Lea Valley- My Opinion

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Lea Valley- My Opinion

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I was lucky enough to paddle Lea Valley Yesturday...
Here is my opinion of the site
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I'm beginning to strongly feel that there should be some sort of rule saying that jammy folk who've blagged their way onto the new course before the rest of us get a chance shouldn't be able to boast about it openly until they can at least spell the name of the place!
Not that I'm jealous or anything..... :-)
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/sportv ... entre.html

Interesting behind the head slalom stylee bow rudder going on - thought that sort of thing was being coached out?
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Bendy youngun's, for how long though?
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Chaucer wrote:
Interesting behind the head slalom stylee bow rudder going on - thought that sort of thing was being coached out?
Long time since I saw a "high telemark" and for very good resons.

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The only time I have seen them is being used by slalomists. Maybe having a slicier boat, constant depth water and more predictable lines make them less of an issue on artificial sites? On rivers I would consider them an absolute no-no but it could be a nasty habit to get into.

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I'd agree that it doesn't look very safe, but they have been doing it for quite a long time now, and as far as I know nobody has injured themselves doing it. Although an awful lot of slalom is done on artificial courses, there is still a lot on natural courses, some of which are quite shallow, like the Tryweryn. I've thought about this a bit, and although arm is extended right back in the shoulder, it only becomes a problem if some force acts to make the hand go further back, and as far as I can see if the blade catches a rock, the bottom hand is forced back, but the top hand will come forward.
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