WW paddling. Why do you do it?

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WW paddling. Why do you do it?

Post by SimonMW » Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:02 pm

As the subject title says.

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Post by Bren o » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:57 am

Money and women.

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Post by Randy Fandango » Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:46 am

So I can walk that little bit taller than mere mortals....
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Post by jam bo » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:07 am

Fills the time when dartmoor is too wet for biking.

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Post by shanclan » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:40 am

Too ugly for other stuff

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Post by Poke » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:03 am

'cos I was shit at football...
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Post by Chalky723 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:15 am

You don't have to be fit 'cos it's all about floating downstream....
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Post by RizzRat » Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:25 am

Coz I'm too broken to play hockey any more

also didnt really get given an option from my Dad
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Post by AS Watersports » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:03 am

To be comfortable in a uncomfortable position.

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Re: WW paddling. Why do you do it?

Post by Jim » Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:28 pm

Normally I'm the flippant one but since everyone else has covered that angle I'll try the serious angle to be different (as usual)...

Because I enjoy it.

I get a sense of satisfaction out of running a rapid well, a kind of buzz from the sensation of getting the boat to interact with the water the way I intend, and a sense of personal achievement whenever I get to the end of a hard rapid still in control having enjoyed the sensations whilst I was in it.

I enjoy the company of my WW paddling friends, the chat in the car on the way to the river (or just when running the shuttle if I head up on my own), the banter afterwards - in the tea-shop or pub soon afterwards, or looking back many years further on. I enjoy seeing them succeed on rapids even if I personally failed or portaged, and I enjoy them taking a beating to make banter about later.

I know it doesn't impress anyone, even within the paddling community there are very few paddlers outstanding enough to actually impress other paddlers and I am a long way from being one of them. Outside the paddling community people don't understand or care. It's not something I could make a living from (that would at least partially remove some enjoyment). No, there really is no kind of status or financial benefit to doing it, its just because I enjoy it.

I'm sure it has some kind of fitness benefits (maintaining rather than improving) but they are a side effect rather than a reason to do it.

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Post by TonyM » Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:35 pm

I agree entirely with Jim; but he's put it more eloquently than I could.

Oh yes, and to see stunning countryside when everyone else is tucked up indoors. The golden beeches hanging over the Barle (there I've said it now) in November, the rusty bracken, the purple haze of birch stems, the occasional otter on the Upper Dart.

Better stop now; I'm rambling.
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Post by Teaman » Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:38 pm

cos its a laugh.
you dont need to be super fit.
people are generally friendly and the camaraderie is cool (with the people I've met doing it so far.
you have an excuse to go places

the best excuse is that I get be act like a complete kid and get wet. :)

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Post by StillNewish » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:10 pm

An interesting question; I think for me it's because I have to spend more time indoors doing tedious, boring, inactive things than is good for me, so something that gives the odd moments of adrenalin is a nice contrast. There really is nothing like nailing a line on a rapid, or running a drop well to put a smile on my face.

Living in town, the fact that it takes place outdoors in the natural environment is a bonus as well.

As said earlier, the people are really cool, and being part of the paddling community is amazing. I've met some awesome people through kayaking who I would never have got to know under other circumstances.

Oh, and being a kayaker definitely makes me a total babe magnet (though that might well only be true inside my own head!)

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Post by Mark Dixon » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:16 pm

Poke wrote:'cos I was shit at football...
Like and Agree, lol

Its pouring down now in Devon and I can feel the adrenaline going already even though its missing Dartmoor, so for me its one of only things that gives me the rush

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Post by TechnoEngineer » Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:19 pm

I started doing WW paddling so I could become better at Sea and Surf Kayaking.

I found portaging to be a total PITA and almost gave up river running, and found I enjoyed playboating more since you stay in the boat.

One day I was a demo student on a MWE course, and discovered a new motivation for river running - to paddle with precision; plan a route, and stick to it as much as possible. After that, I found river running to be more fun as I used it to set myself challenges. Since then it's kind of taken a life of its own; the means-to-an-end became an end-in-itself.
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Post by Neptune » Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:33 pm

Existentialism and its fun.

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Post by sundaykayaker » Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:26 pm

Lol. Yes. Much is covered in ealier posts.
* the company of nutters :)
* the chat and the pith take
* being equal amongst giants. ;)
* being a little bit less shit then the last time.
And the addiction of ....Chasing that one moment, that single moment when there is nothing.
That rare event.when there is no panic. No pain. No thought. No sound
The world just slows down and stops and there is ....NOTHING.

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Post by Richard Gunton » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:39 pm

Its sexy and takes me to places I would never have gone in my old life. The adventures to be had are amazing, the people are interesting, Its mint......

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Post by YorkieDave » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:11 pm

Poke wrote:'cos I was shit at football...
Me too :-)

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Post by buck197 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:50 pm

I was good at football and rugby but I'm old now but love the challenge,camaredie and the all round love on the rivers.

I'm sad I know.
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Post by Rhod » Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:06 am

This post a mate wrote while we were at uni tickled me at the time:
http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... ar#p143399

For my part, it's because it's awesome.
- It makes rainy days the best days.
- It lets you regularly get together with friends and be who you are, when you have forgotten everything else.
- You get to be an explorer, in the uk and abroad.
- You get to be in the most beautiful places the world has to offer.
- You are always learning, always trying new lines.
- You get to scare yourself and be in control of yourself.
- It's easy to share, to give others days they will never forget.
- It has you working as a team to safely navigate challenging environments.
- You are a part of something bigger than yourself.
- You lose a sense of the impossible, if you haven't done something, it is because you haven't chosen to, yet.
- It makes you feel free.
- You become addicted to life.
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Post by DaveBland » Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:04 pm

…because I still can.

Also it's just so much fun. And it's massively the challenging yourself aspect for me – as much mentally as skill-wise. I think the biggest 'life' benefit from the sport is learning to mentally manage tricky situations.

Then of course there's the camaraderie and good times with mates and the taking you to places you'd not normally go.
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Post by Mantaray » Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:33 pm

For me it's pretty much what everyone else has already pointed out - the camaraderie, the banter, the off river time in the pub and especially having a great day on the river. As the known "swimmer" in our group, if I have a day when I've stayed in my boat then it really is a GREAT day.

I came into this sport quite late (age 42) and actually started paddling with my 2 boys who are now 22 and 16 but they both started when they were 15 and 9 and to see the progression that they've both made has made me a really proud dad. When I see them cruising down the Upper Dart with nothing fazing them and really styling it, well, I know I've done a good job and brought them into a sport where we can all enjoy it as a family.
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Post by stonercanoe » Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:31 pm

I boat because being on a river is brilliant. I love the people, the scenery and wildlife, and for me best of all is the journey. Doing a new bit of white water with your mates and not knowing what is around the corner is priceless. Jason

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Post by resolvenpaddler » Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:12 pm

The rush of it

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Post by Hakase » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:33 pm

I got thrown out of the swimming team so I settled for the next closest thing.

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Post by Kayak-Bloke » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:45 pm

For me it's all about the chicks...
Chicks love being wet and cold.
I'm pretty sure they love the way we dress too.

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Post by Chalky723 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:52 pm

I'm not a fan of team games, was shit at footy & rugby. Got kicked off the netball team.

I like the fact that even the good people can go over & look silly.

I love the sense of achievement & the fact that people say "wow, really?" when I say I kayak WW......

It's the hobby that keeps on giving!!
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Post by justin-g » Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:53 pm

Pineapples

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