Thursday, December 18, 2008

Downtime @ Dark

When the water colour below the surface is brighter than the sky above and your in the UK paddling you should really / probably get off!!!

Downtime Dave and I took a flying visit to wish you were here in the Lakes on Tuesday and had a fantastic paddle on one of the best spots in the North.

Downtime Dave at the Put In
Setting of only 3hrs later than planned we arrived at the river at 3.30pm in the pooring rain to find not one but three seams working.

Dave checks out the three seams
Excited and wrapped up warm we set to the river for a fantastic downtime session.

Dave Mystery

Within half and hour the light had gone but this didn't stop us enjoying ourselves as we continued on well into the night.

For all you budding squirt boaters out there is spot is definatly worth the visit.

Claire O at the Take Out

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Fantastic News

I have just recieved sponsorship from Tocco Magico Hair Design in Leeds. Top Hair Stylist Ascarnio is going to keep my hair in shape whilst I train for the worlds.

Tocco Magico is situated on Otley Road in Leeds. You can contact Ascarnio at Tocco Magico on 0113 2753 582.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Snow at the Swale

The Swale is one of the classic runs in North Yorkshire. The Upper section of the river contains a series of fantastic waterfalls set in a beautiful valley.

A week earlier the plans to run the river had to been posponed due it being frozen solid but this week the snow had begun to melt and the run was on.

Ade P, Darren, Molly & Simon joined me on the water and we had a fantastic day on the falls.

Darren running Rainby Force

Claire O on Rainsby Force

Darren on Upper Kisden Force

The walk out...

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

New River Running Kayak Dagger Mamba 8.0.

Freezing temperatures, low water levels and a new boat to play with…

This weekend I took my new boat a Dagger Mamba 8.0 over to Wales to test it out.

Despite the lack of rain and with snow and ice everywhere, we had a fantastic day on the River Llugwy at Pont Cyfng falls on the Saturday and joined up with most of the paddlers in North Wales for a leisurely paddle on the River Dee on Sunday.

I found my new boat great as it handled really well, it was very responsive and carried its speed well. I can’t wait to test it out more when the rain comes.

Stu Parry and Ross Montandon we're with me on Pont Cyfng Falls heres some photos of the boys in action

Stu preparing for the 1st drop

Stu Parry on the top drop (above)

Ross Montandon 2nd drop (above)