Paddling Planet

January 23, 2017

Tatiyak

Chi pagaia il primo dell'anno...

Eccoci ad un nuovo inizio anno: il 2017 comincia sotto il sole!

Mauro all'uscita del canale del Lago di Paola...
Tatiana sotto le scogliere del Monte Circeo


A new year it's just beginning: 2017 starts with a sunny day!

by Tatiana Cappucci (noreply@blogger.com) at January 23, 2017 09:03 pm

Pagaiata di San Giuliano ad Aquileia

In occasione della presentazione ad Aquileia del nostro viaggio in kayak alle Isole Cicladi, abbiamo prolungato la permanenza in Friuli di un paio di giorni per poter partecipare alla tradizionale pagaiata di San Giuliano organizzata dal CKF, una piacevole escursione lungo i canali della laguna per raggiungere una delle tante tante isolette lagunari: sotto un timido sole invernale si è svolto il pranzo e la festa danzante, che qualcuno ha saltato per godersi una pennichella postprandiale!

La laguna con la marea bassa molto bassa...
I sentinelli: in muta stagna su per i tetti!
Uno scorcio della laguna di Aquileia
Siesta!
Miron!!!

Last week-end we went to Aquileia, in the North-East part of Italy: we had the chance to present our last sea kayak trip around the Cyclades Islands in Greece and than to take part in a daily paddle along the lagoon. We went to a little island where every year the local paddlers organize a Sunday outdoor party, with live music, tradicional food and lots of wine: I appreciate the timid winter sun until I fall asleep in the floor!

by Tatiana Cappucci (noreply@blogger.com) at January 23, 2017 09:03 pm

Quando gli allievi crescono...

E' sempre molto emozionante veder crescere i propri allievi, specie quando sono motivati, appassionati e determinati a fare sempre meglio. Giuseppe s'è avviato da oltre un anno lungo il percorso per diventare 4 stelle sea kayak Leader e si è impegnato a fondo: dopo un incontro a Genova prima delle feste, un lunedì di gennaio ci siamo incontrati anche a Portofino per mettere a punto le tecniche di conduzione del gruppo prima dell'esame finale previsto a Jersey a fine mese... Diventerà un grande kayak. Anzi, lo è già!

Giuseppe dirige il briefing d'inizio giornata con Angelo e Luca...
Giuseppe sotto le scogliere di Portofino...
Giuseppe salvato da Luca in una voluta inversione di ruoli
It's always ggod to see growing up your sea kayak students, expecially when they are passionate and motivate. Giuseppe is one of them, involved since last year in the 4* sea kayak Leader process: he paddled every single week and he organized a first meeting in Genoa before Christmas and a new one near Portofino just after the holydays. He wanted to work on leadership skills: he will become a great kayaker. Well, he's already very good! 

by Tatiana Cappucci (noreply@blogger.com) at January 23, 2017 08:13 pm

PaddlingLight.com
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

Chestnut Chum Revisioned as the Lynx

Chestnut Chum canoe computer model

The Chestnut Chum canoe is one of the classic canoes when you ask about old canvas and wood canoes. Paddlers respected it for it’s ability to carry lots of gear and still remain stable. The Chum struck a chord with canoeists looking for day tripping boat as well as an extended trips.

Omer Stringer's canoeA picture of Omer Stringer’s canoe from Ravenwood Canoe and Boatworks.

Several years ago, I worked with a paddler who wanted to build the Omer Stringer version of the canoe. According to Wooden Canoe Issue 25, the differences were this:

Omer’s canoe is also unique. He began with a 15-foot Chestnut Chum, built in New Brunswick. When it was under construction, he asked that the cedar plank-and-rib shell be left without inwales, thereby allowing him to vary the sheer line after the shell was removed from the form. He then increased the depth of the canoe to 15 inches and reduced the bow height by 1-1/2 inches. With weights, he rounded out the ribs in the center of the canoe slightly. This rounding produced a canoe that was deeper and a bit more tender and maneuverable than the original Chum.

chestnut chum cedar strip being builtWe worked for several weeks sending back and forth revisions until he was happy with the results. While I don’t think we ended up with as round as Omer’s canoe was, it looked like a great compromise between stability and maneuverability. We also added tumblehome to make it easier to paddle for a solo canoeist.

In the end, he never built it. A paddle-making company took up the build. They started the canoe, but when other opportunities arose they put the canoe build on the backburner.

It never got built.

Would anyone be interested in building this semi-tested design? If so, I can add it to the free and paid plan downloads? Thoughts?

Here’s a video of Omer Stringer paddling.

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by Bryan Hansel at January 23, 2017 06:13 pm

René Seindal
Living, working, kayaking, rowing in Venice, Italy

Drowning in silence

A young man of 21 years has died drowning in the Grand Canal in front of the station of Venice. Nobody understood that he was dying, and help arrived too late.

“He refused the lifebuoy” the local papers have repeated endlessly, and hence its seen as a suicide.

I have seen a man drown two metres from me in a pool.

Fortunately he was saved by somebody brighter than I, and he left the pool alive, if shaken.

I was hospitalised here in Venice, for rehabilitation after a stroke, and I was in the pool for exercises.

Besides me in the deeper part of the pool was a elderly man, an immigrant like myself, I believe. While I was concentrating on my exercises, I perceived from the corner of the eye that he was totally immobile in the water. Turning I see that he’s passive in the water, head down, arms stretched out on the sides, floating totally immobile.

Fragments of various thoughts swirled around my brain, but before I was able to put two and two together, the therapist came running, jumped in the pool and pulled the man’s head out of the water.

All this happened in a few seconds, in perfect silence. Nobody said anything, and I don’t believe the others in the pool noticed anything before the therapist jumped in, dressed and all.

Only then did I understand what was happening, and what could have been the consequences.

I wouldn’t have saved that man in time. It still hurts thinking about it.

It wasn’t out of malice. On the contrary, I kind of liked the man. I wouldn’t have saved him because of mental slowness, and a lack of preparation. When the therapist intervened, I still hadn’t understood the gravity of the situation. I was in a kind of confused state of mind, that yes, something wasn’t right, but I couldn’t quite get my head around what, and not understanding, I didn’t act. Thoughts of “drowning” and “death” still hadn’t crossed my mind.  I only understood afterwards, when the therapist was already in the pool.

How long would the poor man have had to wait for me to save him? I hope not for long, but honestly I don’t know. Maybe he would have drowned there besides me.

Nobody else in the pool had noticed anything.

If it hadn’t been for a bright and alert therapist, he could have died there in the hospital pool. Simply by extended an arm I could have touched him. I didn’t. I didn’t because I didn’t understand.

Drowning is not a violent, dramatic and noisy event.

One drowns in silence, immobile, sometimes metres from who could save you.

Please read: “Drowning doesn’t look like drowning” by Mario Vittone.  Maybe one day you can save a life.

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by René Seindal at January 23, 2017 03:14 pm

Annegare in silenzio

Un ragazzo giovane di 21 anni è morto annegato in Canal Grande di fronte alla Stazione. Nessuno capiva che stava morendo e l’aiuto è arrivato troppo tardi.

“Rifiutava il salvagente” viene ripetuto nei giornali, quindi suicidio.

Io ho visto un uomo annegare a due metri da me in piscina.

Per fortuna è stato salvato da una persona più svelta di me ed è uscito vivo dalla piscina, anche se scosso.

Ero in ospedale qua a Venezia, per la riabilitazione dopo un ictus e facevo esercizi in piscina.

Accanto a me nella parte più profonda c’era un signore anziano, credo immigrante come me Mentre io ero concentrato sui miei esercizi, percepivo comunque con l’angolo dell’occhio che lui era tutto fermo in acqua. Mi giro e lo vedo a testa in giù, braccia allargate in superficie, che galleggiava completamente immobile.

Mi passavano tanti frammenti di pensieri strani per la testa, ma prima di essere riuscito a fare due più due, è arrivato il fisioterapista di corsa, si è buttato in acqua e ha tirato su la testa dell’uomo.

Tutto questo è successo in pochi secondi, in un silenzio perfetto. Nessuno ha detto niente e non credo che gli altri pazienti nella piscina si sono accorti di niente, prima che il fisioterapista si fosse tuffato in acqua, vestito e tutto.

Solo allora ho capito fino in fondo che cosa stava succedendo e quali potrebbero essere state le conseguenze.

Io non avrei salvato quell’uomo in tempo. Mi si stringe ancora il cuore a pensarci.

Non per cattiveria, per carità. Al contrario, il signore mi stava anche simpatico. Non l’avrei salvato per lentezza mentale o per impreparazione. Quando il fisioterapista è intervenuto, io non avevo ancora capito quanto fosse grave la situazione. Ero in uno stato confusionale, c’era sì qualcosa che non andava ma non capivo che cosa e quindi non agivo. Pensieri come “annegamento” e “morto” non si erano ancora formati nella mia testa. Ho capito solo dopo, quando il fisioterapista era già in acqua.

