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by Franky
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Burn, Machno, 9R???
Replies: 8
Views: 314

Re: Burn, Machno, 9R???

I demoed the Machno and had the same feelings as Dr. Robin. It's very stable, and it is manoevrable, but rather too much, I'd say: I found it hard to keep in a straight line. It's designed to respond to constant forward paddling; rudders are really hard work. I've had a Nirvana since last summer and...
by Franky
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1159

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

Swimming 4 or 5 times a week works very well for me. A mixture of breast stroke and crawl seems to develop all the right muscles for kayaking, with the exception perhaps of the hips. I recently went to the Lee Valley Olympic after 10 days of not swimming, and my paddling was awful. I just didn't hav...
by Franky
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2657

Re: BC consultation

I can assure you that I'm just as liable as a paid provider with regards to health & safety and duty of care for our participants. I'm not a lawyer. If you're right, are BC (or their insurer) right to ask for compulsory qualifications for club leaders at the same standard as commercial centres? Sur...
by Franky
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 17
Views: 1246

Re: new from British Canoeing

On the other hand if the change encouraged clubs to place more emphasis on developing and retaining more experienced members it might not be such a bad thing. Clubs develop and retain more experienced members by being good clubs, not by papering their club house walls with certificates. And still l...
by Franky
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 17
Views: 1246

Re: new from British Canoeing

Who decided they were the national governing body anyway? That's an interesting question! They would appear to be self-appointed. Note that the BC Wikipedia entry calls them " a governing body". They wouldn't exist without affiliated clubs & individual members. I'm guessing they would. In the paral...
by Franky
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2657

Re: BC consultation

(C) running a membership organisation which is almost entirely club and volunteer based. [...] (C) is unworkable (in my opinion) without a lot of flexibility and judgement Hm. If you're right, that falsifies my suggestion that the BCU's origins were in the grass roots of the canoeing community. Whi...
by Franky
Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2657

Re: BC consultation

Whilst they are described and describe themselves as the governing body, this is really only in relation to competitive sports. Yes... but that's not the general perception of club members, and it doesn't seem to be the impression they want to convey. On the contrary, they seem intent on making the...
by Franky
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2657

Re: BC consultation

This has got me thinking... What actual authority does BC have to "govern" canoe clubs? I've just looked at the Wikipedia page for it, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Canoeing, and it would appear to be nothing more than a limited company. As such, one would expect that its central aim, and pe...
by Franky
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 14
Views: 2300

Re: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

So while we are talking about boat design, the 9R was stated that it was faster? How is this quantified? In mph? In a dynamic environment how is this recorded or is it just a feel how it gets down a rapid? I've always assumed that "faster" means "accelerates faster". Without anyone paddling them, a...
by Franky
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2657

Re: BC consultation

The only purpose of a consultation is to be able to say that there was a consultation. If punters are cynical about consultations, all the better: punters don't engage, and if they complain afterwards, they're told, "You should have expressed your concerns during the consultation." You can't prove t...
by Franky
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2657

Re: BC consultation

I'm stating the obvious here, but the fact that this discussion is even taking place is a sad indictment of the abandonment of trust and goodwill in our "society". If everyone were as greedy and mean-spirited as now seems to be taken for granted, nobody would help anybody do anything for fear of bei...
by Franky
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts

I don't know the difference between carbon and carbon/kevlar in terms of feel, but I have a carbon-shafted, straight VE paddle, and have never had any problems with wrist strain. You can definitely feel the stiffness but I quite like the "crisp" sensation you get from that. Carbon shafts are extreme...
by Franky
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2657

Re: BC consultation

I was taught to paddle by enthusiastic volunteers who did their teaching for the love of it and the desire to give something back. I haven't coached as such, but I've helped out on club beginners' courses, and I certainly wouldn't have bothered if I'd had to jump through hoops getting qualifications...
by Franky
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1151

Re: A boat to start off with

James Ward wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:08 pm
Thanks so much for that. He checked and got back to me. He says its a GTX so ive said I'll have it. I'm picking it up on Sunday :)
Nice one - enjoy the boat!
by Franky
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1151

Re: A boat to start off with

James Ward wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:23 pm
He already said there aren’t any markings or anything on the boat unfortunately
In the first of the photos, you can see the edge of a black "splash" sticker underneath the paddle. Usually on Daggers, this "splash" has the name or the size of the boat written on it in white.
by Franky
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1151

