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Layton Surf 'n Swim

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Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by StridAst on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 11:30 pm

OK still planning on moving from touring into whitewater paddling.  I saw the surf n swim days listed on the UWC website.  So I figure i will head over on the 23rd and try to get some rollung practice in.

So far i have purchasef a wavesport ethos 10.  it *should* be here in time.  i have a skirt that will fit it.  i figure for a pool a touring PFD will work fine.  problem:  no whitewater paddle yet. >.<

while i was figuring a 197cm or so paddle with a 30 degree or less feather (preferably much less. say 0 degrees) would be ideal for me, thats just guess work on my part.  I've never used any feathering to date while paddling.  i figure i am likely to break my first paddle anyways so i am planning on buying used.

  Anyone have any feedback on how big of a difference its likely to make if i get a used 194 cm 30 degree paddle to learn with, then switch to a slightly longer and less feathered paddle later on?  how much difference does that 3cm really make, and just how hard is it to adjust to less feathering once you get used to it? 

EDIT: also for something like surf n swim, how important is a helmet?  i.e. don't show up without one? not needed at all, or "just stay in the deep end away from the walls while practicing rolls"  I'm assuming it's likely to be closer to the "don't show up without one" end of the spectrum.

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Re: Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by LarryS on Thu 14 Nov 2013, 12:13 pm

I would recommend a helmet.  If you don’t bring one, I would strongly recommend not going near the shallow end while the wave machine is operating.  If you need to borrow a helmet, let us know.  I have extra helmets but they only fit very large heads.  Other people also have spare helmets that would work for smaller head.  Just let us know what you need.

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Re: Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by jbdaniels on Mon 18 Nov 2013, 8:14 pm

Yep. I wouldn't worry about the pfd in the pool but helmet is a very good idea. I have medium and large extra helmets. Let me know if you need me to bring one.
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Re: Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by StridAst on Tue 19 Nov 2013, 3:03 pm

OK got a helmet that fits.  hoping to have a paddle by saturday. some chance that might not happen.   If i dont have a paddle by then,  would it be futile to try to learn to roll with one of my touring paddles? (my plan b at this point.)

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Re: Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by LarryS on Tue 19 Nov 2013, 3:55 pm

Touring paddles work fine but it's best to use the paddle you will use on the river.

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Re: Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by wyosam on Tue 19 Nov 2013, 7:45 pm

Thinking I'll be there Saturday, I could bring my spare (197 straight shaft, 30 degree, nothing fancy)

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Re: Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by StridAst on Wed 20 Nov 2013, 10:23 am

wyosam wrote:Thinking I'll be there Saturday, I could bring my spare (197 straight shaft, 30 degree, nothing fancy)
Thanks, I would appreciate that if it's not too much trouble.  There is still a chance i will have my own by sat night.  Very Happy  But by the time i have any time to pursue getting a paddle it will be friday or saturday, which might be cutting it a bit close.

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Re: Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by wyosam on Wed 20 Nov 2013, 7:41 pm

I'll throw it in the car- Red Nissan Versa, Orange and Yellow Pyranha, green helmet.

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Re: Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by StridAst on Thu 21 Nov 2013, 11:33 am

much appreciated.  I'll be the one in the dark blue grand cherokee, with the yellow and black wavesport ethos. black helmet.

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Re: Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by wyosam on Fri 22 Nov 2013, 7:35 am

I might not make it down Saturday- thinking Skiing in the Tetons might be a better use of my weekend.

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Re: Layton Surf 'n Swim

Post by StridAst on Fri 22 Nov 2013, 10:29 am

ok, no worries Smile  was still planning on bringing one of my touring paddles as a plan "C"  and still planning on trying to get ahold of a used ww paddle.

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