Non so quanto tempo ancora il povero signore avrebbe dovuto aspettare per essere salvato da me. Spero poco, ma onestamente non lo so dire. Forse sarebbe annegato là accanto a me.

Nessun altro nella piscina si era accorto di niente.

Se non fosse stato per il fisioterapista bravissimo, il signore potrebbe essere morto là, in piscina in ospedale. A me sarebbe bastato stendere un braccio per toccarlo. Non l’ho fatto. Non l’ho fatto perché non capivo.

Annegare non è un evento violento, drammatico, rumoroso.

Si annega in silenzio, immobili, a volte pochi metri da chi potrebbe salvarci.

Leggete per favore: “Annegare Sembra Non Annegare” di Mario Vittone.  Forse un giorno salvate una vita.

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by René Seindal at January 23, 2017 02:20 pm

mark tozer's blog
embracing the elements on the water and in the mountains

SGS USA Announcement - Spread The Word

social-media-marketing-copy

Help us promote Storm Gathering USA 2017 🙂
1) Spread the word! Tell 10 other paddlers about the event that have not yet heard about it.
2) Share the word! Include the event in your club newsletter, blog post and tweet about it (@sgs_usa, #intothewater#stormpaddlers).
3) Post the word! Share a favorite memory on this page from past symposiums. Post photos or video and tag Storm Gathering USA.
4) Join the word! Make sure to follow Storm Gathering USA via social media including Twitter, Facebook and Google+
5) Calendar the word! Put Storm Gathering USA 2017 in your club and public calendars.
For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

by Mark Tozer (noreply@blogger.com) at January 23, 2017 10:00 am

Horisont Kajak
Kajak i Stockholms Skärgård

Bara 3 platser kvar

Rollar du 2017?

Vi har ett fåtal platser kvar till nästa veckas Bassängkurs. Blir det du som hänger med oss?
Läs mer och boka din plats här.

Inlägget Bara 3 platser kvar dök först upp på Horisont Kajak.

by Carin at January 23, 2017 09:13 am

SimonWillis.net
Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

Highland Open Water Swims for Charity

I've been asked to help organise this series of three swims.

Last year there were six in the series, which was ambitious and stressful for the organisers.

It took a lot of sorting to get boat and kayak cover at each, especially when volunteers pull out at one day's notice.

This year the organiser is starting later than previously so we're restricting it to three swims, although there may be more towards the end of the year.

I swam the Skye Bridge event and the Sound of Mull.  They are utterly superb training for triathlon.  The confidence these swims instilled in me meant I could stand on the start line of my first Ironman and have no doubts whatsoever about the 3.8km ahead of me.  I actually enjoyed it.

We're on the look out for kayakers who can help provide support.  Finding them is my job because of my kayaking background.  If push comes to shove, I'll be in the kayak rather than in the water.

The key thing is that not a penny goes to the organisers (us).  Entry is by donation directly to the Children with Cancer charity.  Check it out at Highland Open Water Swim and scroll down to read about last year's swims.

by Simon Willis (noreply@blogger.com) at January 23, 2017 09:08 am

DIARIO DE KAYAK
Fotos,videos y relatos de mi navegaciones en kayak de mar

COMO LLEVAR CERVEZAS FRIAS EN EL KAYAK

Llevar cervezas frias en el kayak ya no será nunca un problema con esta nevera portatil que flota y se remolca. leer mas

January 23, 2017 09:04 am

Greenlandorbust.org
Greenland or Bust - Helen Wilson

SGS USA – Spread The Word

social-media-marketing-copy

Help us promote Storm Gathering USA 2017 🙂

1) Spread the word! Tell 10 other paddlers about the event that have not yet heard about it.

2) Share the word! Include the event in your club newsletter, blog post and tweet about it (@sgs_usa, #intothewater, #stormpaddlers).

3) Post the word! Share a favorite memory on this page from past symposiums. Post photos or video and tag Storm Gathering USA.

4) Join the word! Make sure to follow Storm Gathering USA via social media including Twitter, Facebook and Google+

5) Calendar the word! Put Storm Gathering USA 2017 in your club and public calendars.

A full listing of Storm Gathering USA 2017 classes can be found HERE.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA WEBSITE today!

To register, go to this PAGE on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

by helen at January 23, 2017 07:00 am

mark tozer's blog
embracing the elements on the water and in the mountains

Welcome Onboard Fellow Storm Paddlers From Wales!



Today we would like to welcome onboard our fellow Storm Paddlers who will be joining us from Wales this March for Storm Gathering USA 2017 in Trinidad, California.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

by Mark Tozer (noreply@blogger.com) at January 23, 2017 02:59 am

Maligiaq Padilla - SGS USA Presenter / Coach



Coach / Presenter - Maligiaq Padilla

Maligiaq Padilla originates from Sisimiut, Greenland. His grandfather spent his days hunting seals, whales, birds and other animals from a kayak (qajaq in Greenlandic), and it was from him that Maligiaq was taught the hunting traditions of his ancestors. At the age of 12, Maligiaq built his first kayak and learned to hunt from it using a harpoon and a rifle. He has since built over 300 kayaks. These kayaks have been displayed in the Sisimiut Museum of Greenland, the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver and the Smithsonian Museum.

Maligiaq is world renowned for his strokes, rolling, kayak building and rope gymnastics skills. He has appeared in many films, including Rolling With Maligiaq,  Allunaariaqattaarneq and This is the Sea.

Maligiaq first competed in the annual Greenland National Kayaking Championship when he was 12. He won every event in his age group, and at 16 became the youngest National Championship winner in history. He has now won a total of nine Championships.

Maligiaq will be teaching a qajaq building class through Mind’s Eye Manufactory leading up to Storm Gathering USA 2017. Click HERE for more information. We’d like to thank Mind’s Eye Manufactory for supporting the event by bringing in such a wonderful keynote speaker and mentor.

We’re honored to have both Maligiaq and Mind’s Eye Manufactory as part of the event. Maligiaq will be Storm Gathering USA’s Friday evening keynote speaker, and will teach Greenland Strokes on the Friday and Sunday of the event. The Friday evening presentation is titled, “Indigenous water craft of the Arctic, and modern qayaq in Greenland.”


For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

by Mark Tozer (noreply@blogger.com) at January 23, 2017 02:28 am

January 22, 2017

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

January 15th - Mill Bay with Gordon Brown (#8)

I accompanied Gordon Brown while he instructed a SISKA clinic for beginner-intermediate paddlers in Mill Bay. though it was a bit damp, the wind was kind to us and we had a great day of learning. Basically we paddled around in front of Brentwood College School. There were some swans as well as the usual buffleheads, cormorants, kingfishers and gulls.
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5km, YTD 73 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at January 22, 2017 09:43 pm

mark tozer's blog
embracing the elements on the water and in the mountains

Greenland Strokes – Instructor Specialty Class with Maligiaq Padilla.


Maligiaq Padilla doesn’t need much of an introduction in the traditional paddling world. His grandfather spent his days hunting seals, whales, birds and other animals from a kayak (qajaq in Greenlandic), and it was from him that Maligiaq was taught the hunting traditions of his ancestors. At the age of 12, Maligiaq built his first kayak and learned to hunt from it using a harpoon and a rifle. He has since built over 300 kayaks. Maligiaq first competed in the annual Greenland National Kayaking Championship when he was 12. He won every event in his age group, and at 16 became the youngest National Championship winner in history. He has now won a total of nine Championships. Over the years, Maligiaq has shared traditional paddling skills with paddlers all over the world, and we’re thrilled to have him as part of the event.

If you’re interested in Greenland paddling technique, this is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best. Spaces are VERY limited. Maligiaq will also be teaching a qajaq building class through Mind’s Eye Manufactory leading up to Storm Gathering USA. Click HERE for more information. Special thanks to Mind’s Eye Manufactory for supporting the event by bringing in such a wonderful keynote speaker and mentor.

Maligiaq's classes are scheduled to run on Friday (Session 1) and Sunday (Session 4).


A full listing of Storm Gathering USA 2017 classes can be found here.


For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

by Mark Tozer (noreply@blogger.com) at January 22, 2017 04:04 pm

Frogma
Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Women's March in NYC, 1/21/2017

Yesterday TQ and I joined up with a bunch of paddling friends for the Women's March in NYC. He and I never actually got to march, the number of people that turned out exceeded expectations and it took more time to get things moving than we had (lost a friend in December and his memorial service was yesterday, wouldn't have missed that for anything and I'm very glad we went), but we can at least say that we took a stand! Amazing day in NYC, powerful and peaceful. Thank you Mary for putting this together, and to Melinda Beck for permission to use her artwork as a sign (she's an amazing graphic designer and this was for a recent editorial by John Kerry in the NY Times - she shared it on Facebook and I loved it), and to everyone out there who marched yesterday. What a day.  Here's a bunch of pictures - no more writing, click on the first picture for a slideshow view.  