Re: A boat to start off with

Great so I WOULD be OK in a GTX then cheers for that. Finding a GTX is quite difficult. Loads of Gt's . Please note - I don't guarantee anything! I totally endorse terryg's advice about joining a club and demoing some of their boats before you buy. One man's fish is another man's poisson. People co...
by Franky
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1151

Re: A boat to start off with

+1 for a Dagger GT. I learned to paddle in a GT 7.8. I'm 5'7" and 12.5 stone, and I was on the upper end of its weight range, so you would probably want either a GTX or a GT Max. The GT is a nice responsive boat with fairly hard edges, so it's good for learning boat control on easy water. It's not h...
by Franky
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Video editing for GoPro
Replies: 14
Views: 2296

Re: Video editing for GoPro

I can recommend Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum Production Suite 11 (PC) - an old product, but still available for £33.99 on Amazon. I find it relatively easy to use (considering the inherent complexities of video editing), it has more features than most non-professionals will need, and I don't ...
by Franky
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Dart – Why is it infamous?
Replies: 75
Views: 9443

Re: Upper Dart – Why is it infamous?

In the absence of new threads, I thought I'd resurrect an old one :) I paddled the Upper Dart for the second time in November, and upon re-reading this thread, some thoughts came to mind: - IF the Upper Dart is "infamous", and I'm not sure it is, it's partly because of the names of some of the rapid...
by Franky
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images
Replies: 18
Views: 1302

Re: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images

........PS GoPro's own video editing software is pants - poorly designed, and crashes constantly. I wonder if that’s a compatibility issue, as all I use is GoPro’s own editing software and I’ve never had it crash. It is pretty basic though. It might be a compatibility issue. I can't remember exactl...
by Franky
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images
Replies: 18
Views: 1302

Re: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images

The other thing you can do is use some inexpensive video editing software. That's another learning curve, and time, but lotsa fun. You can extract fabulous stills from your videos with the software, too. Oh yes, I would always get stills from videos, rather than faff about with the limited photo-ta...
by Franky
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images
Replies: 18
Views: 1302

Re: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images

I try to work with the limitations of the GoPro format, rather than against them. Because of the wide-angle lens, what the picture shows will never be what you saw. So I select shots from my footage where the curved horizon and the extenuation of distance help to create a sense of movement or drama....
by Franky
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Backband replacements
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Re: Backband replacements

I would doubt that they are universal, but it should be easy enough to check by comparing the outfitting of boats at your club, or owned by your friends, or available for demo at your nearest artificial course. Judging by this thread - https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=60739 ...
by Franky
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Armchair boat
Replies: 13
Views: 1231

Re: Armchair boat

@countvoncount - I agree with what you say, in general. I demo'ed several creek boats at LV (Machno, Phoenix, T-Rex), and most of them I found too big and lacking in agility. The reason I bought the Nirvana is that it's amazingly agile for a 9-foot boat. I'm currently embarked on a mission of gettin...
by Franky
Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Armchair boat
Replies: 13
Views: 1231

Re: Armchair boat

if the Olympic course is your go-to paddle, do you really need a bigger boat? Artificial courses are narrow and technical, and 350 litres of boat are a lot of boat to throw around/boof/play. I think a small(er) boat can be re-assuringly nimble and often take less strength to paddle--though they do ...
by Franky
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help choosing kayak - Zet Raptor / any other suggestions appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 1110

Re: Help choosing kayak - Zet Raptor / any other suggestions appreciated

Proper Grade 4 is pushy, potentially dangerous water; you'll want to have a good boof to tackle it, and some volume and rocker up front starts being important. This is why I recently bought a Jackson Nirvana for more difficult stuff. If you no longer have youth and stamina on your side (like I don'...
by Franky
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help choosing kayak - Zet Raptor / any other suggestions appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 1110

Re: Help choosing kayak - Zet Raptor / any other suggestions appreciated

"For my first two years paddling white water, I borrowed a Dagger GT from my club - a fairly unforgiving boat, but very responsive. I capsized a lot, and it was only when I paddled a Burn that I realised paddling didn't have to be so difficult. I'm not totally convinced that paddling a tippy boat a...
by Franky
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help choosing kayak - Zet Raptor / any other suggestions appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 1110

Re: Help choosing kayak - Zet Raptor / any other suggestions appreciated

I've paddled an Axiom and owned a Mamba, and I can't say I found the Axiom to be more agile than the Mamba - rather the opposite, actually, as the Axiom is considerably longer. Perhaps it's down to my paddling style, I don't know. But I actually find the Mamba to be very agile - it turns on a dime, ...
by Franky
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 2074

Re: Which Drysuit?

- Deleted post - contained inaccuracies.