'Iconic' paddlers [part two]

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'Iconic' paddlers [part two]

Post by DaveBland » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:18 pm

In response to t'other thread, a couple of posts got me thinking...

Who are the 'iconic' paddlers that I have paddled with?
So while I'm having a think, stack up and shout out your heroes and famous friends you have been fortunate enough to share a river [or an epic night of beers in a Belarusian buddy's kitchen] with.
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Post by Adrian Cooper » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:31 am

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Post by DaveBland » Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:34 pm

It's the unsung and not so famous ones that I want to give a shout out to.

So ignoring the Benny Marrs et al,

Stuart Dry – legendary Aussie slalom dude of yesteryear and the nicest bloke on the water.
Guy Baker - a real inspiration to get me travelling with paddling - his kitchen wall was covered in pics from adventures
Andy Roundez – total machine and the most solid paddler known to mankind
Colin Unwin – more passionate about paddling than anyone I've ever met. RIP Buddy.
Piers Nesbit - way better paddler than he thought he was
...and a legend of the future,
Benny Clark - using his paddling to fight the mental demons and raise money to fight his cause.

and of course so many more.
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Post by DaveBland » Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:44 pm

Oh crap, how could I forget Donald Bean. Jeez
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Post by banzer » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:23 am

Has no-one mentioned Ted Piper yet?
A. Boater wrote:It's all Pierre's fault
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Post by DaveBland » Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:37 pm

I thought we'd established in a previous thread that he's a mythical paddler who doesn't actually exist?
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Re: 'Iconic' paddlers [part two]

Post by Jim » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:19 am

I have no idea where I would start or finish such a list...

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Post by roo » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:49 am

DaveBland wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:34 pm
It's the unsung and not so famous ones that I want to give a shout out to.

So ignoring the Benny Marrs et al,


Piers Nesbit - way better paddler than he thought he was


and of course so many more.
Props to the Weekend Warriors!

If you're shouting out Piers Nesbit then you need to mention Spike Green. I wouldn't be the kayaker I am/was without those two and George & Jitka Novak. All members of the notorious October Club I understand?

and whilst I'm here. Andy Middleton, JP Eatock and another guy, who schooled me in the ways of just grabbing a boat and seeing where it takes you.

For example: Not past the western most sticky-out bit of Ramsey Island in a sea kayak when the tide is in full southbound flow and the hull speed isn't enough to get you past it into the "upstream" eddy.

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