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by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at January 22, 2017 04:00 pm

mark tozer's blog
embracing the elements on the water and in the mountains

Welcome Onboard Fellow Storm Paddlers From Canada!



Today we would like to welcome onboard our fellow Storm Paddlers who will be joining us from Canada this March for Storm Gathering USA 2017 in Trinidad, California.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.


by Mark Tozer (noreply@blogger.com) at January 22, 2017 03:30 pm

Welcome Onboard Fellow Storm Paddlers From Sweden!



Today we would like to welcome onboard our fellow Storm Paddlers who will be joining us from Sweden this March for Storm Gathering USA 2017 in Trinidad, California.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.


by Mark Tozer (noreply@blogger.com) at January 22, 2017 03:30 pm

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.

Tur i tågen

Der lå et højtryk over Danmark, og som det tit sker om vinteren gav det en tyk tåge og næsten vindstille.

Jeg havde aftalt rotur med Jan og Jesper. Jesper og jeg roede af sted fra NKC, mens jeg Jan roede af sted fra Enø. I dagene op til turen havde der været en del is på fjordene, men det var smeltet, og da vi mødtes med jan ved Lindholm, besluttede vi at ro en tur til Svinø.
Det var ret flot at ro i den tykke tåge.
Af og til kom der en lille flok fugle hen over os. Her er det canadagæs over Jan.
Vi så også en enkelt bramgås stå i sivene på Gavnø. Normalt ville den flyve væk, men den var muligvis skadet og så var der nok snart et måltid til en ræv eller en rovfugl.
Turen gik videre langs kysten ved Vejlø. Det var rimelig højvandet, så vi gled fint af sted gennem det stenfyldte farvand. Vandet var klart, så vi undgik sammenstød stenene.
De næste sten vi så var Rønnen midt på Dybsø Fjord. Hvis man følger kysten og først ror ud på fjorden ved Rønnen, kan man komme over Dybså Fjord på rimelig dybt vand. Vi kunne midt på fjorden slet ikke se Svinø, og så er det jo godt at have et kompas på fordækket, så man kan holde kursen.

Snart dukkede bakkerne ved Svinø dog op, og vi roede mod udmundingen ad den snoede strømrende. På et tidspunkt roede jeg på kanten af den med en halv meter vand til den ene side og tre - fire meter på den anden siden. Vandet var stadig fascinerende klart.
Vi gik i land mellem hvad der plejer at være bådebroer. Dækkene var taget af, men stolperne stod bundet sammen af reb. På rebene hang der fantastiske "gardiner" af tang fra det sidste store oversvømmelse. Vi kunne også se at vandet havde været oppe ved bord-bænksættet hvor vi vi sad og spiste madpakken med et lille hyggebål mellem os. Ud over hyggen er også varmen fra sådan et lille bål dejligt.

Maden var spist, kaffen drukket og bålet brændt ned, da vi roede videre. Strømmen havde taget voldsomt til udad, og da vi drejede rundt ved klinten for at komme en tur rundt om Dybsø, var der en fantastisk eddy eller idvand. Dybsø blev rundet i fin stil. Den smule vind vi havde haft i ryggen på udturen var nu helt forsvundet og vi sad i vores kajakker på helt fladt vand og kunne ikke se hvor vandet holdt op og himlen begyndte. Meget speciel og flot oplevelse.
Vi roede ind på fjorden gennem labyrinten af sandbanker mellem Dybsø og Enø og slap fint over det lave vand på vej over mod Vejløkysten. Da vi nåede frem til Karlsgab fik vi lige set hvordan en ørn skaber røre i andedammen. En havørn fløj over "gabet" foran os. Pludselig vendete den i luften og dykke ned mod en flok fugle på vandet. De fik travlt med at komme væk, og ørnen fik ikke en lille andesnack ved den lejlighed. En anden ørn sluttede sig til den, og de fløj begge ind over Gavnø.

Da vi nåede kanalen, sagde vi farvel til Jan. Kort efter fik vi turens eneste bølger da vi mødte Mette Pan på vej ud for at hente sand. For tiden sejler den 24/7 - det jo godt for beskæftigelsen at der er brug for det, men det går ifølge fiskerne hårdt ud over havbunden på bugten.

Efter 29 km i kajakkerne og et varmt bad i klubhuset, nød Jesper og jeg en enkelt øl hver inden turen gik hjemad.

by Pouls kajakblog (noreply@blogger.com) at January 22, 2017 11:20 am

kajak.nu
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Dimmig lördag på Skälderviken

Igår tog vi en paddelsväng på Skälderviken. Skapligt dimmigt så man slapp se så långt och så mycket 😉 Mysigt att glida runt i dimman och varken veta var man är eller vart man är på väg. Någon plusgrad i luften och mycket svaga vindar, inte särskilt vintrigt alls. En säl smög omkring runt ena...

Inlägget Dimmig lördag på Skälderviken dök först upp på kajak.nu.

by Erik Sjöstedt at January 22, 2017 08:32 am

January 21, 2017

Kollbergs Kajakblogg
Nynäshamn / Stockholm / Sweden

Övernattning på Yttre Gården


Det är fredag eftermiddag. Svag vind och solen börjar gå ner. Har packat för en övernattning. Lägger ut och tar mig ner längs Gårdsfjärden. Paddlar genom Gårdssundet. Kommer ut på östra sidan av Yttre gården. En lätt dyning sköljer över klipporna. Det skymmer. Tar mig iland på en härlig sandstrand. Drar upp kajaken. Packar ur och slår upp tältet. Breder ut dunsovsäcken. Samlar ved och gör upp en eld. Det mörknar. Pelles och Carinas pannlampor skymtar. Tar mig ner till stranden och hjälper dom i land. Vi äter. Värmer oss vid elden. Tittar mot stjärnorna och förundras...





Tack Pelle och Carina för en fin stund tillsammans...

by Kenneth Kollberg (noreply@blogger.com) at January 21, 2017 11:08 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

January 21 - Saanich Inlet with Gordon Brown (#7)

I joined a group of five other SISKA instructors for a day with Scottish paddler Gordon Brown. We had a nice paddle to Spectacle falls and over to McKenzie Bight as we discussed instructional techniques and practiced various skills. It was an excellent day on the water where I learned skills to help me teach better as well as a few extra paddling skills for me!
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15 km, YTD 68 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at January 21, 2017 09:50 pm

January 15th - Discovery Island (#6)

I went for a nice morning paddle with Dan, Dennis and Rob out to my favourite local islands! Conditions were wonderful - flat calm, sunny and not too much current ( a reasonable ebb as you can see on the plot). We met Cheryl who had been observing the wolf, though we did not see him and then later met Alan's SISKA paddle group of 20 paddlers coming around the top end of Chatham as we were about to head back across Baynes.
Nice to have a decent paddling weather day again after a lot of cold windy ones! Lots of birds out today. Hooded and common mergansers, black oystercatrchers, double-crested and pelagic cormorants, bald eagle, buffleheads, long-tailed duck, surf scoter and more.
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15 km, YTD 53 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at January 21, 2017 07:24 pm

kajak.nu
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Kokatat Paddling Jacket

Kokatat Paddling Jacket är ett bra namn, inget krångel och sånt. Paddling Jacket helt enkelt precis som om det inte finns några andra 🙂 Vi har haft Paddling Jacket i 4-5 år kan jag tro. Innan dess hade vi nästan samma modell fast i Kokatats Troposmaterial, vilket vi tyckte släppte ut fukt lite väl dåligt....

Inlägget Kokatat Paddling Jacket dök först upp på kajak.nu.

by Erik Sjöstedt at January 21, 2017 04:25 pm

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Historic Paddle Photo: Maliseets at Kingsclear

Here is another scene from a beautiful historic photo posted earlier on the blog. It comes courtesy of Gerry Biron's very educational site on Iroquois and Wabanaki beadwork.

Figure 16 – A circa 1880 image printed on a circa 1913 post card titled: “Indians on the Reservation near Fredericton, N. B.” 3.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches high. The original photo was taken during a St. Anne’s Day celebration at Kingsclear, New Brunswick. Likely a group of Maliseet. Photographer: William Taylor of Fredericton.


A zoomed in shot further showcases the beautiful lines and grip shapes of these carved paddles.

