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by Franky
Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

They do tubing commercially at HPP but I don't think it is 1/2 mile long, it just seems that long walking back up. Well, according to its Wikipedia page , it's "approximately 1500 metres long", though looking at the map, it can't be anywhere near that. The channel looks about 1/2 mile from its depa...
by Franky
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

PS Forgot - a river that also goes in summer, and is not too far from Derby, is the Dee from Horseshoe Falls to Llangollen (it's part-fed from the dam-released Tryweryn, hence often has a bigger-than-natural flow). It's mostly Grade 2, with some Grade 3 features, and one longer Grade 3+ rapid, Serpe...
by Franky
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

The nearest quality white water to Derby is the Holme Pierrepont white water course in Nottingham. That is half a mile of pretty much continuous Grade 3. However, I don't know whether tubing is allowed on it. Also, it's the River Trent: DO NOT drink it! And personally I'd advise wearing a nose clip ...
by Franky
Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone paddle a Jackson fun?
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Anyone paddle a Jackson fun?

I've heard that the Fun is a bit of a disappointment, trying to be all things to all paddlers and not really satisfying anyone. Don't rule out a playboat for river running. Depending on how advanced a paddler you are, you might not want to run Grade 4 in it, but Grade 2/3- can be a hoot. If your bud...
by Franky
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 767

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

If your son is getting cramp in both hands, there might be something wrong with his technique. You're supposed to grip the paddle constantly with your dominant hand, but in your subordinate hand you let it rotate to accommodate the paddle's feather, only gripping it when you're making the stroke on ...
by Franky
Sun May 30, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Axiom 8.0 or GTS
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: Axiom 8.0 or GTS

I learned to paddle in a GT 7.8 (size up from the GTS) and it is a great boat. It is easy to handle on flat water, and nice and sporty on lower-grade white water.

I once demoed an Axiom and found it less easy to manoeuvre than I expected. It's longer than it looks.
by Franky
Tue May 18, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1036

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

I have a Typhoon Multisport 4 Hinge. I've had it 4 years, and it's been fine except that around the 1-year mark, it developed tears along some of the seams that let water in. Perhaps this was because it's slightly too small for me, as I don't know anyone else who's had that problem. Anyhow, Typhoon ...
by Franky
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Why is it so hard to buy a kayak?
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: Why is it so hard to buy a kayak?

It isn't just kayaks, there are dozen of industries that have seen increases in demand thanks to the pandemic causing massive supply problems. Bikes, PCs, computer components, gaming consoles, virtual reality headsets, to name just a few, are still in short supply. I wanted a set of dumbells so tha...
by Franky
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1918

Re: techniques for beginners

I am not sure if I'd have taken up kayaking if I couldn't have been able to swim up to a mile in a wet suit in open water. I haven't swum for over a year due to Covid but I would hope some of the muscle memory is still there. I doubt if many paddlers could swim a mile, let alone in open water. I've...
by Franky
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Walrus sightings in Pembroke
Replies: 20
Views: 1470

Re: Walrus sightings in Pembroke

This is getting off-topic but... The problem is that incidents like this add fuel to the nanny-staters' argument that dogs should never be let off leads "just in case" they attack grazing animals or, in this case, wild ones. It's getting more and more difficult to find anywhere that one is not "requ...
by Franky
Tue Mar 23, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling as a finger amputee
Replies: 7
Views: 474

Re: Paddling as a finger amputee

I guess somebody would have posted if they had... Perhaps you could give details of any particular concerns you have, whether you've attempted paddling in the past, what kind of paddling you are interested in (flat water, white water, sea), etc. Even if nobody on the forum has the same experience as...
by Franky
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 82
Views: 2792

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

I thought he sounded pretty experienced in the first post. It's easy to read "I am only 18" and make assumptions from that without absorbing what follows.
by Franky
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition

Sean_soup: thanks for the clarification. Absurd to say that paddling anywhere carries "a significant degree of risk"; I mean, cycling isn't banned, but from my experience of Welsh roads, that certainly carries a significant degree of risk! I've signed the petition.
by Franky
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition

What is "the phrase that suggests all water sports are banned during lockdown"? It's hard to say one disagrees with it if one doesn't know its exact wording.
by Franky
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1151

