Tuesday, 21 May

A Semester in Sea Kayaking Liquid Fusion Kayaking Tuesday, 21 May, at 22:46

How about a semester course in sea kayaking?Or a sea kayak specialty weekend clinic?

Sea Kayaking on the Mendocino Coast with Liquid Fusion Kayaking

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Biologiska mångfaldens dag kajak.nu Tuesday, 21 May, at 21:47

22 maj 2019 är det Biologiska mångfaldens dag. det arrangeras mängder av aktiviteter runt om för att uppmärksamma artrikedomen. Gör en insats för naturen och miljön, det viktigaste vi har. Bakgrund och det svenska initiativet2002 utsåg FN den 22 maj till den internationella dagen för biologisk mångfald. Dagen är till för att uppmärksamma och öka ... Läs mer...

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Paddling Planet update Kayaking – René Seindal – Living in Venice Tuesday, 21 May, at 13:04

Paddling Planet has been running for over ten years now, but due to a change of server I’ve had to replace the software behind the site. The old software hasn’t been updated for years, and is by all means abandoned. After a bit of fiddling, I have managed to make things appear not entirely unlike […]

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Ban on kayaking in Venice (continued) Kayaking – René Seindal – Living in Venice Tuesday, 21 May, at 11:35

The City of Venice did it again, and issued a ban on kayaking in Venice active from August 1st, 2018. Venice Kayak took the city to count, and won, so the ban is overturned for the time being.

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For Sale in Richmond - Specialized Dolce Sport EQ Triple 2014 £300 SimonWillis.net Tuesday, 21 May, at 11:24

Liz has asked me to help selling her little-used road bike which will suit someone  5'7"- 5'10" tall.

It's an excellent first road bike or winter bike.  In great condition, it was recently serviced with new kit costing £80.

This is the 'women’s version' of the legendary Roubaix but that doesn't mean a bloke can't ride it!

It has the Zertz shock damping inserts in the forks and seat-stays for a smooth ride.

While the frame is notionally 57cm, that figure is misleading because Specialized (then) measured its women's bikes at different points, so weirdly it's smaller than my mens 56cm Roubaix.  Hence the emphasis on height and the suggestion to try it.

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Monday, 20 May

Kavat – Jan Helge Olsen Björn Thomasson Design Monday, 20 May, at 22:08

Kavat – Jan Helge Olsen

Hei.

"Da er min Kavat ferdig. Takk for tegninger og beskrivelser. Nå vet jeg hva jeg skal kose meg med som pensjonist, selv om det er 7 år til. Det er min andre kajakk som jeg har bygd. 

Mvh"

Kavat – Jan Helge Olsen

Kavat – Jan Helge Olsen

TSS – First Report The Ikkatsu Project Monday, 20 May, at 19:55

The Tacoma Shoreline Survey took place last Saturday, in which approximately 140 volunteers documented debris on Tacoma city beaches, then cleaned it up. It was a great day and a successful effort all around, with a total of...

Signs of the season! Frogma Monday, 20 May, at 19:53

So Spring sprang slowly and soggily, with cold, gray, rainy weather to a point that would've had me wondering if I'd been secretly transplanted back to the Seattle area if I didn't see the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty every day on my commute. Even with the constant dreary drizzle, the proper Spring things went on - the flowers came in, the birds began their spring arrivals and departures, and the water is gradually feeling less bitey. We've said safe travels and see you in the fall to to the loons, buffleheads, longtailed ducks, and most other winter residents; the brants are still around but will be on their way soon, and we've welcomed back the ospreys, egrets, and oystercatchers. 

And this weekend was another big seas...

Sonder Camino Ti, First ride first impressions - video SimonWillis.net Monday, 20 May, at 15:40

This is my new gravel bike, a Sonder Camino Ti.  That's the titanium version of Alpkit's popular Sonder gravel bike.

Initial impressions are that it is staggeringly good value.

I specified the top of the range build and it cost £2349.

That's slightly cheaper than listed because I swapped the forks from all carbon to carbon with a aluminium steerer, allowing me to add a front mudguard.  This bike will double as my new winter bike, the titanium frame being ideal for Scotland's winter conditions.


As you'll have read, I was looking and trying to buy a Kinesis Tripster but that would have cost £1000 more than this bike.  I had set aside the cash for it, so I treated myself to a Stages powermeter crank,...

