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by David Fairweather
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boofing and seat position
Replies: 41
Views: 3073

Re: Boofing and seat position

People are all different shapes and have different paddling styles. That's why boats are adjustable. You just need to play with the seat to work out what set up allows you to produce the most efficient forward paddle stroke. Now use that forward paddle stroke on the lip of drops and you'll be boofin...
by David Fairweather
Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hatches in kayaks...
Replies: 1
Views: 696

Hatches in kayaks...

by David Fairweather
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The East Lyn is not a spate river?
Replies: 13
Views: 1451

Re: The East Lyn is not a spate river?

I always used to think of the East Lyn as a river to do the day after all the heavy rain.

So, drive to Devon, hit as many of the Upper Dart, Erme, Plym, Walkham as you can before it gets dark. Next day drive across the moor to the Lyn which will still have water.
by David Fairweather
Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Old Pyranha Yellow and Orange vs New Yellow and Orange
Replies: 9
Views: 896

Re: Old Pyranha Yellow and Orange vs New Yellow and Orange

The new yellow and orange is easier to boof, the old yellow and orange was faster at cartwheeling though.
by David Fairweather
Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn pay and play
Replies: 153
Views: 16214

Re: Tryweryn pay and play

I am assuming that this is part of a clever, subversive plan to get people making more use of the multitude of excellent whitewater rivers in North Wales instead of staying on the Tryweryn each and every weekend. Well Played CW.
by David Fairweather
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The only thing that has changed in kayaking over 20 years
Replies: 19
Views: 2295

Re: The only thing that has changed in kayaking over 20 year

cswalker wrote:Ego's are smaller?
Dagger Egos are the same size they always were. Maybe you've got bigger?
by David Fairweather
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Another East Lyn Pin
Replies: 207
Views: 16193

Re: Another East Lyn Pin

Were there really more people messing up the line than in the past? Or just are the people who forget to paddle left just wearing GoPros when they get it wrong? It has been a couple of years since I've been on the Lyn, but I remember there being three choices at the crux: - get the correct line - wa...
by David Fairweather
Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stikine vid
Replies: 6
Views: 1503

Re: Stikine vid

Stunning. There is some super smooth addling on show there.
by David Fairweather
Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A huge thanks to those that got High earlier this year
Replies: 5
Views: 1491

Re: A huge thanks to those that got High earlier this year

Well done Joe, that's fantastic news. Great to see kayakers making a difference.
by David Fairweather
Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How to get kayaking more coverage?
Replies: 20
Views: 1652

Re: How to get kayaking more coverage?

Have any of the folk who are suggesting a handy British Club paddler's guide to the Dart actually clicked on the link, looked at the type of articles the journal publishes, or noted where it is sold? Whilst a pull-out topographic map of the local grade 2 club run might make a lovely feature in CKUK ...
by David Fairweather
Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How to get kayaking more coverage?
Replies: 20
Views: 1652

Re: How to get kayaking more coverage?

An aerial shot of the Zambezi or Stikine with rapid names and descriptions would be cool. It doesn't matter that it would never be used in a practical sense, as long as it inspires.
by David Fairweather
Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Yes, but did you catch that eddy?
Replies: 65
Views: 4877

Re: Yes, but did you catch that eddy?

paradigm There should be some sort of UKRGB Godwin's Law that says we can all discount any point you make whenever you use this word Dave :-) Giles If I use techincal or complicated words, people will think I'm smarter than I really am. This idiosyncrasy is the halmark of the modern active dyamic c...
by David Fairweather
Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Yes, but did you catch that eddy?
Replies: 65
Views: 4877

Re: Yes, but did you catch that eddy?

David, that makes sense, but is the proportion of paddlers who have coaching so high that it affects a whole nation's padding character? Have things changed in the last say ten years. Coaching seems more prevalent, but surely most paddlers are self taught after the initial club-shown how to paddle ...
by David Fairweather
Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Yes, but did you catch that eddy?
Replies: 65
Views: 4877

Re: Yes, but did you catch that eddy?

So is what we are talking about a British way of paddling? Is this brought on by the type of low volume ditches we have or a style of coaching or both? I suspect it is a result of the lack of many reliable venues in the UK and, to an extent, a style of coaching. Typically in North Wales; coaches wi...
by David Fairweather
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Yes, but did you catch that eddy?
Replies: 65
Views: 4877

Re: Yes, but did you catch that eddy?

