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by EK Sydney
Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Numb Bum!
Replies: 22
Views: 1420

Re: Numb Bum!

Try one of these - they're the local solution to all seat problems like yours...
http://www.gurneygears.com/default.asp? ... content=41
by EK Sydney
Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Big Swell
Replies: 35
Views: 3628

Re: Big Swell

I finally managed to get some reasonable vision of the sort of waves our localised conditions throw up around Sydney. The video below shows about 1.5-2m of sea riding on top of a smallish swell, driven by a Force 4-5 wind which had been blowing for about 3 days. Without a big swell running under it ...
by EK Sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Big Swell
Replies: 35
Views: 3628

Re: Big Swell

Steve mate, that's because down here..... We're quick!
by EK Sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Big Swell
Replies: 35
Views: 3628

Re: Big Swell

Bring on some more shots...Loving it :-)
Here's a few more of our pics from around the coast off Sydney....

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Mark, these are also all fakes.....

Mark.
by EK Sydney
Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Big Swell
Replies: 35
Views: 3628

Re: Big Swell

Can I just add that we don't really have much at all in the way of tidal water, & we're all very jealous of your brilliant tide races! There is a short video of a typical 2-3m day around our cliffs here - http://www.expeditionkayaks.com/2909-paddle.htm - it's for our commercial site so there is a bi...
by EK Sydney
Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Big Swell
Replies: 35
Views: 3628

Re: Big Swell

We're lucky here in Sydney to paddle most of the time in good swell. There is almost always a couple of metres rolling through, and the great variable is the wavelength. 2m swell with a 7 second wavelength is surfable, & produces a wave you can ride out on the ocean. 2m with an 11 second wavelength ...
by EK Sydney
Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surfing the Cetus
Replies: 58
Views: 2989

Re: Surfing the Cetus

Man, what a tough crowd. Good on this dude for getting out there & crashing around. I reckon he does a pretty good job of the surf & the video - beats the hell out of watching the usual sea kayak humbles I see on YouTube. He doesn't take himself too seriously or he would have edited out the little s...
by EK Sydney
Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cranks cause shoulder problems?^
Replies: 16
Views: 2651

Re: Cranks cause shoulder problems?

G'day Folks, I've read this thread with interest. I think buying a set of cranks off the shelf is asking for trouble. Unless you're prepared to have the cranks customised to your exact hand position then you will end up changing something else in your stroke to compensate - not ideal. Some of the st...
by EK Sydney
Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting out a Rapier or PN65 XP-18
Replies: 5
Views: 681

Re: Fitting out a Rapier or PN65 XP-18

We put a Bumfortable in for a guy who had the same problem as you J in his Rapier. They're a pretty nifty little seat from NZ - http://www.gurneygears.com/default.asp?subject=Bumfortable&type=page&content=41 . He was pretty happy with the extra room it provided, but has since cut away the hip area o...
by EK Sydney
Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Racing sea kayaks
Replies: 10
Views: 3524

Re: Racing sea kayaks

I've been paddling my Rapier 20 now for 10 months, in which time I've had it out in 1-2m following seas around Sydney, as well as having a blast each Wednesday morning along a 12.5km course for a bit of fitness. Surf Ski paddling is king around here, mainly because it's a younger man's sport evolved...
by EK Sydney
Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What's this then?^
Replies: 71
Views: 6673

Re: What's this then?

Mate, you've nailed it.... I have a screaming good time chasing down swells with the rudder on my Rapier keeping me on the straight & narrow, and maximising the amount of energy I can use on my forward stroke & leg drive. Speed is the aim of the game & going fast is howling good fun. I also have hug...
by EK Sydney
Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What's this then?^
Replies: 71
Views: 6673

Re: What's this then?

Yep, all good observations. Obviously the old HM design had it's limitations, but all good things evolve & the current incarnation of the Nordkapp displays none of the vices I've read about the original designs. The SeaBird I paddled did have a fixed rudder system - a 'remarkably similar' (is there ...
by EK Sydney
Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What's this then?^
Replies: 71
Views: 6673

Re: What's this then?

