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by Franky
Tue May 17, 2022 12:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Underrated boats
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Underrated boats

I've never paddled a Z-One, but it looks quite similar to another good boat that's perceived as a club boat: the Dagger GT 7.8. I learned to paddle in a club GT. However, after I discovered that higher-volume boats are easier for WW improvers to keep upright, I took to a club Burn, and subsequently ...
by Franky
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peak UK ends partnership with British Canoeing.
Replies: 10
Views: 744

Re: Peak UK ends partnership with British Canoeing.

How will that affect the Peak outlets? Will they continue to stock Peak? I love my thermal rashy top and leggings, Should I stock up now? Hopefully not at all, I've been a Peak customer for more years than I can count and I don't intend to stop! The article on the Peak web site refers to "a nu...
by Franky
Sat Apr 02, 2022 11:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peak UK ends partnership with British Canoeing.
Replies: 10
Views: 744

Re: Peak UK ends partnership with British Canoeing.

I doubt that BC is hurt by Peak's decision. If anything, they pushed them into it. In a year's time, the kayaking community will have forgotten its outrage and we'll all be buying Adidas cags.
by Franky
Fri Mar 18, 2022 12:40 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: GoPro - good customer service
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Re: GoPro - good customer service

Well, what goes around comes around, sometimes. This was my third GoPro, so they've had their money's worth out of me. First got mashed in the Lee Valley pumps, second fell out of my bike bag and got nicked. They are excellent, well-made cameras with loads of good features. But you do need to be car...
by Franky
Tue Mar 15, 2022 9:59 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: GoPro - good customer service
Replies: 1
Views: 169

GoPro - good customer service

Here's a call-out for GoPro's customer service. I had a Hero 8 that I recently took paddling without the door properly closed. Water got in, and after that the camera kept switching itself on. The camera was under warranty, so I figured it couldn't hurt to contact GoPro customer support for advice, ...
by Franky
Fri Mar 04, 2022 12:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboat - Paddler 5ft 11
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Playboat - Paddler 5ft 11

I have a medium Jackson Rockstar 3 which is certainly short. Don't ask me for advice on getting its ends down though. I've been trying for 5 years. Rockstars don't come up for sale very often and when they do they're generally not cheap. I'm afraid mine is not for sale. In spite of my limitations as...
by Franky
Wed Feb 23, 2022 10:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: loss of passion
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: loss of passion

Maybe take a break from it for a few more months, and do something completely different. You might find that at some unexpected point you suddenly feel the urge again. I wouldn't worry about it and do what you feel like. Life goes through phases. I've only been paddling WW nine years but I've had a ...
by Franky
Mon Feb 14, 2022 12:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Very windy day
Replies: 34
Views: 1464

Re: Very windy day

I might drive down to lee valley at some point and see about going round the opposite way! , I think they do that sort of in the competitions I don't think they do. You won't get up either of the Lee Valley courses by muscle power. If you're super-strong you might make it up the bottom half of the ...
by Franky
Thu Feb 10, 2022 10:28 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Recovery technique post swim
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Recovery technique post swim

As Chris says, have airbags in the boat. (Didn't think of that - I always have airbags in my boats and take them for granted.) When I'm swimming, I use my paddle to move forward, as though I were still in the boat. It's not optimal compared to breast stroke, but it's more efficient than only swimmin...
by Franky
Mon Feb 07, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Recovery technique post swim
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Recovery technique post swim

Aim not to swim is my advice :) Learn how to roll if you can't do it. If it's taking you so long to get back to the shore, you must be capsizing a long way out. If the sea is so rough that you're likely to swim beyond the point at which the waves break, personally I would forget the whole thing - mo...
by Franky
Tue Feb 01, 2022 10:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What paddle do you use?
Replies: 8
Views: 765

Re: What paddle do you use?

I have just bought a VE 197 with 30-degree feather, carbon shaft, carbon blades. This is to replace my VE 197 with 45-degree feather, which I have been happy with, in the 5 1/2 years I've had it. However, it recently developed leaks where the edges of the blades had worn down to the air cores. This ...
by Franky
Tue Feb 01, 2022 9:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Olympic Assesment
Replies: 10
Views: 978

Re: Lee Valley Olympic Assesment

I think it has been reconfigured since I last raced there in 2019, but it is a good step up from the other artificial courses. At the end of 2019, they made a lot of changes, to enable the UK slalom team to practise for the Tokyo Olympic course. It became twistier and more like a river. It was good...
by Franky
Wed Jan 26, 2022 10:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Olympic Assesment
Replies: 10
Views: 978

Re: Lee Valley Olympic Assesment

You might well be ready for it, but be aware that the Olympic is a different beast from the Legacy. Once you're on, you're on - it's a non-stop roller-coaster ride. The main differences from the Legacy are: - The flow is very powerful. Sometimes it's on 4 pumps, sometimes on 3, but even 3 pumps is a...
by Franky
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peak UK Big Deck
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: Peak UK Big Deck

Sounds like bad design to me. How long have you had it? I use Playboater decks and have never had this problem with them, because the Kevlar covers the whole of the rim. With my previous Playboater deck, the bungee rope round the edge split. It doesn't leak and is still usable as a spare, but it's o...
by Franky
Mon Jan 03, 2022 11:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leaking paddle!
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Leaking paddle!

