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by steddyjames
Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone fancy it ???
Replies: 19
Views: 1104

Re: Anyone fancy it ???

Was this not the same reef that was surfed last year they had the images off the big 50' wave in all the papers that was off Mullaghmore as well, so I think its the same one just repackaged for the media and the same guy from portrush surfed it so I recon its just trying to create a mystery that is...
by steddyjames
Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 5 reasons to wear earplugs...
Replies: 69
Views: 6353

Re: 5 reasons to wear earplugs...

I'm really interested to hear why? I am giften in the ancient art of losing everything Me to, but I also have surfers ear which is under control after wearing plugs for the past 10 years or so. To solve the losing them problem I have about 5 pairs in circulation at the moment. I leave a couple in t...
by steddyjames
Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone fancy it ???
Replies: 19
Views: 1104

Re: Anyone fancy it ???

Well I was about to respond to this but i think you have it covered....
Jonny-the-ski wrote:(oddly - that is where the term goat boater comes from... appear like a heard of goats)
I always thought it came from 'Gay On A Tray'? Maybe that came after the word goat was coined.
by steddyjames
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 8 Best Surf Kayakers
Replies: 18
Views: 1089

Re: 8 Best Surf Kayakers

Safe to say that the UK is a great place to be when it comes to kayak surfing. Its my aim to try get some of them together for an indo boat trip at some point. Interested parties letsknow. Wont be cheap tho £2000 I reckon for flights and boat fee. We flew Malaysia Air to Denpasar and they were a lo...
by steddyjames
Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best playboat for sea-surfing and river-running?
Replies: 39
Views: 2429

Re: Best playboat for sea-surfing and river-running?

Ohhhh, now I need to face the more pressing question of what I disagreed with, lets just take it I agree, I'm rushing off again soon Wuss! Haha, I know. No matter how much I love talking about surfing I've got Monday morning blues at work and I really need to get out the door, I'd agree with just a...
by steddyjames
Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best playboat for sea-surfing and river-running?
Replies: 39
Views: 2429

Re: Best playboat for sea-surfing and river-running?

I have to disagree. Out of interest which part did you disagree with and did you have a fun surf? Surf was superb, approx head high on a surfer (to avoid the wave measurement debate but I call that a 3ft wave), some nice long rides and I caught the tide perfectly. I got a couple of hours in of chan...
by steddyjames
Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best playboat for sea-surfing and river-running?
Replies: 39
Views: 2429

Re: Best playboat for sea-surfing and river-running?

Surfing is all about being in the correct position on the wave and aiming in the right direction. If you can get in and stay around the power pocket (the clean piece of water in front of the breaking shoulder) then you can get short boats and long boats to surf well. If you paddle a short boat and ...
by steddyjames
Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best playboat for sea-surfing and river-running?
Replies: 39
Views: 2429

Re: Best playboat for sea-surfing and river-running?

Best all round boat I ever had was a Necky Switch. It's the only boat I had and I used it for UK/Ireland paddling, Alps trips, playboating, surfing, basically whatever paddling was happening. Admitedly I never did a 5+ in it (to be fair I don't think I'd be doing a 5+ in anything), but when picking ...
by steddyjames
Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Somewhere between Nottingham and Birmingham
Replies: 7
Views: 1437

Re: Somewhere between Nottingham and Birmingham

I'm from the black country originally and to be fair it's a grand old place to live. Although there isn't a lot of stuff directly on your doorstep it's close enough to plenty. Easy enough for N & S Wales, Peak, etc. My only reason for not moving home is it's a little limited on the surf, which could...
by steddyjames
Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don't we ALL paddle S.O.Ts .. ?
Replies: 56
Views: 6276

Re: Why don't we ALL paddle S.O.Ts .. ?

SOT's certainly have their place. On my dad's last visit to Cork I took him out sea kayaking but rather than use sea boats I borrowed some SOT's. They were perfect for this, we were able to paddle round the coast, jump in for a swim and not worry about my Dad actually having any kayaking experience....
by steddyjames
Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fastnet Rock
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Fastnet Rock

Check the wave heights on the Buoy M3 I wouldn't go today though !!! Blowing a 30kt westerly, 6 meter waves @ 9 second period, and the water is a chilly 14 degrees. Steve Ha yeah, I kept out of my sea boat yesterday, although did get a nice surf not far from my house so not all bad. Cheers for the ...
by steddyjames
Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fastnet Rock
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Fastnet Rock

Soooo, as I'm sat here at the kitchen table looking out to sea with god awful weather battering my house I'm pondering some trips. After moving to Cork in the summer Fastnet seems like an obvious choice to plan for. My rough plan would be to tie this in with a night on cape clear rather than out and...
by steddyjames
Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: keeping dry
Replies: 32
Views: 1622

Re: keeping dry

..... Save your money and buy some more gear that will help you develop more quickly or safely, maybe helmet or blades as we all no how bad club's versions of these are, youd be surprised how much a decent set of blades allow you to improve. This is good advice. If you have bucket loads of cash the...
by steddyjames
Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Somewhat cheeky
Replies: 86
Views: 5531

Re: Somewhat cheeky

Various UK paddlesport companies have woken up today to an email inviting them to buy advertising space on a new website using Google mapping and suchlike to document rivers for paddlers. Sounds like a great idea, and I wish them well with it. I do however have a problem with the name... The UK Riv...
by steddyjames
Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: keeping dry
Replies: 32
Views: 1622

Re: keeping dry

..... Save your money and buy some more gear that will help you develop more quickly or safely, maybe helmet or blades as we all no how bad club's versions of these are, youd be surprised how much a decent set of blades allow you to improve. This is good advice. If you have bucket loads of cash the...
by steddyjames
Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: keeping dry
Replies: 32
Views: 1622

Re: keeping dry

hi I am a novice to this sport and thinking of buying a dry suit or a good cag ie a palm sidewinder and trousers ,I think I would prefer the cag to the dry suit,but what I would like to no is how wet does one get when u have to do a wet exist while wearing a cag and dry trousers?? if it was summer ...
by steddyjames
Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What to wear?^
Replies: 16
Views: 2733

Re: What to wear?

