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by Hakase
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 38327

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

I'm confused -- that is the reverse screw that was described. The backdeck goes all the way around the back deck, with the sweep starting at the front and finishing at the front. If you're starting laying back and sweeping your rear blade to the front, that's a reverse screw.
by Hakase
Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New take on the sit on top
Replies: 5
Views: 643

Re: New take on the sit on top

But... why?
by Hakase
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology
Replies: 52
Views: 2899

Re: Kayaking skills and the need for better terminology

The original idea was to make the language less macho, there has been a whole lot of macho bullshit and contemporary bullshit brought into paddling terminology over the years and most of it is entirely unnecessary. In the old days you could pencil a drop, or you could ski jump it. Now pencilling is...
by Hakase
Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Looking for new spray deck
Replies: 6
Views: 715

Re: Looking for new spray deck

Bigdeck is labelled 'bigdeck' on the Palm website! I would suggest emailing IR for advice on their sizing, as I can't find the details for both of your boats (skirtfit.com is a great resource for this, by the way), or measuring it and checking it against https://www.immersionresearch.com/spray-skirt...
by Hakase
Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7274

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 Hakase
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7274

Re: Lee Valley

All it is is just a bit more power, for the most part. 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. It can be quite difficult for paddlers used to the legacy to get used to executing the same...
by Hakase
Fri Jul 01, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Looking for new spray deck
Replies: 6
Views: 715

Re: Looking for new spray deck

You want a bigdeck. I had the previous version of the impact. It fitted poorly, leaked a lot, and started to fall apart quickly -- not at all what I would expect from a high-end bit of kit. However, the design of the new one does look a lot better -- but I can't speak for build quality. For spraydec...
by Hakase
Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7274

Re: Lee Valley

Interesting discussion! Regarding nailing a line – it depends on the definition of nailing. Getting the boat to go where you intended is only part of it. Understanding where the boat will go [ie reading the water] is also a big part. The more I try to get it all right, the more I realize it's the s...
by Hakase
Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Women specific spray decks???
Replies: 10
Views: 1006

Re: Women specific spray decks???

@OP As far as I know, the difference is that they have shorter tunnels -- so they don't interfere with any squishy chest matter. @Colin C In my experience the Lomo decks are a false economy... Poor quality kit that gives out fast. You also can't rely on them actually being the right size. Can't go w...
by Hakase
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Artificial courses
Replies: 58
Views: 5022

Re: Artificial courses

I do know a few boaters that live in the Nottingham area and they seem to be terrific boaters so HPP must be a good gym. I've never paddled HPP, but walked along it while visiting Desperate Measures last year. It looked more like a real river the the LV Legacy - less regular, and with a greater var...
by Hakase
Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: It's cold outside
Replies: 4
Views: 1025

Re: It's cold outside

It's a tough call, but I was definitely able to tell the difference between the two -- you want to be looking for a subtle difference in the water colour (the upper Tees is slightly more brown).
by Hakase
Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When the entrance to...
Replies: 5
Views: 1123

Re: When the entrance to...

When the bow of your 9R's pointing at the sky, you know something's gone badly... I've been paddling mine about a month and had it get tail-happy literally once.
by Hakase
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 38327

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Because it's a technique that lends early success to learners at the expense of later utility? It's aimed more at those for whom the roll is an objective, as opposed to a tool. The coach who says they can teach rolling in a day is going to seem like a more attractive option than a coach whose studen...
by Hakase
Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 38327

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

<span class="skimlinks-unlinked">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxevlWmugpw</span> Sort of better? Well at least worked more often, still can't keep the paddle on the surface. You need to lean your torso right back onto the back deck of the boat as you come up. This pulls the centre of gravity nea...
by Hakase
Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stepping up grades
Replies: 60
Views: 7784

Re: Stepping up grades

DaveBland wrote:
Jim wrote:Ooooh, a graph.

Bored, got any work..?

Image
...what's the Y axis?
by Hakase
Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dry Cag Selection?
Replies: 18
Views: 2314

Re: Dry Cag Selection?

Going to second that -- just got a new IR cag and couldn't be happier! Dry as a bone.
by Hakase
Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboat Size Issue.
Replies: 7
Views: 1198

Re: Playboat Size Issue.

