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by SimonMW
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vertical Element Paddles
Replies: 4
Views: 1070

Re: Vertical Element Paddles

I hope not! I swear by his paddles and I'll be a bit lost if I can't get replacements!
by SimonMW
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 15
Views: 1617

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

I believe that it's a Spielberg film that's being made there.
by SimonMW
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Forward stroke
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: Forward stroke

I can't speak for Ed, although one thing that came up during another discussion about my article was that each person will find individual nuances in what they do, and what they find to work. Regarding the top hand not crossing the centreline of the boat, this is something I do, but was taught not t...
by SimonMW
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Forward stroke
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Forward stroke

For anyone who might be interested I just wrote this. I rarely come here these days, so luckily I am unlikely to see the inevitable disagreements and bickering!

https://kayakjournal.wordpress.com/2019 ... you-think/
by SimonMW
Thu May 23, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 15
Views: 1617

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

but not for running costs I spoke to a regular there the other day who actually asked how much it costs to run the facility per day (not including staff costs), and it was dirt cheap. So not exactly the huge overhead that a place like Cardiff has. This is because Tees generates a lot of its own pow...
by SimonMW
Thu May 09, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Re: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

For one thing the 9R2 is a slightly different type of boat to the first 9R, which is why they are keeping the original 9R on the market alongside the Mk2. As any boat designer will tell you, small changes can make big differences to the way a boat behaves. When the Dagger Nomad was originally releas...
by SimonMW
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1744

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

How about having a grading system with a baseline?

For example for play features you could have a scale that goes;

Hurley on Valium <-- Hurley on Tramadol <-- Hurley Weir baseline (3 gates) --> Hurley on weed --> Hurley on heroin --> Hurley on speed --> Hurley on spice and so on.
by SimonMW
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Peak UK WW deck
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Wanted: Peak UK WW deck

Does anyone have an old style Peak UK WW spraydeck for sale (waist size L/XL) in keyhole size? This needs to be the old style version of the deck that has the extra dry lip that goes all the way around (the new style only goes 3/4 of the way around). Doesn't have to be immaculate. All I request is t...
by SimonMW
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1894

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

The new owners are really supportive of the sport. Look, it's a private car park, and the charges *are* signed (as someone posted above). The owners can charge what they like, and you are lucky it is as low as it is. £3 is less than a bleedin' pint of beer these days so I'm at pains to fathom how an...
by SimonMW
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1665

Re: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

I've not done the canyon myself, but I have walked a section of it (a mission in itself!) and spoken to lots who have. My understanding of it is that it is of grade 4 technical difficulty *if* you know your way through it (it's a bit of a maze AFAIK). But it is full of siphons. It isn't just named t...
by SimonMW
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access reaches radio 4
Replies: 3
Views: 652

Re: Access reaches radio 4

So Mr Maynard reckons 100 canoes an hour go down the river? That's only just over one canoe every second. I'd imagine Wye Canoes must be doing very well financially if they are hiring out that many boats! They must have Dagger and Pyranha on speed dial for extra boats to complete an unbroken line of...
by SimonMW
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted K1 Cagdeck
Replies: 1
Views: 247

Re: Wanted K1 Cagdeck

I’ve got a white PeakUK K1 topdeck/cagdeck if that’s any help? Size small. Very good condition.
by SimonMW
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 2051

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

I've mentioned it before - get on a WWS&R course where you can try these things out in a safer environment. I have, many times thank you, and I have raised this specific question with the coaches who have run them. If you've got your throwline krabbed into the boat for security and a situation aris...
by SimonMW
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is it true that.........?
Replies: 13
Views: 1743

Re: Is it true that.........?

Pyranha, Zet, Lettman, Waka, Exo, Prijon, Kober, VE etc. I think we can live without US kayaking products pretty well. So I don't think the policy will move production outside the US - because nobody in the US will be able to afford kayaks made outside it. Franky, it already has meant this. Corran ...
by SimonMW
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is it true that.........?
Replies: 13
Views: 1743

Re: Is it true that.........?

