Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Spreyton Track cleared

We have finally managed to clear the Spreyton track. About 3hrs withg bow saws, lots of sweat and bug bites but it was worth it as the trail now runs from top to bottom.





The bigeest berm half way down. It was drifting nicely.

The top Berm. Still a few weeds to clear and a touch up here and there but lots of fun. About 1.30min to to bottom I reackon.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Axiom, All good.


We got the first of the new Dagger Axioms delivered to the shop yesterday. So course I had to have a little go. Popped on to the rive and went down to the weirs. Its an all river boat and feels pretty good. Fast enough on the flat not to make it too hard work for the longer flatter sections on easier rivers. Loose enough for some serious surf fun. I managed to get a good play in at the bottom of St James weir where the was a nice little hole. It surfs really well and i got some cool old school pop outs! I think i may well be paddling this a lot more in the winter, Especially for easier trips (which I will be doing a few of).

I'll do an update when we have had another go.
Quick kit check for this 3bsports installment:

Dagger Axiom 8.5 river kayak.
Werner Sidekick carbon bent shaft paddle
Yak Klarus Short Sleeved cag
CSR polyplush stretch thermal
Sweet Strutter full carbon helmet.
Playboater Kevlar Work deck.

Lost and found

I was looking for another pic and came across this. I don't think I've even seen it before but it's me in Uganda the first time i went way back in 2006. Malalu wave White Nile Uganda. Happy days. About to go into a big right hand blunt.

3bsports quick round up.

The last two weeks have actually seen complete 3bsports action.
Last Wednesday I had my first surf since my shoulder operation back in February. I hit up Bantham with big Owen and got some nice 2-3ft waves. Not especially clean but it was just so good to get back on my board. Paddled into my first wave and just had to take all the way to the beach as a little victory ride. Two hours in the water and the should felt pretty good. Just as well as I had a consultants meeting that afternoon. He was not quite so impressed with my board riding skills and told me to "take it easy".

Riding has not been quite as active but we have finally cleared a new corner on the Dual track at the Mafia trails. This now takes out the first constriction so you can actually stay online and not get an elbow in the face whilst racing. Some say its too boring but its definitely quicker so a better race. It will only improve as we ride it more and ad some new bumps and berms.

Over the weekend Skam and I went back to a lost trail that Tom KP and i found around Christmas. We took Yak Rep Pete Ford with us to help with saw duty's and after at least two hours of hard bow saw action we got the trails clear and running top to bottom. Pete got some sweet pics so we hope to have those up soon.
Not a very hard track but flowing with great berms. There are some narrow off camber sections though and some of the lines are quite tight. I still want to hardtail it as i reckon it could be just as quick. No one has been there since we went last (Trail gold more trail gold and a bit more) so we now feel that we can start building a little our selves.
Also think its ok to give the location. The track is near Spreyton off the A30 towards Okehampton. Spreyton cross on a 1:25,000 os map will do it for you. google map link: map

Monday, June 08, 2009

South coast fish fest


Kayak fishing usually involves 3rider Jim or my house mate Phil or Tommy K. This week its been all three. Friday evening saw Jim, Tom and I at Seaton and Axmouth. An ok little mission as we got some small Mackerel, not pics as we were having to much fun.


We thought there would be some river action with all the rain on Saturday but nope. So off to Teignmouth to Phil's folks beach hut from (hopefully) a fish supper. Jim has some actual fishing shots on his 3rider blog so these are just some chilling pics. Teignmouth has a great lttle back beach that looks up river toward Combe cellers over the harbour.




Amber and Emma enjoy the Malibu 2 Xl.

The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100, this is a great ilttle SOT for short day missions (5hrs on the water) and is very well laid out.
The highlight of the day was on our second trip out of the harbour to see the local pod of Dolphins just out of the harbour mouth! unfortunately no pics of that although the guys and girls at Sea Sports south west have also seen them, they got pics.: Teignmouth Dolphins

Scorpios and sunsets

It has been hot hot hot lately (well last week) so on my day off work I hid from the sun, caught up with some paper work and course work, fixed bikes etc.
How ever this is not all that fun. So I hooked up with Jim and we grabbed some sunset paddling on the River Exe and Exeter ship canal. Not the most challenging of water but we took some long ol sea kayaks to speed up the journey and spice up the river paddling.



The kayaks of choice were both sizes of the new P+H Scorpio and Scorpio LV. (low volume)
These are the plastic versions of the flagship Cetus and the fastest plastic kayak I've ever been in.


Stability is no problem as Jim demonstrates sorting out his flat battery.


We had fun at Countess Wear bridge. As the tide went out there is a shallow shingle bank and you can paddle hard to attain the eddy up stream and come back down the shingle bank.
This was no problem in the Scorpio.

The sun sets over Exeter. Paddling back up the canal in the dark was ok, it make the journey over faster which is never a bad thing.

Peak Multi h2o test and first Supreme ride.



Ive been sat on these pics for a bit. There's been a lot going on. Any way this was the first ride on my new freeride and Down hill ride for 2009, a Commencal Supreme Dh team. Its the 08 version but still way pimp.



It was also the first time out in the new 2009 Peak Uk Multi H2o jacket. This a nice crossover jacket from kayak wear manufacturer Peak UK.



Nice and long in the back, perfect for riding mucky Devon trails in. Lots of nice shiny reflective logos for urban riding. Over all its pretty nice, a little hot as it could do with some pit zips. It has a nice fleeced lined collor fro warmthe and good neoprene wrist closures. A little baggy in the front for MTB but that will be better fro paddling. That test will be up soon.

We went to hit up some short dh runs near Ashburton but my tire would not stay on the rim so we came back and hit up Haldon. First around Soggy Bottom near the carpark with some nice technical tracks then wizzed over to hit up the berms and a few bits near the now defunct freeride area.

Clean lines and dirty bikes. Sweet.