Monday, December 18, 2006

Ashcombe downhill, NACC cloud cover winter series round two.

Well Sunday was race day, i did lots of preperation... i din't go to the pub the night before and i didnt ride my bike for a month before hand. So in top condition i'd say.
as i had been told, and anyone could guess, it was very wet and muddy.
This is where i got my blow out on my back wheel on my second run.A big stream gap half way down the course. A few peeps came a cropper but not me i held it together to get 12th in the novice. Reasonably happy with that.
Well, as i expected The speed demon that is Tom Klamfer (above, by the tricky stream) rode like a legend with very respectable times which would have seen him second in the vets and 30th overall.
jammy git got 1st place in the novice in his first ever down hill race. Good skills, well done Tom.

A stoked Tom with the golden chalice.

I nicked the photos from Lucy Wilson: there is a whole load more pics there. go check'm out.

A wet exit, adventure on the East Okement. Devon

Over the last couple of weeks we have had buckets of rain in Devon.
When it rains lots you go and do the E.Okement. It needs lotsa of rain.This was as low as you want it. 55 on the gauge by the A30.
The top half of the run is made up of really cool granite slabs.The bottom half is pool drop but with lots of tree hazards, despite the tree hazards i found a very big rock and stuck my boat on it.

Boat on a rock

boat still on a rock needing more encouragement.Notice the big tree i was avoiding! Doh.
Boat getting some more encouragement, and me getting laughed at by my mates.Thanks Owen.

Just showing off

I like travelling abroad with my kayak. Here i am on the "malalu" wave on the White Nile in Uganda Africa. Its hot and the water is warm. There are snakes in the eddy, it makes you paddle a lot.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Bored at work blog

Ive been thinking about summer again.I love the wet winter, its great for ww but you cant beat a good sunny surf.
So here are some pics of me suf kayaing in Portugal a few years back.
The spot is called Tonel and is on the very souther tip of Porto.
A very sunny pic from the cliff.
I had this photo published in Simon Hammonds "Essential Guide" surf kayaking book.Simon was the World champion at the time.
you can see more pics from our surf-ari here:

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Next week a bunch of us are going Mountain bike racing.
i want to beat Andy and Ed.
i have no chance of beating Tom k.
check out more info about it here:

We're all going on a summer holiday.

We are not but we wish we were.
so have a look at some of my past holidays by visiting this weeks random liks.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Links update

Well i finally sorted some links.
The links will make up a good part of my blog.
a new one each week, a bit like a top five.
So start by checking the link to A S Watersports, its where i work. The gallery is very good and the most usefull page: Water levels.
Use this for Flower pots info and whats happening on Dartmoor rain wise.

Pulse radio is the web station i have a mix show on so you can all check out some phat beats with me and my friends.
The show is called Squeeze. Look for it in the schedule.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Devon Cream

Well the last week has seen loads of water in the Devon rivers.
Monday morning started with going to work,a sad face on my head. That soon changed as Mitch let us go off to the Dart for the morning. Jim and i had a cool session on the Top wave and a nice bouncy blast down to triple three, Jim was getting some nice blunts down, hes going really well in the Project 52, i had a poor session in my Ronin. So much so i have now put it up for sale and got myself a nice Vision 44. Not much foot room but way more fun.
Work beckoned but so did the wave, which excuse to use? Todays excuse was "we got stuck in traffic" (river traffic, at least one person infront of me the whole time!)

Flower Pots was goin off most of the week, monday after work was to low to get into wet thermals so Tuesday before work was the best bet.I met a tired looking Jim and not so keen Jemma in the car park, "come on, get on with it!" was my cry as they slowly got changed. Despite freezing temperatures Jemma really impressed me by getting stuck in. She had a bit of a pasting on the Saturday at the freestyle event so it was good to see her back in the Pots. Jim surfed it up as usual and i got some cool runs with nicly linked ends and a back loop.
The plan was a session before work on the Wednsday as well....I got on at 7.30am but no one else was to be seen! A whole hour of the Pots is enough for one i changed and went to work.
Thursday was my day off and lots of people were planning to meet early to get a few rivers in. Ed and i met up with Mike Scutt from White water the canoe centre in Shepperton at New bridge only to find Simon and Ugg were meeting at Ivybridge to run the Erme.We wizzed down there to meet those guys. It was a fun trip with people i knew and some i didnt. Patch and his wife Dee were over visiting from Canada. Patch used to be a sales rep for Dagger kayaks out there but went to uni with Simon Westgarth. He hadn't paddled the Erme for 7 years and Dee had never been down, it was a great level and Dee styled it,showing the boys up in the process. We then headed up to the "home run" The Upper Dart, it was great, every 30 seconds or so some one would be doing a rock spin or splat, new boofs and eddies discoverd, a real "free ride" day. Its allways a pleasure to finish off a days paddle on the Upper.

