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 Post subject: Re: Hopper's way.
PostPosted: 21 Jun 2013, 13:41 
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This is going to be a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. We are there with bells on.


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 Post subject: Re: Hopper's way.
PostPosted: 25 Jun 2013, 12:23 
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Location: Killaloe
Hi folks, hopefully my wife and I will make it along, will be a nice paddle for our first time out with the group. Will let ye know for definite later on today.
Paddy


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 Post subject: Re: Hopper's way.
PostPosted: 27 Jun 2013, 10:41 
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Location: Kilkee
Saturday
29/06/2013 00:00–06:00 13° 0.2 mm Gentle breeze, 5 m/s from west-northwest
06:00–12:00 13° 0.2 mm Moderate breeze, 6 m/s from west
12:00–18:00 15° 0 mm Fresh breeze, 9 m/s from west
19:00–01:00 14° 0.3 mm Moderate breeze, 8 m/s from west-southwest
Sunday
30/06/2013 01:00–07:00 14° 0.4 mm Fresh breeze, 9 m/s from southwest
07:00–13:00 13° 0.7 mm Fresh breeze, 10 m/s from southwest
13:00–19:00 14° 1.1 mm Fresh breeze, 10 m/s from southwest
19:00–01:00 14° 0.2 mm Gentle breeze, 5 m/s from west

http://www.met.ie/forecasts/5day-ireland.asp

Looking forward to the paddle Sunday. Looks like there will be a bit of a headwind....
Approx. 15 km from Carrigaholt; approx. 11 km from Rinvalla bay. The Carrigaholt group will pull into Rinvealla & any paddlers going from Rhinvalla will join up then.
We'll know better on the day. We plan to scout conditions early. Keep an eye on the wiska forum for updates.

Later.
Matt.


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 Post subject: Re: Hopper's way.
PostPosted: 30 Jun 2013, 00:00 
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Folks,
We took a spin back west tonight & the estuary is quite calm. Lovely calm evening, hopefully it will stay like that.
Options are:
Carrigaholt to Kilbaha
Rinevalla to Kilbaha
Paddle at Kilbaha.
We'll decide on the day.
We plan to meet in Carrigaholt at 11:00.
See ye there hopefully.
Woo Hoo!


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 Post subject: Re: Hopper's way.
PostPosted: 01 Jul 2013, 09:11 
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I got a TAN !!!!! :o The Sun came out just like ye promised !!!

Can you credit that !!!

Great day out with friends and new friends....looking forward to next year already !

Thanks for everything Dave Gorman, Matt and Sean for minding us all !

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 Post subject: Re: Hopper's way.
PostPosted: 01 Jul 2013, 17:21 
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A great gathering, and yes a chance to meet up again with friends, and find others. I found out in conversation with a young lady that I had been paddling alongside that we had family connections going back generations and may well be distant cousins. How cool is that? :)

Thanks for coming West guys, great to meet up again. As for looking out for each other's safety that goes with the territory on all adventure activities, and was indeed Hopper's way, I know that first hand. What we try and do is stretch it a bit, challenge ourselves, but hopefully everyone gets home safe at the end of the day.
All the best for now
Dave G


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 Post subject: Re: Hopper's way.
PostPosted: 01 Jul 2013, 23:20 
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party animal DAVE g and me self not get home til 3pm today from the hoppers way,,,,and that was hoppers way,,magic :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Hopper's way.
PostPosted: 02 Jul 2013, 14:39 
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Great day. Great to see a bunch of sea kayaks in Kilbaha again. Pity about the conditions but the whole day worked well for a finish.....


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 Post subject: Re: Hopper's way.
PostPosted: 06 Jul 2013, 10:20 
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We finally wound down Hopper's Way with the Monday Club in Keatings Bar on Monday night. Epic weekend. Think there is still the odd body laying around the Cottage, but that is Hoppers Way, second time I met him he stayed on for 4 days after a pal's birthday party, teaching me with infinite patience how to do a bow line with his rantings on nihilism and how best to pilot around Loophead in a force 7. We all miss him every day. He would have loved to see all those kayaks and Currachs out on the bay. We once came into land in Ross Bay in a force 5 which he said was 'a wee bit bouncy'. There was only one Hopper.
Himself and Neptune where having a great laugh Sunday morning showing us who's the boss, than throwing in the sunshine for a finish as a wee cheeky smile. Next years Hoppers Way is going to be even better.
Great to dance on the water with you guys.
Rip.


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 Post subject: Re: Hopper's way.
PostPosted: 12 Jul 2013, 17:07 
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I have a few photos of the kayaks in the bay @ Hoppers Way

I tried to use the contact e-mail on the wiska website but it got returned to me , If someone could send me a contact e-mail to here or to DataStreamCowboy@hotmail.com I would be happy to send them on.

Thanks

.... Roll on Next years Hoppers Way..... Kilbaha was absolutely Hoppin' for 2 days solid. Much love to all who participated


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