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by Lowri Davies
Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Learning to boof
Replies: 12
Views: 1692

Re: Learning to boof

Don't try and "thrust your hips forward" as it's so often described. This will only lead to you leaning back, losing "torso body tension" (or whatever lingo you want to use ;-) ) and probably pushing your heels down for a lovely pencil. Instead, when you take that all important forward stroke (timed...
by Lowri Davies
Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: rural-wales-resists-access-free-for-all
Replies: 17
Views: 2447

Re: rural-wales-resists-access-free-for-all

Meanwhile, Visit Wales is running a short survey on how frequently and how much people spend on adventurous activities. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete and there's a box at the end to say how lovely the rivers are. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/walesoutdooractivitytourismvisitor Yep, ...
by Lowri Davies
Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Replies: 8
Views: 2008

Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Yeah it's in Switzerland… not in Thun but not too far away. Fun river :-)
by Lowri Davies
Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: It's downright Plain Lazy!
Replies: 17
Views: 3313

Re: It's downright Plain Lazy!

Wow, loving the efforts here! "Plain Sailing" - probably more apt for a sailing picture "Go with the Flow" is definitely one I've already suggested and would be bang on brand for us (FlowFree). How about… "Sit down sports are the best" "Play hard, Canoe home" - a piss take of the Howies slogan "Work...
by Lowri Davies
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: It's downright Plain Lazy!
Replies: 17
Views: 3313

It's downright Plain Lazy!

Plain Lazy are a popular T-shirt / hoody brand aimed at those who like to enjoy the outdoors, the lazy way. They have current slogans and designs which play off downhill biking, skiing, snowboarding, skating, surfing and general campervan life (like other surf clothing brands such as animal). I've ...
by Lowri Davies
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Have you got a screw loose....?
Replies: 16
Views: 2577

Re: Have you got a screw loose....?

Dagger (and probably wavesport) boats also now come with an allen key, and used to come with a whole multi-tool. Riot boats also used to come with an allen key so Eskimo are far from the only manufacturer doing that. If you keep allen keys or screwdrivers in your paddling gear, be sure to keep them ...
by Lowri Davies
Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboats and creekers...
Replies: 30
Views: 4561

Re: Playboats and creekers...

Very well explained Glyn!
by Lowri Davies
Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Have you got a screw loose....?
Replies: 16
Views: 2577

Re: Have you got a screw loose....?

Many boats' screws and bolts come loose, usually in transit. Manufacturers have tried many things to combat this but nothing is foolproof… As you were advised, you're best to check it over when you get it and keep checking, especially if you've driven a long way with the boat on the roof. You can al...
by Lowri Davies
Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboats and creekers...
Replies: 30
Views: 4561

Re: Playboats and creekers...

Theres a reason you barely saw a dagger or pyranha at any world /European champs between 2007 and 2009... Even the best paddlers can't polish a... Well you know! Rush Sturges struggled in a crazy 88 let alone a G-force... And he ain't bad at that freestyle malarkey!
by Lowri Davies
Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboats and creekers...
Replies: 30
Views: 4561

Re: Playboats and creekers...

I whole-heartedly agree with Simon, particularly in regard to playboats… a G-force CANNOT do everything the lastest playboats from Dagger, Jackson, Pyranha, GuiGui, or the other carbon manufacturers out there. When did a G-force did a pistol-flip to airscrew combo?! The subtle differences between ea...
by Lowri Davies
Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking on the BBC
Replies: 11
Views: 1906

Re: Kayaking on the BBC

Well that was one of the most fun things I've ever done! I had an interview, showed off some freestyle and then came back on to wrestle a crocodile in the background near the end! I've only just watched it... Some of their descriptions are hilarious but I think the Tim the presenter did really well ...
by Lowri Davies
Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps conditions
Replies: 76
Views: 15296

Re: Alps conditions

The storm last night brought up the Durance a bit too. The gorge is on 7 again now. There is now a dangerous tree across the Lower Guisane, so take care on that!

Have fun all :-)
by Lowri Davies
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps conditions
Replies: 76
Views: 15296

Re: Alps conditions

Hi all, I've been out here for the duration running trips, courses and of course getting out for fun blasts of an evening. Levels are now really nice. Guil medium with all sections running (possible day to day exception of the gorge depending on barrage releases). Ubaye has dropped plenty and raceco...
by Lowri Davies
Thu May 02, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Nomad??
Replies: 30
Views: 7842

Re: New Nomad??

Sayno2playboats wrote:They wouldn't bother putting the handles on a prototype.
Depends on the kind of prototype and how far along in the process they are. Dagger often do make their prototypes almost to the standard of production models so that they can be safely tested in appropriate environments.
by Lowri Davies
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon region river webcams?
Replies: 12
Views: 3486

Re: Briancon region river webcams?

