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by goatboy
Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specs or contacts?
Replies: 24
Views: 2247

Re: Specs or contacts?

I use full scleral lenses. They will definitely will never wash out, & according to my optician are much less likely to cause infections. A fair degree of protection from spray and wind as well. The downside is the fitting process - which is long - and of course the cost. It takes a while to learn h...
by goatboy
Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Headtorch Recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Re: Headtorch Recommendations

If you need completely waterproof & robust, it might be worth asking around caving websites / caver friends. They've got quite an interest in making sure their stuff is reliable.
by goatboy
Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Has anyone got anything positive out of all this flooding?
Replies: 22
Views: 3712

Re: Has anyone got anything positive out of all this floodin

Here in Yorkshire, we've got a new waterfall:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-yo ... e-35026529

Only a matter of time before someone claims that, with a decent boof, it will run fine ...

g.b.
by goatboy
Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 363
Views: 34881

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

I would demonstrate a roll which started with the paddle vertical, capsize with the paddle remaining vertical and then roll up with 'hip flick'. It was perfectly possible albeit it usually only worked as a set piece rather than a go-to stoke in anger. Adrian - were you around Plas Menai in the late...
by goatboy
Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Geology of the OH's
Replies: 6
Views: 1309

Re: Geology of the OH's

Jim wrote:
No, you must be mistaken, I've been to the US and they told me they had the oldest rocks in the works at 1.6 billion years old :)
I've also been to the US. They told me about the oldest rocks in the world, at 6000 years old

... mind you, I was visiting Louisiana ;)
by goatboy
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Surf Snowdonia
Replies: 4
Views: 2187

Surf Snowdonia

I've just heard that the artificial wave in Snowdonia is set to open on the 1st of August. http://magicseaweed.com/news/surf-snowdonia-to-open-august-1st/7642/ Does anyone know whether kayaks will be welcome there from time to time? More to the point, is this likely to appeal to kayakers? I'm intere...
by goatboy
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What have you found in the river while paddling
Replies: 31
Views: 4838

Re: What have you found in the river while paddling

Randy Fandango wrote:I found two fairly rotted dead bodies on the Bhote Kosi once.
Very cheery......
Giles
Well - that's 4 times as many dead bodies than I've run into whilst paddling.

- providing an answer to the question "what's worse than finding a dead body on the beach?"

G.B.
by goatboy
Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Style Rolling Awards - some potential or bad idea?
Replies: 38
Views: 4303

Re: Greenland Style Rolling Awards - some potential or bad i

Before this thread degenerates entirely, I'd just like to say that I'm with the majority of posters here. As well as the very good reasons already mentioned, I would also worry that having Greenland Rolling as a separate BCU award would discourage the introduction of Greenland techniques into other ...
by goatboy
Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: North Wales this weekend
Replies: 1
Views: 833

Re: North Wales this weekend

Hi all Usual sort of question! Club trip to N Wales mooted this weekend, and everywhere dry as a bone! Is anything running at G3-ish in Snowdonia (even if not exciting!)? Otherwise, I guess it's the Dee and the Tryweryn. cheers Dave Could check the tides & see when / whether the Menai Strait would ...
by goatboy
Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Calder Paddling - Access Court Case
Replies: 6
Views: 2584

Re: River Calder Paddling - Access Court Case

This is absolutely cutting edge stuff in that we have already quoted Doug Caffyn’s work and this has been accepted [we think] by the crown court first time around. Surely this is quite significant? I'd always believed that Crown Court stuff was generally precedent-setting (happy to be corrected on ...
by goatboy
Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Swim hand paddles as spares for river running
Replies: 9
Views: 1100

Re: Swim hand paddles as spares for river running

Was worried about that, the straps look good, but the paddle face looks only just bigger than the hand, and much smaller than the Riverholics - anyone tried anything else? I was getting on with making some in carbon, for surfing purposes. Stopped for a while, due to the cold weather (epoxy setting ...
by goatboy
Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quotes from non kayakers :)
Replies: 30
Views: 4742

Re: Quotes from non kayakers :)

Waves & cold weather go together in the N.E. People feel the need to comment on this, simply because there's snow on the beach:

http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPh ... oId=196108

G.B.
by goatboy
Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Steamed up glasses!
Replies: 29
Views: 2368

Re: Steamed up glasses!

Anyone got any experience of wearing contacts [thinkng disposable sort] on harder grades where there's more water in eyes and with impacts from drops etc? Well, I wear them surfing (boat & board), where there's quite a bit of water flying about. Never lost them (in many years ...), though I do keep...
by goatboy
Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Symmetrical vs. asymmetrical paddle blades
Replies: 10
Views: 2367

Re: Symmetrical vs. asymmetrical paddle blades

Just buy the paddle that you are comfortable with - everyone is different and we get along differently with paddles. This - many times over! Just to add that if you prefer a slightly heavier, symmetric paddle, then there's plenty of robust second hand / vintage options that will be sold very cheapl...
by goatboy
Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:04 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: fins?
Replies: 23
Views: 4218

Re: fins?

How did you make these Goatboy? Have you any step by step pics? Hi, Junior. Sorry, no step-by-step pictures - I'm not really much of a blogger/photographer (in fact, I've noticed that my original pics have disappeared; I'll try to remedy that shortly). If you're interested in how I made them, I can...
by goatboy
Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: fins?
Replies: 23
Views: 4218

Re: fins?