If I think there is a significant chance of taking an unplanned dip I wear separate dry cag and dry trousers. The seals drive me cracked on longer sea trips though so don't tend to take this option very often. Other than that I tend to wear sallopettes and a cag I can open the neck on. I load up on ...
by steddyjames
Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Am i perhaps too carefull river severn shrewsbury
Replies: 54
Views: 2369

Re: Am I perhaps too carefull river severn shrewsbury

Jim wrote: ...I put on my....ronhills.....
Whoa, ronhills...old school styleee, biggest crime on this thread so far!!
by steddyjames
Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scout if you can't see...
Replies: 63
Views: 2785

Re: Scout if you can't see...

There's only three grades... yes, no and fingers crossed.
by steddyjames
Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: kayak motorhome van conversion
Replies: 12
Views: 2045

Re: kayak motorhome van conversion

The current van has a sort of vinyl flooring that has some texture to it. It feels a bit like some sand is bedded into the surface. I used something like that in my old bathroom, hardly enough texture to feel but enough to stop you slipping most of the time. It was patterned to look like laminate f...
by steddyjames
Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: when life gets in the way of kayaking
Replies: 16
Views: 1279

Re: when life gets in the way of kayaking

I find I spend less days paddling but the days I do spend are more productive. For example since getting a proper job I've now surfed in Morocco, France, Spain, Canaries, SoCal, Indonesia and even some wind slop in Thailand......I rarely left Wales when I was at Uni but probably spent more days on t...
by steddyjames
Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nothing like being at one with nature.
Replies: 24
Views: 1968

Re: Nothing like being at one with nature.

It's bad here in Ireland as well. We were camping on an island off the west cork coast two weekends ago and found a fire pit, disposable BBQ, plastic bottles, melted plastic and general rubbish around. This was really disappointing but very common all across the Irish coast. Just check out the cliff...
by steddyjames
Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Kent - Rock throwing natives
Replies: 147
Views: 12976

Re: River Kent - Rock throwing natives

NO NO NO all of the above posters have just shown themselves to be also equally agressive numpties. There is no excuse for retaliation. That is how pub fights start. Male posturing, if he hits me I'll hit him attitude. what a load of b****cks, you make me as sick as the fishermen to hear this. What...
by steddyjames
Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Irish WW - October half term
Replies: 11
Views: 752

Re: Irish WW - October half term

Irish whitewater is fickle fickle fickle....but when it's good, it's good. As said go for Kerry or Wicklow but just be flexible. It's even more unreliable than UK whitewater, and there aren't any whitewater courses to pass the time when it's low but if you get lucky with water you'll have a cracking...
by steddyjames
Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Slightly spurious paddling fitness debate
Replies: 43
Views: 2011

Re: Slightly spurious paddling fitness debate

martial arts group I'd say. I'm in the long distance biking camp, I've entered a few 24hr races and mtb marathons but my paddling would have probably benefited more if I'd just gone paddling instead. Whereas the improved flexibilty, strength and self awareness from martial arts will provide more ben...
by steddyjames
Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak guides - the curse of the sea?
Replies: 40
Views: 2766

Re: Sea kayak guides - the curse of the sea?

I loooooove guidebooks, in fact I'd say I have a guidebook fetish. It doesn't in any way stop me from planning my own trips though. Actually I'd really appreciate it if someone wants to write a guide to west cork....I moved down here a few months ago and having to put all that work into planning tri...
by steddyjames
Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surfing in Northumberland yesterday
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: Surfing in Northumberland yesterday

Boooo, making me homesick.

Surf's crap in Cork at the mo although we did get a nice sea paddle along the coast and into Kinsale last night..wind, swell and rain...lovely way to spend an evening!!
by steddyjames
Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudders...WHY????^
Replies: 144
Views: 18846

Re: Rudders...WHY????

There's lots of great reasons in this thread to have/not have a rudder and to be honest I've learnt quite a lot reading it, but my reasoning is simple...

I have a Capella, I think it looks really nice. A rudder would look damn ugly so I won't put one on. Shallow I know.
by steddyjames
Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BA and helmets
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Re: BA and helmets

I used to wear a helmet and BA all the time for kayak surfing, but to be honest I don't anymore. In fact I don't remember the last time I did. It certainly makes sense to wear them but I tend to have a board with me as well and would swap between the two so would just wear a wetsuit. Personal choice...
by steddyjames
Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: van vs 4x4
Replies: 39
Views: 2685

Re: van vs 4x4

I found having a van the best thing I did for the stuff I do. Load it up with bikes, boats & boards and head off to where ever. Sleep in the back of it and you're laughing. I had an estate car before getting a van and it was handy as far as cars go, but still impractical when compared to a van. I ha...