Paddle closeups

by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at January 21, 2017 04:19 pm

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    by Cate Hawthorne (noreply@blogger.com) at January 21, 2017 07:26 am

    January 20, 2017

    kajak.nu
    ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

    Fiber – nära men ändå så långt borta ;)

    Ojojoj, nu sitter det en fiberskylt i ena ändan av vår väg. Fast de verkar inte komma in till oss ändå. Lite synd, det hade varit lite skoj med fiber för snabbare toksurf. Nåja, vi håller tummarna att det blir vår tur nästa gång. Bjäre Kraft håller på att kolla över intresset för fiber i...

    Inlägget Fiber – nära men ändå så långt borta ;) dök först upp på kajak.nu.

    by Erik Sjöstedt at January 20, 2017 08:09 pm

    josebelloseakayaking

    Y si te roban el kayak ...?

    Lo mejor para que tu kayak no desaparezca es que lo tengas siempre controlado...claro. Si estás sentado dentro no hay problemas, pero muchas veces no podemos evitar dejar la embarcación en algún sitio (en una playa si estamos de travesía y necesitamos hacer una gestión, en un parking si tienes que ir a acercar el coche, en la baca del vehículo aparcado..... etc...).


    Existen algunos sistemas antirrobo los más efectivos usan un cable de acero y su correspondiente candado, incluso hay cinchas con cable de acero integrado y cerradura para asegurar la embarcación a la baca o al carro.


    En el peor de los casos, si nuestro querido kayak no está cuando vamos a buscarlo, hay que ir a hacer la correspondiente denuncia, y para ello es fundamental aportar un identificador de la embarcación. Como por aquí aún no se matriculan los kayaks (si navegas en aguas interiores si es posible que tengas un número identificativo) hay que utilizar el número que asigna el fabricante. Este número suele estar dispuesto en un lateral de la bañera, indicando las características de la embarcación y el número de fabricación/fecha. Moraleja, apuntate o hazle una foto al número de tu kayak, porque a lo mejor te hace falta.  


    Con el avance de la tecnología y el aumento en la calidad en la construcción de kayaks, tenemos incluso mejores opciones. En el caso de FUN RUN ya he comentado por aquí su línea de I+D . Una de las innovaciones de serie en los kayaks de la marca es el sistema antirrobo/identificación por RF. Mi skua por ejemplo, lleva dos chips,  uno en una tarjeta identificativa visible en el asiento y otro dentro de la misma estructura de la embarcación, en el laminado de las fibras, de manera que no se ve y no puede quitarse, sin romper el barco. En los chips no solo se encuentran los datos del kayak: modelo, color y año de fabricación, sino también los del propietario: nombre, dirección y teléfono.


    Con cualquier móvil que tenga tecnología  NFC (near field comunication), se leen estos datos por medio de una de las múltiples app gratuitas existentes en el mercado, solo acercándolo al kayak. Buen invento esto del "doctor RFID".

    by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at January 20, 2017 04:13 pm

    January 19, 2017

    Greenlandorbust.org
    Greenland or Bust - Helen Wilson

    Greenland Strokes – Instructor Specialty Class with Maligiaq Padilla.

    Photo by Bjørn Olson.

    Maligiaq Padilla doesn’t need much of an introduction in the traditional paddling world. His grandfather spent his days hunting seals, whales, birds and other animals from a kayak (qajaq in Greenlandic), and it was from him that Maligiaq was taught the hunting traditions of his ancestors. At the age of 12, Maligiaq built his first kayak and learned to hunt from it using a harpoon and a rifle. He has since built over 300 kayaks. Maligiaq first competed in the annual Greenland National Kayaking Championship when he was 12. He won every event in his age group, and at 16 became the youngest National Championship winner in history. He has now won a total of nine Championships. Over the years, Maligiaq has shared traditional paddling skills with paddlers all over the world, and we’re thrilled to have him as part of the event.

    If you’re interested in Greenland paddling technique, this is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best. Spaces are VERY limited. Maligiaq will also be teaching a qajaq building class through Mind’s Eye Manufactory leading up to Storm Gathering USA. Click HERE for more information. Special thanks to Mind’s Eye Manufactory for supporting the event by bringing in such a wonderful keynote speaker and mentor.

    Maligiaq’s classes are scheduled to run on Friday (Session 1) and Sunday (Session 4).

    A full listing of Storm Gathering USA 2017 classes can be found HERE.

    For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA WEBSITE today!

    To register, go to this PAGE on the symposium website.

    For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

    by helen at January 19, 2017 05:37 pm

    January 18, 2017

    kajak.nu
    ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

    Kajaktiv söker säljare

    Jobba hos Kajaktiv Kajaktiv i DalaFloda söker en säljare. Kajaktiv säljer prylar både i egna butiker men även till ett stort återförsäljarnät. De importerar kajaker, paddlar, supbrädor, tillbehör med mera. Dessutom kör de kurser och paddlar en hel del. Dala Floda är ett finfint ställe i finfina omgivningar. Bra forspaddling, åpaddling och sjöpaddling. Lite långt...

    Inlägget Kajaktiv söker säljare dök först upp på kajak.nu.

    by Erik Sjöstedt at January 18, 2017 08:14 pm

    Essex Explorations
    Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

    Morning Solitude and Dragons on Hood Canal

    Hood Canal

    I recently wrote about a weekend trip up to Lake Cushman in the Olympic Mountains and the dam that formed the lake; see Lake Cushman in the Winter. Like any trip, this one started early in the morning around a steaming mug of coffee. Mug in hand I wondered from my camp towards the rising […]

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    by Steve Weileman at January 18, 2017 04:50 pm

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    Circumnavigation of Iceland by Sea Kayak

    Only a handful of sea kayakers have succeeded in circumnavigating Iceland by kayak. In 2016 Lee Taylor embarked on an epic solo sea kayak voyage around Iceland -the island of ice and fire. Join us to hear Lee present an illustrated talk about his 61 days (1000 miles) solo sea kayak expedition around Iceland. Saturday […]

    by admin at January 18, 2017 11:36 am

    January 17, 2017

    Manolo Pastoriza

    PREPARANDO TEMPORADA 2017

    Os deseamos un Feliz Año 2017 esperando que se cumplan todos vuestros proyectos y buenas singladuras para todos los kayakistas.

    Nosotros ya empezamos a preparar la nueva temporada de actividades para el nuevo año 2017.

    TOUR  EN LA BRETAÑA




    CLINIC CON KARETTA EN MENORCA

    Si estás interesado aquí tienes toda la información.

    TRAVESÍA GUIADA POR EL PARQUE NACIONAL ILLAS ATLÁNTICAS DE GALICIA
    DEL 7 AL 11 DE SEPTIEMBRE



    AQUÍ podéis ver la última travesía que han hecho de 8 días por la Costa e Islas del Parque Nacional Marítimo-Terrestre das Illas Atlánticas de Galicia.

    La travesía por el Parque Nacional se puede adaptar tanto al nivel de los participantes como a vuestra estancia por la zona.

    Si estáis interesados en realizar una travesía como ésta o para más información, contactar con:
    manolopastoriza@gmail.com

    by Manolo Pastoriza (noreply@blogger.com) at January 17, 2017 10:24 pm

    kajak.nu
    ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

    Lily lägger ner helt och hållet

    Lily, den koola, vattentäta kameradrönaren som skulle kommit för länge sedan men som blivit försenad meddelar nu att det blir ingen färdig produkt. De saknar slantar för att reda ut det. De har visst sålt i förskott för 34 miljoner us-dollar. Det är en skaplig slant speciellt med tanke på att de inte har eller har...

    Inlägget Lily lägger ner helt och hållet dök först upp på kajak.nu.

    by Erik Sjöstedt at January 17, 2017 08:24 pm

    Essex Explorations
    Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

    Lake Cushman in the Winter

    Lake Cushman

    Having spent such a considerable amount of time looking for little visited areas in the backcountry or along remote shorelines, it easy to turn a bit snobbish when someone recommends a popular tourist destination. Especially, if it wins a local ‘best camping’ award. However, Lake Cushman does an excellent job of reinforcing the adage of […]

    The post Lake Cushman in the Winter appeared first on Essex Media & Explorations.

    by Steve Weileman at January 17, 2017 05:59 pm

    Greenlandorbust.org
    Greenland or Bust - Helen Wilson

    Maligiaq Padilla – SGS USA Presenter / Coach

    Photo by Katie O’Connor

    Maligiaq Padilla originates from Sisimiut, Greenland. His grandfather spent his days hunting seals, whales, birds and other animals from a kayak (qajaq in Greenlandic), and it was from him that Maligiaq was taught the hunting traditions of his ancestors. At the age of 12, Maligiaq built his first kayak and learned to hunt from it using a harpoon and a rifle. He has since built over 300 kayaks. These kayaks have been displayed in the Sisimiut Museum of Greenland, the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver and the Smithsonian Museum.

