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by Mike79
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bent My Boat!
Replies: 5
Views: 837

Re: Bent My Boat!

....mine was ridiculous - I snagged it between the escalator and the underside of the bridge at LV whilst emptying! It cammmed up and folded fully 90 degrees. I pushed it back into shape (more or less) with my foot before anyone noticed my stupidity, got back in and forgot about it. All good.
by Mike79
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bent My Boat!
Replies: 5
Views: 837

Re: Bent My Boat!

I did something similar to my first Axiom, they're really thin at the back. I paddled it for years with a slightly kinked tail and it didn't do any harm at all.
by Mike79
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An odd question regarding length and suitability
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

As far a WW boats go (I do think that's a great option) something like a club spec MX would be a good bet for not too much money: http://www.whitewaterthecanoecentre.co.uk/dagger-mx--club-2655-p.asp It will take you a couple of hours to get used to - then you're all good to bob around anywhere you w...
by Mike79
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An odd question regarding length and suitability
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

A GTX is a white-water boat. If you want to consider those then there are many that you can easily carry up the stairs but they will be a little less stable and a bit more 'spinny' than the rec/tourer type boats. That said, you'd very soon get used to it and paddle straight no problem.
by Mike79
Mon May 28, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.
Replies: 19
Views: 1717

Re: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.

I know someone who routinely puts 2 open boats on top of a Yaris and drives four or five hours each way. It's not what I'd chose but she gets to where she's going and looks pretty bad ass doing it. It's a good point that the most modern small engines have a lot more grunt than slightly older engines...
by Mike79
Sun May 27, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Absurdly large head looking for helmet
Replies: 30
Views: 4337

Re: Absurdly large head looking for helmet

The only injury that I can think of where kit would have made a difference is smashed teeth - but that's a whole other debate.

....and now I think about it - bashed elbows, but again - different debate.
by Mike79
Sun May 27, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Absurdly large head looking for helmet
Replies: 30
Views: 4337

Re: Absurdly large head looking for helmet

simultaneous typing - sorry. M
by Mike79
Sun May 27, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Absurdly large head looking for helmet
Replies: 30
Views: 4337

Re: Absurdly large head looking for helmet

Those are my words - and they're right.

I guess to be more accurate I should have said 'the slight differences between different types of kit' Obviously if you didn't wear a helmet at all that would be silly - but one helmet to another..? That's a tiny fraction of a small part.
by Mike79
Sun May 27, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Absurdly large head looking for helmet
Replies: 30
Views: 4337

Re: Absurdly large head looking for helmet

I know lots of paddlers who've had serious (ish) injuries - broken backs, broken bones, dislocations. Not a one of them could have been prevented by 'better' kit.

The only injury that I can think of where kit would have made a difference is smashed teeth - but that's a whole other debate.
by Mike79
Sun May 27, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Absurdly large head looking for helmet
Replies: 30
Views: 4337

Re: Absurdly large head looking for helmet

Bit of an aside - but do you REALLY need a stronger/more protective helmet? If you want to be warmer, more stylish or whatever then get a different helmet, but is there any real evidence that the the premium helmets prevent head injuries more effectively than the basic ones? To my mind a lot of the ...
by Mike79
Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW boat thoughts?
Replies: 9
Views: 992

Re: WW boat thoughts?

Is your Burn worn out or broken? If not: Keep your boat, change your skills.
by Mike79
Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you keep filming?
Replies: 49
Views: 3761

Re: Do you keep filming?

Seems a bit unfair to make judgments about the paddler based only on that video as there's no real way of knowing what happened and it might well have been some kind of freak outcome. Maybe the guy slipped into the water whilst he was putting his deck on - or maybe he's a complete ninja who just had...
by Mike79
Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology
Replies: 52
Views: 3673

Re: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology

Seriously?? Yes Dave, I am being serious. Okay... it's just until those two questions, the discussions had been relatively well reasoned, regardless of either point of view. For the avoidance of doubt - Dave pinned the reason I neglected those questions, I couldn't think of a polite response so I t...
by Mike79
Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology
Replies: 52
Views: 3673

Re: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology

....whilst I'm here - the idea that ferrying uses the river's energy and not muscle power is pure fiction - as any attempt to do it in a heavy flow will show you.
by Mike79
Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology
Replies: 52
Views: 3673