Hi all, I've currently got a Large JED which I love but I've been trying to get more into actually using the boat for what it's designed and I'm struggling with it, I think the main reason is the fact that in reality I should have got a Medium but as it was my first freestyle boat I thought best to...
by Hakase
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboat Size Issue.
Replies: 7
Views: 1198

Re: Playboat Size Issue.

Hi all, I've currently got a Large JED which I love but I've been trying to get more into actually using the boat for what it's designed and I'm struggling with it, I think the main reason is the fact that in reality I should have got a Medium but as it was my first freestyle boat I thought best to...
by Hakase
Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Twisted paddle songs
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Re: Twisted paddle songs

There's always the classic awolnation - SWALE, right?
by Hakase
Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rowdy like Saturday afternoon
Replies: 12
Views: 2258

Re: Rowdy like Saturday afternoon

Not the Odachi -- as I said, there are plenty of slalom blades out there that feature this kind of offset blade (it's not just the Odachi by any means!)

These ones are GPower blades I think.
by Hakase
Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rowdy like Saturday afternoon
Replies: 12
Views: 2258

Re: Rowdy like Saturday afternoon

Looks a medium. Anyway, what are those paddles? And what is the point of them? aren't they just slalom paddles? The blade looks offset forward of the hand. At first I thought cranks but don't think they are. Yep, as far as I'm aware that's not uncommon in slalom paddles... Basically makes the blade...
by Hakase
Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rowdy like Saturday afternoon
Replies: 12
Views: 2258

Re: Rowdy like Saturday afternoon

Lancs_lad wrote:Looks a medium.

Anyway, what are those paddles? And what is the point of them?
aren't they just slalom paddles?
by Hakase
Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Back deck roll
Replies: 19
Views: 2573

Re: Back deck roll

I think one problem is that I am focussing too much on keeping the blade at the surface with the paddle above my head. Looking at most of the videos of the roll being performed the paddle is always pushed down into the water and is below the head, not above it. One example below. I would for now ig...
by Hakase
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tyne Tour?
Replies: 14
Views: 2163

Re: Tyne Tour?

The Tyne is a terrible river, let's face it.

The experience of the whole festival is worth it, but the paddling is decidedly not.
by Hakase
Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Back deck roll
Replies: 19
Views: 2573

Re: Back deck roll

Witchcraft aside, I found that the key thing for me was ensuring I kept the paddle at the surface throughout the roll -- once I'd realised that was what I had to do, the rest of the roll followed through naturally. The other thing that will help with that is trying a reverse screw/sweep roll (effect...
by Hakase
Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to look for in a paddle?
Replies: 17
Views: 1704

Re: What to look for in a paddle?

OP, 197 is probably a good length -- I wouldn't go longer. You'll want a fibreglass shaft at the very least, and I should think at your level nylon blades would be best... which really sounds to me very much like your Palm Mavericks! I would suggest trying a few similar paddles -- the TNP Rapa (whic...
by Hakase
Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nene
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: Nene

Does that mean that a sit up is the same as a leg raise? :-) Agree though that action you want is an upward force on the front of the boat (usually throught the knees) rather than a downward force (usally through the heels). How to acheive this is probably best worked out in the boat with a bit of ...
by Hakase
Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nene
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: Nene

Not sure about the "lean forward" bit as that will tend to cause the nose of the boat to dip which you dont want. Agree though about the last stroke advice. This drop into "Pool A" at the Nene is a great place to practice the "boof" but rather than "lean forward" try staying neutral in your boat an...
by Hakase
Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nene
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: Nene

It's a good course! Took my very first swim out of a kayak there -- and my very first roll, in the same session!

The trick to the big drop is leaning forward and planting a last, big stroke on the lip of the drop; should carry you right over, even if you've been turned sideways a bit.
by Hakase
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For Sale: Wavesport Diesel 65
Replies: 13
Views: 2506

Re: For Sale: Wavesport Diesel 65

WeeTJ wrote:Hi, are you sure it is a diesel 65 and not a diesel 60 or d65?
I have never heard of a diesel 65...?
The diesel 65 is an older model. The hull design was carried forward into what is now the D65 when the new diesel (diesel 60) was released.