

Jake Deakin wrote:he started shouting at the top of his voice just to piss off
Mikers wrote:He's certainly learnt some manners since Jake dealt with him in April, there was no shouting or swearing.
Hmm, shouts and swears at a couple of 15 year olds, moderates his tone when dealing with adults. Typical bully...
by GumGum
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sporting rights
Replies: 7
Views: 1570

Re: Sporting rights

morsey wrote:Anyone replied to the paper pointing out the errors?
What, you mean using bronze maggot? For Grayling? In February?? Tch, lucky to have caught anything...
by GumGum
Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South wales conditions
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: South wales conditions

Slightly more middish Wales than south (only just over an hour north of Swansea though), the Teifi should be OK for a paddle around the Llandyssul area. Always seems to be a bit of water in it, and some of the fun sections are actually more fun at lower flows as they're narrower and not washed out. ...
by GumGum
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Epoxy resin
Replies: 4
Views: 522

Re: Epoxy resin

Try a bit of heat on it (hairdryer). Hard but a bit tacky could be OK - if it has no surfacing agent in it then it would be quite tacky 0n the surface for a while anyway. If it's basically hard underneath then you ocould do another proper mix and apply it over the top. Resin/glass which is basically...
by GumGum
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: home made paddles
Replies: 21
Views: 2045

Re: home made paddles

I don't think you'll save any money, but it might be an enjoyable project. This guy built himself a carbon bike frame: http://dirt.mpora.com/news/hcomeragh-n56-carbon-hardtail.html It came out really well and he obviously enjoyed doing it, but the £2k he spent would have bought hime a pretty nice of...
by GumGum
Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Beginner University Club Trip
Replies: 13
Views: 964

Re: Beginner University Club Trip

Ieuan Belshaw wrote:Llandysul paddlers has ample gear, not sure if they hire out but I think they will.
Yep, they have loads of kit and always seem happy to lend/hire it out. Very friendly bunch too - I'm sure they'll be able to sort you out with a cracking weekend away.
by GumGum
Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dartmoor access during 'closed' season (FACTS needed)
Replies: 47
Views: 4652

Re: Dartmoor access during 'closed' season (FACTS needed)

will be frowned upon (possibly by some paddlers as well if the level is low??)
I frown on any paddler who is too cowardly to paddle in anything other than spate conditions
by GumGum
Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dartmoor access during 'closed' season (FACTS needed)
Replies: 47
Views: 4652

Re: Dartmoor access during 'closed' season (FACTS needed)

advice with regards to the official position with paddling on Dartmoor during the closed season. Unfortunately from your perspective, in the absence of a recent 'black and white' Act of Parliament, decisive case law ruling or something similar covering river access, what is probably more relevant t...
by GumGum
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South Wales - 2/3 March - levels?!
Replies: 16
Views: 877

Re: South Wales - 2/3 March - levels?!

Usk might still be OK down from Talybont. We did the Tywi from the Burial Chamber - LLandovery last weekend on 0.43 at Dolhaurion, its not on 0.36 and might just go. We didn't scrape at all really (open canoes). Your photos of this section elsewhere on the forum look lovely. Not paddled this yet bu...
by GumGum
Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alpackarafts any good?
Replies: 30
Views: 5506

Re: Alpackarafts any good?

A bit off the subject of packrafts (which certainly appear to be pretty awesome!), but here are some vids I found recently of some quality inflatable kayaks and canoes in action: http://vimeo.com/gumotexkayak/videos/sort:date/format:thumbnail I have no link to the vids or the paddlers in them beyond...
by GumGum
Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Overseas Insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Re: Overseas Insurance

Try Snowcard. They cover WW kayaking, and I've been pretty impressed with them in the past. Not the cheapest out there, but decent level of cover.
by GumGum
Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A picture tells a thousand words
Replies: 1
Views: 877

Re: A picture tells a thousand words

That's one tough ducky if you're happy to drag it along the ground for any distance!

I like your blog
by GumGum
Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Triple Crown
Replies: 29
Views: 2182

Re: Triple Crown

Upper upper upper Plym Upper upper upper Erme Upper upper upper Avon ...in quick succession. Not paddled though, but forded the head waters of each while walking over Dartmoor north to south last Sunday/Monday. Beautiful up there on the high moor in the sunshine, and fortunately Sunday's high water ...
by GumGum
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Access
Replies: 36
Views: 3298

Re: River Access

Strad wrote: I have asked permission to reproduce the exact quote
Unless they specifically said it was off the record I don't think you need permission.
by GumGum
Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Wezzit, Wozzit, Whozzit?
Replies: 98
Views: 6572

Re: Wezzit, Wozzit, Whozzit?

