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by gp.girl
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 757

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

Get borrowing/demoing :) she will peobably hate at least one 'suitable' boat, like some and love another. Plus sometimes you just don't fit in some boats. Secondhand boats sell on without loosing too much so even if things change you'll be fine. Or you can get her 2*...... *This could be dangerous -...
by gp.girl
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken nerve
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

Re: Broken nerve

Even the GTS was fine on LV and it an excess of enthusiam or possibly madness I'm going to try a wet session next week. Got 2ish hours so plenty of time for swimming and that elusive second try at a roll. Although bracing, successful or at least upright surfing and and just trying to roll will do :)
by gp.girl
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 27
Views: 1170

Re: Warm When Wet

My body is poorly heated or poorly insulated Ah! If only! Careful what you wish for, I find the winters much harder since losing weight! Counterintuitively I am usually warmest when apparently wearing not enough warm kit - but only because I'm working hard in a race boat (shorty cagdeck again the l...
by gp.girl
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken nerve
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

Re: Broken nerve

Well the little blighters seem to be ok now. I went for safe but not hiding in the eddies at Ironbridge. Did pretty well at break in, out and ferry glide using the waves even if they were very changeable. This means I can add the Severn to the (quite short) list of rivers I've paddled but not swum! ...
by gp.girl
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken nerve
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

Re: Broken nerve

LV went really well. Alright I swam but nerves were pretty good and even tried the wave on the back straight. Side surf good front surf made for a swim but I still have the a try to roll before I bail reflex. Roll still not working but as trying once is a massive improvement I'll go with that :) We ...
by gp.girl
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken nerve
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

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 wil...
by gp.girl
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best cock-up (not carnage)
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: Your best cock-up (not carnage)

Not telling my fellow paddler to put the car keys on his person rather than in the boat when he mentioned it. I ended up chasing and only just rescueing it on the upper Tryweryn and I really shouldn't be chasing boats on that sort of water.
by gp.girl
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken nerve
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

Broken nerve

Well Sunday went terribly. Totally lost my confidence and refused to get on a river that is well below my abilities. All I could see was the possibility of it going wrong and despite reassurance from people who know its going to be fine I just couldn't get past the worries. Totally upset myself and ...
by gp.girl
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn Information
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: Tryweryn Information

No idea. Maybe there is an access agreement, or maybe it is closed for maintenance that may prove hazardous to paddlers? (There was somehting about a gravel trap recently, although that is already in place and paddling over/past has been allowed for the last few weeks). You asked for 'any ideas' - ...
by gp.girl
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn Information
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Tryweryn Information

Just checked the water release information for this weekend and it says lower river closed?!

Not much water elsewhere and still not fancying the upper (too much survival and not enough fun) so was hoping for a run down the lower.

Any ideas?
by gp.girl
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 349
Views: 32203

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Well I finally managed the right combination of paddle buddy (Rob), boat (I love my burn) conditions (warmish) venue (bottom wave at LV) and me (happy, relaxed, confident) and just ended up rolling a lot. You should have seen Rob's face the first time! Only 2 swims after rolling up still in the hole...
by gp.girl
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 349
Views: 32203

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Ed_P wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:57 pm
My technique is terrible so far and this doesn't fill me with much confidence! Hope it all goes well for you
the good news is I'm on the really exteme end of being useless at this so there's almost no way you'll take longer or have a worse time :)
by gp.girl
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling Near Birmingham
Replies: 13
Views: 712

Re: Paddling Near Birmingham

Once discussed the plan to build a cross between LV and the eden project south of London. If only one of us had won the £142M jackpot......
by gp.girl
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 349
Views: 32203

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

3 months later and I tap more but still panic. The playboat is going as it hates me and I hate it! Roll is still sketchy, poorly done and unreliable and I now have a great carping technique :) got to look at the small improvements as before I wouldn't take a breath until I was solidly upright or hol...
by gp.girl
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Pyranha molan small
Replies: 0
Views: 103

Pyranha molan small

Purple and grey, well used, outfitting is fine. Currently in Crawley, will be able to drop off at LV in a couple of weeks £200
by gp.girl
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