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

The video above, a rescue on a beautiful calm, sunny, day with a light and empty (of gear) kayak. So why would anyone capsize in those conditions? Carelessness, inexperience, tiredness, hunger. Many of my capsizes, on both sea and rivers, have been due to me letting my guard down on easy water, oft...
by Franky
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4462

Re: Into strong head wind

Unless you're trying to push your boat backwards, pushing with the top hand only means you have to pull harder with the bottom hand to balance the force on the paddle. You certainly need to hold the top hand in position to support the paddle, but not positively push - although, if your arm is strai...
by Franky
Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4462

Re: Into strong head wind

mrcharly wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:14 am
Ivan puts it more bluntly "The top hand does nothing. If it does anything, it just stuffs it up." (paraphrasing a bit).
I sometimes push with the top hand (or more precisely, the top arm, keeping it straight) for some extra power as I rotate. It doesn't seem to stuff anything up.
by Franky
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4462

Re: Into strong head wind

This is a pretty good example of what will happen if you don't let the blade slip sideways as you pull on it. It is only slipping back. Interesting observation. As it happens, that probably wasn't a terribly good example, as I was not doing a normal forward stroke, but was swivelling onto a wave th...
by Franky
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4462

Re: Into strong head wind

As Dave G says it should be a smooth entry with downwards pressure on the blade to counteract the surface tension of the water. Is it surface tension? I would assume that the resistance is due to the high density of water compared to air. Surface tension is a very weak force, unless you're a pond s...
by Franky
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4462

Re: Into strong head wind

I do not think it holds true for 'flat' paddles, I don't think they ever grip enough to only slide sideways. My gut feeling (so often wrong in physics, I know) is that this is the case. I think flat paddles must slip back a little because they are displacing water. They'd only stay put if they were...
by Franky
Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4462

Re: Into strong head wind

Pogies all the way. I never used to get on with them - I had the same issue of feeling my hands were trapped on the paddle, especially when I was a white water novice and grabbed for rocks a lot. Pogies do feel unnatural and constricted at first, but you get used to them, and in terms of warmth ther...
by Franky
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?
Replies: 15
Views: 1061

Re: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?

Some sports are more fashion conscious than others, more accurately fashion is is exploited by manufacturers more in some sports than others. I think the first statement is more accurate! It's more to do with the predilection of a sports' practitioners for posing, and manufacturers taking advantage...
by Franky
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4462

Re: Into strong head wind

That's a strange question. The obvious answer is don't go onto the sea in 45 mph winds.
by Franky
Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaky Drysuit
Replies: 43
Views: 1902

Re: Leaky Drysuit

I appreciate that if one takes a swim what one is wearing could be a matter of life and death but perhaps if you are heading out into heavy winds and working hard possibly it could be perspiration rather than leakage? Different activity, but in winter when I'm cycling I wear 4 layers on top and 3 l...
by Franky
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaky Drysuit
Replies: 43
Views: 1902

Re: Leaky Drysuit

Maybe an obvious thing, but if it's leaking around the thighs, are you sure the relief zip is done up properly? A few times when I first got my dry suit, it leaked and I discovered it was because I hadn't given a strong enough yank. EDIT: Looks like the Hypercurve doesn't have a relief zip so I gues...
by Franky
Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1148

Re: Energy drinks

I wouldn’t be too quick to dose yourself just because you feel hungry or tired. Try pushing through to see if it is a genuine need for some replacement or just a habit your constitution has got used to. I’ve two reasons to put forward this idea... One period of my life I used nothing but a bicycle ...
by Franky
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1148

Re: Energy drinks

I was very withering about selling water for more than no pence when it first became fashionable. But now its the lesser of two evils... Who said anything about selling it for more than no pence? I fill up my water bottle from a tap before I set out. Obviously, it's not literally no pence, unless y...
by Franky
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1148

Re: Energy drinks

Why do you want to avoid sugar? If it's to reduce calorie intake, well (apologies if I'm stating the obvious) energy is calories. Theoretically you could drink something made with potatoes or wheat, but they're not any less calorific than sugar, and all the energy in them ends up as sugar (glucose) ...
by Franky
Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lightest Large Creeker?
Replies: 8
Views: 784

Re: Lightest Large Creeker?

Italian boater Michele Ramazza has a good web site on which he compares the most popular modern boats. One of the criteria is "Lightness": https://www.micheleramazza.com/en/creek-kayak-test You can compare boats side by side by clicking the "Compare" icons. For what it's worth, I've demoed several c...