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by davebrads
Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 4998

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

If we are talking newbs and less experienced paddlers, they should be on nothing harder than they could cope with, without any experienced/coachy types. That way they are they're on their own and any more experienced paddlers are not looking after them, merely on the same trip and able to show them...
by davebrads
Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The price of paper these days..
Replies: 9
Views: 1567

Re: The price of paper these days..

Let's face it though, it is not like the BCU has ever really given half a crap about recreational or grass roots paddling unless you are on a direct course for an Olympic discipline. As a slalom coach I have to say that there is little evidence that the BCU give a damn about our sport either, they ...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some of our US cousins getting their Darwin entry in.
Replies: 15
Views: 2066

Re: Some of our US cousins getting their Darwin entry in.

The article says he had been paddling for just over a year, which is pretty evident from the noob mistake he made hitting the rock, and then not reacting properly after he hit the rock. A comment from one of his friends on the Facebook post defends the decision to run the falls. I can only assume th...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 363
Views: 35628

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Take a look at Wikipedia . What we have got with a paddle is a class 3 lever, so the mechanical advantage is always less than one (that is the effort will always be greater than the resistance). The closer you move your hand (that applies the effort) to the resistance (the blade) the closer the mech...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 363
Views: 35628

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Just an observation in that your hands are really close to the blades, is this because the shaft is short? You don't look like you are broad shouldered and so would expect your hands further away from the blades. This would give you a little more leverage. I think you have it the wrong way around. ...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Petition to make waterways right of way.
Replies: 40
Views: 2163

Re: Petition to make waterways right of way.

I think that the wording of the petition is incorrect and I will not sign unless it is amended. It states "the bed and banks of rivers and canals are privately owned, unlike Scotland/the rest of the world." As far as I am aware ownership of the river bed has never been established in law. Remove or ...
by davebrads
Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bow/draw strokes
Replies: 29
Views: 2134

Re: Bow/draw strokes

...are we talking draw or bow draw specifically?. I use the terms interchangeably these days, I should try to be more precise. The bow draw is almost obsolete in WW boats as they turn so easily there is no need to place it at the bow. It is at its most effective when placed as close to the pivot po...
by davebrads
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bow/draw strokes
Replies: 29
Views: 2134

Re: Bow/draw strokes

I don't think a pure bow draw is used much in general ww. More as a combo stroke, either 'stirring the porridge' or by altering blade angle with the feel of the water. I guess they are often used when entering big eddies under no pressure, just 'cuz they are fun to do, but not through necessity. Th...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing has a new CEO
Replies: 20
Views: 1940

British Canoeing has a new CEO

Announced in the digital edition of Canoe Focus, British Canoeing has a new CEO, David Joy, who apparently has been CEO of Scottish Athletics, Derbyshire Sport and England Golf. Is this the kind of person we want in charge of our governing body? I for one would rather have someone who cares about ou...
by davebrads
Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Angling Trust & British Canoeing in Court Soon?
Replies: 26
Views: 2938

Re: Angling Trust & British Canoeing in Court Soon?

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by davebrads
Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What do you do with your car keys.
Replies: 23
Views: 1915

Re: What do you do with your car keys.

The best solution I came up with was to get a key cut without the immobiliser chip which would then be able to open a door but not start the car. I would carry this clipped in a BA pocket and hide the real keys in the car. I would let my computer buddies know where the key was so if the worst came t...
by davebrads
Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddles..
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: Paddles..

I find that I need less feather with cranks, but I can't work out why.
by davebrads
Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither
Replies: 20
Views: 3011

Re: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither

Struggling to convince myself that an axiom or a z.one will give much extra on the surf or for river running than my current Necky Jive 8.10. I agree. I'm not convinced that the I3 is the answer either, and I love the I3, I only bought one a few months ago having lost my original one after a big sw...
by davebrads
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat choice
Replies: 21
Views: 1786

Re: Boat choice

GTs are great for flatwater and gentle white water. I've seen so many people struggle to paddle a GT in a straight line on flatwater that I would suggest it's a poor choice for flatwater or surfing. It seems to be trimmed bow-heavy which is ideal for whitewater, where the water is "overtaking" you ...
by davebrads
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither
Replies: 20
Views: 3011

Re: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither

I am pretty sure that the Loki will be an excellent surf boat, easily the equal of the Axiom if not better in the surf. I've only tried it on the river but I loved it. My Prozone was a great surf boat, though I've moved on to a composite surf kayak now, and I think the Loki is the closest modern boa...
by davebrads
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nooooooooooo! [Video nasty]
Replies: 6
Views: 1753

Re: Nooooooooooo! [Video nasty]

Worth having a read of his account of his experience on his blog too http://www.whereisbaer.com/
by davebrads
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat choice
Replies: 21
Views: 1786

Re: Boat choice

Who ever learned to ride a pedal bike without starting with stabilisers? Loads of people! In fact the evidence is that stabilisers drastically increase the amount of time it takes to teach a kid how to ride a bike, which is why they're selling those balance bikes these days. I know what you mean th...
by davebrads
Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Using a throw line!
Replies: 29
Views: 2708

Re: Using a throw line!

