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by David Fairweather
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quote from CKUK this month
Replies: 65
Views: 3127

Re: Quote from CKUK this month

Just throwing a plate around field doesn't make you an athlete. Discus.
by David Fairweather
Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lead times for Jed L production?
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: Lead times for Jed L production?

Have you tried phoning Pyranha? (01928 716666)

They should be able to give you a good idea of current lead times and how long it will take to get a boat out to your local dealer.
by David Fairweather
Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wow 60 grand job up for grabs. Get your applications in!
Replies: 43
Views: 2848

Re: Wow 60 grand job up for grabs. Get your applications in!

It sounds like a spoof, but I'm guessing it's not. Translation please, anyone? '•Embed the values of the brands of the organisation throughout the home nations and across both internal and external stakeholders.' '•Lead the business through a transformation process in response to changing market co...
by David Fairweather
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best time of year to visit Great Britain to kayak?
Replies: 17
Views: 1522

Re: Best time of year to visit Great Britain to kayak?

Alternatively, the sea kayaking off the UK coast is always world class, regardless of the time of year. If you make the trip and there's no water in the rivers, the sea is always a good option.
by David Fairweather
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best time of year to visit Great Britain to kayak?
Replies: 17
Views: 1522

Re: Best time of year to visit Great Britain to kayak?

That's an interesting one. You can get lucky pretty much any time of year, and equally you get unlucky. Classes / grades are pretty much the same as the US, although the style of paddling might be pretty different depending on what you are used to. The most realistic bet might be to couple a UK trip...
by David Fairweather
Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater GCSE Exam Paper
Replies: 25
Views: 2578

Re: Whitewater GCSE Exam Paper

If I don't actually do any kayaking but copy someone elses work and mash my face on the paper, can I have a BTec Whitewater instead?
by David Fairweather
Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ferry Gliding - Bad form - Let's stamp it out
Replies: 40
Views: 5112

Re: Ferry Gliding - Bad form - Let's stamp it out

Ferry glides: now that we are all in boats under 3 metres, nobody ferry glides, we just go from one place to another place. Using new / global terminology: whitewater kayaking is a pretty international sport these days. Most clubs do trips to the Alps and beyond and we get used to paddling with peop...
by David Fairweather
Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: whitewater first aid kit suggestions?
Replies: 36
Views: 4455

Re: whitewater first aid kit suggestions?

He's a related question. How many kits in a group should you have? Should you carry a few essentials in your BA rather than boat? Should the kit be split amongst the group or say, with the strongest paddler? Do you consider where the kit is when setting up safety. Have to say, not given it much tho...
by David Fairweather
Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Holiday V's Expedition....erm...?
Replies: 28
Views: 1868

Re: Holiday V's Expedition....erm...?

I am going to assume that you didn't read as far as the last paragraph?
by David Fairweather
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Holiday V's Expedition....erm...?
Replies: 28
Views: 1868

Re: Holiday V's Expedition....erm...?

Chris Eastabrrok and I had a toungue in cheek chat about this a while ago:

http://chriseastabrook.co.uk/upper-ganges-india/
by David Fairweather
Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: inflable roof bars
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: inflable roof bars

They are both useful and entertaining on a short fly-drive trip (tip: some shoe polish of a similar colour to the car will provide temporary cover for the damage to the roof, giving you enough time to flee the country once you've handed back the keys to the rental car). As a longer term solution, ge...
by David Fairweather
Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Throwbag repair
Replies: 14
Views: 783

Re: Throwbag repair

janet brown wrote:I have an older Nookie throwbag
At the risk of sounding facecious, use it as a washing line and buy a new throwbag.
by David Fairweather
Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle length
Replies: 12
Views: 873

Re: Paddle length

Your ideal paddle length will change as your paddling style develops and changes.

I like longer paddles (202 at the moment), but I am quite a lazy paddler and don't like to take too many strokes so I use a long paddle that does lots of work from a slow stroke.
by David Fairweather
Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Great [topical] article
Replies: 6
Views: 660

Re: Great [topical] article

I think the article makes some important points, even if it comes across as a bit sanctimonious. When read alongside Rik Moxons excellent recent blog post ( http://www.teampyranha.com/?p=13996 ), I think it makes a lot of sense. To sum it up in one sentence: If you want to push your limits, first fi...
by David Fairweather
Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 5 Star Assessment (IK) rivers
Replies: 21
Views: 1878

