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by countvoncount
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 15
Views: 557

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

Jim--just out if interest, how tall are you?

jamesl2play--thanks for the advice! Is this the clip?
by countvoncount
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 15
Views: 557

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

Thanks Adrian. I did a search on the site, and found a whole "Narrow Grip" thread. It seems to me that I am one of those paddlers who naturally has a slightly narrower grip--which explains my cranks issue. The "holding the paddle over my head and bending my elbows to 90 degrees" method described by ...
by countvoncount
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: new kayak brands
Replies: 4
Views: 500

Re: new kayak brands

The Exo and Zet plastic feels like it has more flex, but I am not sure this means it breaks more easily (the opposite could also be true). They both have a good reputation, I believe, as does Lettmann; and I have heard that Zet's warranty is very good. Waka's first generation of boats were apparentl...
by countvoncount
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 15
Views: 557

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

Thanks for all the helpful info. I get the "use what you like" advice--I am an experienced paddler, and have been using my (quite short, and now quite worn-down) blades very happily for quite a few years, and chose them because I liked the feel of them. But I did trial a longer set of blades recentl...
by countvoncount
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 15
Views: 557

Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

An old chestnut, I know, but I would like to know what people think. Eric Jackson recently posted a video about his using a 202 cm paddle (and he's on the short side), basically saying that people were using too short paddles these days. When I last bought a paddle, I went for a shortish blade for m...
by countvoncount
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 946

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Corran Addison (of Soul Waterman) is advocating the same and I think is thinking about offering his boats in lighter plastic (see his quite outspoken FB page for this).
by countvoncount
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Repair Jackson Cross Link?????????
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: Repair Jackson Cross Link?????????

I would write to Jackson Kayaks directly, they should be able to advise and (I think) are pretty good at getting back to you quickly.
by countvoncount
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 9r II Thoughts
Replies: 7
Views: 607

Re: 9r II Thoughts

I have not paddled the old 9R but had a spin in the 9r2. I really liked it. At 80 kg it felt sporty. I think it will float you fine at 90 kg too -- but it will feel like a river-runner more than a creeker (i.e. it may not be the best "I'm-scared-of-this-rapid" boat).
by countvoncount
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Forward stroke
Replies: 4
Views: 724

Re: Forward stroke

Great post, Simon, thanks! When I first started kayaking and people wanted to talk about the forward stroke, I sort of rolled my eyes--I wanted to learn how to do the cool shit. Now, when someone good tells me my forward stroke is "looking pretty decent", I know they are paying me a compliment--and ...
by countvoncount
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Boat
Replies: 5
Views: 555

Re: New Boat

The Pyranha Z-One is another great river-runner (and is a bit overlooked, in my opinion), less squirty than the Axiom but with a lower volume bow. Surfs great and has a surprising turn of speed. You could also look at something like the Loki, the Varun, or the Jackson Fun--all of which handle 3/3+ v...
by countvoncount
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: how to go "over" holes/stoppers in a slalom kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 719

Re: how to go "over" holes/stoppers in a slalom kayak

That's really useful, Dave and Jim. I have had a go, following the instructions of the video, with some reasonable success. The main thing seems to be to have enough of an angle on approach (more than I would use in my plastic boat), and to engage the tail with enough but not too much edge (I agree,...
by countvoncount
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: how to go "over" holes/stoppers in a slalom kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 719

Re: how to go "over" holes/stoppers in a slalom kayak

Brilliant video. Clearly I need to learn to engage the tail when lifting the bow onto the stopper. Thank you very much!
by countvoncount
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: how to go "over" holes/stoppers in a slalom kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 719

how to go "over" holes/stoppers in a slalom kayak

Hi there, I am a WW paddler who has recently acquired a slalom kayak (for fun and fitness and to improve my kayaking). I am finding it very interesting--fast and surprisingly forgiving in many situations (if twitchy in others). Here's something I am trying to figure out: When I want to go over a hol...
by countvoncount
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: correct trim for k1 slalom boat
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: correct trim for k1 slalom boat

Might not be bad for my paddling to have a boat that forces me to be positive in my paddling at all times. I am a profficient (i.e. comfortable on 4(+) but with no experience on 5) WW paddler but am new to slalom and am just looking to improve my overall technique (whilst having fun!). Thanks again,...
by countvoncount
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: correct trim for k1 slalom boat
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: correct trim for k1 slalom boat

