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by BobbyR
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: is your river fit to swim in?
Replies: 1
Views: 466

Re: is your river fit to swim in?

Its an interesting map and shows the challenge of getting rid of all the CSOs. It also shows that the EA needs to be lobbied to add more inland water bodies to the bathing waters monitoring. For reference this is the English Bathing Waters: https://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/ Compare it to...
by BobbyR
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is 2 weeks long enough for Chile?
Replies: 4
Views: 500

Re: Is 2 weeks long enough for Chile?

A group of us went to Chile for 2 weeks last year. Last week Nov and first week Dec. A road trip from Santiago to Puerto Montt with a main stop at Pucon. Going to Rio Claro (the other one), Rio Teno, Rio Claro (famous one), Rio Nuble, Rio Bio Bio, Rio Trancura, Rio Palguin (couple of times), Rio Fuy...
by BobbyR
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Information on Pyreness
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Information on Pyreness

The dam starts to release before 9 in the summer if i remember correctly. It reaches Llavorsi at 9-ish and reaches the campground just upstream of the slalom course in Sort around 11. But... in May the river levels are probably not dam release dependent but have loads of snow melt runoff. Sort is a ...
by BobbyR
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Storage shed
Replies: 6
Views: 899

Re: Storage shed

Sorry no photos but i screwed two sets of Eckla wall brackets on the side of the shed. http://www.eckla.de/en/eckla-wall-supports-for-boats.html I toyed with the idea of a scaffolding frame but the cost was a bit much compared to these simple brackets. Note that if you use scaffolding and have PE bo...
by BobbyR
Tue May 08, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit - do you carry one
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Yes.
Mine is a made up from various bits and pieces out of the 1st aid kit that came with my car. It is in a small dry bag (although a Nalgene bottle is also perfect for storing a 1st aid kit).

Most important thing is to attend a 1st aid course.
by BobbyR
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who owns water?
Replies: 2
Views: 547

Re: Who owns water?

as in the recent case of an Arizona man convicted of shooting at kayakers boating down a river that runs through his land I remember reading about this when it happened and bizarrely the week after met one of the (quite well known) kayakers involved. He was rather subdued and did not seem in the be...
by BobbyR
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waka TUna sparydeck
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: Waka TUna sparydeck

My Peak WW Big Deck fits the new Tuna.
by BobbyR
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: End of a dream?
Replies: 20
Views: 2725

Re: End of a dream?

In reference to my original post, can I ask who are the owners of the whitewater courses in the UK and how was the construction financed?
by BobbyR
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: End of a dream?
Replies: 20
Views: 2725

End of a dream?

There are probably not many members who are directly affected by this but I thought I would post this as it presents some interesting points for discussion. After more than 10 years since it opened the Netherlands Whitewater centre, DutchWaterDreams is to be demolished as the new owners have found i...
by BobbyR
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof racks - do these products exist?
Replies: 2
Views: 739

Re: Roof racks - do these products exist?

Eckla produce both products you describe but I think the Eckla extendable roofbars are not designed for carrying the boats for very long, just for loading the boats.

Click and scroll down.
http://www.eckla.de/en/roofracks.html
by BobbyR
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A bit of career advice?
Replies: 14
Views: 1520

Re: A bit of career advice?

Well i'm not a pro-instructor but i know a few. The ones i know only have NGBs but some have non-relevant degrees and teaching backgrounds. I'm not sure what uni outdoor courses are like but surely vocational education is the way forward but then again three years away from home at uni is a maturing...
by BobbyR
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pinned paddler and Rescue - Lots to discuss...
Replies: 14
Views: 1895

Re: Pinned paddler and Rescue - Lots to discuss...

Everyone makes mistakes. He could well have researched kayaking, improvised with the kit and thought he was well equipped. I'm sure many of us have probably done the same with other sports in the past, where if we'd had an accident, we'd have been bashed by those more experienced for being ill equi...
by BobbyR
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pinned paddler and Rescue - Lots to discuss...
Replies: 14
Views: 1895

Re: Pinned paddler and Rescue - Lots to discuss...

The paddlers were unaware that someone else, 64-year-old Daniel Hartung of Indian, followed several minutes behind. Hartung was in a recreational kayak designed for calm water such as lakes. Although he wore a personal flotation device, Hartung also donned a bicycle helmet and chest waders, neither...
by BobbyR
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tent with a big porch?
Replies: 28
Views: 2254

Re: Tent with a big porch?

I have the 2-person tunnel version of that lightwave tent. Had it around 6/7 years. Nice tent. Very durable. I like that you can also buy the lightweight outer without the porch. Its not free standing though.

I also own a one person terra nova tent which fell apart and leaks. Best avoided.
by BobbyR
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha B2 or wavesport diesel?
Replies: 8
Views: 872

Re: Pyranha B2 or wavesport diesel?

