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by paddler007
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: BCU 2 Star
Replies: 1
Views: 417

BCU 2 Star

Hello

I'm looking to do the bcu 2 star training/assessment.

I live in s.wales. Has anybody got anything coming up?

Cheers
by paddler007
Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaking - Scotland
Replies: 5
Views: 758

Sea Kayaking - Scotland

Hello, I'm going on a trip to Scotland with some old friends. I have done a fair bit of kayaking, but my mates haven't done much. They are keen to do some sea kayaking. Possibly around the Gairloch, Ullapool or Isle of Skye area. Is anybody able to recommend any companies or individuals that might b...
by paddler007
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Manchester canoes - sad news
Replies: 2
Views: 802

Re: Manchester canoes - sad news

What a shame. Paddlers seem to be subject to a lot of thefts of one type or another.

Leads me to wonder where all of the stolen kit is going because the paddling community seems to be a close knit one.
by paddler007
Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Airbags for a Zone
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Airbags for a Zone

Thanks.

Do you use your zone for touring? Once the airbags are in place, does it leave much space behind the seat for kit?
by paddler007
Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Airbags for a Zone
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Airbags for a Zone

Hello, I'm looking for a pair of airbags for a zone. It looks like the pyranha ones have been discontinued as far as I can tell.

The only option that I can find are made by palm. Any suggestions which size I should go for? Or are there others more suitable?

Thanks very much.
by paddler007
Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Relaxing on whitewater
Replies: 9
Views: 1011

Relaxing on whitewater

Hello,

Does anybody have any tips on how to stay relaxed in a boat on whitewater? I know that I'm supposed to stay loose but I stiffen up and try to fight the water.

Cheers
by paddler007
Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Surfing in a jk rockstar
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: Surfing in a jk rockstar

Have you paddled the Allstar. If so, how does it compare?
by paddler007
Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Improving kayaking skills
Replies: 14
Views: 874

Re: Improving kayaking skills

Paddler007: whereabouts are you? Janet Hi, I'm usually based in s.Wales but also spend a bit of time in n.Wales. Like I said, I'm currently a member of a club in s.Wales but nobody seems to be too into slalom although I could be wrong. It definitely sounds like something that I could get in to thou...
by paddler007
Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Improving kayaking skills
Replies: 14
Views: 874

Re: Improving kayaking skills

Wilf wrote: 1. Take up slalom, if only for a season, you will be surprised what a difference it will make to your precision.
Hi Wilf, sounds great. How does somebody get into slalom? It's not something that has been mentioned at the club that I go to.

Cheers
by paddler007
Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Improving kayaking skills
Replies: 14
Views: 874

Re: Improving kayaking skills

LiamMtb wrote:kayak by william (bill) nealy is a good one, and its fun to read as its mostly sketches.
This one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kayak-Frontier- ... 904&sr=8-1
by paddler007
Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Improving kayaking skills
Replies: 14
Views: 874

Improving kayaking skills

Hello, any suggestions/resources on how I go about improving my river running skills? Are there any obvious books to consider?

Cheers
by paddler007
Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Zealand: anyone around in Feb/March
Replies: 6
Views: 546

Re: New Zealand: anyone around in Feb/March

Hi Tom, I am already out in NZ, working for Mohaka Rafting (about 1 hour north from Hastings). There are a few of us here that are boaters, and we get out as much as we can. Give us a call (06 839 1808) when you get here. Thanks Gwyn Apologies for hijacking the post, but what rafting qualifications...
by paddler007
Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Slippery Slope
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: The Slippery Slope

What boat were you in?
by paddler007
Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Runner
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Re: River Runner

If you want a slalom-esque boat you have to consider the Pyranha Zone http://www.pyranha.com/kayaks.php?kayak=Z.One but you know the best and most common advice is to demo before you buy. I do indeed intend to demo. The zone is on the list but I've been put off Pyranha boats because of their fabric...
by paddler007
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Runner
Replies: 8
Views: 686

River Runner

Hi Gents,

I'm looking to move on from the high volume creek boats (i.e. Nomad/Karnali) to something more slalom-esqu - nimble, faster and a more playful for river trips on the Dee and other rivers in Wales. Are there any obvious contenders?

