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by ali
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: S/Wales rivers up yet?
Replies: 9
Views: 1630

The Sawdde was a 10 on the gauge this morning and there were no trees to worry about in the lower gorge. The Usk rose all day though was still in it's banks at Crickhowell when we finally left the area this evening.
by ali
Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Commercial Posts
Replies: 79
Views: 10717

I would like to see the commercial forum remain as it is useful to find last minute courses and to just keep an eye on what is available out there. It even provided a free kayaking holiday in the Alps for one of our younger club members having entered one of the competitions.

Option A
by ali
Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calling Teachers....
Replies: 35
Views: 5832

Ideally you have to combine paddling with skiing. Hence week 1 of Christmas skiing week two paddling in north wales. Feb half term skiing. Easter Scottland June half term we've done Solvenia a few years running though it would be nice to head back out to the French Alps. Summer at least two weeks aw...
by ali
Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:19 am
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River levels in south/ mid wales.
Replies: 21
Views: 3541

The Cynrig ran last night though the first part was a little scrappy. The Tal-y-bant to Crickall section of the Usk was tanking it.
by ali
Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Levels - South West
Replies: 3
Views: 1014

What's likely to run in the south west this Friday. From the forecast it looks wet or is that just me being too optermistic?

Ali
by ali
Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Where are all the girls?
Replies: 109
Views: 17252

I wonder if the lack of girls is to do with a lack of positive female role models with in a club environment. At university the balence between boys and girls was very equal but when I left university and went to a 'town' club I was the only female who could paddle grade 4, was happy playboating and...
by ali
Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:21 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Slalom - Questions...
Replies: 10
Views: 2384

If you're a competent paddler you should really go to an open event or do some judging and use that as evidence to apply for ranking. It can be very frustarting for those paddlers who are working hard to get promoted into the next division if somebody comes into their event and wins who obviously sh...
by ali
Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Cheap Playboat
Replies: 4
Views: 713

I've got a dom 44 with a hole in the front which has been repaired. Fine for playboating and surfing wouldn't take it down a grade 4 river. £150 ono.

Ali
by ali
Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:48 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Jack field rapids
Replies: 3
Views: 1189

Jack field rapids

Does anybody know if there are likely to any problems paddling Jack Field rapids at Ironbridge this summer? The slalom at the start of July has been cancelled and there's rumour it might be to due to road works or work on the rapids. Or there might not be a problem with the site just with the slalom...
by ali
Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: girly paddling!
Replies: 45
Views: 6495

When I did the student saftey syposium back in 2000 I got to paddle in a group of all girls and it was probably the best thing I ever did for my paddling. We went and said we were fed of being told to get to the bank and stay there if something went wrong and we wanted to be able to be active member...
by ali
Sun Feb 11, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New bcu star award syllabus
Replies: 98
Views: 12804

Over all I think the changes that are being suggested for the new star tests have been long overdue. There appears to be far more progression built in to his and less jumping between skill levels. Even considering who can assess these it's realistic to assume that most clubs will have a coach who ca...
by ali
Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to go this summer? (Europe)
Replies: 8
Views: 1205

We've found that Austria still has enough water for paddling in at the start of August. We've stayed at Landeck and have managed in a week holiday to get 2 different rivers in a day. If you wanted to go out for longer you could think of going on to Solvenia as well though we usually go there for may...
by ali
Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tyne Tour and How to Spot People
Replies: 45
Views: 7648

Heard last night that the Alan was at a good level.
Have I missed something on the weather forecast like four days worth of rain over Hexham or is somebody just pulling your leg?

Ali
by ali
Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whats going on at eddylines..
Replies: 17
Views: 2865

Last weekends slalom was a div 1/ prem event. This weekends is the British Open and an international event. The black tie dinner is to present the awards for this season.

When we looked at the shop it just said closed for refurbishment.

Ali
by ali
Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: new pyranha fittings
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

I saw them in Pyrahna's new river running boat the other week. On first glance I didn't really notice much difference as I wasn't even looking to buy a boat. However, the shop keeper kindly set about to re-educated me. From what I understood they are aiming to improved the systems they already have ...
by ali
Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Late season north alps runs...
Replies: 18
Views: 3435

A cultural activity that comes highly recomended is chilling at the mountain lake just outside landeck Even better is the newly opened aquadome conveniently situated next to the uppe Oetz. (You can't miss it as it's sign posted from the moment you're in the Oetz valley). Loads of different swiming ...
by ali
Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The New Sanna
Replies: 20
Views: 3305

What day was the photo taken on because I can't remember there being that many rocks showing when we did it last week?

