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 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"
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"
It’s that time of year again; BLASTATHON! Once again the great and the good of KCC and friends gathered at Abingdon weir to strut the latest in freestyle/rodeo/playboating moves. Or something like that anyway. Don’t let the professional look give by the pro-vests fool you, it was just as random as usual. Great fun […]Read more "It’s that time of year again"
Well thats something you don’t expect to see everyday. I managed to grab a picture of this grass snake with my phone as it was making a quick get away from the pavement by where we park by Abingdon weir. I’ve never seen one before and was quite suprised that England is home to 3 foot snakes, […]Read more "Surprise"
Its hot and the rivers are low so you can be sure that summer is here. Hurley’s closed so unless you fancy a beat down from the beast that is Hambledon then its time to paddle what I seem to spend most of my summer paddling: Abingdon and Sutton Courtenay weirs. Frankly if your looking […]Read more "Summer Weirs"