Time for a quick post of a sea kayak flavour while I ease myself into the new week with a large mug of coffee… After what feels like weeks of gale force winds and rain yesterday turned into a perfect winters day.. barely a breath of wind, cold, crisp and sunny. I went east of here to catch up with a friend and his spangly ‘disco boat’…
After an awful lot of cycling-heavy content… time to get back to that other fun thing to do.. sea kayaking… Now, I’ve learned over the years that there are particular topics in sea kayaking that are almost guaranteed to spark off a lively debate.. one is rudders (yawn).. the other is towing.. methods and equipment. This is not going to be another long winded treatise on what is considered to be right and wrong, you can find as much of that as you want elsewhere around the web, rather it’s to present a rather neat little bit of kit that fits nicely into an oft-neglected niche.. the contact tow.
I’m lucky enough to count amongst my friends a certain Steve Whetman, aside from being a decent chap he’s also a top kayaker with with more than 30 years of experience .. experience particularly notable for extreme whitewater solo descents around the globe as well as a spell in Latin America as a raft and jungle guide. He’s also a qualified Rescue 3 International Swiftwater Rescue Instructor.. and has been working in paddlesport manufacturing for 15 years. Suffice to say he knows his stuff. As a friend and someone working hard to build a new business I promised him a little while ago to show you his really rather well thought out solution for those quick extractions from awkward situations that is now available to buy. So here it is. The video below will explain it better than I could so have a watch and then head over to the Whetman Equipment website to find out more.. he also has a bunch of other related and useful widgets available – take a look. Steve is also now the UK agent for the German Lettman Kayaks so someone well worth bookmarking. I’ll try and get some more coverage of the Lettman boats over the winter. They’re really nicely made and a manufacturer you don’t see so often in the UK.
I would just like to point out that I have no financial or business association with Steve in respect of posting stuff like this. I just think it’s a really neat bit of kit that’s going to live on the deck of my kayak for those unexpected quick extractions… I shall be expecting a slice of cake however next time we go paddling…Steve (I’m easily pleased).
Here are some more pics..
.. it wasn’t really, there were plenty still on the trees.. I had a bit of time free in between meetings on Wednesday. It was a damp, misty afternoon, perfect for a wander in the forest amongst the rich mosses and colours of fall. Sorry.. autumn.
Anyway, should be back to the usual diet of riding and sea kayaking flavoured posts shortly.. stay tuned..
It’s always ‘challenging’ returning home after a decent adventure but this time seems to have been, or rather ‘is’, particularly difficult. All I can think about it is the mountains – nothing new there – accompanied by a crippling apathy with respect to what passes for normal life. I’m tired too… really deeply tired so haven’t even been able to get it all out of my system with more riding… or paddling for that matter. hey ho. Experience says it will pass eventually. In the meantime.. because I’m really having a hard time getting to grips with the work I have to do… here are a few random photos that I quite like that didn’t make it into the blogs from the road for whatever reason. Of course now I’ve had a chance to work with the raw files the pics uploaded from the road via my little android tablet look to be of woefully poor quality – but on a poor connection from the relative middle of nowhere they served a purpose. I am under pressure from a number of quarters to either do another photo book or have an exhibition… amongst other things. I may be persuaded… once I get past the apathy… we’ll see;-) Anyway, it seems I left at about the right time, a newspaper clipping sent to me by friend back in Kullu indicates that the heavy winter snows have arrived… In the meantime, for me… a winter of (mostly) working ahead, having to be satisfied with the usual weekend adventures for a bit… but plans are already afoot for spring :-)
I had a little bit of time in Delhi… I found street photography quite difficult. Despite the obvious potential it is the sort of place that completely overwhelms the senses… the noise, the crowds, the oppressive heat (at least at this time of year), the bad air (apparently now the most polluted city in the world – I was permanently chesty) and one is always fending off the not always welcome attention of the locals. Consequently relaxing and adjusting after the wonderful peace of the high mountains takes a little time. Despite that I did manage to be bothered to grab a few street-flavoured snaps… and this is just a short post in respect of that… and then I must see about borrowing a goat to take care of the lush meadow that is my garden after my absence, a lawnmower being no match…. ;-)
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