A Series of Unexpected Storms Woman on Water Monday, 20 May, at 14:00

Who would have thought that we would have 2 back to back rain storms in the middle of May?  And more rain forecasted in a couple more days?


We were in denial last week when we saw the weather forecast for the 3rd week of May 2019.  We had scheduled rolling lessons, beginner sea kayak lessons, the Big River Walk and Paddle, Whitewater of the Sea, Kayak Safety Clinic, and an Afternoon on the River Benefit.  Those plans all got washed out . . .
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Tjärövarv med Grimslöv 2019 kajak.nu Monday, 20 May, at 09:50

Blev ett Tjärövarv med eleverna från Grimslöv i år med. Soligt som tusan när vi samlades i Järnavik och plockade ut kajaker hos Paddelkompaniet. Lite genomgångar på land, packpyssel och fika så drog vi oss utåt. Skön paddling ut till Tjärö med lunch vid Nabben, som vanligt alltså 😉 Sen vidare söderut, iland för lite span ... Läs mer...

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Meløya, rundtur i Grunnfjorden og Gisløya Padlemia Monday, 20 May, at 00:01

Kanonvær! Dagen før, da det skulle være onsdagspadling, var det drittvær. Egentlig skulle vi øve i litt bølger og vind, men det ble i overkant mye vind og i tillegg veldig få varmegrader, så da avlyste vi. Men når det blir sånn her torsdag, så slår vi jo heller til med torsdagspadling! Turen gikk fra Meløya i Øksnes. Vi ble fem stykker totalt på særdeles kort varsel, det er ikke verst!

Her har vi akkurat runda første nes på Meløya, folk er ekstremt klare for tur i finværet. Det er tett på flo, så...

Grunnkurs i Øksnes Padlemia Monday, 20 May, at 00:01

Nylig holdt Vesterålen Padleklubb grunnkurs i Øksnes. Det vil si, halvparten foregikk i Øksnes men de to første ettermiddagene ble holdt her, i nabokommunen Sortland, på grunn av mye vind. Her var det litt le. På dette bildet er vi kommet så langt at vi padlet en ørliten tur, bort til en gapahuk jeg ikke har sett før.

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Pollen-tur og aprilrulla Padlemia Monday, 20 May, at 00:01

Det har vært mye nordlig vind i det siste. Også denne dagen var det nordlig, i tillegg var det ganske mye av den. Ett sted duger i nær sagt alle vindretninger og styrker – området Ringstad/Straumsnes. Her er det flust med holmer og små øyer som gir le.

Jeg tok derfor turen dit, og til min store glede var det flo. Det ga straks mye større muligheter for padling, for her er det en del poller som det blir for grunt til å komme seg helt opp i på fjære sjø. Her er jeg oppe i Geitvikpollen. Der «slengdessa» i ei stor osp var en attraksjon da jeg var barn. Var vel her i området noen nabounger tenke på ei maurtue, og lærte litt om hva som skjer da.

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Grøtavær aktivitetsledersamling Padlemia Monday, 20 May, at 00:01

Det begynner jo å bli uendelig lenge siden aktivitetsledersamlingen på Grøtavær i høst, men det ble en del bilder der så den må jo blogges selv om det blir noe sent. Her møttes vi fra både Vesterålen, Harstad, Midt-Tromsø og Tromsø (flere?) til ei erfaringsrik helg. Vi bodde på leirstedet der det var god bevertning. Eneste problem var for min del at varmedingsen på rommet duret noe allmektig, så jeg fikk nesten ikke sove selv med ørepropper. (Det gikk litt bedre natt to, da jeg la madrassen på ganggulvet og stengte døra videre inn til rommet.) Anyway – morsomst var det jo på havet! Her er gjengen på vei ut dag 1, til fine forhold.

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Fra Rækøya til Hokkabogstraumen Padlemia Monday, 20 May, at 00:01

Det blåste nordavind. Kanskje vi skulle hatt en post i nærheten av Rækøya tenkte jeg, og la turen dit for å se. Jeg satte ut ved Rækøya, og padlet utover for å samle posten i Straumen ved Håkabogen også. Underveis tittet jeg etter steder som kunne egne seg ved Rækøya, for en post. Inne på Bjørndalsfjorden lå det dessverre is ennå.

Denne må gå an å kjenne igjen? Tenker vi tar den. Det blir utenfor Bjørndalsfjorden, i et område med litt holmer og skjær å padle imellom. Fine greier. Som vi ser var de...

