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by Chalky723
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

Dr Robin wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:45 pm
Every professional athlete has a coach.
Also - all professional kayakers have a coach too....

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by Chalky723
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

I have to travel to a river, in the right conditions, the coach has to either paddle or walk along the bank, etc. I see plenty of people being coached at Lee Valley, the Nene & HPP - not forgetting the Upper Tryweryn, Cardiff, Pinkston, Tees Barrage etc. Add the rivers that run almost all the time ...
by Chalky723
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 3491

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

Allowing trivial access and then attempting to extort monies by threat of being locked in or similar is definitely the wrong way to go about things especially when it's pretty obvious that the landowner made a mistake in not advertising their wishes for payment correctly. Maybe the land owner shoul...
by Chalky723
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 836

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

andypagett wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:13 pm
In other words they appreciated me teaching them how to have a good day on the river, rather than just some paddle strokes.
I'd suggest that if "some paddle strokes" was all people were getting out of your coaching before, that you've been doing it wrong!!!

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by Chalky723
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1148

Re: How do you break a boat?

Frank B wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:06 am
Split the nose on my Burn when running into the face of Backbarrow Bridge with me inside several years ago.
Best to aim for the hole in the middle.... :-)

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by Chalky723
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie Needing Advice On Kayaking Licence and Magnet Fishing
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: Newbie Needing Advice On Kayaking Licence and Magnet Fishing

I wouldn't worry too much about permission for the magnet fishing.

People chuck them in from footpaths all the time.

It's very unlikely you'll get pulled up for it, if you do - apologise,stop & move on.

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by Chalky723
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1148

Re: How do you break a boat?

My Raptor got a split under the seat after bouncing off a rock on the way down a big feature (Leny).

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by Chalky723
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat size
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: Boat size

The first Fusions didn't have a size on them. Mine didn't. It'll be a "medium".

My Nirvana is an early one & that doesn't have the size on it either. Later ones do.

Early runs often seem to be a medium then, if it's popular, they produce a large & start putting sizes on them...

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by Chalky723
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Demystifying Visualisation
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Demystifying Visualisation

roo wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:11 pm

Contact Lenses - that's visionary.
Tried 'em, when they get knocked to the back of your eyeball it's more inconvenient than misty lenses...

The risk of infection & blindness put me off a tad too...

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by Chalky723
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Demystifying Visualisation
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Demystifying Visualisation

Damn, was hoping for tips to stop my glasses fogging up....

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by Chalky723
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1392

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

Peter Brown wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:58 pm
I'd only consider video scouting if I'd heard the grade was at the top of my comfort zone, why spoil the surprise otherwise.
So you never watch videos of people paddling rivers that you haven't (yet)??

It was watching videos of Scotland that made me want to go there....

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by Chalky723
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1392

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

I guess my point is if you could paddle a river youve not seen or heard of before, would you rather see a vid of it to get an idea or heat that its a grade x of whatever character? As per my previous, I see vids as an extension of the Guidebooks or a "pre-scout", they generally show a lot more than...
by Chalky723
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1392

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

Hey, I'm not saying that you use youtube for scouting, just saying it gives a paddler a far better idea of whether a river is for them, than a grade or even a written description does. Even on easier rivers. I've yet to hear a good argument t'other way. I do this - if we're going away, I'll look at...
by Chalky723
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which pfd ?
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: Which pfd ?

I had a touring type PFD when I started out, it had pockets & pouches that were useful for stashing bits & bobs. When I started White Water (and when I knew what I was doing) I got one with the Rescue Harness (Astral Green Jacket) - the pockets on a WW vest tend to be more streamlined so the outline...
by Chalky723
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dry suit zip/latex fluid
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: Dry suit zip/latex fluid

I use Silicon paste on my plastic zip.

On my latex seals I have an old climbing chalk ball that i dust the seals with before storing - I've had 3 seals turn to gooey mush in the past 6 years, so like them to be dry & dusted before putting them away.

