Thursday, 22 November 2007

Relief at last..........

I finished work at 4am on Sunday morning, got home and went straight to bed, I was up at 945am to get ready to head out the door. At the back of my mind was the thought of the up and coming night shift I was going to have to do later in the day. It was all worth the agony though as for the first time in two months we had some water in the rivers.

Frankie picked me up and we decided to head to North Wales for a limb loosener after our two month forced exile from boating. I've got to admit that I was skeptical of the water reports as we made the journey to Wales, everything looked dry but Frankie showed faith and optimism as we drove to our destination - the Aberglaslyn Gorge. We had decided to bang out a few laps on this classic run to get us back into the swing of things. We had a great day, I just hope we don't have to wait two months again for more of the same.........

The famous Breaker - montage style

A view of the gorge from the take out bridge - a nice medium level

Getting ready to put on the river

Approaching the Breaker, not the most steep section, but probably the chunkiest....

Middle line on the Breaker - just point and shoot

Through the hole and into the eddy at the bottom of the breaker

Eddying out into a rare pool in the gorge

Working through a nice section of boulder garden

Frankie lines up a drop towards the end of the gorge

Frankie up to his armpits

Thanks to Frankie for all the photos. Already looking forward to next time

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Some stuff from the archives........Portugal 2006

In November 2006, Frankie, The Beast, Grandad, Miguel, Dom, and I took a bit of a fact finding / exploratory trip to Northern Portugal. We found a real hidden treasure. An incredible variety of rivers, amazing scenery, cheap food and drink, and really friendly people. An amazing trip.......

Dom surfs the get on wave - Minho river high water

I go for an ender - Minho River

Miguel hits a nice line on the Mouro

The Beca put in - note our lack of organisation

Running a drop on the Beca

Boof time!

Some Portuguese wildlife

More wildlife

Even the cows look fierce

The Beast gets lost on the way to the Tua put in

The Beast finds a nice Tua surf wave

Grandad having one of his famous front surfs on the Tua

The start of festival night in Chaves

The Beast - our protector

Miguel and I after a little too much Chaves party spirit

Frankie in the Paiva Gorge

Me, getting a boof in the Paiva Gorge

Playwave on the Lower Paiva

Beast throws some ends on the Lower Paiva

Some video of our trip can be found here -

Some stuff from the archives........USA 2006

Here's a few photos from our trip to the South Eastern States in May 2006. We did 3000 miles in 3 weeks, paddled some great rivers, and hung out with some good friends.....awesome.

Donna, Grandad, Frankie, and I made the trip, and we were well looked after by Snowy, Eli, Lord Lyle, and many others on our trip......

Running Seven Foot Falls on the famous Chattooga

Hell hole back surf

Snowboy straps up for a day on the river

The circus comes to Erwin TN

The Team - Donna, Frankie, Grandad, and I looking over the New River Gorge

I take on the Sinks on the Little River.....superb day out

Missing my boof on Baby Falls - Tellico Ledges

Grandad does it with more style

Dinner is served at Lord Lyles Chateau

Chattooga - a river of legends.....

Grandad runs Seven Foot Falls Chattooga section IV

Eric, Eli, and me - unwinding

Eli gears up for another day at work

Frankie in the midst of Jawbone section IV Chattooga

I run the same rapid

Raft boofing Soc 'em Dog - Donna is in there somewhere

A diificult choice for the team after a day on the Cheoah River