Yew wrote:
Sun Dec 19, 2021 4:11 pm
It's not a whole lot of effort, and it might keep the paddle serviceable as a spare?
Good point. I'll given it a go. Thanks.
by Franky
Sat Dec 18, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leaking paddle!
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Leaking paddle!

If you leave the paddle somewhere warm for some time then the water should evaporate out, it may take a while but once you have you can seal up the joins with some epoxy. Thanks Joseph. I might try that... though I wonder if it's worth it, since it would only be a matter of time till a new hole app...
by Franky
Mon Dec 13, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leaking paddle!
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Leaking paddle!

Thank you both for the suggestions. Chris's observation that contracting air might be sucking in water is interesting and plausible.

I think it is time to get a new paddle. I've wanted one with less feather anyway, and this one has served me well.
by Franky
Sun Dec 12, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leaking paddle!
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Leaking paddle!

My carbon VE paddle has started leaking - not severely, but when I shake it, I can hear water swishing around inside it. I think the water is in the blades. I've had it five-and-a-half years, and the blades have worn away from regular bangs against rock and concrete. I was recently wondering what wo...
by Franky
Sun Dec 12, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Winter paddling - Gloves/no gloves
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: Winter paddling - Gloves/no gloves

PS I should have mentioned which pogies I have - they're Palm Neos:

https://palmequipmenteurope.com/product/neo-0

And I was wrong - they do still have tooth tabs, but I never use them.
by Franky
Sun Dec 12, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Winter paddling - Gloves/no gloves
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: Winter paddling - Gloves/no gloves

Thank you Franky. I must admit I was a little apprehensive of having my hands stuck to the paddle, but I’ve only heard good things when it comes to poggies. I’ll grab a pair and see how I get on with them. Thanks for your reply. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk You are welcome Demondave. A thing ...
by Franky
Sat Dec 11, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Winter paddling - Gloves/no gloves
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: Winter paddling - Gloves/no gloves

For years I experimented with gloves, but couldn't find any that made me feel any warmer than paddling with bare hands. The water evaporates off the surface of the gloves, and that sucks heat from your hands, even if your hands themselves are dry. Then I paddled with bare hands for a while, but that...
by Franky
Mon Nov 01, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov
Replies: 36
Views: 1849

Re: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov

It doesn't talk about 'irresponsible use', but 'dangerous watercraft'. When it's talking about danger to others, it does refer to dangerous use, irresponsible use, and prosecution for that. Only when it's talking about power to detain does it talk about dangerous watercraft - in that context, it's ...
by Franky
Wed Oct 20, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Freestyle kayak
Replies: 6
Views: 634

Re: Freestyle kayak

I have a Rockstar, and wear Palm Stomp reinforced socks. I can't even get into it with shoes on.
by Franky
Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW advice for a sea kayaker?
Replies: 6
Views: 776

Re: WW advice for a sea kayaker?

Agreed... Demo as many boats as you can, either by joining a club or by hiring them at a white water course. The feel of a boat is everything, and is a very personal thing. But if you must have specifics... I'd advise getting a small or medium-sized boat to start with (relative to your size of cours...
by Franky
Thu Sep 30, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon Access war
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Re: River Avon Access war

BC did send in a detailed objection to the planning application for the sign, justifying access. They are much better than they used to be, but it needs members to tell them what they want. BC needs its members to tell it that they don't want illegal signs telling them they can't paddle where they ...
by Franky
Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: (Not so) dry suits, tops/trousers
Replies: 16
Views: 1026

Re: (Not so) dry suits, tops/trousers

I concur with what the others say: the only way to stay dry if you swim is to get a dry suit. I recently bought a Peak UK De Luxe dry cag, upgrading from a semi-dry cag, for non-winter use. I have no complaints about the cag because it's well-made and tough and, despite its moniker, I didn't expect ...
by Franky
Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 36
Views: 3674

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

Thanks Chris. I admit I hadn't followed the progress of this matter. It's with some relief that I read that the proposals have been watered down from what was originally suggested, or at least claimed.
by Franky
Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Slightly Odd topic ...changing at busy spots
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Slightly Odd topic ...changing at busy spots

Maybe a bit over the top but I could make something similar to this in lightweight thin wood which could be attachable to roofbars with Velcro .would they invest in it on the dragons den tv show 😂 And you say you think robes are a faff? :) I used to wrap a towel round my waist but I always felt one...
by Franky
Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 36
Views: 3674

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

Tarraco wrote:
Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:33 pm
It's a civil matter not a criminal matter so it's not like he can involve the police.
That's likely to change soon.
by Franky
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak
Replies: 25
Views: 858

Re: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak

Hi Chris, You're right of course that we don't want our coastlines, especially environmentally important ones, buzzing with jetskis, but there aren't many jetskiers around, and I doubt that they travel to remote pieces of coastline for good views of bird life while they get their adrenaline highs :)...

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