StoneWeasel wrote:
surfkayaks.com wrote:Paddlers,

Spot on, so that is the Whozzit sorted just leaving the Wezzit and the Wozzit.
Wezzit = Porthcurno? If not Porthcurno then somewhere nearby?
by GumGum
Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The best of the snow!
Replies: 20
Views: 2842

Re: The best of the snow!

Surely the real question raised by several of these pics concerns the suitability - or otherwise - of kayak helmets for snowsports?

Now if only there had been an exhaustively-debated thread about this sort of thing on UKRGB recently... ;-)
by GumGum
Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: inflatable kayak advice
Replies: 4
Views: 2060

Re: inflatable kayak advice

Yep, Gumotex boats are superb, they're not cheap but they're extremely good value for what they are. However, the Gumotex Twist is not great. When they brought it out it looked superb on paper, so I got one for my wife. It was OK but frankly I was disappointed with it - the litepack fabric is nowher...
by GumGum
Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Open canoe hire in Cornwall
Replies: 2
Views: 1371

Re: Open canoe hire in Cornwall

Last time (couple of summers ago) I went to Helston boating lake (Coronation Park?) with the kids I noticed that they had open canoes for hire along with the traditional rowing boats. Now an epic paddle it isn't, but on a sunny day it might be a pleasant and safe way for you and your kids to get to ...
by GumGum
Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Postal insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: Postal insurance

(for what purpose I don't know, unless they are a kayaker). or have an ebay seller account... Not all Royal Mail seasonal workers are crims of course, but I do remember speaking to a couple of guys some years ago who used to do xmas sorting work and admitted (actually boasted) that they blatantly h...
by GumGum
Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alpackarafts any good?
Replies: 30
Views: 5506

Re: Alpackarafts any good?

Hey GumGum Where did you get that jump inflateable creek boat? I got it from these guys: http://www.kajak.nl/index.php Just happened to see a random link to it heavily reduced on their website, and couldn't resist it. They were really helpful, but couldn't ship it to me from Holland at anything lik...
by GumGum
Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alpackarafts any good?
Replies: 30
Views: 5506

Re: Alpackarafts any good?

Try sending a PM to GumGum I have paddled with him before and he can get his inflatable boat down grade 3-4.... it real impresrive to see... :-) It packs down int a back pack and he has quite a bit of experiance with inflatable boats Gary A You flatter me somewhat ;-), but it's certainly true I am ...
by GumGum
Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Head torch
Replies: 8
Views: 849

Re: Head torch

Leaving aside waterproofness - ie assuming this will live in a dry bag and not be used underwater(!) - I love my Petzl Myo XP (I have the current Myo RXP incarnation). As much light as you'll probably ever need, nicely made, good features. May not be fully waterproof, but they've never let me down i...
by GumGum
Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Santa is a kayaker!
Replies: 6
Views: 1017

Re: Santa is a kayaker!

Tom_Laws wrote:Santa is a kayaker!
Image

...when he's not riding the new Afan dirt park!
by GumGum
Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeing Restricted signs Help needed.
Replies: 80
Views: 6191

Re: Canoeing Restricted signs Help needed.

I have seen these signs and was struck at the time by how unattractive they were, definitely detracting from the landscape. Furthermore they do not give useful information to anyone, they merely state someone's opinion on a highly contested and by no means settled matter of civil law.
by GumGum
Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quote from CKUK this month
Replies: 65
Views: 3194

Re: Quote from CKUK this month

SimonMW wrote:I think that's enough trumpeting of pun skills.
Yup. I'm sure you'll drum up plenty of support for this viewpoint.
by GumGum
Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quote from CKUK this month
Replies: 65
Views: 3194

Re: Quote from CKUK this month

I had a quick look online to see if I could find any instrument-based puns, but drew a blank. I'll have to castanet wider...
by GumGum
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quote from CKUK this month
Replies: 65
Views: 3194

Re: Quote from CKUK this month

R3V wrote:Or Why does it even matter. Discuss.
Where would we all be without a bit of tribal affinity and a them-and-us sense of superiority?