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by Aled
Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 8065

Re: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it

... being afraid of burying the nose made me lean back, lose speed, end up on a steeper bit of wave, and therefore bury the nose. Neil, there are a few variables to consider. Are you referring to a beach surf-landing scenario or surfing long runners / swells out at sea on your surfski? What wave he...
by Aled
Sun Nov 30, 2014 2:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 8065

Re: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it

Do others react in this way, and does anyone have a theory about why this occurs? I think it's a natural reaction to lean back in the case you describe. When we stand upright, our Centre of Gravity (CofG) rests vertically above but inside the area boundary we make with our feet. If I were to hold a...
by Aled
Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 8065

Re: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it

Mark R wrote:With a surfski at least, the only likely outcome of leaning back whilst surfing is a swim.
Agreed, there's a good chance Oscar might swim...

It's a BIG picture, but well worth the download waiting time.
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by Aled
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Low Telemark Turn
Replies: 7
Views: 1569

Re: Low Telemark Turn

From CANOEING COMPLETE, Second Edition, 1976, Published by Kaye & Ward Chapter: Slalom, by Ken Langford Before 1956 little consideration was given to the effectiveness of specific slalom strokes. Paddlers relied on balance for stability, and on flailing windmill action of the paddles for propulsion....
by Aled
Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Puffin Island revelation
Replies: 5
Views: 1364

Re: Puffin Island revelation

“Many witnesses, some ex-military and professional people, have witnessed unconventional lights entering or leaving the sea around Puffin Island.” They probably saw John Willacy, with his strobe light on, doing some twilight training runs around the island, and paddling at intergalactic warp speed. ...
by Aled
Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rockpool Taran (full size) vs Tiderace Pace 17^
Replies: 51
Views: 16360

Re: Rockpool Taran (full size) vs Tiderace Pace 17^

Is Tiderace now a religious cult? Cult, yes Religious, no (well, not that we would want) From an UK perspective, I think it's true to say that Tiderace came along with new and original designs and an aspiration to have those designs manufactured using the best techniques, materials and quality that...
by Aled
Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Identifying this kayak
Replies: 7
Views: 1168

Re: Identifying this kayak

Kayaks like this were used as hire boats on lakes many, many years ago. Hence the rubber bump strip, massive backrest and a vague recollection of someone shouting "Come in number 32, your time is up!"
by Aled
Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta
Replies: 25
Views: 3605

Re: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta

Is your Anas fitted with an underdeck knee or thigh brace - or are you relying on just pushing your knees into the deck?
by Aled
Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hat for a windy day
Replies: 12
Views: 2133

Re: Hat for a windy day

Another thumbs up for the Musto cap from me!
by Aled
Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tide races suitable for 3* paddlers
Replies: 16
Views: 2436

Re: Tide races suitable for 3* paddlers

Above all, go with people who have the specific experience, and who you trust implicitly.
by Aled
Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Wales major incident?
Replies: 27
Views: 3450

Re: North Wales major incident?

So, all in all, not a major incident nor anything to do with the race (the organisers did nothing untoward).
by Aled
Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Wales major incident?
Replies: 27
Views: 3450

Re: North Wales major incident?

inaccurately reported by media...Superb organisation and safety. Assuming that they haven't been misquoted, Holyhead Coastguard don't seem to agree? From reading the Daily Post accounts, it seems to me the Coastguard are strenuously trying to justify sending out all their lifeboats for one capsized...
by Aled
Thu May 01, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice needed: gel coat repair
Replies: 13
Views: 1691

Re: Advice needed: gel coat repair

Hi Richard,
Just found this thread tonight. Dave's away from the office presently - if you've not already done so, please email the pictures to Tiderace. We'll get it sorted for you.
Best regards,
Aled
by Aled
Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Menai Challenge
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: Menai Challenge

Hmmm... The race is on Al! :-)
by Aled
Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wing Paddle or Not^
Replies: 42
Views: 8208

Re: Wing Paddle or Not

Phill,
Investment in technique is always a good use of time!
by Aled
Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wing Paddle or Not^
Replies: 42
Views: 8208