I personally always throw at the swimmer; I think that most people will automatically compute for the speed of travel of the victim, it's something we have evolved the skills for ever since we learnt to pick up rocks.
by davebrads
Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat choice
Replies: 21
Views: 1786

Re: Boat choice

I haven't paddled a Recoil, but from the looks it is more of a pumped up playboat than a river runner, and is aimed at someone who wants to throw the boat around on a river. I think that a different boat would be a good move, but I would suggest that you don't go for a high-volume creeker for the re...
by davebrads
Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alternative 'Which Boat' thread.
Replies: 6
Views: 992

Re: Alternative 'Which Boat' thread.

Kept as a kayak. I decided some time ago that there was stuff that I would kayak that I would have to walk if I was paddling C1.
by davebrads
Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alternative 'Which Boat' thread.
Replies: 6
Views: 992

Re: Alternative 'Which Boat' thread.

The very worst boat I ever paddled was the Dagger Crossfire. This was a long time ago, it was supposed to be a playboat in the time when the original Acrobat was released, but handled like a pig. To be honest there were worse boats before it - not many people will remember the Pyranha Freestyle but ...
by davebrads
Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wish you were here Lune/ Rawthey Confluence
Replies: 1
Views: 632

Re: Wish you were here Lune/ Rawthey Confluence

There is space for about 4 vehicles by the bridge over the Rawthey on the A683 West of Sedbergh. It's a short walk across the field to the confluence.
by davebrads
Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What adhesive?
Replies: 15
Views: 1328

Re: What adhesive?

Jim wrote:Spray on contact adhesive is much easier to re-position than the spread on stuff.
The spray on stuff that I used - a long time ago now - wasn't very waterproof so I have stuck with Evo Stick ever since. What do you use?
by davebrads
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Unwell after paddling - any advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 2560

Re: Unwell after paddling - any advice?

This is very common at the Holme Pierrepont whitewater course, where it's colloquially known as the Trent Trots. Most people go through two or three bouts of sickness then develop immunity, though I know some people who claim that they have never got to that stage and just avoid paddling there inste...
by davebrads
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rolling different boats
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: Rolling different boats

Well yes but.... I was paddling a C1 most of the time. My C1 roll was always based on a kayak sweep roll and was totally bombproof, but unbeknown to me it had obviously morphed into something else because when I needed to roll my whitewater kayak I found I was struggling. It had turned into a sort o...
by davebrads
Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Out of touch
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Re: Out of touch

I've sold my Prozone C1 conversion too, sad to see it go but I just wasn't using it.

MCC are pretty active on WW front, I've had a couple of days out with them over Christmas. I think they may have some members in the Warrington area that you could hook with.
by davebrads
Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Out of touch
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Re: Out of touch

Hi Pete Glad to hear that you're back in a boat. I'm sure you remember my I-3, I used to paddle everything in that quite happily until I lost it as a result of a bad swim . I replaced it with a Burn so I would be more in control on the bigger stuff. I had theidea that I could still play a bit in it,...
by davebrads
Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in flooded rivers – specific dangers
Replies: 12
Views: 1838

Re: Paddling in flooded rivers – specific dangers

Speaking from experience Dave? This is a very good description of a swim I once took on a flooded river. Yes, it was on the Ogwen. I don't think that I was in the water for that long, maybe only a couple of minutes, but it took all my effort to drag myself out of the water and I had to lie down for...
by davebrads
Sun Jan 10, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in flooded rivers – specific dangers
Replies: 12
Views: 1838

Re: Paddling in flooded rivers – specific dangers

Depends on the G2/3 surely? Absolutely, that came across wrong. As for not swimming - obviously the best advice. But keeping up with your laps in the pool and making sure you have the stamina and strength for a potentially long scary swim with a must-make eddy, has to be part of it. It's what I thi...
by davebrads
Sun Jan 10, 2016 8:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in flooded rivers – specific dangers
Replies: 12
Views: 1838

Re: Paddling in flooded rivers – specific dangers

A bimbly g2 or g3 in normal high water becomes a lot less forgiving in flood. The river is flowing around the trees on the bank and while you can make the little eddies that they create in a boat, if you are swimming it is impossible to avoid being washed into the next tree. The water is going too f...