    Maligiaq is world renowned for his strokes, rolling, kayak building and rope gymnastics skills. He has appeared in many films, including Rolling With Maligiaq,  Allunaariaqattaarneq and This is the Sea.

    Maligiaq first competed in the annual Greenland National Kayaking Championship when he was 12. He won every event in his age group, and at 16 became the youngest National Championship winner in history. He has now won a total of nine Championships.

    Maligiaq will be teaching a qajaq building class through Mind’s Eye Manufactory leading up to Storm Gathering USA 2017. Click HERE for more information. We’d like to thank Mind’s Eye Manufactory for supporting the event by bringing in such a wonderful keynote speaker and mentor.

    We’re honored to have both Maligiaq and Mind’s Eye Manufactory as part of the event. Maligiaq will be Storm Gathering USA’s Friday evening keynote speaker, and will teach Greenland Strokes on the Friday and Sunday of the event. The Friday evening presentation is titled, “Indigenous water craft of the Arctic, and modern qayaq in Greenland.”

    www.maligiaq.com

    For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

    To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

    For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

    by helen at January 17, 2017 05:27 pm

    Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
    Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

    Birch York Sunbury Replica finally done after years of procrastinating

    Back in 2012 I started on making a Yellow Birch replica of the circa 1878 Maliseet Paddle from the York Sunbury Museum (See posts here, here, and here). ...


    c1878 York Sunbury Maliseet Paddle


    Without a bandsaw in the city, a board of 6/4 Yellow Birch stock was hewn with an axe to get a rough outline. My experience with with Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis) has been mixed as the wood is known to reverse grain frequently and is susceptible to much tearing of the wood fibres. Fortunately, this board was manageable and a rough blank was worked on .



    The backyard workshop in early spring, 2012




    My axe skills on kiln-dried wood are less than perfect so in the end, I struggled quite a bit with the symmetry, especially on the grip area. The area above the carved drip-ring ended up being more narrow than the original...



    Not really happy with the results and frustrated with the carving, I let this paddle sit around. It eventually found use as a racoon deterrent for the creatures taking up residence on our upper deck.

    In the meantime, the York Sunbury Museum has since changed its name to the Frederiction Regional Museum and better resolution pics were graciously supplied by a museum visitor. So this year the paddle was re-evaluated and the symmetry worked on some more. The blade was narrowed and the grip touched up to the best it was going to be. It was tested out with other designs on a quick daytrip and functions surprisingly well even though the original was commissioned as a tourist carving. The pointed tip makes the entry quite silent


    Birch Maliseet on the left


    Over the last few weeks I've been burning the blade and grip using a narrow writing nib at high heat to mimic the original, complex pattern. Here are the photos before oiling...





    After a few coats of oil, the thirsty wood has taken on a much more golden colour and the paddle finally complete. That took a long while!

    c1878 Maliseet Replica



    by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at January 17, 2017 04:15 pm

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    EMISORA PORTATIL VHF PARA KAYAK

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    January 17, 2017 10:56 am

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      by Cate Hawthorne (noreply@blogger.com) at January 17, 2017 08:34 am

      Frogma
      Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

      Saturday with the North Brooklyn Boat Club - Snow and seals at Swinburne Island (with NYC sealwatching links for folks who don't paddle in the wintertime)

      Well, that was fun! Last week, I actually got to help organize a paddle that ended up being much more of an adventure than anything I've done lately - somehow, with the one exception of helping out with swim support for the CIBBOWS Breezy Point 5K, I don't think I did any paddles in 2016 that didn't start and finish at the club. I really don't mind this, I love being out on Jamaica Bay all through the year, watching the seasons change and the various creatures that inhabit the bay come and go through the year, and I did have a couple of particularly memorable paddles (there was my solo paddle to see the Hokule'a when she first arrived in NYC, and my Coney Island Fireworks paddle, and then there was a pretty awesome storm paddle), and, well, it's a fact that no two paddles are ever the same. Appropriate quote, from Greek philosopher Heraclitus: ""No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." I think I've heard this paraphrased among paddlers as "You never paddle the same river twice" and I do think that's true. 

      Anyways, for all that, I guess I was really ready to do something new and different and fun, because when I was put in touch with Dewey from the North Brooklyn Boat Club, who was looking for information about paddling to Swinburne and Hoffman Islands to see the seals who frequent that area in the wintertime, I said something to the effect of "I'd be tempted to ask if Sebago could come but I don't want to horn in on your plans", and when he said "Actually we'd love to have you along!", all it took was a really nice weather forecast, and TQ saying it sounded like fun when I ran it past him, to have me gleefully jumping in to help organize a Sebago contingent.

      This is not a paddle I had ever done, although I've been hearing about people going out there for sealwatching for years now. I've gone to see the seals there, but on one of the Audubon/Water Taxi trips, which was lots of fun, trip report here, never in my own boat. BTW I will give links at the end for three count 'em three very good ways for folks who aren't winter paddlers to get a good look at the seals. Sebago does seal paddles, but usually at Jones Beach (we've also done seal hikes there, which are great because anyone at the club can do that); I think we have gone to Swinburne once or twice, probably launching from Staten Island (makes for a very short paddle, but some of our Jones Beach paddles have been pretty low mileage too) but for one reason or another I wasn't able to join in. So I was absolutely delighted to be included. 


      I was able to get good launch info for Kaiser Park in Coney Island from one of my friends among the polar bears (thanks Eddie!), Dewey picked that over the shorter Staten Island launch option, and with the weather forecast getting better every day (light light wind, temperature right around freezing, and a chance of snow, snow paddles are great!), I sent out a trip notice on the Sebago google group. Saturday afternoon, six of us from Sebago met up with 8 paddlers from NBBC, and it ended up just being an amazing day. There are a few photos from the day below (including our short visit to the Yellow Submarine of Coney Island Creek), and I've done a whole photo trip report on Flickr (with captions and everything, for once). It was quite the day out there, I'm so glad NBBC invited us along!

      And as promised - for anyone who would like to go see the seals at Swinburne but is NOT a winter paddler, here are 3 great ways to do that with minimal risk of ICY DOOOOOM:

      Audubon Winter Tours with NY Water Taxi - departs from South Street Seaport in Manhattan, every Sunday except 2/5, until spring. This is the one I went on with a bunch of friends from Sebago, and we had a great time.

      American Princess - I haven't been sealwatching with them, but their whalewatching trips with Gotham Whale are fantastic and I'm sure they do a great job in the wintertime too. Out of Riis Landing on the Rockaway Peninsula; on hiatus right now, resuming on weekend in mid-March.

      And, if you are game for a little more of an adventure, I think that a sealwatching trip on the NY Media Boat would be just amazing. Bjoern and Kristina are great people and they can zoom you all over NY Harbor in their big speedy RIB's. They're a little more weather-sensitive this time of year, not having a heated cabin (hey, I said adventure!), so there's no online booking, but they've got contact info up their site and welcome inquiries.  










      by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at January 17, 2017 05:10 am

      January 16, 2017

      Tatiyak

      Coming back to the Anglesey Symposium for the eight time in a row!

