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We have articles of sea-kayak records, tales from long-distance expeditions, stories from historic first-attempts, along with paddling guides and training-tips.
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A short snippet of a ride on the Ribble Bore – this is a 360 video – drag the image to change the point-of-view Facebook: YouTube:
Surfing the Swelly Rock wave once again, this time in the Rockpool Taran 16. The 9.9m spring tide ensures a rapid level rise and constantly changing conditions. Facebook: YouTube:
by John Willacy A look at a simple but effective spraydeck hole repair. Now allow the adhesive/sealant to cure and then apply to the reverse side too. Job done – a dry deck! Sealant: I used Sikaflex here, but I also use silicon sealant. A free-flowing one works well, but standard bathroom-grade does …
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by John Willacy Standard Construction for most sea kayaks is Polyester Resin with Chopped Strand Mat (CSM – or ‘fibreglass’) – a ‘glass’ kayak. Polyester/CSM combination is easy to work with from a manufacturers point of view and relatively cheap. It provides a tough, stiff and solid kayak, though to do this it requires enough …
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by John Willacy The debate whether to choose the Rockpool Taran 16 or the Taran 18 rages at the moment. A decade ago I designed the Taran 18 and then the Taran 16, and of course I’ve been paddling Tarans ever since. This piece is not aimed to be a ‘which-Taran-should-I-buy’ guide. That decision is …
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Another run of the River Ribble Bore. Higher river levels and strong winds meant it was never going to be a ‘clean one’ – missing the front wave didn’t help either… Still, it was worth getting out of bed for. Facebook: YouTube:
A time-lapse downwind paddle of the Menai Straits Facebook: YouTube:
A little more testing of the new GT2 prototype. Here’s a brief look at how it went. On this paddle it was time to try the rudder fit on a downwind paddle, along with the new plate footrest system. Menai Straits from the Sea Zoo – wind 33 mph SW @ Valley. Wind with tide …
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