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by steddyjames
Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Failte Ireland 2011
Replies: 9
Views: 646

Re: Failte Ireland 2011

Actually they got the cliffs wrong as well, the Cliffs of Moher aren't the hightest cliffs in Europe, in fact they aren't even the highest cliffs in Ireland, poor old Donegal being forgotten about again!!
by steddyjames
Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Failte Ireland 2011
Replies: 9
Views: 646

Re: Failte Ireland 2011

....and here's me thinking all I wanna do is more back to the UK!!
by steddyjames
Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Freestyle comps, why dont you go?
Replies: 49
Views: 3324

Re: Freestyle comps, why dont you go?

And tee shirts? They're usually cheap basic affairs but the limited runs mean they cost a bit, don't bother and make the entry fees cheaper. ...but if you don't have a t-shirt you didn't really enter. It's almost more important than the winning (for us losers). I'm going to make myself sound old pr...
by steddyjames
Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Freestyle comps, why dont you go?
Replies: 49
Views: 3324

Re: Freestyle comps, why dont you go?

Mr Hoppy wrote:And tee shirts? They're usually cheap basic affairs but the limited runs mean they cost a bit, don't bother and make the entry fees cheaper.
...but if you don't have a t-shirt you didn't really enter. It's almost more important than the winning (for us losers).
by steddyjames
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: swim on the lledr on saturday
Replies: 198
Views: 17256

Re: swim on the lledr on saturday

jmmoxon wrote:Johnny Dawes was pretty bold in the 1980s & he's still climbing...

Mike
Now that brings back memories!! I had that on VHS when I first started climbing. With my closest crags being gritstone it was inspirational stuff.
by steddyjames
Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: swim on the lledr on saturday
Replies: 198
Views: 17256

Re: swim on the lledr on saturday

Blimey, sitting behind a computer, drinking coffee and eating bagels anyday....does the old adage 'there are old climbers and bold climbers, but no old and bold climbers' translate to kayaking I wonder.....I'm old at least!!
by steddyjames
Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wild Camping on the Island?
Replies: 13
Views: 5577

Re: Wild Camping on the Island?

Eliza Dolittle wrote:There is a Scout campsite at Newtown Creek. This would give you legal camping......
Is it illegal to wild camp?
by steddyjames
Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Youghal Rescue
Replies: 2
Views: 645

Re: Youghal Rescue

Jeez, I live on the coast about 40km west of there and looking at the sea from my house the swell and wind has been impressive, my sea boat has stayed firmly in the shed.... ....having said that the reef break in front of our house cleaned up lovely last night when the wind dropped to head high glas...
by steddyjames
Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Finally the footage we've been waiting for...
Replies: 17
Views: 2023

Re: Finally the footage we've been waiting for...

Bizarre, that vid is blocked in Ireland due to music copyright....
by steddyjames
Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River/Baby names
Replies: 70
Views: 3089

Re: River/Baby names

We are <6 weeks away from our only child popping out. Living in Ireland we have some great options such as the River Suck....
by steddyjames
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who is in charge / liable on a club river trip?
Replies: 85
Views: 3540

Re: Who is in charge / liable on a club river trip?

GoldTopo wrote:Canoeing is an assumed risk activity.
You know it's potentially dangerous before you start.
For someone else to be liable for any injury to you, they would have to be shown to have been negligent, not just have a bigger BCU badge.
...if Carlsburg could create a legal system......
by steddyjames
Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who is in charge / liable on a club river trip?
Replies: 85
Views: 3540

Re: Who is in charge / liable on a club river trip?

Back in the day I got my level 3 coach. Since then I've joined club trips here and there as a hanger on but I've sometimes been more qualified than the folks leading the trip so wondered if I was somehow liable should a case be brought. My assumption has been if I've no part in the group organisatio...
by steddyjames
Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Use of real names in Forum
Replies: 41
Views: 2534

Re: Use of real names in Forum

People who know me will definitely recognise my forum name, people who don't know me, well I'm not sure it matters what name is up there because I'm just another anonymous Brit living in Ireland. If I'm PMing I'll always use my first name (of which I actually have three and is where my forum name co...
by steddyjames
Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder , Skeg or Nothing
Replies: 23
Views: 1418

Re: Rudder , Skeg or Nothing

I have a skeg, but to honest it's more of a pain. The thing is always sticking so I hardly use it and leaks like a seive.

That's actually the only complaint I have about my P&H Capella for an otherwise excellent boat.
by steddyjames
Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying to Indonesia
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Flying to Indonesia

I flew Malaysia air... London - Kuala Lumpa - Denpasar, excellent service and decent value. That was a few years ago though so not sure what they would be like for boats now.

Depends where you are heading and what your plans are I guess, we were there for surfing so was a good route for us.
by steddyjames
Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2011 Wishlist
Replies: 38
Views: 1998

Re: 2011 Wishlist

Only have a short tick list at the moment, keeping it realistic as there will be another James entering the world in March, but hopefully at least...

