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 …
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 …
Another run of the River Ribble Bore in the UK. Not the best one this though, higher river levels and strong winds meant it was never going to be a ‘clean one’. Missing the front wave didn’t help either… All said, it was still worth getting out of bed for. YouTube: Facebook:
A time-lapse video of a steady downwind run of the Menai Straits, from the Sea Zoo to Menai Bridge. YouTube: Facebook:
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 …
More Swellies-Surf action, this time I’m joined by The Boss.
Paddling the Rockpool Taran 16 on a downwind run in the Menai Straits – from the Sea Zoo to Brittania Bridge. YouTube: Facebook:
A downwind run in the Menai Straits, during the storms that recently crossed the UK (Feb 2020) – paddling from the Sea Zoo to Plas Newydd.
Another run of the Dee Bore, this time on a 10.1 m tide.