Førpåsketur til Brottøya og Ingelsfjord del 2 Padlemia Monday, 20 May, at 00:01

Førpåsketur med Lofoten-karene, ja. På slutten av del 1 som du finner HER hvis du ikke har lest den, har vi akkurat kommet oss på havet ved Brottøya. Planen nå er rimelig enkel – padle nedover Raftsundet og ett eller annet sted finne Jann som har padlet i forveien, og spise trivelig lunsj.

Dette kan ikke bli annet enn bra! Nok en fantastisk dag!

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Strandrydding på Risøya og søppelskjæret Padlemia Monday, 20 May, at 00:01

I år var vi heldige med strandryddinga. For to år siden skulle vi rydde Kjeøya, da lå det snø over alt søppelet så det ble ikke noe av. I fjor ryddet vi Risøya i april i ganske ok vær, men det største søppelet var enda fastfrosset så den måtte vi vente med. I år fikk vi ikke bare flott vær, men sand fra Sahara gjorde solnedgangen usannsynlig fin. Den fikk vi nyte på returen tilbake til klubbnaustet.

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Sunday, 19 May

Team NoBB Pesda News Sunday, 19 May, at 22:53

The Pesda Press team work remotely, with people in locations such as Wales, Scotland and New Zealand. The UK based members of the team who produced Nature of the Brecon Beacons Ros (proofreader), Vicky (design and layout), and Kevin (Author) met for a celebratory pint in the Tyn Y Coed, ­ the first time any of them had met. Below is a photo of this momentous occasion. They raised a glass to Franco the editor who is currently slaving away to get Caramor ready for sea (Pesda Press NZ)!
Team NoBB
From left to right: Ros, Vicky and Kevin

Hognfjorden Padlemia Sunday, 19 May, at 22:17

Denne turen er en stund siden, men ikke veldig lenge. Det var i den tiden isen gikk, for å si det sånn. Jeg skulle vært en tur i Hognfjorden for å sjekke ut en 10 på skjæret-post for neste år, men sist jeg dro hit var det is laaangt ut så jeg kjørte videre. Nå var det ikke is så langt ut at jeg kunne se – men jeg gadd ikke kjøre inn for å se først heller. Jeg kunne jo padle og se. Grå dag, som vi ser.

Jeg oppdaget at det går en skogsvei innover fjorden på sørsiden, det var jeg ikke klar over før...

Saturday, 18 May

Corso istruttori di secondo livello FICT 2019 Tatiyak Saturday, 18 May, at 22:36

La scorsa settimana si è svolta la prima sessione del Corso per Istruttori Marini di secondo livello organizzato dalla FICT in collaborazione con l'associazione Stella Polare di Pedaso (Fermo, Marche).
Sono pervenute numerose domande di ammissione ma dopo la prima prova tecnica in mare il numero dei partecipanti si è ridotto ad undici persone, provenienti da diverse località italiane (Trento, Vercelli, Bergamo, Lecce, Pescara, Macerata e Pedaso, con l'unica donna presente giunta da Locarno - Svizzera). Le quattro giornate di lavoro tra giovedì 9 e domenica 12 maggio sono state organizzate anche in base alle mutevoli condizioni meteo-marine e le lezioni di teoria sono state tutte concentrate nell'ultima giornata grigia e piovosa, che ha favorito un ultimo proficuo confronto in aula.

E' la seconda volta che la FICT organizza un corso per istruttori marini di secondo livello e dopo l'esperienza del 2017 a Bergeggi è stato riconfermato il gruppo dei formatori, con "Gengis" Arcangelo Pirovano, Mauro Ferro, Tatiana Cappucci, Enrico Brentana. E' stata invitata anche Laura Mandolesi, canoista fluviale e docente universitaria, che per l'occasione ha proposto una interessantissima lezione sulla psicologia dello sport.
Ogni volta il lavoro di g...

Chestnut re-canvassing Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff) Saturday, 18 May, at 14:42

Been absent from posting for the little while. The next major project involves the Chesnut Playmate acquired back in 2015. I was able to extend the functional use for a few years by filling cracks in the canvas skin but by the time of the late season fall trip last year the boat was leaking considerably. So the time has come for a re-canvassing.

Without a workshop, I've had to wait for the weather to cooperate in order to do any repair work in the back yard. It's been a very cold and wet May, but managed to slowly get things in order.