Blaskets
Cliffs of moher
Arran Islands
Fastnet rock
...and as much of the Cork coast as I can fit in
by steddyjames
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Curveballs and opportunities
Replies: 44
Views: 1991

Re: Curveballs and opportunities

Just reading through your posts again I would probably suggest taking something with wifi to connect to the internet, even if it's just an ipod touch to save space. There is wifi in just about every coastal town somewhere and having the ability to check weather forecasts, bouy data, charts, etc. wou...
by steddyjames
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Curveballs and opportunities
Replies: 44
Views: 1991

Re: Curveballs and opportunities

Dan I live on the Cork coast so if you need any advice on the coast west of Cork city then drop me a PM. I also lived on the west coast close to Galway for five years, yes there are definitely some savage days but just a bit of sense goes a long way. If you are heading out in April then you will mis...
by steddyjames
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where are the no hassle kayaking rivers in South Wales
Replies: 11
Views: 2563

Re: Where are the no hassle kayaking rivers in South Wales

.... Rhymney (Gilfach-Ystrad is great fun in high water).... After three years of living and paddling in S Wales I completely failed to ever find the access or egress points for this river. I tried on many occassions but ended up just driving in circles. I started to think it didn't exist and was j...
by steddyjames
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fairy Glen Video
Replies: 18
Views: 2307

Re: Fairy Glen Video

Tom_Laws wrote: Really great video. Head-cam but not boring head cam! Good work Stu!
I generally find head cam footage really really dull, but fair play, I thought this was an excellent bit of footage.

I'm inspired to get out paddling regardless of the ice rink I'm looking at out of the office window!!
by steddyjames
Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Uganda jabs
Replies: 14
Views: 766

Re: Uganda jabs

I can't remember the exact cost ( think it was something around €300). You need to give yourself 3-4 weeks minimum. 300euro...that'll be Ireland for ya!!! I flew to the UK to get all my jabs, the cost of flights and a weekend in Blighty to get my jabs worked out cheaper than getting them done in Ga...
by steddyjames
Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Uganda jabs
Replies: 14
Views: 766

Re: Uganda jabs

I can't remember the exact cost ( think it was something around €300). You need to give yourself 3-4 weeks minimum. 300euro...that'll be Ireland for ya!!! I flew to the UK to get all my jabs, the cost of flights and a weekend in Blighty to get my jabs worked out cheaper than getting them done in Ga...
by steddyjames
Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is a Primark One-sey the best bit of kit for £10??
Replies: 32
Views: 6948

Re: Is a Primark One-sey the best bit of kit for £10??

BeWise used to do ecellent fleecy jogging bottoms for £5. I used them for years for paddling and snowboarding, excellent stuff. In fact they were warmer than a £40+ branded pair I got years later.
by steddyjames
Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Welsh Rivers Guidebook
Replies: 143
Views: 14825

Re: The Welsh Rivers Guidebook

As for the whole secret spot thing. I am very much of the idea that keeping things secret is for no other reason than to booster ones standing (I know something you don't know) or because people don't want to share. If we know about it, it will go in the book, and I am sure the sky won't fall on ou...
by steddyjames
Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Welsh Rivers Guidebook
Replies: 143
Views: 14825

Re: The Welsh Rivers Guidebook

Patrick Clissold wrote: ..... but takes longer when have to be a Doctor, Teacher and Sailor inbetween writing it.
YMCA?
by steddyjames
Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Back to basics - where to start?
Replies: 19
Views: 1460

Re: Back to basics - where to start?

Lesson 3.... Wait unitl Feb.. You'll think Nov was like bathwater. It can actaully hurt just paddling out! But oh so worth it... Unfortunately for these islands the coldest months are the best for surf with the trade-off of being quieter with the warmest months having the crappest surf but are the ...
by steddyjames
Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice Needed - Have you run an overseas school/club trip?
Replies: 16
Views: 972

Re: Advice Needed - Have you run an overseas school/club trip?

Hi Guys, I'm after some advice, I'm a teacher at a school and I'm looking to set up an overseas paddling trip for the pupils. Does anyone have any experience of organising club or more specifically school trips paddling overseas? I'm thinking of destinations such as the Indian Himalaya or South Ame...
by steddyjames
Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cheapish easy to use DSLR
Replies: 33
Views: 2060

Re: Cheapish easy to use DSLR

I bought a Canon 350D a good few years ago and the biggest difference it made to me was the flexibility of changing lens. I really haven't put any time into understanding everything I can do with it but for surfing shots having a decent zoom lens really makes a difference. I got a copy of photoshop ...
by steddyjames
Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Back to basics - where to start?
Replies: 19
Views: 1460

Re: Back to basics - where to start?

I'd also be certain you understand the in's and out's of surf etiqette. It'll help keep ya safe as you progress and end up in proper line ups out back.
by steddyjames
Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 8 Best Surf Kayakers
Replies: 18
Views: 1089

Re: 8 Best Surf Kayakers

Steve Where bouts did you go and on what boat? Thinking the maldives at moment Cheers Dan We started in Kuta and basically worked our way down the coast, Impossibles, Dreamlands, Padang Padang, Uluwatu and back up to Kuta. We then went to the east of Bali and got a boat over to Gilli Trawangan (sp?...