One of my other leaders said he was a second away from hand of god the other day If we are digressing into “how to scare a coach” stories, I did that once at a pool session. I took a polo boat that was nice and easy to roll, took a big breath and had a first bash at a weird Greenland roll I had see...
by gp.girl
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

What does everyone one else do when doing spray deck training? One thing I make a real point of doing is to ensure that someone capsizes involuntarily. I often find they're OK when they choose to go in, but freak out when it happens accidentally. My favourite exercise is to get them to paddle forwa...
by gp.girl
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coach needed - NWWC - 5th August
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Coach needed - NWWC - 5th August

i think we have a volunteer in the group to sit out the coached session so it will work OK :) Will be spending some planned time upside down on the park and play session.
by gp.girl
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coach needed - NWWC - 5th August
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Coach needed - NWWC - 5th August

After a lovely couple of days on the Dee, decided to start doing some more Summer White Water so one of the group suggested we all do a bit of coaching at the Nene. 'Tragically' too many people got inspired and the coach can only take 6 ;( so anyone free and qualified to coach on Sunday? If all else...
by gp.girl
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 21
Views: 2246

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

You get critisied for not using helmets on flat water over here! I think part of that is the type of paddling we do. My view as a role model is always wear a helmet, as in my case, Scouts will see us wearing helmets and think it is the norm to do so, from their first experience on the water onwards...
by gp.girl
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 21
Views: 2246

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

You get critisied for not using helmets on flat water over here!
by gp.girl
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

Remember, folks, the weather is the perfect excuse right now -“my legs were overheating”. This happens in all weathers, amazingly I still bump into people who haven't haerd this excellent reason for a capsize :) I prefer there's something crawling/hopping/buzzing in the boat for that extra laugh (e...
by gp.girl
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

Thats because they are experienced and can effortlessly do what beginners have to really think about I think it's more likely they were looking for an excuse for having swum! What a thing to say! As if they'd want to pass the blame onto some poor helpless equipment......next they are going to be bl...
by gp.girl
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

Very very odd! All my friends say, after swimming, that their decks "just opened", or better "exploded", by them selves. Also the tightest ones, I R Royals, Seals Pro Rands, Peakuk Creek decks, just "popped out", "exploded", " opened by them selves" etc. Thats because they are experienced and can e...
by gp.girl
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

I did falling out of a boat at the weekend with and without spray decks in a lake on a lovely hot day with 3 adults and I was shocked on how much faffing around was done before they would go over. All of them were really nervous. That's normal, being that way inclinded I'd say don't even bother wit...
by gp.girl
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

I've never managed to get a deck to come off using my knees, even the one I have with a strap across it that is designed for that. It is worth practicing removing your deck without using the loop/tab, you never know when you might leave it tucked in or it might fail when you pull it. You can remove...
by gp.girl
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

"Pull" is the wrong word, although I'm not sure what a better one is. It's often necessary to initially push the tab away to unhook the deck from the front of the rim That sort of thing, I've always pulled the loop and it comes off without a problem even with decent decks. So up until someone used ...
by gp.girl
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

I've never known anyone that hasn't pulled their deck or just pushed it off with their knees.... D Can you come kayaking with me? Hopefully it will stop happening! Sometimes the deck does come off after a while it's just a bit late to prevent a scare. Easily double figures now, 2 more this weekend ...
by gp.girl
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Not managing to pull a spraydeck

First point I've never suffered from this personally. My intro to decks was put this on, pull that if you capsize, off you go, no problem, fell over and out I came. But I've seen a lot of people get stuck and met quite a few more. In charge has been everyone from professional coaches to amateur coac...
by gp.girl
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Ripper Small?
Replies: 11
Views: 963

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Chalky723 wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:49 pm
gp.girl wrote:easy to roll
Does this mean you'll finally close the other bloody thread that's been running for time immemorial???

:-)

D
I proved it by rolling it! ;) :) Still crap at rolling, taking a break at the moment, just spending time upside down holding my breath.

EDIT sorry about the off topic