Re: 5 Star Assessment (IK) rivers

Is there a case for doing an assesment on a river you've never paddled? I think that in many ways, it is easier to do a leadership assessment on a new river. This way there is no pretense and you lead the river as it appears in front of you rather than trying to run a river that you know well in th...
by David Fairweather
Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Second Sport'
Replies: 34
Views: 1931

Re: 'Second Sport'

Having moved to the Alps, It'll be skiing and boarding once it gets too cold for paddling this year. For the rest of the year, it's biking / climbing / walking / canoeing when not kayaking. All of these have added to my overall paddling in one way or another.
by David Fairweather
Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing a Drysuit
Replies: 10
Views: 756

Re: Choosing a Drysuit

Try and get one that's easy to paddle in. I know it's not a dry suit as such, but the Palm Spark suit is great to paddle in, I believe their new suits will have a similar curved zip arrangement across the shoulders.
by David Fairweather
Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Large Burn vs Everest
Replies: 15
Views: 1604

Re: Large Burn vs Everest

I'm a bit lighter than you at 87kg, but I have used the large Burn and Everest on multiday trips over the past few years. Personally I have gone for the Everest as my personal boat because I like how nimble it feels. The Everest is narrower than the Large Burn, so it is a bit quicker off the mark an...
by David Fairweather
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best Skullcap for kayaking!?
Replies: 13
Views: 1946

Re: Best Skullcap for kayaking!?

I used to wear a skill cap, but these days find that a well fitting helmet with good insulation is more than warm enough. And ear plugs, for play boating they are a must.
by David Fairweather
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Interesting GoPro3 head mounting from Ben Brown
Replies: 9
Views: 1108

Re: Interesting GoPro3 head mounting from Ben Brown

SimonMW wrote:The only trouble with this device is that the wearer would look cooler if they were to walk down a high street dressed in a penis outfit.
If you combined both you would probably become an overnight Internet sensation.
by David Fairweather
Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Interesting GoPro3 head mounting from Ben Brown
Replies: 9
Views: 1108

Re: Interesting GoPro3 head mounting from Ben Brown

Makes his arms look freakishly long.
by David Fairweather
Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Jed, anyone ~95kg paddled both M and L?
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: Pyranha Jed, anyone ~95kg paddled both M and L?

I'm 87 kilos and paddle a large Jed. I could get away with a medium but have found the large easy enough to throw about and super loose on a wave. At your weight I would certainly recommend a large.
by David Fairweather
Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coaching Eddies and Ferrygliding, useful analogies?
Replies: 38
Views: 2023

Re: Coaching Eddies and Ferrygliding, useful analogies?

If you are using analogies, the first question to ask yourselfis "can I explain this without the analogy?". I fthe answer si yes, then you don't need to bother with the analogy and extra layer of complexity that come with being in a kayak on moving water and trying to relate that to a mountian bike ...
by David Fairweather
Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stolen Kayaks in North Wales
Replies: 41
Views: 3660

Re: Stolen Kayaks in North Wales

most boats will have two serial numbers on them. One that is easily visible for the customer to use to register the boat and to report and faults to the manufacturer etc... The other usually requires removing large parts of the internals to find and is there for identification in the case of theft e...
by David Fairweather
Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Tubing
Replies: 9
Views: 2828

Re: River Tubing

The guys that run tubing on the Dee use NRS tubes, I believe they bought them from the US. I'm sure the NRS website will give you costs and shipping info etc...
by David Fairweather
Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First world problems of kayaking
Replies: 30
Views: 3085

Re: First world problems of kayaking

This season's new Sweet Rocker colours don't match my new Spark suit.
by David Fairweather
Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tim Burne or Dave Burne?
Replies: 15
Views: 1345

Re: Tim Burne or Dave Burne?

Dave, I have the proof that you are better than Tim. I'll post it to you, but I'll need you to send me the £200 postage in advance.
by David Fairweather
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: jetskis
Replies: 1
Views: 607

jetskis

Just got found a new way to take irritating other people to extremes.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2 ... alia-video
by David Fairweather
Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Put-on Parties, Take-out Treats - Celebrate the Awesomeness!
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Put-on Parties, Take-out Treats - Celebrate the Awesomen

There was that donkey at the Rizanesse put-in a few years ago the bit me.
by David Fairweather
Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sava River, Slovenia
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Re: Sava River, Slovenia

The Sava Bohinjca is great. Pleasant grade 3 if I remember well. The rafting company in Bled use a section of the river for a large chunk of the year and the guides there are keen to get out paddling with whoever is around.