Archive for November, 2008

25
Nov

Symmond Yat to Monmouth

I met up with Cardiff Canoe Club bunch on the weekend for a bumble down the  River Wye. It was a mellow trip, with great scenery and it was fun to surf the all new improved Yat rapid. The level was a bit high to see the full benefit of all the work that has gone into re-sculpting the groins, but i’m sure that I’ll be back to play at a lower level. They have added a fun slide at the put in though. Here are some photos:

     

  

 

 

18
Nov

Opal Creek and Gorge Video

Two years of procrastination over and I’ve finally put together a video of Opal Creek and Gorge. Opal wilderness area is located in the Cascades Range,Oregon. With fantastic geology, breathtaking scenery and crystal clear water, it is truly one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been. 

      

Photos L to R: Big Fluffy, below big fluffy, the gorge

The run is a class 4,5 with one mandatory class 6 portage. The video does not inculde many of the large rapids, but gives a feel for the run. On this day Jesse Coombs ran the fish ladder on the right. I dont think any one else has run that line at this flow.

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16
Nov

Boscombe Surf

Whenever I have some free time on my hands I like to hit the coast. Yesterday was no exception. I headed out to Boscombe to check out the place where (in about 6 months)there will be an artificial reef, ensuring consistent surf. Most surfers seem to hangaround the pier, though I’ve been told that on a good day, most of the groins are also working. Its good to check the coast video-cam before driving over there, provided by the very helpful Sorted Surf shop guys.

    

Photos (L to R): Looking toward Boscombe, Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth Pier

I’ve heard that Bournemouth pier is a bit more sheltered than Boscombe. Yesterday,  sheltered meant unsurfable :-) . I intend to check out the high cliff area too.

 

16
Nov

Southampton’s Playspot

Having recently relocated from South Wales to the South of England (Southampton)- and lamenting the lack of creeks here- I was keen to find a local playspot for after work and weekend fun and frolics. I emailed Dan from Woodmill Outdoor Centre  and he told me about a play spot in town and right next to the Centre (and shop). It works either side of low tide. As demonstrated by the photo, when i visited,  it was high tide and hence covered.

      

Photos (L to R): At high tide, the feature is not there; WOC- paddle to the right to playspot

Put in is at the car park to the left of the Canoe Shop - paddle around the back of the centre to the hole/wave. I’ve been told it is possible to get some blunts there. I also heard on the grapevine that Hurley is less than an hours drive away; that combined with some descent local surf (30 min away), makes Kate a very happy lady. Now….if i can just find a place to stash my kayaks & kit locally, I’m golden. Anyone got space in their garage?

13
Nov

Video from Alpkit, Nottingham

I put together a video of random rides from the alpkit competition back in Septmeber. The results form the competition are posted here. Unfortunately I dont dont know who the poeple in the video are, but they could certainly throw some moves down.

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04
Nov

Morsiton Weirs

Chris and I headed to Moriston Weirs for some fun and frolics following a descent amout of rain. Good river levels led to a great session with Chris managing some blunts on the bottom weir.