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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 07 at 15:06
Originally posted by Veedurb Veedurb wrote:

Originally posted by orangina orangina wrote:

HH,
 I don't want to teach my granny to suck eggs

Didn't know you two were related.

Only by the brotherhood of S-O-T kayaking, it gives me a warm feeling insideConfused, Easy Veedurb behave yourself LOL

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 07 at 17:34
Originally posted by terryvanman terryvanman wrote:

just been onto bilbos and they said they used to do a bar system for lift up roofs for Kayaks.

the side lifting roof will take the weight of a kayak with no problems

but they dont do them any more

but are looking into finding a new suppler

It might be worth calling these guys, I have seen a lot of their conversion with surf boards on top or kayak on the side of the roof, their home page show a rack on a pop up roof

http://www.camperconversions.net/

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 07 at 20:53
Originally posted by Mr Hedgehog Mr Hedgehog wrote:

Thanks for the quick list of tips Orangina

 I have to say there are some impressive enclosed Kayak surfing videos and pictures about,. How fast!!Shocked

 

I have been going through my old kit today I have a 4 year old HH Kayak buoyancy aid I am going to use, as my auto inflate life jacket I use on the Quicksilver will only last 30 seconds max before going off I will get something a bit more up to date when the budget builds up again

But I wont be wearing my 1988 old Otter Sport top or I will look like a right old retro kayaker

 

All I got to do is try and figure out where the best place to try the s-o-t will be this weekend, I was thinking about anywhere from Weymouth to Exmouth any ideas?


HH,
Shucks, you're too kind...
Kayak surfing is an extreme sport, I'm a non-swimmer so I knew I'd need to find out about it but I knew no one who did it to ask for advice - even the shop I bought my Scooters from (Reeds of Cambridge who have been in the kayak business for years) didn't know anything about the sport and couldn't advise me about suitable paddles! Oh and I didn't have a computer to 'surf' for help...
So I had to learn - fast! Practise helps, but I also found a good basic book and read it and read it over and over again. Night time - read the book, day time - try and put it into practise.
It worked! Everyday I saw an improvement and now I'm 'not too bad'
[nowhere near as clever as the boy in Veedurb's first Mega picture - but then I did my flying when I was in the RAF - now I want to be ON the water, not upside down over it! ].
The Canoe Wales website has loads of links and is well worth exploring fully..
Sorry I don't know the South Coast at all but the rule of thumb for decent surf is a west facing beach!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 07 at 20:56
Originally posted by Mr Hedgehog Mr Hedgehog wrote:

Originally posted by Veedurb Veedurb wrote:

Originally posted by orangina orangina wrote:

HH,
 I don't want to teach my granny to suck eggs

Didn't know you two were related.

Only by the brotherhood of S-O-T kayaking, it gives me a warm feeling insideConfused, Easy Veedurb behave yourself LOL


ignore him HH - it's only soar grapes...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 07 at 21:33
HH,
With regards equipment, I've an old 70N Yak buoyancy aid (which I must replace this year), a 2/3mm Palm Short John wetsuit, a 2/3mm Sola Long John wetsuit, a pair of Salomon shoes and an Ekla trolley
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 07 at 22:38
I've seen a roof bar system that lowers a bracket over the side of the van to secure the canoe to at shoulder height and then once secured the whole lot slides back up onto the roof guided by the fitted roof bars.  It was in a german catalogue for t4 addons, maybe reimo IIRC.  Not sure how heavy or suitable it would be for a pop top as I didn't look into it at the time as my paraglider always went under the bed extension in the boot.

Are there a disproportionate number of kayakers/paddlers on this forum?  Everybody seems to be at it!  I feel I've got to include a kayak in my list of must haves on the van having read all this! Although I think inflatable rather than surf appeals more atm due to having two children under 5.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 07 at 22:46
Originally posted by cjohnson_uk cjohnson_uk wrote:



Are there a disproportionate number of kayakers/paddlers on this forum?  Everybody seems to be at it!  I feel I've got to include a kayak in my list of must haves on the van having read all this! Although I think inflatable rather than surf appeals more atm due to having two children under 5.


Perhaps VW will start to offer kayaks as an optional extra?
Anyway cj_uk, get those children into a kayak - of any description - and get them proficient - they'll thank you for it!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 07 at 23:58
Orangina
That's my intention.  We have friends in St Davids, one who instructs at one of the outbound centres there so I'm hoping to see a lot more of them in the next few years.

I was in a kayak from about 12 as we had a lake in our back field so I was spoilt, it was a bit flat though!




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Apr 07 at 09:16

Chris,
St David's? That must be Andy Middleton's TYF?   http://www.tyf.com/?c=0

Now that's what I call a job - lucky b*****d 



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