As a teenager back in the late eighties I used to paddle with Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club. I remember learning how to paddle forward in a straight line, capsize drill, deep water rescue, self rescue, use support strokes and all the other skills a budding paddler needs to know.Read more "Abingdon Weir: A personal history"
Another year has passed and that means it Blastathon time again! Once again Dave managed to arrange things so that there was enough water in the Thames to provide primo blasting levels at Abingdon Weir. With a record turn out this year the event ran like a well oiled machine. There were around forty competitors, many […]Read more "Blastathon"
Last weekend was spent down on Dartmoor with Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club were we paddled the rivers Dart, Tavy and Walkham. Despite fears of uber-high water levels everything turned out to be just about the right level for everyone. Everyone came back with there own stories from the weekend some surreal, some scary, but all fun. More […]Read more "Down with the kids"
Last weekend was the annual KCC Blastathon. We had a record number of entries this year with two minibuses of contestants from the Riverside Centre coming along to join the members of Kingfisher Canoe Club and Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club. The weather decided to provide us with sun and rain earlier in the week ensured that Abingdon weir […]Read more "Blastathon"
This weekend was the second annual Abingdon Watersports Day. Along with a large number of other KCC members I spent most of Saturday helping the residents of Abingdon have a go at kayaking. More about this can be found on the Kingfisher Canoe Club website: HERERead more "Abingdon Watersports Day"
Dave Surman once again organised the Ock BoaterX for the Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club this weekend. Attendance might have been a little low but the sun was shining and there were plenty of smiling faces amongst the competitors.
Starting by the bridge where the Ock flows under Drayton Road the racers then navigated the low water in their Wavehoppers, avoiding the shopping trolleys and shooting the weir before entering the Thames and sprinting to the finish line back at the club hut.Read more "Pathfinders Ock BoaterX"
Today was a reminder that there are other river users out there apart from kayakers and canoeists. http://www.kingfishercanoeclub.co.uk">Kingfisher Canoe Club, Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club, Abingdon Rowing Club and Abingdon Sailing club (phew!) ran a open day for people to come along and try out their respective sports. Between KCC and PYCC we took around sixty […]Read more "Abingdon Water Sports day"