Sunday, 22 February 2015

Mid-Term Freestyle Training

With team selections for the worlds around the corner I've gotten back into the playboat ,levels at Stackallen have been great and I'm on my mid term so I've managed to get 6 sessions in over the last week or so .

Starting last Friday I went to the wave straight after my last mock exam I wasn't landing any tricks but got a few spins. Saturday was similar but was landing more roundhouses.

On Sunday I went out with Len Kelleher for a few hours on the wave ,Lens an awesome freestyle paddler and showed me a few techniques on how to stay retained on the wave and also stuff to do with relaceing instead of bouncing to start tricks.
 This session was probably the best from the week in terms of improvement. I was getting blunts round houses and some spins !!!

I got up very early on Monday and Tuesday to get some more time on the wave levels had risen and the wave was now a lot better although a bit flusher I brought my camera out on Tuesday and focused myself on putting together competition rides by the end of the two days I was scoring rides of about 100 to 110 points which I'm really happy with!

I also focused on doing moves on my offside and managed to get my left blunts down ! 

Friday and Saturday were much the same but with no camera the wave dropped again making tricks harder to set up as the wave is less steep but was still getting some good rides . 

Monday, 22 December 2014

Monday, 15 December 2014

Autumn Days

Some stuff I've been up to over the last little while also got on a few new rivers that aren't on the video keep forgetting my go pro memory card :
Autumn Days from robert kierans on Vimeo.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Broken Teeth on the Trywern

After coming home from the alps where I spent the guts of two weeks paddling every day I was suffering from post whitewater depression ! The only cure was a trip to the national whitewater center in Wales with Tullow and Lacken kayak clubs .....even though i was only told about it 9 hours in advance .

View from the tent 
After several hours of driving we arrived at the center and went kayaking straight away .Every one seemed happy to be back on some moving water!
Slide in at the put on
After a great afternoon of kayaking the group went  to the campsite to set up camp and get some food. From my own personal experience of camping, food means burnt sausages and or pot noodle ,it seemed Dale from Tullow had a different idea and I was more than surprised when i saw pizza being made from scratch and cooked by the fire !!!
Campfire Pizza 
We woke up the next morning ate some porridge and set off to the river . Tullow had brought there dynamic duo so me and David Doyle called first go in it and went for a speedy lap down the river.
Surfing in the Duo was fun for me at the back ,less so for David in the front!
Later in the day borrowed a wavesport project x and went in search for the playspot above the normal get on .Found the small but deep hole and soon discovered that my playboating skills had completely vanished since my last time in one around a year ago but i enjoyed it non the less .
Play spot behind me 
After this I decided to run the rest of the river in the playboat and got on great until I came to the aptly named ''graveyard'' section where avoiding a sneaky rock made me go over and smash my face on another rock and then another and another and another when I could feel my teeth cracking and then taste them in my mouth I thought it was time to swim .I got to the bank sat down let my boat and paddle float away for someone else to get ,I was pissed off and annoyed more than sore .
   The rest of the group who were behind me by a good bit came around the corner and got my boat and paddle they also made sure i wasn't concussed or too badly hurt .Donal then took me to first aid in the center where they also checked if i wasn't concussed and set up an appointment at the dentist in Wrexham for the next morning !
Not looking my best 
So the me to next day Donal drove Wrexham to find the dentist closed !So we headed back to the whitewater center where the group was still paddling .By this time my eye was almost swollen shut and my nose was swollen up too ! But the weather was brilliant so I took my camera out and started shooting .