Re: Wing Paddle or Not

Graham, I think my wrists are straight and rotation takes my top hand across the boat, but to be honest my approach has not been body focused. I'd seen people paddle wings and had a vague idea of what was good practice, but my focus has been to listen and feel the paddle in the water, keep an eye on...
by Aled
Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wing Paddle or Not^
Replies: 42
Views: 8208

Re: Wing Paddle or Not

Graham, By picking up the wing paddle and applying myself to regular training and entering the odd race, I can safely say I've learnt way more about mechanics and the physiological side to paddling than I did in the previous 27ish years of touring/surfing/playboating. Quite a lot of credit also goes...
by Aled
Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wing Paddle or Not^
Replies: 42
Views: 8208

Re: Wing Paddle or Not

A wing paddle won't necessarily give you more speed - a lot of related factors need to combine to give you more speed. I've been paddling for over 30 years, but only been 'playing around' with wings for the last 4 years or so, mainly to complement paddling my surfski and racing sea kayak. I train "c...
by Aled
Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks
Replies: 37
Views: 7083

Re: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks

Graham, Opaque or pigmented gelcoat has to be applied thick enough so the weave and materials used in the laminate don't show through. E.g. a white or yellow gelcoat on a black carbon boat would be a good example - if the pigmented gelcoat is applied too thinly, then there's a chance the dark carbon...
by Aled
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks
Replies: 37
Views: 7083

Re: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks

cp70 wrote:A bit like sacrificial paintwork on a car then =0)
Yes, even though your car paint is sacrificial, it's best not to rub it onto other people's cars! :-)
by Aled
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks
Replies: 37
Views: 7083

Re: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks

Excuse me, but, I've never heard of sacrificial get coat on a sea kayak, nor on a yacht for that matter. I’d like to clarify the point made about gelcoat's function on/in a laminate from Tiderace’s perspective. We consider the gelcoat, all of it, as the sacrificial outer surface of a laminate. The ...
by Aled
Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks
Replies: 37
Views: 7083

Re: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks

Hi Alice, Thanks for your concern - as the designer for Tiderace I can assure you that the company is trading normally and enjoying business success all over the globe. Commercial relationships with business partners do change occasionally and some fallout is inevitable from such situations. We trad...
by Aled
Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 21982

Re: Skim Kayaks

Tourer wrote:Rockpool Bach and Xcite are fairly similar if not nearly identical.
Gutted, all that hard work to no avail... :-(
by Aled
Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why are kayaks smooth?
Replies: 28
Views: 3451

Re: Why are kayaks smooth?

From Epic: http://www.epickayaks.com/article/article/to-wax-or-not-to-wax Also, shiny is good because: Invisibly repairing gelcoat to a matte finish is virtually impossible Customers report they prefer a "shiny new boat", especially if it's expensive It's easier for the manufacturer / dealer / custo...
by Aled
Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What would you do when......
Replies: 19
Views: 2438

Re: What would you do when......

Brace downhill, but only if the kayak does not "bongo" and not slide. This could be turned into downwind direction change while the boat is perched on the wavetop. The wave will, in a very short while pass under, and present its back to you and make recovery easy, providing you sustained the downhil...
by Aled
Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Longest sea kayak in production...?
Replies: 21
Views: 6740

Re: Longest sea kayak in production...?

Over the years, it seems that the UK has been mostly busy with developing the "British style sea kayak" and preaching the British way of paddling. Sea kayak racing, fast touring etc have never featured strongly in the UK although such boats have been around and available to us for some time. Boats s...
by Aled
Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "The Dump" a fast, simple way to empty a kayak?
Replies: 30
Views: 2850

Re: "The Dump" a fast, simple way to empty a kayak?

Damage to boats using this method would probably be beyond what would be considered acceptable use and would not, in my opinion, qualify for a warranty repair.
by Aled
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2014 Tiderace
Replies: 70
Views: 9735

Re: 2014 Tiderace

...have you carefully studied both boats you're talking about, side by side? I have, and found them to be the same - then again, I also know for fact that this other boat was actually borne without consent out a mould belonging to Tiderace - that makes it a bona fide rip-off in my book. I would als...