If you consider the Tryweryn releases at somewhere between 10-16m³/s, that should give you an idea of the flow in the Durance. Just nit-picking here: Tryweryn is usually 8-10 cumecs. Very occasionally 12 or 16. That's the flowrate at the dam, not once the little streams start coming in. Think a nor...
by Lowri Davies
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Things I see on the river during my travels.
Replies: 26
Views: 2464

Re: Things I see on the river during my travels.

The yanks love clipping to the line end of a throwline… when challenged on it, those who'd actually given it any thought told me it was so that the rest of the rope was easily managed in the bag rather than being loose on the bank / in the water. On reflection, I still prefer the British consensus o...
by Lowri Davies
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Just a little stern squirt practising....................
Replies: 28
Views: 3997

Re: Just a little stern squirt practising...................

As Mike said, slowing things down may well help. Can I share a drill I often use with paddlers trying to get to grips with this one? Drill 1 - feel the surge Do exactly the same move you've already been doing - paddle forward on a good charc, sweep stroke on your right, backward stroke/brace stroke...
by Lowri Davies
Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Jackson Star for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 172

Jackson Star for sale

Hi Guys I've got a Jackson Star 2009 model (the slightly longer slicier one). Ideal first playboat as you can learn all cartwheels, loops and all other variations in this boat while it's still very forgiving. It's yellow. In good condition, just the usual surface scratches. Can include sweet cheeks ...
by Lowri Davies
Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: TREES & weather warnings for North Wales
Replies: 5
Views: 1402

Re: TREES & weather warnings for North Wales

"The Pass" - there's a few, I'm guessing you mean Llanberis? Or horseshoe? Mostly the roads are being cleared pretty well now, but there are some pretty major drifts! This is the road between Tryweryn and the A5 by Cerrigydrudion. https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/409204_6554460...
by Lowri Davies
Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: TREES & weather warnings for North Wales
Replies: 5
Views: 1402

Re: TREES & weather warnings for North Wales

A little update for y'all… The A5 is currently shut between Corwen and Llangollen: more fallen trees and a lot of snow (some big drifts). A good place to keep an eye out for updates: http://www.north-wales.police.uk/news__appeals/latest_news/weather_disruption_update.aspx The Tryweryn was fun in the...
by Lowri Davies
Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: TREES & weather warnings for North Wales
Replies: 5
Views: 1402

TREES & weather warnings for North Wales

Hi Guys, Just a heads up to anyone heading to North Wales this weekend. The snow has been particularly bad in north-eastern Wales, around Llangollen particularly, with over a foot in places. The high winds and heavy snow have brough down trees both on the roads (A5 upstream of chainbridge particular...
by Lowri Davies
Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboat suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 792

Re: Playboat suggestions

Probably not S6f, but original S6 could be put below Molan. They're pretty wide so might be hard work for someone as small as Jemma.

Going a bit retro for a moment:
Riot Air 45
Wavesport ZG (a bit longer than a project)
by Lowri Davies
Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboat suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 792

Re: Playboat suggestions

Generally the above suggestions are about right: Jackson Star (2007-2009 model) Wavesport Project 45, bit less forgiving than star Pyranha Jed (small) - 1 year old design so limited 2nd hand potential, also less forgiving than star Slightly less good: Dagger Kingpin Pyranha Molan (small) - probably ...
by Lowri Davies
Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chile- Dirtbag Kayak Guide
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: Chile- Dirtbag Kayak Guide

Yeah FlowFree has a summer of fun lined up in the French Alps & Austria mostly. I'll probably also head out to Italy and maybe Norway… then, well, there's all sorts of possibilities. Far flung corners of Africa or the Himalayas looking most likely options for autumn just now, but I also have excitin...
by Lowri Davies
Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chile- Dirtbag Kayak Guide
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: Chile- Dirtbag Kayak Guide

Hey Andrew, nice choice of music for a Chile edit ;-) * https://vimeo.com/58324729 And obviously, nice boat… glad she got more class adventures after I had to go home! Where is she now? Did you sell her there? Looks like you had much better weather at Futa than we did! I like part 2 best, more varie...
by Lowri Davies
Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Self Supported Kayaker...with a twist
Replies: 6
Views: 977

Re: Self Supported Kayaker...with a twist

There's no kayaking... The trailer will be full of food and supplies for his self supported 1000 mile run!
by Lowri Davies
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: H&F's Chile Adventure - Part Two - More video!
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Re: H&F's Chile Adventure - Part Two - More video!

Finn this is awesome… some fantastic editing!!

Good work chap. Looking forward to the third instalment already!
by Lowri Davies
Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Important: Lower Tryweryn take out
Replies: 87
Views: 5732

Re: Important: Lower Tryweryn take out

I`m sure I`ll be put right, but I would imagine the guys parking in the estate & the area mentioned would be those who want to play on the wave just below Bala Mill Falls, or even to take in the falls repeatedly. This area of the river is some way from the car park, not a distance I`d relish carryi...
by Lowri Davies
Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Important: Lower Tryweryn take out
Replies: 87
Views: 5732

Re: Important: Lower Tryweryn take out

Bone chilling. Perhaps the hair is for warmth? I can only speculate.