To revisit an old thread ... I decided I should stop just complaining about the lack of variety in surfboat fins & get to grips with carbon-kevlar & epoxy. Results are below: 3'' thrusters, and 3.5'' central fin. Recently had the chance to try them out in clean 3'-4', and they've held up nicely / fe...
by goatboy
Wed May 28, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: wetsuit vs dry cag
Replies: 7
Views: 1984

Re: wetsuit vs dry cag

I find I get more water the yak when wearing a wetsuit over a dry cag combo. Any solution? The deck waist is tight, but just doesn't compare to the seal of a double waist cag. Another solution is to wear a wetsuit, but put an impermeable rashvest (e.g. short sleeve chillcheater top) over both the w...
by goatboy
Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: T-rescue
Replies: 94
Views: 10374

Re: T-rescue

Oh dear! Multiple experts, multiple contradictory opinions - on something as basic as body position in a T-rescue. An alternative suggestion - gp.girl should just try the experiment for herself: attempt a t-rescue leaning forward, backward, and various positions in between, just to see which one act...
by goatboy
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: T-rescue
Replies: 94
Views: 10374

Re: T-rescue

Seeing the words "hip flick" always fill me with despair. The term is totally inadequate. It doesn't describe what to do with your hips. It does describe how you should do it though, apparently there should be a "flick". According to Merriam Webster, a flick is a sharp jerky stroke of movement. I'd...
by goatboy
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Which Mega Kayak for a surfing beginner?
Replies: 20
Views: 2949

Re: Which Mega Kayak for a surfing beginner?

I'd second StoneWeasel's suggestion of a UFO. I once picked up a full carbon/kevlar one for 200, (a few years back - it's now 'out on loan') & have since seen them even cheaper. Speaking of such - will be interested to see how much this one goes for on Fleabay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/surf-kayak-...
by goatboy
Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why are kayaks smooth?
Replies: 28
Views: 3451

Re: Why are kayaks smooth?

Riot used to do some playboats with a dimpled hull. Radical Moves used to do a composite surfboat with with similar dimples. From what I remember, it would start planing much earlier on a wave, and was very fast indeed for its length. Unfortunately, it was also very loose and almost uncontrollable ...
by goatboy
Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Which Mega Kayak for a surfing beginner?
Replies: 20
Views: 2949

Re: Which Mega Kayak for a surfing beginner?

Thanks, Lee.C, StoneWeasel. It's not for me personally, & it's not a question of pragmatics (I have a bit of a surfboat collection by now ... albeit most of it already lent out). I was just interested whether there was any technical / pedagogic reason for doing things this way around. My feeling is ...
by goatboy
Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Which Mega Kayak for a surfing beginner?
Replies: 20
Views: 2949

Re: Which Mega Kayak for a surfing beginner?

I have a Diesel 65 which is very stable and forgiving which I am learning to surf in, but want to eventually build my skill level up to move onto a surf kayak. Not meaning to hijack the thread, but I've often wondered about this approach. A lot of people seem to say that you should first learn to h...
by goatboy
Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: fins?
Replies: 23
Views: 4218

Re: fins?

Hi, Chillipepper - thanks for the reply. Didn't realize you were on UKRGB!

Quick answer is that I'm definitely interested if you do get round to moulding again - having previously used carbon fins, I can certainly feel the difference.

PM sent with a few more details.

G.B.
by goatboy
Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: fins?
Replies: 23
Views: 4218

Re: fins?

Anyone know anything about this guy:

http://mikesimagination.wordpress.com/c ... ayak-fins/

In particular, whether he's still making them / taking orders?

G.B.
by goatboy
Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Phantom
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Re: Phantom

The one thing that seems absolutely key is getting your weight forward as you come up. What he said! I seem to have adopted a bastardised roll that starts like a screw roll, sweeping back, that I then sweep forward so I come up over the front of my boat. Similarly for me & other surfboaters I've kn...
by goatboy
Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: wetsuit vs drysuit
Replies: 24
Views: 5508

Re: wetsuit vs drysuit

This seems like the appropriate place to ask: has anyone ever seen/tried the Ocean Rodeo surf drysuit? http://store.oceanrodeo.com/Surf-Dry-Suit_p_85.html It's claimed to be a drysuit designed for (board) surfers that is as easy to swim in & duck-dive as a summer wetsuit. Coming from a boarding back...
by goatboy
Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: mega maverick
Replies: 8
Views: 1321

Re: mega maverick

the foam running down the center of the boat between your legs runs all the way to the end tho doesnt it/do you cut that to get the happy feet in at the bottom? Yes - it involved removing a lot of central foam. Was worth it for the difference it made & didn't seem to affect rigidity at all. Do it a...
by goatboy
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: mega maverick
Replies: 8
Views: 1321

Re: mega maverick

guys with mega kayaks,,,what do you pad the end of the kayak out with so your feet are on something...im a short arse and they seem to be just hanging there haha I now use a Jackson Happy Feet. A bit of a pain, but better than endless hours carving closed cell foam into exactly the right shape (& t...
by goatboy
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: fins?
Replies: 23
Views: 4218

Re: fins?

Cheers for the replies. It looks like FCS converters are definitely out, if they involve a knee-deep launch. My main boat is kind of low-volume on me (or I'm 'high-volume' in it), and would flood instantly if I tried that. Still not impressed with the CJBs - I'm fairly sure I didn't clip the reef & ...