I've paddled both. What is best is very subjective. Try both and see? I own a Diesel 70 and love it for 2/3 river running, in big waves and holes it needs to be driven hard or you'll suffer. I don't like the Burn II. I find the outfitting cheap and nasty. The handles on it are a joke. Paddling it is...
by BobbyR
Sun May 21, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drybags
Replies: 10
Views: 963

Re: Drybags

We went on a long multiday recently (with many swims and leaky boats) with lots of different drybags. Results were interesting. Those ortlieb bags (without values) were hopeless. Difficult to roll tight and mine got three holes in it. The most airtight rolltop was the Sea to Summit UltraSil Drybags....
by BobbyR
Fri May 05, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DSLR camera bag??
Replies: 7
Views: 900

Re: DSLR camera bag??

Watershed Ocoee with a padded camera bag insert. They are great bags. Well worth the money.
by BobbyR
Tue May 02, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Crabs
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Re: Crabs

I got one of these to go with my snakesling. http://palmequipmenteurope.com/product/autolock
It gets jammed with sand while on the river and is useless if you need to open it in a hurry.
by BobbyR
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How Do Clubs Communicate to it's Members?
Replies: 21
Views: 1536

Re: How Do Clubs Communicate to it's Members?

Facebook, Email, Whatsapp. If you are not on Whatsapp then forget joining our club:-)
We also have a web-app so members can sign into events with all their personal and emergency details.
by BobbyR
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Jizzy helmets
Replies: 16
Views: 1380

Re: Jizzy helmets

Sweet's local distributor changed the lining in my Rocker (a warranty issue). I think the replacement charge was 19 euros.

I just contacted Sweet directly and they put me in touch with the distributor.
by BobbyR
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Any hassle with paddles on US flights?
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: Any hassle with paddles on US flights?

Just got back from the US. I used a ski bag. With 'skis' inside it. I don't think KLM/Delta would have cared what was in it but I was not taking any chances. Note you have to collect your luggage at the first airport in the US you land at. Then clear customs before your connecting flight. Stupid sys...
by BobbyR
Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyrenees accomodation
Replies: 1
Views: 378

Re: Pyrenees accomodation

Andy

Try Campsite Noguera Pallaresa next to Sort. Its okay, walking distance to town, nice bar and right on the river.
http://noguera-pallaresa.com/?lang=en
by BobbyR
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat choice for 3 day ww course
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Boat choice for 3 day ww course

I'd agree. Take your boat but ask to borrow as many as you can. See what you like. Most course providers are happy to accommodate. I guess you are going with europagaai? But in all seriousness ;-) you'll probably want a surfy/playboat and a river runner (serious addiction this sport)! IF you look to...
by BobbyR
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking as a new parent
Replies: 7
Views: 952

Re: Kayaking as a new parent

It is a nice article. For us our attitudes to risk taking changed after becoming parents. It is also hard not to feel trapped by the cycle of feeding and endless laundry, especially for breastfeeding mothers. The advice about post-pregnancy physio is good. My wife did a special fitness bootcamp thro...
by BobbyR
Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Buoyancy aid advice
Replies: 14
Views: 1192

Re: Buoyancy aid advice

I never realised that, I had to get mine in a hurry in the states because I needed a USCG approved one, CE approval is no good there. The law that says BAs for sale in Europe have to be CE marked is presumably an EU law, I wonder if we will drop that when we leave and start allowing sale of USCG ap...
by BobbyR
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Buoyancy aid advice
Replies: 14
Views: 1192

Re: Buoyancy aid advice

Just double check that buoyancy rating for the Rakau. It says 70N on webshops and 55N on the sizing guide!
by BobbyR
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Buoyancy aid advice
Replies: 14
Views: 1192

Re: Buoyancy aid advice

We have Yak Rakau PFDs at our club and they are popular and look good (but then they are being compared to smelly polo pfds). The only negative thing I have seen is the Yak touring pfds have stacks of cheap foam behind the good quality foam to bulk out the buoyancy. Some people say the foam will not...
by BobbyR
Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Returning to the water
Replies: 13
Views: 1242

Re: Returning to the water

How would you say the kayak handles in terms of Fun, rolling and stability ? Well everything is relative and subjective - try before you buy. It has quite a bit of volume so handles waves and stoppers ok but is not as 'fun' as something like an Axiom or RPM (read - unstable) but also not as idiot p...
by BobbyR
Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW boat thoughts?
Replies: 9
Views: 911

Re: WW boat thoughts?

My Diesel (2014 model) punches through the waves. Quite unnerving at the beginning. I agree with the idea of learning in a lower volume boat that punishes sloppy paddling, certainly focuses the mind. High volume creek boats seem to hide all kinds of sins from what I have seen.
by BobbyR
Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Returning to the water
Replies: 13
Views: 1242

Re: Returning to the water

For what its worth i have a Diesel 70 and really enjoy paddling it. Needs to be driven though.

My first cag was a cheap palm velocity. It fell apart after two years and never really kept any water out.