Thanks
by paddler007
Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Star Awards
Replies: 24
Views: 1977

Re: Star Awards

Some useful replies. I guess the reason I'm asking is because I've primarily been a kayaker/rafter and got in a canoe for the first time last week and enjoyed it. I wouldn't know where to start with a canoe - would it therefore be worth pursuing the canoe specific star awards...? Further down the li...
by paddler007
Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Star Awards
Replies: 24
Views: 1977

Star Awards

Hello

Can somebody please explain the purpose of the BCU Star Awards. Are they there so that somebody can improve their paddling skills or is it primarily aimed at those looking to become coaches?

Thank you
by paddler007
Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rolling - transitioning from flatwater to rapids
Replies: 29
Views: 1426

Rolling - transitioning from flatwater to rapids

Hello, Does anybody have any advice on moving from rolling in flatwater to rolling in rapids/churning sea water? Although I have a decent enough roll in the pool, once I'm in the river I'm out of my comfort zone and sometimes panic when I'm under. Today, I got nailed by a big wave, panicked and went...
by paddler007
Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof rack pads - aero bars
Replies: 10
Views: 2613

Re: Roof rack pads - aero bars

Thanks for the reply. I found these soon after I posted but everywhere seems to be sold out:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dakine-Aero-Rac ... B004RUFVB2
by paddler007
Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof rack pads - aero bars
Replies: 10
Views: 2613

Roof rack pads - aero bars

Hi, I have a Thule roof rack with aero bars. Anybody know which pads will fit - most of the ones that I have seen state that they are not suitable to fit aero bars... Also, my roof rack is fairly narrow at around 80cm. I'm well aware that I can make my own from pipe lagging but was wondering if ther...
by paddler007
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best Skullcap for kayaking!?
Replies: 13
Views: 2047

Re: Best Skullcap for kayaking!?

I've got the play boater one. I've found it okay but nothing special. Interested to know what the other caps are like...
by paddler007
Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof rack pads/straps
Replies: 18
Views: 1713

Roof rack pads/straps

Hello,

I've now invested in my first car roof rack. What else do I need to go for? Pads/straps? Any recommendations?

I'll only be transporting one play boat - is there any need for vertical bars too?

Thanks.
by paddler007
Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thermals
Replies: 14
Views: 2008

Re: Thermals

Hi,

I'm about to pull the trigger on an icebreaker product - is there much difference in terms of warmth between a 200 and 260 gm product?
by paddler007
Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ear Impressions
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: Ear Impressions

Hi Steve,

I've already had those done but didn't find them suitable because they let water in. I'm told that this is because the material is much more softer and therefore flexibile causing them to move around.
by paddler007
Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ear Impressions
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Ear Impressions

Hello, Does anybody know where I can get ear impressions made so I can send them off to somewhere like surfplugs for some moulds? I've contacted the specsavers hearing centres around me but I seem to get the same idiot that tells me that they can't provide me with the impression and that they would ...
by paddler007
Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Intro to Playboating
Replies: 8
Views: 893

Intro to Playboating

Hello again,

Does anybody have any tips on how to go about starting off in playboating? My river running skills are coming along and I have a reliable roll... would now be a good time to start thinking about playboating?

Thank you.
by paddler007
Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Numb Legs
Replies: 15
Views: 1238

Numb Legs

Howdy, I recently acquired an all star, however, after paddling for a couple of hours, when I try to step out of my boat, my legs are completely dead and it takes a couple of minutes until I can move again. Clearly this isn't normal and concerns me a little bit in case I have to take a swim. Presuma...
by paddler007
Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Other hobbies?
Replies: 12
Views: 1090

Other hobbies?

As much as I like paddling as the next person, I also find time to do a bit of mountain biking, walking and football. Anything that gets me outside, basically.

How about you?
by paddler007
Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thermals
Replies: 14
Views: 2008

Re: Thermals

Thanks for the replies. Natural materials are always the best. I'll take a look.

Cheers
by paddler007
Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thermals
Replies: 14
Views: 2008

Thermals

Hello, With the cold weather not too far away and the fact that I will be spending time paddling around in the Tryweryn in a couple of months, has anybody got any recommendations for thermals to put on under my drysuit? The nookie iceman all in one fleece looks really cool, but I'm fairly certain th...