Friday, haha what can i say.i have a great boss and some understanding work mates.
With all the rain we get a bit sad in the shop with tales of every one going paddling so again Mitch let us off to go boat.
I had been harpping on for ages about doing the North Teign, "Its a steep tree filled ditch" was about all any one could say about it! Still i really had to tick it off my list so Roger said he'd come with me and we conned Jim into coming for moral support :) i think if we'd told him the truth about it being class 5 in big water he would have minced out, so fair play to him!

After looking for the gauge rocks,(there wern't any)we decided there was enough water for it to be on. We arrived at the top? and hiked down the river, it wasn't bursting its banks but you could see it was high as the trees were in the water. We hiked some rapids and boated some, it does have lots of trees in it, it is very steep, the rapids are of dubious quality.I would say when it has less water and some eddies it may be better.
We had no flippin eddies and a flow that was brown and coverd all the rocks. Higher than recommended it was certenly a solid grade 5 for the bits you could paddle around the trees.
Still we did it and now i dont have to go back. Roger has been planning ways of getting revenge on me ever since!

Ahh Sunday, a day of rest. Not exactly!!
The East Lyn on Exemoor is the best wet day out in the Westcountry with out a doubt.My favourite river in England. Combined with the upper section from Brendon it falls from high on the Exemoor platue all the way to sea in Lynmouth. There was tonnes of water running down the roads and fields on the drive up, i was starting to get nervous. We got to Lynmouth to find the gauge island nearly coverd, a highish level but not off the scale, a good but pushy trip was on!
I totally styled the crux double drop on the Brendon section but was not so tidy on the Lyn gorge. A few of the team hiked up and ran the water falls on the Horeoak water which joins the east Lyn at Watersmeet.I had done this drop before and was too lazy to get up the hill to the put in.
A minor tree blockage on the way out of the gorge ment a short portage for us, but not for Tom Bailey who sneeked it with out telling any one. Helen got pinned and was not a happy bunny, losing her paddles.
apart from that a wicked wet week.
Next week sees an undercover team race on one of two venues... part of the adventure paddlers weekend at the River DArt country park,9th and 10th December.Be there. Hopefully some photos of the last week to follow, i have to get hold of a lady on the bank of the Lyn who was taking pics!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Come down at Cwmcarn

Biking blog!
It keeps on coming, a few teathing problems with the blog, but more great action pics.
More up to date this time with a trip to the mighty down hill track at Cwmcarn in Cwmbran South Wales.

Joining me on a anti-gravity mission this time is the fastest man i know on a mountain bike Tom Klampher and 3bsports biking new comer Ed Cornfield, Ed is quickly becoming a down hill demon! Just 6 weeks after purchasing a bike he's lobbing himself off just about anything we show him! It must be the skiing and waterfall jumping practise!
Tom in the red top, Ed in the green helmet and little me styling it on my hardtail.

Bella Italia! Adventure on the Ayasse

Bella Italia

Here are some great pictures (as promised) of the beautifull Ayasse torrente in the Aosta vally in north west Italy.
Taken in may this year by Kate Donnelly they show part of the great day i had on the river with some cool friends.
This little gorge had been a project of Simon Westgarth for some time. it was coo, to paddle with him, my work mate Roger Ford, shown here in the blue Jefe another shop monkey from White Water the Canoe Centre in Shepperton London, Mike Scutt, and Devon local Dr Paul.
beautiful rock formations cool slides, tight drops and a must run 25 feet plus water fall, which i had to bag first, obviously.



boatin' bikin' and boarding

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Well, depsite me being a fantastic dj, I'm changing the name of my blog to represent whats really happening here.

dadada!! is where you will find all the goods sh** going down.
so check back here or at the new adress after the weekend for some amazing kayaking and mtb shots from the lens of Kate Donnelly.

In the meen time check out her site

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Team manbearpig, dry out in Scotland

We made the long(10hrs) drive north for fantasic white water we had previously tasted. we have
been asured its there.........

We found some great "ditchin" , the All Gleann Chaolis runs into Loch Leven, non stop drops, with one portage, this is the put in horizon line.
not really kayaking....

The first triple drop

Danmanbearpig on the slopes.

When in Scotland with not much else to do you run this.
Allt a Chaoruinn. Dan getting some "speed"

there was more pics until the camera hit the canyon wall.oops

Devon sun oct 06

Here are some pics of last weekends typical Devon day, first up the Erme in south devon, not many action pics but plenty of sun and leaves on the trees.
I was joined by Tom , Dom ,Ed , Dan, Andy, Big O, Jase and some others including Simon, whos boat we pulled out of the "slot". Monkey.

Bottom two pics, Euthenasia falls, Upper Dart. Nice cruisey level, sun and fun.Dan and Big Owen in the meat.

This is an example of the cool pics you can expect from me.

Me running the last drop of the Lower Soba river in the Peirmonte region of northan Italy may 2006 (my 29th burfday)

first blog

Haha! my first blog.

Keep checking back for more fun stuff that ive been doing, its gonna include cool pics of me n my buddies Kayaking, surfing, dirt biking, dj gigs and more random shizzle.