A huge number of holes, poreovers and a sense of solo boating but no rocks.
by ali
Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Late season north alps runs...
Replies: 18
Views: 3435

Giasun Gorge and the Ardez gorge are also do-able from Landeck in a day even if they're low. Where ever you are staying don't forget to make good use of your Guest card. It's the yellow piece of paper they give once you've filled in all your details with where your staying. It usually gives you free...
by ali
Sun Jul 30, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EU brakedown cover.
Replies: 11
Views: 2195

I've got to say the RAC sound better than the AA if they managed to get you a car that could carry boats when you broke down. We broke down in Belgium on the way to Solvenia in June. For our £40something pounds extra for European breakdown coverage the AA did provide us with a car to carry on with o...
by ali
Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling ability
Replies: 27
Views: 5389

However at the Tryweryn and other places like that, you are unlikely to have severe consequences. I've got to say I'm always wary of people tagging along. I don't mind paddling with people who are going to swim. I just like to be certain what their paddling level is like before hand so I know what ...
by ali
Thu Jul 27, 2006 3:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe Clubs, Gloucester Area
Replies: 10
Views: 2107

Just in case you do decide to try Cheltenham Canoe Club the contact number in the BCU handbook is currently wrong as I've moved house so if you want to speak to somebody before coming down to the pool you can PM me or Boater Rich. Otherwise just turn up at the Lido (near the hospital) in Cheltenham....
by ali
Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fort William - Low water runs
Replies: 27
Views: 4393

When we've been before and Scottland and it's been low we've combined the Falls of Lora with a paddle down the Awe afterwards. The Awe is grade 2/3 and can be run on the compensation flow or if you're luck there'll be a release. It's good for washing the salt water off your kit. The Findhorn also ho...
by ali
Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking on the Games
Replies: 82
Views: 12540

Kayaking on the Games

This Friday there's going to be some kayaking on channel four as part of the reality TV programme the Games. The general idea seems to be, take a load of semi celebrities and train them up to take part in a variety of sports and then make them compete against each other. This Friday they have to com...
by ali
Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whorlton Lido closed to the Public?
Replies: 8
Views: 13232

It may not change the situation for paddlers except that they can't park in the field and have their car watched any more. From what I could understand the problem was more with the people who go there for the day in the summer and swim in the river, drink too much and play their music loudly. The p...
by ali
Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: nerves....
Replies: 25
Views: 3903

Re: nerves....

I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS KAYAKING CRAZINESS I don't get it either. I've got a number of rivers including the Upper Dart that I have paddled a lot, I know i paddle well and will always get an invite to paddle with friends on yet I still get nervous when I'm going to paddle them. They don't even all e...
by ali
Tue Dec 20, 2005 8:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Lengths for a girlie
Replies: 13
Views: 1784

Paddle Lengths for a girlie

Hi

I was wondering what sort of paddle lengths ladies are using out there. At the moment I am using Werner Sidekicks, 194cm, 45 Feather. I am finding them a bit overpowering and too long. What recommendations do people have? I was thinking along the lines of the werner player.

Cheers

Ali
by ali
Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Incident on the Tywi
Replies: 3
Views: 1041

Somebody had slipped and hurt their back I think. They stopped some of our club members to ask for help so we'll fill you in when we hear some more. It was on stretch below junction pool and I think they hadn't even got on the water yet.
by ali
Tue Aug 02, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How many paddlers are teachers
Replies: 57
Views: 5972

Another geography teacher. Most of my GCSE class can now pick an imaginary line down a large number of waterfalls in Iceland and we'll be moving on to what creates ideal surf conditions next term. An AST is an advanced skills teacher. They go round advising other teachers how best to teach their sub...
by ali
Mon Aug 01, 2005 6:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cags for women
Replies: 14
Views: 1777

I find that if you've got wide hips like most of us girls have the Palm cag is too tight on them and becomes really restrictive. I'm paddling in a peak one at the moment but am still looking out for a better designed one for girls.
by ali
Thu Feb 17, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Breaking out?
Replies: 41
Views: 4434

I found the book for finding out what weird strokes are like the Duffek is the Wildwater canoeing by r. steidle published in english in 1977. The Duffek. 'The technique is the most commonly used variation of the draw technique named after a former Czechoslovakian slalomist. It is used for swinging i...