The £1600 thing isn't a rumour. It's already happening AFAIK. I'm told by some industry insiders that some US kayaking firms have had European orders cancelled as a result of the tariff situation. This is not a good situation for such a small industry. All it will serve to do it move production outs...
by SimonMW
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 2051

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

They will be wearing helmets. The slight risk of a cut eye is probably more preferable to swimming off down a G4-5 rapid. If your bag is krabbed into the boat for security you may not have time to faff around removing it. If I was in the water I'd prefer someone to just throw the damn thing rather t...
by SimonMW
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Ripper Small?
Replies: 11
Views: 1472

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

My review. https://kayakjournal.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/the-pyranha-ripper-puts-the-zing-back-into-kayaking/ While I own the boat in the review, I demoed the Ripper a number of times before I bought one, so my review isn't this positive just because I bought one! It was a fairly big decision for me...
by SimonMW
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 3801

Re: Do you need a backband?

Don't think that seems fair, Simon is floating his idea and findings out there for discussion so not sure why you needed to post this comment Thanks for the back up Chris. An interesting note for others who are disagreeing with my view on things. Recently a world renowned freestyle kayaker had a go...
by SimonMW
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Remix or Mamba?
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Re: Remix or Mamba?

Could try a Ripper and have the best of both worlds. I love mine and I don't think I'll ever buy another creek boat. Move fast on a Remix (if you are buying new) since the tariffs on imports thanks to the humpalump in Washington are starting to bite (£1600 for the Rockstar 4.0, ouch!) Few others to ...
by SimonMW
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Ripper Small?
Replies: 11
Views: 1472

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

I've demoed one a few times, and now I own one. Also demoed the medium, but went for the small. From various reports of who is paddling the different sizes it would appear that the Ripper will actually deal with a much higher paddler weight than the paper specs say. Frankly I think it's one of the b...
by SimonMW
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 2611

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

roofbars would count as accessories surely?
Unfortunately not. Well, at least by a large percentage of insurers. It's worth phoning yours to check. They won't generally charge you any extra for having roof bars, but they want to know that you have them.
by SimonMW
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 2611

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

Really??? Yes, generally anything that you add afterwards is considered a modification. Some insurers may have exceptions, but most of them these days consider a roof rack to be an after market modification, unless you bought the car from new with an official OEM roof rack fitted at the factory. It...
by SimonMW
Thu May 31, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Zet Veloc for sale - Lime green
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: Zet Veloc for sale - Lime green

Sorry, now sold.
by SimonMW
Thu May 31, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 2611

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

On a separate note, how many people realise that they need to tell their insurance company that they use roof bars because they are classed as a modification? If you have an accident and the other party takes photos and your car has roof bars on and you haven't told the insurance company, your insur...
by SimonMW
Sun May 06, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 3801

Re: Do you need a backband?

I don't think anyone's suggesting that if you hold a kayak upside-down, the backband alone will prevent the paddler from falling out. Some people are very much suggesting that. When I posited the same question on Facebook one of the first responses was "because it is what keeps you in your boat ups...
by SimonMW
Sat May 05, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 3801

Re: Do you need a backband?

one of the things that keep you locked into your seat How? It's attached with flexible cord and straps. It will move as far as your body is free to when upside down until your thigh grips stop you. It doesn't stop you falling out in any way shape or form. It's a myth. To be fair, I think he's actua...
by SimonMW
Sat May 05, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Zet Veloc for sale - Lime green
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Zet Veloc for sale - Lime green

For Sale, one very sexy looking Zet Veloc, suitable for paddlers from 45-85kg. Awesome boat, but I fancy a change. It's in the best, and fastest colour, Zet lime green, and it will instantly make you look like the expert paddler that resides inside you! People will croon as you paddle past looking a...
by SimonMW
Thu May 03, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 3801

Re: Do you need a backband?

Sorry Simon but I totally disagree. For me the back support is just as, if not more appropriate in my kayak than my car. I certainly won't be taking it out any time soon!! D i understand why you are saying that. But then you are coming from the position of using a backband in a boat that has the ma...
by SimonMW
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 3801

Re: Do you need a backband?

As a canoeist, I need to be a little more imaginative with the concept of connectivity. I kneel on the floor and perch on the seat or thwart yet I am able to control the boat by weight shift and friction. I may not be connected like mechanically attached or adhered but a connection there must surel...
by SimonMW
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 3801

Re: Do you need a backband?

thigh hooks that grip more of your legs If you had no need for a backband then the thigh hooks could form around the legs more because you wouldn't have the backband inhibiting escaped when you straighten your legs and push out. I think a lot of the evidence you are giving of boats that don't need ...