A Nordkapp wíth a rudder is the same as a Nordakpp with a skeg, except it has a rudder - so can't quite see where the difference lies - -- G'day Mike, My point here is that using a Nordkapp with a rudder, unless you reverse the rudder cables, makes you paddle the boat counter to the intended design...
by EK Sydney
Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What's this then?^
Replies: 71
Views: 6673

Re: What's this then?

Yes but..... There is a big difference between serious expedition, goal oriented paddling & what most of us do 98% of the time, which is day paddle, explore, surf, maneuver at close quarters, practice skills etc. A sporty skeg boat is much more conducive to this sort of day/play boating than a longe...
by EK Sydney
Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What's this then?^
Replies: 71
Views: 6673

Re: What's this then?

I always think one of the supreme ironies of Australian & NZ paddling and our (slowly crumbling) culture of rudder-based sea kayak designs, is that it sprang from the original HM Nordkapp, which was a tricky proposition for paddlers like Paul Caffyn in following seas. Brian Towell has a classic line...
by EK Sydney
Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Have Nordkapps gone out of fashion?
Replies: 57
Views: 9487

Re: Have Nordkapps gone out of fashion?

Like Pam, I use my Aquanaut for instruction, but will one day resume expedition paddling (when my kids & partner can do without me for more than a day), and I'll be paddling a Nordkapp. True it takes a bit of dedication to learn the nuances of the hull, but once you have, it is such an effortless bo...
by EK Sydney
Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Guess what I saw tonight?
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Re: Guess what I saw tonight?

I think you may have little knowledge of the humble Scottish midge. Mate, I reckon they have a cousin living in Fiordland, NZ, the sandfly. No doubt exported in the beard of some Western Scottish sealer in the 1800's. As I have said, we are lucky in my part of the world to be free of such creatures...
by EK Sydney
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Guess what I saw tonight?
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Re: Guess what I saw tonight?

G'day Douglas,
Give me a midge with jaws so small you can't see them over a dirty great mossie with jaws so big you can see them any day...!
Love your work.
Mark.
by EK Sydney
Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Guess what I saw tonight?
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Re: Guess what I saw tonight?

Apparently, this is a Spur Dog - I'm glad these terrifying creatures are in your part of the world & not down here....
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Apparently their poison has an LSD like effect on your vision.
by EK Sydney
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Big (Huge) Wave Surfing? is it possible?
Replies: 7
Views: 1528

Re: Big (Huge) Wave Surfing? is it possible?

Here's a bit of footage from sunny Queensland - Waves were about 2-3m, big enough for your average sea kayaker.
by EK Sydney
Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: No boat fits
Replies: 18
Views: 1323

Re: No boat fits

I'm not sure if you can get them in the UK, but a boat worth considering is the Impex Assateague. It's roomy - designed for big blokes - but still a pretty good performer. I've see a few guys who couldn't fit into anything else jump into one & immediately feel comfy.
by EK Sydney
Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescuing a double^
Replies: 7
Views: 1710

Re: Rescuing a double

A double full of water would be very heavy, I wouldn't try lifting one. The rolling the boat over as you hang under the bow with your kayak on its side method might be worth a try. This uses the buoyancy of your kayak to rise up the bow of the other kayak; not sure whether it would work on a double...
by EK Sydney
Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is sea kayaking recession proof?
Replies: 21
Views: 1607

Re: Is sea kayaking recession proof?

They say gardening & golf are recession proof, and I reckon you can throw paddling into that bin of reasonably inexpensive pastimes. Compared to a golf club membership & even a crappy set of clubs, sea kayaking is a pretty cheap sport, so t shouldn't be affected too badly by a downturn. I think earl...
by EK Sydney
Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Rapier
Replies: 5
Views: 1198

Re: Valley Rapier

I own a Rapier 20 which I paddle around the coast of Sydney. We have long lines of sea cliffs & long period swell, so there is always a bit of rebound & bump. The secret to the Rapier 20 - trust me I'm still working on unlocking it - is to paddle it like a surf ski, and get your stability from a goo...