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by steddyjames
Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First surf boat?
Replies: 14
Views: 1085

Re: First surf boat?

Personally I would opt for a surf specific craft straight off rather than getting a boat that surfs ok and then changing it in, there are often several around second hand and older designs tend to not go for a lot of money. Denzil Agree with Denzil here, if you wanna surf then get a surf boat. Alth...
by steddyjames
Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Big boat choice
Replies: 23
Views: 1291

Re: Big boat choice

Basicly you guys have comfirmed what I thought, that its just down to personal paddling style..... so that makes me wonder about the kayak manufacturers advertising stances. Take Dagger for example, but others do the same. They tout the nomad as the big creeking boat and the mamba is advertised as ...
by steddyjames
Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Down the local...
Replies: 44
Views: 2000

Re: Down the local...

The Shranalong is my nearest decent run, cracking fun for an evening paddle with our summer downpours, lots of fun drops but a fecker of a walk up if you want to get them all in....but I'd guess only the Irish contingent on here will know what I'm talking about.
by steddyjames
Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Going climbing (+whitewater paddling) makes women fancy you
Replies: 16
Views: 1678

Re: Going climbing (+whitewater paddling) makes women fancy you

Looks like my wife is one lucky woman....I surf, climb and kayak......plus I've got a nice big camera...wooo, I'm a right catch!!

Must go a tell now how lucky she is.......
by steddyjames
Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Moving to Cambridge??
Replies: 16
Views: 644

Re: Moving to Cambridge??

Ooh how I envy you! If you like outdoor swimming you've got all of the River Cam between Grantchester and Grantchester Meadows (see pics), as well as the Newnham River Swimming Club at the Meadows. Lucky guy!! This stretch of the Cam was the inspiration for "Grantchester Meadows" on Pink Floyd's Um...
by steddyjames
Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Moving to Cambridge??
Replies: 16
Views: 644

Re: Moving to Cambridge??

Cheers folks, sounds like there's plenty of stuff to be getting on with between trips then.

Kinda be nice to be back in Blighty anyway, I've come to realise it's not that bad of a place afterall....god bless the NHS!!
by steddyjames
Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Moving to Cambridge??
Replies: 16
Views: 644

Re: Moving to Cambridge??

garya wrote:We will be Seeing you at Broxbourne then ....?

Gary A
Oh yeah, never connected I would be close to there, are the plans looking like it could be good for playboating? I'm assuming the course designers are focusing on slalom, with it being for the olympics and everything!
by steddyjames
Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Moving to Cambridge??
Replies: 16
Views: 644

Re: Moving to Cambridge??

Hi James, Cambridge isnt to bad, I live deeper in Norfolk! You have northampton white water course 40mins, nottingham is only an hour, north wales is about 3hrs, east coast surf which is actually not bad! Theres alot of us about always passing cambridge so your never short of lifts. Cool, cheers. I...
by steddyjames
Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Moving to Cambridge??
Replies: 16
Views: 644

Moving to Cambridge??

Soooo, after 5 years out of the UK it appears we might be re-locating to Cambridge with work. As I swore if we moved back to the UK I would never move south of Birmingham or east of Bristol this is going be a bit of a break from where I thought I would be...but I think it's time to grow up!! I see t...
by steddyjames
Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Wagons
Replies: 12
Views: 1124

Re: Paddle Wagons

Good idea, definitely a niche market though so maybe consider doing typical conversions as well as more specific sport ones. I've owned a couple of paddle wagons which have nothing to do with work (I'm a desk-jockey). Each one I've kitted out myself, mainly because the traditional kitted vans are co...
by steddyjames
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: "Never Again" rivers.
Replies: 88
Views: 4647

Re: "Never Again" rivers.

The Rosanna (or trisanna, I always get them mixed up)...it kinda starts, there's a bit in the middle, then it ends.

Oh and driving to (I can't really say paddling it) the Mayo Deel....because no matter how much rain Ireland gets this river NEVER has any water in it....
by steddyjames
Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surf destination July/August?
Replies: 13
Views: 577

Re: Surf destination July/August?

storm wrote:France /Spain should be fine at this time of year,save indo till the winter.
Steve
Why save Indo for the winter? That's the wet season in Indo and the surf aint as good. June to September is the best time for surfing if I recall correctly.
by steddyjames
Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surf destination July/August?
Replies: 13
Views: 577

Re: Surf destination July/August?

Steddy, The gf and I have been thinking about Indo for a surf trip. How was it in a kayak? I fancy the sun and warm water, but not if all the breaks are huge and intimidating. Andy When we were there the surf was unbelievable. We had a couple of weeks of good solid surf and then some calmer periods...
by steddyjames
Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surf destination July/August?
Replies: 13
Views: 577

Re: Surf destination July/August?