Thanks, Chris and Jim, this is very useful indeed. It's a modern 3.5 m boat. I am right at the top of the listed weight (but not over) and am not planning to race, just train at HPP, so it sounds like I should be OK (if a little challenging were I to take it to Lee Valley's Olympic course, say). Wil...
by countvoncount
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: correct trim for k1 slalom boat
Replies: 7
Views: 447

correct trim for k1 slalom boat

I may be acquiring a used slalom (k1) boat and am trying to establish whether I am too heavy for it. In terms of the weight range listed, I am right at the top. What am I looking for in terms of how it should sit in the water (with me in it): where is the waterline supposed to be, relative to the bo...
by countvoncount
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please
Replies: 9
Views: 746

Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Olli Grau's White Water Kayaking is good. It's translated from German, and some of the phrasing is a little awkward--but it's full of sound advice and some nice pictures.
by countvoncount
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 1434

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

A lot of the women in the local club prefer shorter baots--I think it's because it takes less strength to turn them; also, they are easier to carry etc. The Dagger Juice 6.9 seems popular. The smaller Wavesport Diesels also seem like good boats (and are nice looking, with great colours and good outf...
by countvoncount
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Another tragic kayaking fatality in Nepal.
Replies: 6
Views: 1302

Re: Another tragic kayaking fatality in Nepal.

I met Cass while paddling in Nepal a few years ago--and am shocked to learn of her death. She was a kind, bright, enthusiastic young woman; and she truly loved paddling. 23 is awfully young.
Thanks for posting; it's upsetting to learn about the accident but I'd rather know about it than not.
by countvoncount
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 9-foot creeker comparison
Replies: 7
Views: 1086

Re: 9-foot creeker comparison

Thanks, Spider22 and Chris. I agree that the 9-footers seem overlong (and overkill) for most UK rivers, and that the boats you mention (say, Raptor and Granate) are just a little easier to put just where you want them. I also doubt all that many people are into serious racing (there aren't all that ...
by countvoncount
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peak whitewater one Vs Dam x
Replies: 4
Views: 782

Re: Peak whitewater one Vs Dam x

DAX X have great longevity. They are heavier and a little more industrial-looking/feeling (think rubber boiler suit). I think the breathability is less of an issue than the extra weight. On the plus side, you can hike through brambles in a DAM X and it fits really well. Plus the service is brilliant...
by countvoncount
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 9-foot creeker comparison
Replies: 7
Views: 1086

9-foot creeker comparison

So the 9-foot "race creeker" craze has been in full swing for some years now and every major manufacturer has brought out one of more versions--and Wave Sport's and Zet's newest are about to be launched. I am curious to hear from people who have paddled several of them. How do they compare? Obviousl...
by countvoncount
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Zet Five
Replies: 7
Views: 1912

Re: Zet Five

My guess is that professional reviews depend on companies paying for them, one way or another--through sponsorship, by providing trade magazines with a free boat to test, etc. So it depends a little bit on how much of a budget they have for this kind of stuff (and for promotional work more generally...
by countvoncount
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Exo Kayaks
Replies: 3
Views: 1027

Re: Exo Kayaks

I have no link to WWC, or to EXO for that matter, but in case people out there are wondering about their boats, I am paddling a Rexy and it's a very good boat: "softer" and more forgiving than something like the Ripper and a ton of fun.
by countvoncount
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Zet Five
Replies: 7
Views: 1912

Re: Zet Five

This may be too late to be useful, but I demoed the ZET Five yesterday and thought it was a really great boat. It's fast, very maneuverable, the nose rides very high and yet is so narrow that you feel like you can "thread" it into eddies. I also liked the fact that at 300 litres it did not feel like...
by countvoncount
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Pyranha Z.One M in good condition
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: Wanted: Pyranha Z.One M in good condition

Thank, I replied to your PM just now.
by countvoncount
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Pyranha Z.One M in good condition
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Wanted: Pyranha Z.One M in good condition

Anyone selling? Midlands/Cotswolds location would be ideal--and I'd be happy to meet at HPP, Cardiff or Lee Valley if convenient.
by countvoncount
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: wanted Jackson hero
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: wanted Jackson hero

I have a 2014 Hero for sale (Orange Crush, excellent condition). Someone else is interested but if it does not go anywhere I can send pictures.
by countvoncount
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: wanted jackson hero
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: wanted jackson hero

Tried to PM you, not sure if it got through. I have a 2014 Hero that I am thinking about selling.
Cheers
by countvoncount
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Pyranha Z-ONE MEDIUM
Replies: 3
Views: 380

Re: FS: Pyranha Z-ONE MEDIUM

Has the boat sold?