Paddle4Play: August 2011

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

A low sluice training session with the Rockies,


Quick video of a low sluice session.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Rockhoppers Freestyle at sluice

Teaching the rockhoppers some more freestyle with huge improvements, well done to all

video by Bernard Walsh

Monday, 15 August 2011

Yellow River, Co. Leitrim

With the rain falling we took a drive to lovely Leitrim to try out the Yellow river,

the Map showed a nice gradient and we can see the beautiful Pol an eas waterfall at the get out Yellow River Leitrim

One more Irish tree and barbed wire river later here’s the video,

yellow river

filmed with the DogCam HD Wide camera.



Saturday, 6 August 2011

Clifden Weekend and Oranmore Video

August bank holiday weekend saw the Clifden Beach party rodeo weekend return after a break,

This year was set to be bigger and better with 45 people in attendance,Thank has to go to team paddlers Billy, Bowsie and Barry giving flat-water coaching clinics on a wild windy salt lake, this was followed by a small flat-water competition and a 45 person long eddy queue for the evening hole session.

The Evening beach party was a little washed out but as always the Galway crew made themselves a party under the cover of the IFS tent with bottles of Bucky and anything else they could find.

Sunday saw a slow start to the day with most people opting to hide away from the rain in search of warmth and food.

The comp kicked off Sunday afternoon with a large tide due,

We ran he event as 15minute jam sessions a format favoured by most as it gives time to really work the score sheet.

Off went the heats with big loops and flurries of ends  right up until the tide changed when we ran a quick inflatable comp, this was won by Orky and his Airplane off the bridge. The Heats restarted with the Expert men, unfortunately the timing was slightly out as we spent 15 minutes getting eaten by the hole we were followed by another expert heat which as the hole died saw big rides from both Barry and Bowsie to see them take 1st and 2nd spot in the comp, other winners included

Expert Men – Barry Loughnane

Masters – Garvan Smith

Sport Men – Lee Doherty

Sport Women – Caoimhe Farrell

Junior Men – Billy Brett

Flat-water – Billy Brett

A special mention has to go out to Mairead Barnwell for finishing 2nd in the masters a great performance, well done!

Sunday saw clear sky's and the wind drop just in time for a nice BBQ on the beach,

Monday we decided to head to Oranmore to find out what all the fuss is about, a small tidal feature just outside Galway,

We were very impressed an extremely good spot! very jealous its not on the east coast!

Here's the Video

Team I-Canoe @ Oranmore

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Liffey Training Trips Aug 11

This week I took some time off from junior courses to run some river trip activities for some of my squad paddlers, the aim was to teach them how water worked and mover and to give them a better understanding ready for the forthcoming Lower liffey and liffey descent races,

A very low river…..

As always the cameras were rolling

I was trying out my new DogCam Bullet HD Wide with great success, whilst the lads were using the good al faithful Gopro HD Wide,

Heres the results, Enjoy

DogCam Bullet HD Wide

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