      Ed eccomi arrivata ad Anglesey!
      Ci ritorno per l'ottavo anno consecutivo, ed è sempre una gran festa!
      La trasferta è stata lunga: ero nel South Devon per le giornate di "mentoring" con Lee Pooley ma, grazie all'intercessione dell'amico Rick Cooper, ho trovato un comodissimo passaggio sul camper della Reed Chilcheater (Chris ha guidato sempre a meraviglia!).
      Ho fatto giusto in tempo a sistemarmi in una comoda stanza doppia dell'Anglesey Outdoor che sono iniziate le riunioni con Nigel Dennis e gli altri insegnanti coinvolti nell'Anglesey Symposium: la prima all'ora di cena del venerdì e la seconda, quella decisiva, all'ora di colazione del sabato, un'ora prima dell'inizio dei vari corsi che arricchiscono il programma delle varie giornate.
      Poi non ho più avuto un momento libero, neanche per chiamare casa!
      Il primo giorno, sabato 30 aprile 2016, ho collaborato con Martin Ploug e Mirko Stefan nella lezione di rock-hopping con 12 partecipanti. Abbiamo pagaiato tra Treardurr Bay e Roscolyn Head, luoghi ormai divenuti familiari che è sempre bello continuare ad esplorare: ogni piccola insenatura, ogni grotta ed ogni passaggio segreto cambiano continuamente aspetto, dimensione e profondità a seconda dell'escursione di marea. E' stata una giornata freddina e grigiotta, ma in acqua i tanti kayak colorati hanno reso tutto molto allegro.
      La domenica ed il lunedì, invece, complice un forte temporale inglese, sono rimasta in aula per seguire i due corsi teorici di navigazione costiera con Howard Jeffs e Greg Paquin di cui ho già parlato in uno dei post precedenti.
      Le serata, poi, sono sempre state zeppe di presentazioni di viaggi e spedizioni: in Groenlandia con Olly Sanders, in Irlanda con Steve Miles e Dan MacGonigle, in Messico con Jen Kleck ed in Nuova Zelanda con Mirko Stefan. C'è stata anche una serata dedicata alla prevenzione degli infortuni dei pagaiatori, tenuta dal kayaker e fisioterapista belga Steven Hobert, e persino una serata fuori per cenare tutti insieme al ristorante bengalese di Valley.
      Il martedì, infine, ho ripreso a pagaiare per assistere al corso e all'esame 4 stelle.
      Sono stati quattro giorni intensi che mi hanno fatto fare un grande salto in avanti, sia per le nozioni acquisite nella gestione delle lezioni in acqua e a terra, sia per il percorso che ho intrapreso per diventare "Provider 4 stelle", cioè un'insegnante qualificata a tenere corsi ed esami 4 stelle secondo i parametri della British Canoeing. Non è facile diventare "Provider 4 stelle": bisogna prima seguire due giornate di preparazione specifica, che gli inglesi chiamano "Generic Assessor Day" e "Discipline specific training" e che io ho svolto lo scorso anno con Trys Morris; poi bisogna partecipare ad una serie di corsi ed esami 4 stelle, sia in qualità di mero osservatore che in veste di più attivo assistente e/o co-direttore; una volta raggiunta la competenza necessaria per gestire corsi ed esami nelle richieste condizioni meteo-marine (e sopratutto dopo aver completato il logbook con tutte le firme necessarie!), allora si può chiedere un parere ad un altro Provider e, superata quest'ultima prova, si può sostenere l'esame finale, cioè gestire in completa autonomia le due giornate di esame 4 stelle sotto la supervisione di un Provider speciale, un "Home Nation Trainer" (e non ce ne sono poi così tanti!).
      Io sono arrivata a buon punto: mi manca l'ultima firma sul logbook ed il parere finale di un Provider... ed ovviamente l'esame conclusivo sotto lo sguardo attento di un "Home Nation Provider".
      Le giornate del corso e dell'esame 4 stelle del Symposium di Anglesey mi sono state utilissime.
      Ho collaborato dapprima con Axel Schoevers per i due giorni di training 4*, martedì e mercoledì, e poi con Keirron Tastag per l'assessment 4*, il giovedì e venerdì successivi. Ho ritrovato in acqua anche i miei vecchi compagni di corso, pure loro impegnati a completare il percorso da "Provider 4*", Ronny Riise nei primi due giorni ed Eva-Lotta Backman negli ultimi due.
      Abbiamo trascorso tutto il tempo a fare e rifare esercizi in acqua, manovre nei giardini di roccia, salvataggi in mare aperto, sbarchi sulle rocce, prove di conduzione del gruppo e analisi delle varie regole sulla sicurezza: la cosa più interessante è sempre il confronto che si apre tra insegnanti e partecipanti, in uno scambio continuo di esperienze e conoscenze che arricchisce tutti (o almeno chi è disposto ad ascoltare!). Non c'è mai nessuno che si mette in cattedra, nessuno che pensa di avere la verità in tasca, nessuno che detta regole ferree: c'è invece la ricerca di uno scambio di opinioni e la volontà di stimolare la riflessione, così da arrivare ad una conclusione condivisa - e che diventa condivisa non già sulla base di preconcette posizioni ideologiche (ci sono anche in kayak, purtroppo!) ma piuttosto di valutazioni oggettive dettate dall'esperienza...
      E' una scuola di vita, oltre che di kayak. Si impara a navigare in mare e anche fuori dall'acqua, a gestire il kayak e insieme gli altri kayaker, a condurre il gruppo lungo costa e a terra, nella vita di ogni giorno. Si imparano a distinguere le cose davvero importanti da quelle che possono essere trascurate. Si impara ad avere una visione ampia, allargata, aperta... che non è cosa da poco (né da tutti!).
      Sulla via del ritorno, venerdì 7 maggio, prima in treno da Holyhead a Manchester insieme a Luca Tixi (che ha scritto un bellissimo resoconto di viaggio sul sito di Outdoor Portofino) e poi da sola in attesa dell'aero del pomeriggio, ho avuto modo di riassumere queste ed altre considerazioni, sia a voce che per iscritto. Ogni volta è una sensazione strana, quella che mi resta attaccata addosso: un misto di soddisfazione e frustrazione, la prima per le cose imparate e la seconda per quelle ancora da imparare. Ma del resto, viviamo per imparare!

      The classic briefing onthe beach with the rock-garden group
      Lots of kayaks everywhere!
      First day of the 4* training in Port Dafarch
      CLAP: it's all about leadership!
      Windy day in the Holyhead harbour
      Picture inspired by Nigel Foster (he knows why!)
      Indoor session during the 4* training
      The well-known Axel's session about paddling in the wind
      Coaches' meeting to evaluate and write down the action plan for the students...
      One of the evening presentations: Jen Kleck and one of the place in my wish list!
      Keirron running the 4* assessment in Treardurr Bay
      Rocky landing around Roscolyn
      Roscolyn beacon on the horizon
      A skilful example of rocky launching
      My happinees and craziness are running together!
      And here I am again in Anglesey!
      I've been back there for the eighth year in a row, and it's always a great party!
      It was bit long, from the South Devon (were I spent the week before for the "mentoring" daus with Lee Pooley) but thanks to our friend Rick Cooper I had a confortable trip on the Reed Chilcheater's camper (Thanks Chris, you're were a perfect driver all the time long!).
      I arrived just in time for the first meeting with Nigel Dennis and the other coaches involved in the Anglesey Symposium: starting from that, I didn't have any free moment anymore!
      On Saturday April 30th 2016, I joined Martin Ploug and Mirko Stefan in the rock-hopping session with 12 participants: we paddled from Treardurr Bay to almost Roscolyn Head and the coloured kayaks on the water made my first day.
      Sunday and Monday, instead, according to the strong English tunderstorm, I decided to remain indoor to take part on the two coastal navigation courses run by Howard Jeffs and Greg Paquin (see the previous post on this blog).
      Every evening there was a presentations of different sea kayak expeditions: we had the chance to go to Greenland with Olly Sanders, Ireland with Steve Miles and Dan MacGonigle, Mexico with Jen Kleck and New Zelanda with Mirko Stefan. There was also an evening devoted to the prevention of the paddler's injuries run by kayaker and Belgian phyisiotherapist Steven Hobert and even an evening out in the Bangladesh restaurant.
      On Tuesday, I finally came back to the water to take part on the 4* training and assessment.
      I'm now interested in becoming a 4* Provider: according to the British Canoeing standard, it's a long and demanding process. After the "Generic Assessor Day" and the "Disciplines specific training" (already done last year with Trys Morris), you have to observe, support and co-deliver 4* training and assessment courses with qualified, current and active providers. Then you need a recommendation from a current provider that you're already competent in the role of both training and assessment. Finally, you have to arrange a 4* assessment with a Home Nation Trainer... 
      I already reached a good point: I now just need the last signature on my logbook and the final recommendation from a provider... and the last examination with a Home Nation Provider, of course.
      The four days spent supporting and co-delivering the 4* training and assessment course during the Anglesey Symposium have been very useful to me.
      I co-delivered the 4* training with Axel Schoevers on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the next two days Thursday and Friday, I supported Keirron Tastag for the 4* assessment 4*. I was so lucky to also work with my buddy paddlers Ronny Riise and Eva-Lotta Backman (they are also involved in the 4* Provider process as well). We spent lot of time practising manouvers, paddling in the rock gardens, doing rolling and rescues in deep water, improving rock landings, learning more about incident managment, decision making and everything related to the group leadership.
      Nobody told about golden rules, we were always interested in sharing experience to learn one to the others and stimulate different thoughts about every single stroke and/or strategy...
      On the way back, on the train from Holyhead to Manchester with my Italian buddy paddler Luca Tixi, I had time enough to reflect on my latest experiences. Every time I come back home with a strange feeling, a mixture of satisfaction and frustration: the first one due to the things I've already learned and the second one due to those things I've still to learn. After all, we live for learning!

      by Tatiana Cappucci (noreply@blogger.com) at January 16, 2017 08:48 pm

      josebelloseakayaking

      Cadiz y la mar

      Agua ....... mires donde mires.....


      Fuente: Sixer fotografía 

      by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at January 16, 2017 04:32 pm

      SimonWillis.net
      Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

      Bronze - Ironman, All World Athlete award

      It is, of course, not even a piece of paper.  The certificate is an automatically generated PDF.