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by Chalky723
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Palm Orbit
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: Palm Orbit

I've got an IR Klingon and a Playboater Work Deck - the Playboater feels more robust, but both are really good decks....

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by Chalky723
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice vid
Replies: 12
Views: 950

Re: Nice vid

I enjoyed the vid. I've never really looked at Redbull TV before (outside of Sickline) and was pleased to find lots of other good kayaking vids on there....

Can't have too many vids to watch....

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by Chalky723
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Swap my Medium Nirvana for a Medium Zen??
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: Swap my Medium Nirvana for a Medium Zen??

Hiya,

I've decide I'll persevere with the Nirvana for the next few months - it's more me being lazy than any fault of the boat.

Cheers anyway though!

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by Chalky723
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 3491

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

I understand the issue with the carpark being used by non customers but if me the wife and kids go for a coffee and our bill is £12 before we order anything I would go elsewhere. Unless you're in the habit of taking them to dank car parks for your days out it's a non issue really. You'd be better o...
by Chalky723
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 3491

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

That's what the sign says.

Every time I used it you had to fill in your details on a sheet in the shop. detailing how many were in the car amongst other things.

Not been there for a while, but doubt it's changed significantly.

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by Chalky723
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1668

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

Why you are happy to pay to cross private land to access a river at MEM, but not at Canalfon Tryweryn, a managed river with much more comprehensive facilities? Is it the difference in cost? Yep. The only facility I ever use at CT are the cafe & the loo. I find £3 to be a reasonable amount for acces...
by Chalky723
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 3491

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

BoofandSwim wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:56 pm
Your narcisism is making you irrational. You cannot draw outright equivalence between you spouting your opinions and clarity being achieved, which leads me to my next point...
John's a better person than me, I'd have just told you to fuck off....

;-)

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by Chalky723
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1668

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

it's not clear why paddlers egressing who don't have their cars parked there are being asked for money. Either it's a parking charge or it's an access charge, but surely the leaseholder can't decide what it is for each individual user of the facility. Or maybe they can? I know nothing of the legali...
by Chalky723
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 3491

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

BoofandSwim wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:25 pm
That is manifestly unfair.

Waaaa, go and park on someone elses private land if it bothers you that much.

FFS, just pay the fecking money & stop yowling!!! You need her more than she needs you....

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by Chalky723
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1668

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

uwcamerakev wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:00 pm
But there are so many rivers in N.Wales still to do...... ; )
Off you go then.... (Hope the rain holds out for you).

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by Chalky723
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 3491

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

There are surely plenty of more experienced paddlers who are happy to challenge her on her BS, and I rather imagine she just lets them drive off and moves on to the next group of poor sods who might not have the experience to tell her where to go. Aren't you a treat? God forbid you have to pay £3 t...
by Chalky723
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken nerve
Replies: 23
Views: 1735

Re: Broken nerve

DaveBland wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:23 pm
There's always fishing :(
Funnily enough that's what I've been doing while waiting for things to heal!

:-)

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by Chalky723
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken nerve
Replies: 23
Views: 1735

Re: Broken nerve

Ok so for me, Im not paddling very much at the moment :( Because im based in Carlisle, miles from anything artificial and there is no rain. My concerns are, i'm judging myself based on my previous ability and comfort. I want to go to the Falls of Lora this weekend, but I'm just not that confident a...
by Chalky723
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best cock-up (not carnage)
Replies: 28
Views: 1631

Re: Your best cock-up (not carnage)

I seem to recall about half a km into the Kiachnish Neil suddenly started looking for the car key. We stopped and he checked on his person and in his boat. I remembered seeing it on his boat when he was getting changed, so he had to walk back to the put in and search around on the ground for it. Lu...
by Chalky723
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken nerve
Replies: 23
Views: 1735

Re: Broken nerve

Plan is pool session on Fiday - lots more rolling and a bit of bracing :) Wednesday LV bottom of the course and try the wave on the back straight if I feel good, pretty sure I will try to roll (this has been going quite well) and if it doesn't work must make a second attempt (next step). Weekend wi...