For those who think better in numbers:

Absolute velocity = boat velocity + water velocity

(I use the word velocity because direction is important)

So you can slow your absolute velocity by picking a line with less water velocity, or changing direction, whilst keeping the same boat speed.
by David Fairweather
Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddles - To toss or not to toss?
Replies: 18
Views: 1464

Re: Paddles - To toss or not to toss?

So, from what I have read here; if you are good at tucking, you have less need for tossing. Makes sense.
by David Fairweather
Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Burn MkIII
Replies: 14
Views: 5387

Re: Pyranha Burn MkIII

Don't put too much stock in manufacturer weights (from any company), it's pretty arbitrary and you will often encounter two similarly sized paddlers prefering different sizes.

Demo both, choose the one that works best for you. Enjoy, I keep hearing how fast the Mk III is.
by David Fairweather
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Semi-dry cags.
Replies: 11
Views: 1332

Re: Semi-dry cags.

I use the Palm Spark suit for most things now (neoprene neck and ankles, latex wrists). A bit of water gets in the ankles when walking about in the water and some gets in the neck if I'm playboating, but for the most part I'm pretty dry after paddling. Given its a semi-dry suit, it's certainly dryer...
by David Fairweather
Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Chain
Replies: 107
Views: 12605

Re: The Chain

I have seen that picture of Bren a few times now.
In the picture he is upside down and clearly pulling a radical move.
Here is another picture I have seen a few times of someone who is upside down and pulling a radical move.

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by David Fairweather
Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What gear can I keep outdoors?
Replies: 10
Views: 1334

Re: What gear can I keep outdoors?

I was looking for my drysuit the other day, I eventually found it under a pile of (unseasonably early) snow in the garden. It was still working perfectly on the river yesterday.
by David Fairweather
Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Narrow paddle grip
Replies: 39
Views: 3958

Re: Narrow paddle grip

I suspect that if coaches are advising beginners with terms like "shoulder width", there must be a similar scope for misunderstanding... though the description of holding your arms with a right angle at the elbows probably narrows it down better. When people say their hands are 85 cm (for example) ...
by David Fairweather
Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Chain
Replies: 107
Views: 12605

Re: The Chain

That picture has been posted four times.
Eric Jackson has won the world freestyle champs four times.
This year Britain's Claire O'Hara won the world champs in K1 and squirt (again).

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by David Fairweather
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Narrow paddle grip
Replies: 39
Views: 3958

Re: Narrow paddle grip

I don't think anyone has said that a narrow grip is optimal. Just that there are pros and cons to narrow and wide grips and that what works for you as an individual is just fine and might be different for your mate who has a different mass / shape / style / strength etc... I've got a set of cranks w...
by David Fairweather
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Narrow paddle grip
Replies: 39
Views: 3958

Re: Narrow paddle grip

Narrow grip does not give you more leverage maybe reach but definitely not more leverage. I have the physics in my head but not confident enough to write it down succinctly. Moment (or torque) of a lever = Force x distance from pivot The same force transferred through a longer lever will have a lar...
by David Fairweather
Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Narrow paddle grip
Replies: 39
Views: 3958

Re: Narrow paddle grip

A narrow grip will obviously give more leverage than a wide grip, as long as you still rotate using your trunk and back. This does come with a sacrifice in control, so for a weaker paddler, a very narrow ip can be hard to deal with. It all ultimately comes down to paddling style and preference. We a...
by David Fairweather
Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)
Replies: 17
Views: 2562

Re: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)

Thanks for sharing. That's certainly worth reading for anyone involved in saftey and rescue or leadership training.
by David Fairweather
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Big portage with jump in, Help
Replies: 20
Views: 2070

Re: Big portage with jump in, Help

I don't know about Scotland or North Wales, but that sounds very Corsican.
by David Fairweather
Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit wrist seals - is it me?
Replies: 20
Views: 1591

Re: Drysuit wrist seals - is it me?

Sounds like the probelm is that you're just too buff for your suit. Were you in Right Said Fred by any chance?

Try pushing the seals as far up your forearm as possible, so they form a seal around your arm rather than wrist. Might help a bit.
by David Fairweather
Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Free gifts
Replies: 36
Views: 3657

Free gifts

I notice that CKUK are offering a free Yak Contour helmet this month. In my opinion this is far too expensive for a Yak Contour helmet.
by David Fairweather
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: Squirt at the Worlds
Replies: 3
Views: 2205

Re: Squirt at the Worlds

Claire pulled out some lovely smooth rides and is a worthy winner. There were some great rides in the men's too, I particularly enjoyed ken Whiting's style.