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by countvoncount
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: RIVERING: a new (and very different) paddling film
Replies: 2
Views: 628

Re: RIVERING: a new (and very different) paddling film

Great film, it really captures the joy of kayaking!
by countvoncount
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Question for Ethos 10 owners
Replies: 8
Views: 376

Re: Question for Ethos 10 owners

I think the white water parks will have no problem with your paddling there in a crossover--but I also think a long boat like that is harder to control in whitewater, because you have to control boat angles much more precisely when breaking into the current, and need a lot more muscle to correct. I ...
by countvoncount
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Burn, Machno, 9R???
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: Burn, Machno, 9R???

I would only get a new boat if you are really excited about it--who cares if the one you have is in fashion or not. Also, the Burn is plenty big for most situations. So unless you feel that you are pushing your limits and routinely find yourself wishing you were in something more forgiving, you will...
by countvoncount
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone tried a pyranha ozone yet?
Replies: 8
Views: 538

Re: Anyone tried a pyranha ozone yet?

I took a very quick spin in one. I expected something like the Varun but, to me, it's less of a river runner than a "long" Jed. Seating position is very high-kneed--which some people will love and some will hate. The boat surfs great and carves aggressively on hard edges. But I personally did not lo...
by countvoncount
Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 15
Views: 2380

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

Some thoughts: - it's clear that boat design has evolved since the old Nomad etc. The boats are longer, have more front rocker and less tail rocker. Though they may be getting shorter again now (see Zen 3). - no doubt one of the driving forces of design evolution is marketing; newer will always be a...
by countvoncount
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EJ resigns
Replies: 18
Views: 1971

Re: EJ resigns

Corran Addison has a piece on the price of kayaks: https://paddlerezine.com/2019/11/14/the ... -kayaking/
He is hardly a neutral observer in this, but it does seem to be true that many companies have been losing money on their WW boats rather than making money on them.
by countvoncount
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EJ resigns
Replies: 18
Views: 1971

Re: EJ resigns

Lots of talk in the US about the WW kayaking industry being in crisis--and EJ's resignation is seen to be part of that. Jackson, Dagger, Liquidlogic are all in trouble, it seems. The WW side of thing is not making enough money.
by countvoncount
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help with boat sizing!
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: Help with boat sizing!

Hi RKenny, It's very exciting to buy one's first kayak! Airbags in the back of a boat are there so that when you swim, less water fits into the boat (since the bags take up a lot of space and displace water)--which means it will be much easier to rescue the boat and to bail it. So you definitely wan...
by countvoncount
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Armchair boat
Replies: 13
Views: 1261

Re: Armchair boat

Yeah, the Nirvana looks like a fun, carvy boat, Franky. It's on my list of boats to demo. Have fun eddy-hopping!
by countvoncount
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Armchair boat
Replies: 13
Views: 1261

Re: Armchair boat

The Olympic course is no narrower than a medium-sized river, and is considerably bigger volume than most British rivers (most of the time). It's more like an Alpine river without rocks. I think there's every reason for wanting a bigger boat for it. My own experience on it is that the smaller your b...
by countvoncount
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Armchair boat
Replies: 13
Views: 1261

Re: Armchair boat

Hi Murray, I still have a while to go until I hit 60 but I have paddled the Cross. Lovely boat, though not as wide as something like a Waka OG/Stout or a large Machno, and not really a "drift down the river" type boat, if not as sporty as a 9R etc. I personally do not get on with the Machno, so what...
by countvoncount
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help choosing kayak - Zet Raptor / any other suggestions appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 1119

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

I think if you are a relative beginner, you benefit from good primary stability and a relatively short boat, because the short length helps you to correct lines quickly (and the stability keeps you upright). High volume boats are harder to play in (you have more boat to move around, so a proper carv...
by countvoncount
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 884

Re: Replacing ropes with ratchets

I can't help with replacing the system, but I have an EXO boat and have solved the problem of the rope popping out (which I had on one side but not the other, implying that one of the ratchets is not working properly--in your case it sounds like it's both ratchets) by putting a knot in the rope. I c...
by countvoncount
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 1591

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: 16
Views: 1591

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: 6
Views: 1363

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: 16
Views: 1591

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: 16
Views: 1591

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: 1967

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: 4
Views: 793

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: 916

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: 1002

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: 703

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: 863

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: 863

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: 863

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: 559

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: 559

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: 559

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: 1110

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.