Thanks to everybody that made the trip happen and everyone who helped me after my swim :)

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Irish Whitewater League

''The Irish Whitewater league, has been set up and organised by kayakers for kayakers. We want to promote having the laugh along with kayaking good whitewater. This league is all about the banter, meeting new people and enjoying the river''

So far I've competed in three of the races held so far ....The Flesk Race, Ennistymon Race and Galway Fest

Flesk Race ....The Flesk race was held on the 30th of December 2013 .After a long drive down with non-stop rain coupled with the fact ive never ran the river before and didnt really know anyone going I was quite nervous heading down to this race .When I pulled up to the put in for the river it was tanking at a level that was way too high to run the race on after about an hour or so we were told that instead of running the race over the whole river that it would be a sprint race from the put in to about 200m down.After 3 or 4 practice laps of the short course I was feeling pritty confident of my line.My race run went well and got a time of 1:07 since I was the only u18 there that time in mens would have placed me 9th out of 14 but i still got first place points for the junior league table :)
Angle Drop High Water 
After the race I tagged along with a group to run the full section of the river at a high level of 1.6 it was one of the best runs ive ever done in Ireland.Big thanks to Andrew Regan ,David Higgins and David Glasswell for letting me tag along and showing me lines . Video here
Flesk Race Course 

Ennistymon Falls Race....This race was held on the 15th of February 2014. Originally this was ment to be the glens race but thanks to huge storms in Ireland the glens was and still is chocked with trees :( .So Ennistymon Falls was the back up plan .This was another short race with the falls and rapids only covering around 500m .This set of rapids is right in the middle of the village of Ennisymon and features a 18 ft waterfall leading into a set of rapids with loads of ledge drops and slides with plenty of different lines to make things interesting.After a few practice laps I was buzzing to race and ended up getting a time of 1:44 only this time I wasn't the only person in u18 males Sean Cahill was also raceing in this class and bet me with a time of 1:42.Video here.

Walking Back up for another lap 
Ennistymon Falls

Galway Fest ........Was held on the 1st of march in Spidal on the Boluisce from the foot bridge to poll gorm after breaking my paddle the week before on the glenmacnass I was paddleing with a borrowed paddle id never used before and also had sprained wrist from the swim that broke it so I wasn't very confident about how i was going to do in the race.With no practice lap due to the course being too long to walk back up .I ended up comeing 2nd out of 10 in the u18 mens with a time of 6:25 so i was pritty happy with that .....After this tagged along with another group to run the top drop all in all it was a super race with a great atmosphere with 130+ racers .
Last Few Strokes to the finish line 

Super Sexy Race Face 

Over all each event was awesome its great being able to paddle new rivers with new people and do abit of racing as well so thanks to Barry and Andrew for running the league aswell as each of the races!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Crana Kayak Weekend

So a few days ago I headed up to Crana kayak fest .For those who don't know Crana Kayak Fest is a multi discipline kayaking weekend held every year in buncrana with events from boatercross to rafting along with guaranteed water from a  dam release  makes it one of the biggest whitewater events of the year.

The river itself has everything from grade 4 to the sea within a kilometer or two and is enclosed by a park with paths running along the river with concrete steps and put in spots every 100 meters or so, in short it is one of the best rivers to hold an event of this type on .
The Claw

Day 1 :On the saturday I entered novice slalom partially because i don't have a real slalom kayak and also because im not very good at the whole gates thing ;) this event took up most of the morning.
 After this me and my friend Eoin headed up to do some laps of the middle grade 3 section along with a few laps of the grade 4 ''Claw'' Drop this was the first time Eoin had ever ran anything that big and he styled it :)
 That evening we went to the awards in the hotel and in true kayaking fashion it started two hours late .

Day 2 : Sunday for me held the most important event of the weekend the boatercross a style of race where 6-7 people are let down the river at once fastest 2 go to the next heat ,after about 10-15 runs of the claw the biggest drop on the race course I felt pritty confidant I was hitting some good lines and was looking forward to the race.Our heat of 7 got to the start line someone shouted  go, I was behind everybody elce at the start and leading into the first rapid but I keeped pushing and thanks to some advice from Brian Keogh I took the left lines on all the rapids where as everybody was going for right not only did this give me more room to paddle but also put me in a better possission for the claw I hit my line on the claw and paddled hard to the finish where I picked up 3th place since the small numbers in the under 18s there was only one heat and results from that heat were final

On a other noat I had the Brand new Burn 3 out on the water for the first time absolutely savage boat loveing the new design :)


Thanks to Total Experince for supplying me with the new Burn Mk3 for the event  check them out here as well as just kayak for organizing the event !!!