The Jets In Bedford (Sluices)

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07ttyrie
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The Jets In Bedford (Sluices)

Post by 07ttyrie » Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:44 pm

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Post by peteri » Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:43 am

Not wanting to put down a local spot.

There are a couple of jets coming off the weir, good for learning ferry gliding on and larking about. But they're not retentive for surfing/freestyle etc.

So unfortunately Bedford is still waiting for Good White Water!

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Post by SJ » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:39 am

peteri wrote:they're not retentive for surfing
Is it no longer possible to surf the wave just on the lip of the tunnel mouth that is closer to the weir? Your boat is partly inside the tunnel, so there's not much scope for any moves, but it is rather fun. The water running through the tunnel is very shallow though.

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Post by moreofaswimmer » Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:23 pm

Sorry just to clarify, are there any decent surf waves in Bedfordshire?

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Post by peteri » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:07 pm

Not that I know of!

In a long boat with a bit of luck you can catch a small surf inside the tunnel, but it's hardly worth the effort to be honest!

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Post by SJ » Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:02 am

Some of the bridges on the Ouse get reasonable surf waves at the right water levels. Olney and Harrold spring to mind but there are other spots. There's nothing worth travelling any distance for and there's only a small margin between too little water and being washed out.

There are serious access and safety issues for the wave that I recall on the bend of the flood release channel also known as Cardington artificial slalom course and the wave that forms on the river-left Cardington sluice.

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Post by peteri » Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:30 pm

That's a really good point, Harrold is a great training ground - but again not retentive enough for anything other than a quick front surf, and the levels can be all over the shop.

Cardington sluices do look the best bet, but agree on the access I've been threatened with a fine whilst just looking at it!

Pete

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