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by Franky
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Video editing for GoPro
Replies: 13
Views: 1402

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: 8732

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: 991

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: 991

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: 991

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: 273

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: 976

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: 976

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: 939

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: 939

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: 939

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: 1711

Re: Which Drysuit?

- Deleted post - contained inaccuracies.
by Franky
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 2310

Re: Gone very quiet

I am a member of a couple of Facebook kayaking groups, but I don't often use them, as I find FB a pig to navigate, and it always seems harder than it should be to find a comment that I want to re-read. Plus, when it comes to finding past recommendations for kit and opinions on boats etc. - you can't...
by Franky
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 2310

Re: Gone very quiet

I figured it was largely Facebook, but FB's been going for decades and yet there seemed to be a sudden drop-off of UKRGB usage about 3 or 4 months ago. Problem with FB is it's difficult if not impossible to search archives or find something you posted, say, last week. Oh well, times change I guess.
by Franky
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 2310

Gone very quiet

Now down to 2 posts a week in the WW and Touring forum... Where's everybody gone since the start of the summer?
by Franky
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1390

Re: Off side roll

If you’re doing a sweep roll you might try a c to c roll instead, it breaks the roll down into stages, which some people find helps as you can focus on the individual elements one at a time. I second this. I have to do c-to-c on my off side. It's never morphed into a sweep roll, as it did on my goo...
by Franky
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 1373

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

I've tried using a 200 cm paddle and it felt much too wide for me. I'm shortish (5' 7") but have long arms. I use a 197 cm paddle and it feels just right. I find a shorter paddle is better for vertical power strokes. My grip is quite wide most of the time - I feel I have more control that way. Somet...
by Franky
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 1415

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

Population of Liverpool is over half a million, whilst Leeds is just under. Main factor is it's a much smaller reservoir that was designed to dewater the river... Actually, Leeds has a population of 700 000, and that's just the city. The whole of West Yorkshire has a population of 2.3 million. The ...
by Franky
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 9r II Thoughts
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: 9r II Thoughts

As an alternative to the 9R, you might consider demoing a Jackson Nirvana. Over the past year, I've demoed several creek boats on the Lee Valley Olympic, and the Nirvana was the only one that didn't feel too big for me (I'm 5' 7" and 80 kg). It's 9 feet long, like the 9R, but I found it surprisingly...
by Franky
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weird and unusual rapids
Replies: 4
Views: 1021

Re: Weird and unusual rapids

"No photo of Bum Crack Rock?" I thought. "Impossible." So I googled it. Don't repeat my mistake! I'll just have to use my imagination (and I've got plenty to go on after that search).
by Franky
Tue May 21, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 41219

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Not directly related to gpgirl's efforts, but I was reminded on Saturday how much rolling is a head game. I wasn't in the zone at all, my head full of work-related schijt. I surfed waves and, as usual, capsized a fair bit - and when I was upside-down, all I could think was, "What if I can't roll?" S...
by Franky
Tue May 07, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

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

People will always buy new stuff if it's marketed appropriately. It doesn't have to be "right", it just has to be different. Consider the 9R and Machno, both radical new designs that found their market in people looking for a change. I'm of a "when I find something I like, I stick with it" cast of m...
by Franky
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

Well, I bought some Aquasure, and so far it seems to have fixed that particular leak... But unfortunately, I've now found 3 or 4 more. Last weekend at Lee Valley I was so wet and cold towards the end of my 2-hour session that I ended it early. I've now applied Aquasure to the new holes, but I'm not ...
by Franky
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 824

Re: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak

Just been looking around would dagger jitsu or Pyranha Jed. Which is better for me or are neither suitable? Nobody can answer that question for you. You need either to (a) try them both out, or (b) take a chance on one of them. Whatever you buy, you will probably get used to it unless it is totally...
by Franky
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

The Multisport is a cracking bit of kit, I've got the none hinge version and one of the club coaches has the hinged one and swears by it - he's got a couple of them. The one thing he did say was he had to change where he put items in his clothing to reduce internal wear on the drysuit; example he u...
by Franky
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

If you are getting wet without even capsizing, perhaps you have worn through the fabric rather than the seams themselves leaking. Well yes, as it turns out. The hole I found was in the fabric just below the seam. I was thinking of applying a seam "extension", sticking-plaster style. Obviously not a...
by Franky
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

Thanks for the replies. I will check out Aquasure - this sounds like the way forward for me.
by Franky
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

If your only problem is a leaking seam, then it's definitely worth buying some tape and doing it yourself. However, my experience has been that heat-applied tape doesn't work unless you've got some specialist kit to heat it. Instead, just use good-quality 2-part drysuit repair glue to stick new tap...
by Franky
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

My drysuit has started leaking again. Last time it happened (a year ago), the suit was still under warranty. I sent it back to Typhoon, and they did a thorough job of replacing the tape along the seams. However, a new small leak has developed, and I see this as likely to be a recurrent problem. Good...