I'm not much use on the 'other half' stuff as my missus surfs but here are a few places I've been to that could work.... We went to Indo in mid-August for a month, bit further than your 8 hour flight but feck it's worth it. I reckon that's a difficult time for Europe just because it will be so busy....
by steddyjames
Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder Recovery
Replies: 17
Views: 455

Re: Shoulder Recovery

and any adivce on loosing weight I seem to have put alot on but have been told not to cycle or kayak yet, and I have bad kneew so running isn't good for me. I have been swiming but seem to be gaining more wieght than anything even with a smaller less calorie intake diet. Every recovery is different...
by steddyjames
Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Skiing help for a mate
Replies: 69
Views: 2894

Re: Skiing help for a mate

Personally I couldn't careless if people wear helmets or not, it's up to them and I wouldn't try to convince them one way or another. I've been heading to the snow for over 20 years now, in the past 5 years my body armour is gradually increasing, I've got knee pads, elbow pads, padded pants, back br...
by steddyjames
Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Its Christmas!!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 1596

Re: Its Christmas!!!!

Colorado for us this year. Admittedly no paddling but lots of winter sports fun,......woooo!!
by steddyjames
Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Possible swim in the Dee at Llangollen
Replies: 51
Views: 5405

Re: Possible swim in the Dee at Llangollen

Pete you're nails!!

I regularly swim in Galway Bay, but I never get in before May and I would be out again after October....I have absolutely no idea how you keep going through the winter but fair play to ya!
by steddyjames
Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: August Aosta Trip Grades 3-5 -how to please all of the ppl?!
Replies: 17
Views: 1061

Re: August Aosta Trip Grades 3-5 -how to please all of the ppl?!

I had the worst swim of my life on the Dora Baltea in high water in the late 90's. I forget the trip exactly but it was somewhere between Pre-st didier and Bombardon I think (probably not spelt properly). Lost all my kit, even my booties were pulled off, swam a loooooong way with no chance of rescue...
by steddyjames
Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Conwy Falls Incident
Replies: 245
Views: 19346

Re: Conwy Falls Incident

Conwy Rambler wrote: ....usually the numpties from over the border !!!!
What...they were French, my god man that's terrible!!!
by steddyjames
Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking badges of honour..
Replies: 92
Views: 5992

Re: Kayaking badges of honour..

ol wrote: 3) Based your future travel aspirations purely on countries with good whitewater.
I think that goes without saying, is there any other reason to travel??? I wouldn't plan to go anywhere that didn't have surf, snow, whitewater or mountain biking.
by steddyjames
Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What did you do this weekend?
Replies: 50
Views: 2638

Re: What did you do this weekend?

Sat in Caribou Coffee looking at clear blue skies wondering if it's ever going to snow and hearing about all the water back home.....
by steddyjames
Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking badges of honour..
Replies: 92
Views: 5992

Re: Kayaking badges of honour..

1 - break our behind a Ford Capri on the R. Rhondda
2 - canoe through a nudist camp and 'when in Rome' it
3 - pull the female instructor teaching you to open canoe and marry her 12 years later
by steddyjames
Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Low Force Falls, Teesdale, River Tees
Replies: 48
Views: 3343

Re: Low Force Falls, Teesdale, River Tees

How did Sunday's levels compare with these two ? These were taken 3rd December 2006 (We'd paddled the South Tyne, took these pics on my way home, so quite late in the day). There was a WWSR course at Wynch Bridge on this day too - they had just got off when I waded through the fields to take the pi...
by steddyjames
Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Irish paddling.
Replies: 11
Views: 520

Re: Irish paddling.

As for the "History" that can be a can of worms, the Irish much like the Scots are a relaxed and easy going bunch whom all kinda get along as long as no one it totally irresponsible re use of rivers etc. The only places / people I have ever seen or encountered "issues" is what I call the hangover e...
by steddyjames
Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Irish paddling.
Replies: 11
Views: 520

Re: Irish paddling.

James, I can only but guess you are on about the Bundorragha in Co. Mayo which I have paddled many many times during my time living /working close by. Delphi Lodge Adventure Centre do not own the river and no other river is / can be privately owned. I have been approached before by a guy from "Delp...
by steddyjames
Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Irish paddling.
Replies: 11
Views: 520

Re: Irish paddling.

No you can't paddle on all Irish rivers. In some areas they are closed for the fishing season, this is definitely the case in Connemara. I know there are issues in other areas but I'm not 100% sure what the story is in all other regions.
by steddyjames
Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Todays Daily Mail
Replies: 15
Views: 1945

Re: Todays Daily Mail

That photo is also in the latest National geographic...didn't give as much detail though.
by steddyjames
Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Missing canoeist off the Isle of Wight
Replies: 10
Views: 1048

Re: Missing canoeist off the Isle of Wight

I wonder how they decided it was a hoax?
by steddyjames
Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Irish West Coast Surf
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: Irish West Coast Surf

I live in Galway and surf up and down the west coast. To put it bluntly there is surf in all the west coast counties. However it does require a bit of search and discover because although there are well known and busy spots the Irish make a big effort not to mention other spots. Having said that it ...