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by Aled
Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How safe is it to sea kayak alone?
Replies: 10
Views: 4746

Re: How safe is it to sea kayak alone?

I love paddling solo – it gives me ‘ a special kind of freedom ’ that I've not experienced in any of the other outdoor sports I've tried. I’m a self-taught paddler (although I was given a 2hour kayak lesson by Nigel Foster when I was in school). I realised from the outset that ‘getting it wrong’ whi...
by Aled
Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Abrasion from back rests
Replies: 16
Views: 1952

Re: Abrasion from back rests

Stretched/looser hamstrings = better paddling posture = less pressure/dependence on the backrest
by Aled
Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 9387

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

- Improve the position of the boat on the wave (i.e slightly higher on the face) - maintain the direction so when the boat moves up the wave you've already in position to straighten it out and continue to surf the wave. Those goals work for me Greg, prolong the ride and use the power of the wave. E...
by Aled
Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 9387

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

Mark R wrote:I find that ruddering 'upstream' achieves nothing but arm strain with long boats, so I simply don't try to change direction with it.
Try it, it's fun!



by Aled
Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 9387

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

pic1 http://upload.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/seakayaksurfing1.jpg pic2 http://upload.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/seakayaksurfing2.jpg pic3 https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/224748_10150171160997800_5209495_n.jpg?oh=a666c7301e73fed62b7db7b30721842d&oe=554344F8 Personally, I think t...
by Aled
Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: why don't they make sea kayaks like this
Replies: 38
Views: 5891

Re: why don't they make sea kayaks like this

The OP mentioned adjustable seats but part the conversation now talks about re-positioning a seat – different thing altogether! Seats in TR boats can be re-positioned up to 15ish mm either way. The seat / cockpit rim tabs can accommodate this, but beware… The seats are sprung into position – during ...
by Aled
Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: why don't they make sea kayaks like this
Replies: 38
Views: 5891

Re: why don't they make sea kayaks like this

Mick, over the last few years I've done a fair bit of pondering over the footrest requests, done a few tests, talked to suppliers, peers and customers, and as yet, I've not reached a conclusive decision of how or why the system should be changed. There are many fundamental differences between the dy...
by Aled
Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: why don't they make sea kayaks like this
Replies: 38
Views: 5891

Re: why don't they make sea kayaks like this

What is the purpose of having an adjustable seat? To my mind, the answer lies somewhere between necessity of pure function and creating value by extending a feature list (the longer the list of features, the greater the perceived value). I’ve designed sea kayaks with adjustable seats, but don’t any ...
by Aled
Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 9387

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

Jim, thanks for the historical background - your explanation of the application of boofing and stern squirting confirms the total lack of relevance of 'lean back to drop the bow' to surfing sea kayaks and surfskis. As per your admission in the final paragraph, this opposite action moment has little ...
by Aled
Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 9387

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

what about the footstrap on the ski Same purpose as a pair of thigh-braces in a kayak, stops your legs lifting when you lean back. Also, being able to push and pull on the ski footrest setup allows you to position yourself accurately in the pan of the seat - its the only secure point to anchor all ...
by Aled
Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 9387

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

when you lean back you tend to push down on your heels Warning, potential rant! True, but only for the spilt second while your torso reclines backwards (Newton's 3 law). Once you've finished the reclining moment, you then reach equilibrium (Newton's 1st law), where your weightshift has stopped, so ...
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: 9387

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: 9387

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: 9387

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: 8
Views: 1976

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: 1422

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: 69
Views: 21608

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: 1209

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: 3866

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: 2344

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: 2590

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: 3516

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: 3516

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: 1780

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: 750

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: 8957

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: 8957

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: 8957

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: 8957

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...