Re: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology

At what angle does "ferry gliding" become something else - and what does it suddenly become? Is it still "ferrying" if you're using a wave to help you? You're always crossing the flow. You're right that there are several ways of "crossing on a wave" - that's the whole point. Which of them is or isn'...
by Mike79
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology
Replies: 52
Views: 3673

Re: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology

I don't think the issue is really what you shout in extremis (I find that shouting advice rarely works anyway) - it's the whole way we talk about kayaking. That's not just about this or that word (although that is part of it) - it's the tone of the discussion. Many of us will have driven a car-load ...
by Mike79
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology
Replies: 52
Views: 3673

Re: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology

jsymonds - I don't know you so what follows isn't about your paddling specifically, please don't take personal offence - but you did ask some questions....... 1) Should larger paddlers not use their advantages to help them where necessary? Whoever you are you use your attributes but no matter how bi...
by Mike79
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology
Replies: 52
Views: 3673

Re: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology

There were two basic points that I was making in the post that was quoted at the beginning of this thread and I'm standing by both of them: First - I think the way people talk about kayaking can be very off-putting to new paddlers. It's not just the individual terms but the whole way things are talk...
by Mike79
Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Symonds Yat, am I being tight?
Replies: 46
Views: 3164

Re: Symonds Yat, am I being tight?

One more for the chorus - you are being tight.

I actually think pay car parks are quite a good model for landowners or councils to benefit from paddlers and encourage access to rivers.
by Mike79
Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7512

Re: Lee Valley

Hakase I really don't want you to feel that I was getting at you and I'm sorry if you do - I didn't mean that at all. I was just using your post as an example of how I think some of the ways we talk about paddling might be unhelpful. I wasn't saying anything at all about your paddling - I don't know...
by Mike79
Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7512

Re: Lee Valley

There are probably times when I might think that taking sneak routes round rapids is sort of cheating - but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about the difference between plugging the centre of Jaws with your head down whilst you plf vs moving across it on the way down to slot neatly th...
by Mike79
Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7512

Re: Lee Valley

....There are only three holes you need be wary of -- most of the course you can usually plough through without needing to boof or do anything in particular I know it's not your intention Hakase - but I think this type of talk is a bit unhelpful, particularly when considering female paddlers. There...
by Mike79
Fri Jul 01, 2016 1:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7512

Re: Lee Valley

gp.girl - I'm a bit sad to hear that you think the Olympic course will always be out of reach for you, I don't think it's true. I don't know you and I don't know anything about your paddling other than what you've written on this thread so this is just a guess, but I have a couple of suggestions tha...
by Mike79
Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7512

Re: Lee Valley

I'm with Jim on what constitutes "nailing" a line - half a meter is usually a very big margin of error. If you watch a good paddler practicing a maneuver with slight differences they might be deliberately experimenting with slightly different approaches - or maybe they're not quite managing their ob...
by Mike79
Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7512

Re: Lee Valley

Thanks for your apology Franky but really not necessary - you didn't hurt my feelings. Regarding using only forwards paddling strokes: As I understand it the concept is simply that you use the water to do your steering and just use the paddle to push the boat forwards - so it doesn't mean no s-turns...
by Mike79
Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7512

Re: Lee Valley

Just to be clear- I'm not a coach, I'm a normal paddler who sometimes does a bit of coaching. I'm a bit more skilled than some paddlers and a lot less skilled than others. What I suggested above wasn't a set of rules that you must follow, but an opinion on what I think is a good way to progress - ex...
by Mike79
Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7512

Re: Lee Valley

With respect - being able to "make every eddy" is not the same thing as being smooth.
by Mike79
Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7512

Re: Lee Valley

The discussion of skill levels and assessments on this thread skirts around the basic question of what is the best way to progress: Is it to master and dominate your environment before moving to a more difficult one where you will be challenged but not overwhelmed, or is it to move into a new enviro...
by Mike79
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Feature Names?
Replies: 12
Views: 2163

Re: Lee Valley Feature Names?

I imagine they have a name for the wave at the first large eddy river left as they use it a lot for rafts to surf. Anyone know what that is?
by Mike79
Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Feature Names?
Replies: 12
Views: 2163

Re: Lee Valley Feature Names?

Names the rafters use: Drop into first big eddy with steps: So help me god First big drop (after bridge): Jaws Secondary surfing wave behind Jaws: J2O Drop into next big eddy with steps: Main event (not so much anymore) Sticky hole behind main event: Sideshow Following big drop: Boom Secondary surfi...