      Yet I am rather chuffed that Ironman's points system has placed me in the top 10% of my age group for 2016.

      2016 was only my second year doing triathlon competitively, and saw me compete in my first full Ironman.

      It seems I'm position 34 in the UK and 604 worldwide after two of their events last year - IM Maastricht and IM70.3 Weymouth.  

      This apparently puts me in the bronze category of their All World Athlete programme.  As yet I have no idea what that entails.  I suspect it allows me to spend more money on something with a bronze logo on it, we'll see.  But it's nice anyway.

      by Simon Willis (noreply@blogger.com) at January 16, 2017 07:00 am

      January 15, 2017

      The Ikkatsu Project
      In the Service of the Ocean

      Time On the Water

      It’s been incredibly cold lately (for these parts), which means that I’ve generally had the water to myself. Because January. I know that as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, this will not always be the case, so I am enjoying it now.

      The rewrite process is already a good one. I wondered, before I started, if the places I’d written about two decades ago would still have some magic left for me. There are one or two spots that I didn’t get to all that much but more than a few others that I’ve been back to dozens of times, for work as well as pleasure. If these early excursions are any indication of how this project is going to unfold, however, I have no cause for worry. Puget Sound is a bonafide national treasure and I continue to be struck by how it is undervalued by so many of us who are lucky enough to live here. In some small way, I hope that the new guide book will help bring the wonder of the Sound to more people and share the story of an amazing journey.

      Which reminds me, “A Sea Kayaker’s Guide to Puget Sound,” is the working title, and it will include trips from Olympia to Deception Pass, a few others in Hood Canal, as well as information about local history and random paddling lore. The target release date is November 16, 2017… more information on all of that is forthcoming. For now, please just save the date.

      This week I’ve been to Olalla and northeast Tacoma, Vashon Island and Gig Harbor, as well as a quick run through the Narrows. Next week will bring more. I wouldn’t mind if the temperatures were to rise a little. Or a lot. But even in the cold, even in January, there is nothing finer than to be on the water.

      by Ken Campbell at January 15, 2017 01:43 pm

      Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
      A journal of my sea kayak trips.

      January 13/14 - Surge narrows (#s 4&5)

      I went up to Campbell River to paddle Surge Narrows with Alan and Craig. Friday the 13th was not a great one for me as I had brought the wrong spray deck and had left the spare at Alan's house. Craig lent me his deck for a while and I had some good rides early on. I then tried his delphin surf and had a couple of good rides followed by a capsize and a swim! I managed a cowboy self rescue in the rapids, but I had not zipped up the Peak leg zip drysuit enough so had a wet left foot for the rest of the day. On Saturday the wave was not easy for me to stay on as it seemed to want to throw me off to the left. I did get some good rides, but I think my confidence had been shaken by my swim the day before. I need to edge much more agressively.
      click to enlarge
      8 km, YTD 38 km

      by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at January 15, 2017 01:32 pm

      January 14, 2017

      OCEANPAX Paddle / Run / Be
      Reflections on life, self-propelled outdoor pursuits, and all manner of things that may come to mind while sea kayaking on the waters, and minimalist running along the trails, of south Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

      The companionship of solitude...


      We live in an age of super-connectedness. Social media, a phenomenon still rather new to me, offers so many enjoyable opportunities for us to participate in each other’s lives. There's also, however, a place for solitude, delicious solitude. 



      Perhaps as we get older, we gain a deeper appreciation for solitude. It offers a sweet balance to social interaction. Times of solitude, away from the demands and distractions of everyday life, are opportunities to get to know oneself, to be alone with one’s thoughts, fears, dreams, hopes, and aspirations.

      For me, the perfect solitude comes in the world “outside”, especially in places that feel remote, and vast, and even lonely. It is there that I feel most alive, and most in tune with my being. It is there that my oft-scattered mind finds peace, and sufficient space to contemplate each present moment.



      Solitude nourishes and heals, and clears away the gathered cob webs and mental flotsam and jetsam. It helps us "reboot" and problem-solve, and improves concentration and creativity. Solitude re-connects us to ourselves...and therefore more deeply to others. Perhaps Henry David Thoreau said it best: 


      “I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”



      Our walk to the 1,453 ft flat-topped volcanic summit of Dùn Caan, the highest point on the Isle of Raasay, provided such a magical opportunity. The gale force winds, and the horizontally-driven rain and sleet, at the top, was the simply the icing on the cake - and made for a great adventure!

      by Duncan and Joan Barwise (noreply@blogger.com) at January 14, 2017 08:37 pm

      kajak.nu
      ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

      Badpremiär 2017

      Äntligen badpremiär för året. Känns som en bra vecka med både utenattspremiär, kajakpremiär, badpremiär och däremellan lite skidor, skogslufs och skogscykling. Lite svårt att hitta badstegar som är i vattnet så här års, bad- och hamnföreningarna verkar mest satsa på de kvalmiga sommarbaden, konstigt & märkligt?! 🙂 Strax nedanför Norrvikens trädgårdar utanför Båstad, finns dock...

      Inlägget Badpremiär 2017 dök först upp på kajak.nu.

      by Erik Sjöstedt at January 14, 2017 05:13 pm

      Paddelpremiär 2017

      När man nästan började tro att det inte skulle bli nån paddling under 2017 (eller i alla fall inte i januari) blev det i alla fall en liten sväng på Skälderviken igår. Vi vaknade i tältet igår morse, sen några timmars skidåkning på Vallåsen efter det. Sen väldigt nära att vi fastnade i hemmasoffan men lyckades ta...

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      by Erik Sjöstedt at January 14, 2017 07:58 am

      January 13, 2017

      Essex Explorations
      Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

      British Columbia Threatens Waterways with Coastal Pipeline

      threatens waterway

      Back in 2015 the bulk carrier cargo ship M/V Marathassa, despite being only 3 months old and it being a perfectly calmed day,  soiled beaches along the Northwest Coast. To make matters even worse was the fact that the Master of the vessel failed to report the incident and the slow response of the Canadian […]

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      by Steve Weileman at January 13, 2017 06:14 pm

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      ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

      Äntligen en utenatt! utepremiär 2017

      Igår fick vi äntligen oss själva ur soffan. Tog tält och ryggsäckarna och gick en kortpromenad i skogen hemmavid. Precis utanför tomten skrämde vi upp ett gäng med vildsvin, 10-15st, som var lite väl grymtiga och lite väl nära… Nästan så vi vände och gick in igen 😉 menmen vi traskade vidare genom skogen och...

      Inlägget Äntligen en utenatt! utepremiär 2017 dök först upp på kajak.nu.

      by Erik Sjöstedt at January 13, 2017 01:08 pm

      Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
      Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

      Historic Paddle Illustration: Claude Le Beau - 1739

      Blog reader F Wade recently provided a link to an historic illustration (dated to 1739) being auctioned off by Christies Auction House.


      The image originates from a book by Swiss author Claude le Beau who documented some of the life and customs of Native tribes of New France during his time in Quebec. A digital copy of his full text entitled  Aventures du Sr. C. Le Beau, avocat en parlement; ou  Voyage curieux et nouveau parmi les sauvages de l'Amérique septentrionale is available on Archive.org.

      Pages 94-96 contain his description of a birchbark canoe as well as the paddles which were recreated in this image with obvious European bias.

      Paddle Image Closeup

      Le Beau's translated description of the paddles is as follows:
      "The paddles  are very light, although made of  maple wood which is rather hard. They are scarcely four feet long, the blade takes up one and one-half feet and is five or six inches wide"

      As a side note, Christies auction page has a short bio on Le Beau who seemed to be quite the trouble maker...
      "...Swiss traveller Claude Le Beau, a rough character who, in 1729, left Paris for La Rochelle in a convoy of prisoners expected to remain in Canada for the rest of their lives. However, after working as a clerk in the Beaver Office, Quebec, he stole some gunpowder and set off for New England. There his activities as a counterfeiter brought him close to a hanging, and he fled to Holland in 1731. Even if only partly factual, his book describes the life and customs of the Iroquois, Hurons, Algonquins, and other tribes, and contributes importantly to the literary history of New France." 

      by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at January 13, 2017 09:16 am

      January 12, 2017

      Frogma
      Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

      Erie Canal Day 7 - My First Visit EVER To Niagara Falls!

      Oof. Violators will be prosecuted, that is if they're ever heard from again. Vies with this one for title of Most Seemingly Unnecessary (But I Suppose It Had To Be Said) Trail Sign I've Ever Seen. 

