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White Water Rafting @ Lee Valley White Water Centre

Black Rock Surf Kayak Competition April 2014

A loooong trip down to Widemouth Bay for the annual Black Rock Surf Kayak Festival this weekend. On Saturday it was the handicap event with 43 competitors signed up. 4 or 5 people per heat, 5 minutes to paddle out, 13 minutes to score, your top 2 waves count, and then everyone gets reshuffled for the next round. The difficult conditions on the day meant that there were only 2 rounds instead of the usual 3. After 2 rounds your heat positions get added to your handicap score to determine your place in the handicap event (lower scores being better). Separate and parallel to the handicap event is the short boat event, so the top 8 short boats then went into semi-final and final to determine the English ranking positions.

The Sunday events were all the separate categories for long boats, masters, juniors, ladies and waveski, with 15 minute heats. I finished 3rd in the Waveski category.

Black Rock Bude Surf Festival, Shoreline, Saturday 26th April 2014

Short Boat – Open
1 Chris Hobson
2 Aidan Brackenbury
3 Jack Horwell
4 James Hawker
5= Glyn Brackenbury
5= Ed Long
7= Philip Watson
7= Tim Thomas
9= Tom Iggledon
9= Jim Winter
11 Marc Holland
12= Austen Davies
12= Paul Bramble
12= Marc Woolward
12= Dave Merrifield
12= Ewen Arkison
12= Paul Fordham
12= Quinton Truscott
19= Matt Long
19= Glen Scott
19= Eugene Christophers
22= Darren Freestone
22= Andy Wildman
22= Jack Davies
22= Robert Maddock
22= Rachel Wall
22= Gareth Spendiff
22= Tom Thornton
22= Torran James
30= Andrew Hawker
30= Neil Ewins
30= Rich Berry
30= Richard Whittaker
30= Emma Fishleigh
35= Pete Blenkinsop
35= Chris Skardon
35= John Woods
35= Dylan Petherick
35= Andy Bailey
40= Jack Williams
40= Joel Coniston

Handicap results
1 Jim Winter
2 Paul Fordham
3 Darren Freestone
4 Torran James

Ski
1 Tom Thornton
2 Adrian Thorn
3 Richard Whittaker
4 Torran James
5 Mark Trise

Long Boat – Open
1st – Chris Hobson
2nd – Robert Maddock
3rd – Philip Watson
4th – Aidan Brackenbury
5th – Tim Thomas
6th – Ed Long
7= Darren Freestone
7= Paul Bramble
7= Glyn Brackenbury
10 Jack Davies

Short Boat – Masters (40+)
1st – Simon Hammond
2nd – Marc Woolward
3rd – Gary Adcock
4th – Rich Berry
5th – Neil Ewins

Short Boat – Junior
1st – Torran James
2nd – Jack Williams
3rd – Jack Davies

Long Boat – Masters
1st – Gary Adcock
2nd – Darren Freestone

Short Boat – Women
1st – Emma Fishleigh
2nd – Rachel Wall

Long Boat – Women
1st – Emma Fishleigh
2nd – Rachel Wall

Rest is Best Surf Kayak & Waveski Competition, 2014

A trip down to South Wales at the weekend for the first “Rest is Best” kayaksurf competition. The Saturday was a handicap event following the same format as the Black Rock competition, with 23 competitors signed up. High tide at Rest Bay meant the start was postponed until there was some sand available to launch boats from. A few brave souls did head out for a free surf , resulting in one broken (brand new!) boat and a few broken fins! Once the event got underway everyone surfed 2 heats before the surf dropped off. Sunday was relocated to Coney Beach for the semi finals, finals and the separate categories.

Bempton Sea Kayaking March 2014

November 13: Devon, River Running & Surfing

A trip down to South Devon at the weekend. Paddled the Dart Loop and Upper Dart at scrape levels (0.44) and would love to try the upper with a few more inches of water in next time. I cracked my first boat on the Loop back in 2003! Then down to the South coast for some surprisingly warm surf!

Rafting October 2013

I have been guiding on the Olympic course at Lee Valley WWC this season, I ought to really get some more photos sorted out!

The topmost play wave on the Olympic course

The topmost play wave on the Olympic course

 

A bit of video from April 2013:

 

Nene White Water Centre

The Nene White Water Course was the first pumped artificial course in the UK and currently uses a combination of rapid blocs and fibreglass bollards to create the features along the 300m course. It is the most “skate park” looking UK course, with sloped and moulded concrete in places rather than the more usual “angular” concrete work. It is very shallow! There are three pumps, each running at around 1 cumec. The water comes from the river but needs to be pumped back up to the top pool. Normal course operation is on 2 pumps, but it is possible to hire the course and pay for all 3 pumps to run. Casual paddling is available on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Saturdays and Sundays see the course in use for rafting and tubing, with rescue training through the week.

Seal Kayaking

The kayak was originally created as a hunting platform, allowing the hunter to get close to prey animals such as seals……

Cardiff International White Water Centre

A few shots of the empty CIWW course, showing the moveable obstacle system. Cardiff uses both rapid blocs and omniflots.

Scarborough Surf Kayak Coaching

I have run a couple of surf kayak coaching sessions over the last month, focusing on the fundamentals of core stability, power transfer and edge. Get in touch if you want to develop your surf skills.