Your High-lights for 2008

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Your High-lights for 2008

Post by Dave @ TRC »

With every thing Ive done this year I Cant belive im picking somthing out of my boat ?

Anyway for me it was swiming in the river in voss . Everyone was woried Norway was going to be COLD !! The video is of giles Who did win getting the furthest under water he did come back up but it was a long way down stream .

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Post by Randy Fandango »

For me without any shadow of a doubt it was getting the news that I'm going to be a dad for the first time at 41.
Sorry -- I know how sappy that sounds but it happens to be the truth!
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Prob buying my first ever kayak, (RPM) and my second, (fiberglass polo Boat) not bad as ive only been paddling since last year

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Randy Fandango wrote:For me without any shadow of a doubt it was getting the news that I'm going to be a dad for the first time at 41.
Sorry -- I know how sappy that sounds but it happens to be the truth!
Giles
Not at all sappy Giles, I found out that my wife was expecting our third one on my 40th birthday (this year) and it was the best present I could have.

That said, I also had a cracking weekend to celebrate the 40th in woolacombe with friends/family, surf wasn't big but it was good enough, and you can't beat a nice beach, a bit of surf and good company.
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Boat-based highlights:

1) River Tay trip (thanks John at Adventure Guiding Scotland).......especially making it through Grandtully !

2) Pyrahna Fest (thanks to Chris at H2o coaching)

3) Watching my 9 year old son surfing(ish) the wier on the Wyre (he had the biggest smile ever !) in his new Fuse 35 !

4) Passing my coaching award (thanks to Andy and Bill at Clitheroe CC)

Non Boat-based:

1) Re-building 2 motorbikes (one to sell on, the other is still in the dining room)!

2) My 40th Birthday party (organised in secret my my fab wife Jax !)

3) Summer ride-outs on my other motorbike ........mad, snarling beastie that it is !
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Post by justin-g »

Getting engaged - and organizing the Wedding in Piedmont in May '09 just in time for the Italian creeking season. Coup of the year!!
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Our tour of Northern Indian rivers with a cracking posse of folk for company......
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Closely followed by my first foray into sea kayaking. A mammoth crossing to Lundy Island...
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Paddling:

1. Successfully getting over Bala Mill Falls in my slalom boat upright having thought that I would never be able to do it;

2. Negotiating Serpents Tail and Town Falls last weekend with a group from my club, may of whom (like me) were not sure they would manage but did; and

3. Getting my husband to start paddling a C1.

Non paddling:

1. My 30th birthday weekend away to Wales.

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Selling my trickster...

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After only 11 years together, getting married by the beach in Grenada in the Caribbean in March to my beautiful wife Debs. (Didn't want to rush into anything!)

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Picking up my new squirt boat to find that it is a perfect cut for me and sinks like a stone.

Doing a tour of Iraq with the Air Force, getting promoted and returning to move in with my partner Ceri. (Busy four months that!)

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Post by DaveWortley »

It's got to be paddling down the Silverback section of the Nile only 5 weeks after dislocating my shoulder in France.

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Post by Helen H »

Loch Shiel canoe camping trip at Easter
Doggy paddle tour
Sea kayaking trip in Croatia to celebrate 20th anniversary
Coaching lots and lots of new paddlers and seeing their faces light up with enjoyment.
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Watching Mrs R nail the Alaknanda with a loaded boat ...

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Also, paddling around the NW of Britain (see Canoe Kayak Mag this month) in a ridiculously long boat ...

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And a glorious sunset paddle (can anyone name the country?)

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Plus some 'memory lane' lakeland bimbling ...

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[quote="Mark R"]

And a glorious sunset paddle (can anyone name the country?)

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Edit: Yes, but then I'd have to admit to looking at your blog recently.

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My first Alps trip.
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Driving 2500 miles to Slovenia and back just for a weekend on the Soca.
Running the Etive for the first time.

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Post by ianletton »

Paddling the myrkdalselvi in Norway.
Amazing river, amazing weather, amazing holiday.

Crossing the Atlantic was also quite interesting.

Im so glad cameras were invented to record it all!!
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Taking my kids out on Loch Tay

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and watching ROCK grow (our local kayak and canoe club)
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Randy Fandango wrote:For me without any shadow of a doubt it was getting the news that I'm going to be a dad for the first time at 41.
Sorry -- I know how sappy that sounds but it happens to be the truth!
Giles
Oh dear.... that's about the age I started, I used to have a cheerful personality, now I'm a Grumpy old man.

Sorry

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Post by james fleming »

From a team perspective I had a great time in Norwaywith and made some great friends. I agree with Ian, the Myrkdalselvi was a tremendous team paddle with Triple Combo sapping and testing us to the limit. I especially enjoyed sharing the thrills and spills with the whole crew that was there. From the high adrenalin rapids and rescues to the great swimming that Dave has pointed out.

From a personal achievement I particularly felt a glow when we came to the Rheadr Dru rapid on the Lochy. Without doubt the most difficult rapid and committing I have ever done.

However, I particularly enjoyed the Etive River Race! It was wholly a team event with loads of people bringing it together.

All that said...there is a lot more coming from www.planetpaddler.com

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Making the transition from Playbloating to Creekbloating even if it was slightly forced.
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My first ever sea kayak trip that I planned and led.
It was in Pembrokeshire, the first week of Nov and we had brillant weather the whole week! :)

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Drop, chute, kicker..............splash

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Doing my first freestyle lesson (with Lowri Davies) and doing mmy first youth freestyle comp :)
(and many more to come)

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first alps trip and playing in the rab.

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and runing town falls the right way up

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Post by Jim Pullen »

Being Mr April in the rainchasers calender.

Getting the Upper Swale with decent water levels:
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Running the lower Morriston on my third WWPF weekend:
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...and of course, persuading my kayak-hating wife to paddle the Soca on our second anniversary!

(oh and having Poke around to document most of it!)
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[quote="rob.b.666"]Boat-based highlights:

1) River Tay trip (thanks John at Adventure Guiding Scotland).......especially making it through Grandtully !

2) Pyrahna Fest (thanks to Chris at H2o coaching-and not forgetting Jim)

3) Watching my 9 year old son surfing(ish) the wier on the Wyre (he had the biggest smile ever !) in his new Fuse 35 !

4) Passing my coaching award (thanks to Andy,Bill and the team at Clitheroe CC)

All of the above and also for me paddling with Lowri Davis who I have to say is not only a stonkingly great paddler (as we all know) but one of the nicest women I have ever met, a really lovely lady and I felt totally privileged to have paddled with her, she looked after me brilliantly. Thanks again Lowri. :-)

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Eventually paddling in North Wales on rivers that aren't the Tryweryn. Getting on Troutbeck (south) in good levels for my first run down it.
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