      Rough day on teh interwebz today, with yesterday's moving farewell speech from Obama and then that (ugh) press conference today (sorry, I really meant for this to be a completely apolitical post, but...ugh...that's all) - I have nothing to add to what I've already seen out there, so I thought I would take refuge in the unfinished business of reporting on our October vacation. The main course was of course 6 days of cruising the Erie Canal in a sweet little trawler with no name, and then to top things off, we decided to go spend a couple of days at Niagara Falls. I can't remember where exactly in the planning this got added in, but I do know that there was a day I was hanging out over at TQ's and we were talking about places we'd been and wanted to go and I said "Do you know, I have lived in New York State for over two decades and I have never been to Niagara Falls?" and TQ said, "REALLY? We have to get you there. It's really worth seeing at least once".

      Now by the time you're at Cayuga Lake, you're already on the proper end of the state for seeing the falls, so at some point we decided to finish our trip that way. TQ had made all of the boat arrangements, so I took care of the hotel; we were limited to the NY side because of documentation requirements, and it seemed like a lot of the chain hotels were reviewed as being kind of old and tired; I looked at splurging on the Red Coach Inn, which dates back to the 1920's, but the decor there looked a little, no, a lot more froufrou than I thought TQ would've liked, so we ended up at a new Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel that had gotten good reviews and was reasonable and very pleasant indeed. We left Hibiscus Harbor around ten in the morning after finishing up with the boat cleaning and it's about a two and a half hour drive to Niagara, so we got to the hotel in the midafternoon, with plenty of daylight left for a walk to see the falls.

      The hotel was located a little ways upriver from the falls, and the first bit of our walk was straight to the shore, which turned out to be the perfect way to do it - it was so much fun starting  where you just see that the water was moving along pretty fast, and then walking along watching the river get more and more agitated as you went along, and then - WOW. What a thing to see!

      Here are some pictures from that walk. The boardwalk structure is the "Cave of the Winds" attraction. No more writing, click on the first picture for a slideshow view. More to come. Enjoy!



      by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at January 12, 2017 05:08 am

      January 11, 2017

      josebelloseakayaking

      Esta vez no me ha pillado el ocaso en el agua

      Foto de móvil volviendo andando del club a casa. La pongo aquí sin más, ..... momento feliz.....


      Que ganas de que las tardes se alarguen un poco más....!   Esta imagen la veo muchas veces desde el agua. El otro día nos pilló la guardia civil, se hacía de noche y aún estábamos lejos de costa. A mi me vino bien la paradita porque Añoño me llevaba con el gancho tras su surfski. Se portaron bien y solo nos dieron un toque por la hora ... nos dejaron seguir de vuelta a La Caleta y nos desearon un buen 2017..!  

      by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at January 11, 2017 11:48 pm

      Essex Explorations
      Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

      Skyfire over Crescent Bay

      Crescent Bay

      This area, located just west of Port Angeles, has one of the most intriguing histories just by virtue of what you don’t see when you arrive in the area. Yes, the area is breathtakingly beautiful with a large bay edged with forest and unspoiled beaches. It’s only when you start researching the area that you […]

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      by Steve Weileman at January 11, 2017 04:21 pm

      Liquid Fusion Kayaking
      Cate's blog about the kayak adventures of Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast, and beyond.

      2017 Mendocino Kayaking Classes and Trips

      Grab your calendars and plan to play with us in 2017.  We have lots of fun adventures planned in Sea, Whitewater, Surf (and the pool).  We are especially excited about our 3 day Lost Coast Sea Kayak Camping Trip and our 4 day Eel River Kayak Camping Trip.
      Whitewater kayaking and camping on Mendocino's Eel River.
      Sea Kayaking - In 2017, we will be expanding our Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Programs to include 5 day Intermediate/Advanced Adventures.  We will be continuing our monthly 2 day Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Series May - August and offering our advanced beginner/intermediate 5 day Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Course over Labor Day Weekend.  BCU 3 Star Sea trainings and assessments and private lessons/custom tours will round out our sea kayak instructional program.
      Sea Kayaking in sea caves and rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast

      Whitewater - LFK's 2017 river kayaking program features LFK's Whitewater River Kayaking Class.  This class is designed for sea kayakers and other paddlers who have a solid foundation of paddling skills and are looking to learn to run whitewater rivers.  LFK's systematic approach will build upon your current skills to give you the skills for running whitewater rivers.  The next class in our progression is Precision River Running.  Precision River Running is for experienced whitewater kayakers looking to improve and expand their river running skills.  LFK is also offering guided whitewater river runs.  These are scheduled on the Monday after our weekend classes for our students to apply their skills and enjoy a day of river running with us.
      Whitewater river kayaking on Mendocino's Eel River

      Surf Kayaking -  We have been excited about our students' success in our 2 day surf classes so we are offering more of these in 2017.  Whether you are learning the surfzone for the first timelearning to surf, or working on making moves on the wave; our 2 day surf classes are paced for maximum success.  With 2 days, you get different surf zone opportunities and a skill progression that builds on the previous day.  For those looking for specific skills, we have private surf lessons and safaris.
      Surf Kayak Classes and Lessons on the Mendocino Coast

      Rolling - We have a beautiful community pool and a flexible schedule.  If you want to learn to roll or need a rolling tune-up, we can help.
      Rolling in Mendocino Recreation and Park District Pool
      Wilderness First Aid - Know how to help others in the wilderness.  LFK and the Mendocino Woodlands are hosting Bobbie Foster to teach a 16 hour course that includes a 3 year Wilderness First Aid Certification.

      Mendo Your Way - We are running our private lesson and custom tour special November 2016-March 2017.  Come see us to dial in your skills and play and explore the beautiful Mendocino Coast.
      Sea kayak surfing on the Mendocino Coast
      Family Friendly Kayaking Adventures - We are currently creating our 2017 Summer Tour Schedule for our family friendly Noyo Meander, Sunset Bird Paddle, Whitewater of the Sea and Ocean Adventure Tours.

      Family kayaking fun on Fort Bragg's Noyo River
      Whitewater Ocean Kayaking aka Rock Gardening on the Mendocino Coast



      by Cate Hawthorne (noreply@blogger.com) at January 11, 2017 09:31 am

      January 10, 2017

      kajak.nu
      ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

      Stonebeach at Kullaberg 15 år

      Missade att geogömman Stonebeach att Kullaberg fyllde femton år i veckan 🙂 Kul att den fortfarande är aktiv. Gömman la jag & Magnus Å ut en sval och fin januaridag 2002. Vi hade en go paddelutflykt längs med Kullaberg. Gömman har endast haft 70 loggade besök sen den lades ut, vilket får räknas som väldigt...

      Inlägget Stonebeach at Kullaberg 15 år dök först upp på kajak.nu.

      by Erik Sjöstedt at January 10, 2017 03:27 pm

      josebelloseakayaking

      Por aquí no hay montes....









      Cualquier palista que se precie de serlo, debe realizar entrenamiento de la resistencia y de la fuerza, de forma complementaria. Al fin y al cabo nuestra embarcación es de "tracción humana" y el motor debe estar "fino". No podemos tampoco olvidar la elasticidad y fundamental es también la alimentación, tanto en períodos de entrenamiento como de travesía//competición.

      La entrada de hoy, está dedicada al entrenamiento complementario del fondo. Desde luego cada vez que paleamos en mar ya estamos entrenándolo, a poco que hagamos distancia, pero es bueno hacer entrenamiento cruzado, pues a la vez que movemos "la patata" trabajamos otros grupos musculares, por lo que equilibramos nuestro cuerpo y descargamos las articulaciones y estructuras osteomusculares que normalmente machacamos más.  


      Soy partidario de realizar entrenamiento cruzado con actividades que nos hagan disfrutar "lo que no divierte no vale".... y en mi caso lo que me gusta es el contacto con el medio natural. Ya que variamos, pues lo mejor es pasar de la mar al monte. Para nosotros los urbanitas, es una suerte vivir en una ciudad desde la que desarrollar directamente nuestras acividades deportivas, sin tan siquiera tener que coger el coche. En Cádiz el tema mar está solucionado en este sentido, pero ........ por aqui no hay montes...... al contrario que en otras ciudades.

      Una buena manera de entrenar el fondo es corriendo, pero como he dicho, yo prefiero el medio natural, así que aunque no tengamos desniveles hay que buscarse la vida para correr por aquí cerca, con desplazamientos mínimos, y si es posible saliendo directamente desde casa.

      Parque Natural Bahía de Cádiz, entre salinas y esteros...


      Tenemos un Enero florido...


       En las Cañadas de Puerto Real, muchos kilómetros entre pinos...



       

      Sin cuestas, pero perfecto para las tiradas largas. En el suelo podemos ver el vehículo de la fotógrafa.



      Y por supuesto siempre tenemos la arena blanda de la playa y las dunas.

      by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at January 10, 2017 09:23 am