First up, the shoe keel, brass stem bands and outwales needed to be removed. The former owner painted right over the stem bands so each of the tiny screw heads were covered in paint. It took half a day to carefully scrape away the paint and remove each screw. The outwales were attached with steel screws which have rusted over the last 60 years of the boats lifespan. They were difficult to remove but finally the outwales were off after much persistence. Thankfully, the keel came off very easily. The original canvas was cut away and the wood work of the boat was revealed. The red cedar planking hasn't seen daylight since this...

Friday, 17 May

Fjorden Pouls kajakblog Friday, 17 May, at 22:11

Jeg roede Gavnø rundt sammen med Henrik

Vejret var stille og roligt
Vi var lige en tur i land på Vejløsiden af Karlsgab
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NKC i Blekinge Pouls kajakblog Friday, 17 May, at 21:59

Jeg havde arrangeret klubtur til Blekinge. Vi camperde på Rønneby Havscamping lige ud til et stort naturparkområde i skærgården.

Jeg har været i området flere gange - både sammen med fruen og med romakker Jan - og kender det godt. Jeg havde dog frabedt mig turlederrollen på roturene i området, da jeg ved hvor svært det er at holde sammen på en større flok roere. Det skulle ikke gå sådan. En mindre gruppe meddelte ved den første briefing at de gerne ville ro selv, men en gruppe på 14 roere lagde så meget pres på mig at jeg gav mig og ledte dem ud i skærgården.
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Formiddagstur til Nylandsmøllen Pouls kajakblog Friday, 17 May, at 21:48

Formiddagsholdet i NKC roede til Nylandsmøllen i fint vejr. På turen hjem så vi et par sølvhejrer ved Vejlø.

Turens længde var 23 km

Thursday, 16 May

Motivations The Ikkatsu Project Thursday, 16 May, at 18:51

The 2019 Tacoma Shoreline Survey is just a few days away. The weather is trending drier and warmer, not nearly as hot as it was last weekend but still, real comfortable. I think Saturday is going to be a great day for a walk on the beach.

Thanks to all who have registere...

Munitibar-Lekeitio en footbike josebelloseakayaking Thursday, 16 May, at 08:25

Lea ibilbidea, la ruta del río Lea, cuyo curso seguiremos hasta el mar desde Munitibar. Ida y vuelta 45 kms en total. Ruta asequible y disfrutona, que nos transporta desde zona de monte de coníferas, a pistas soleadas y senderos bajo la sombra de vegetación de ribera para llegar a finalmente a la desembocadura, a modo de ría, con influencia mareal.


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Wednesday, 15 May

The colours of St Finan's Isle Mountain and Sea Scotland Wednesday, 15 May, at 21:44


We enjoyed a relaxed evening on the shore of Loch Shiel, talking late into a clear evening.  There was a cover of high cloud when we emerged from the tents which merged into mist towards the head of the loch.





Breakfasts of various types were prepared, tents taken down and boats repacked.  We were in no particular hurry but soon enough were getting back on the water.




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Fisketur med Tour de Fisk Pouls kajakblog Wednesday, 15 May, at 20:14

Familiegruppen Tour de Fisk tog denne gang til Tystryp Sø - nærmere bestemt lå lejren i Hørhaven.

Det blev den sædvanlige meget hyggelige tur, selv om vejret bød på kulde og blæst.

Vi fangede pænt med fisk - især fandt vi de lidt større aborre, som vi spiste med stor appetit. Gedder blev det også til.
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Kayak Safety Clinic Liquid Fusion Kayaking Wednesday, 15 May, at 19:09

Get ready for summer kayaking season on the Mendocino Coast with a kayak safety skills clinic.

Capsizes happen to all kayaks. Learn how to help yourself and others back into and onto their kayaks after a capsize.
On Sunday May 19, Liquid Fusion Kayaking is going to be hosting a Kayak Safety Clinic.  From 10- Noon there will be a 2 hour on water kayak safety clinic that includes capsize prevention techniques and capsize recovery. $20/person with their own ka...

May 14th - Flower Island (#21) Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal Wednesday, 15 May, at 07:13

I went for a quick afternoon paddle on the surf ski. Nice conditions! Next paddle should be in Haida Gwaii!

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4 km, YTD 200 km

Tuesday, 14 May

Time for reflection on water kayaking stuff Tuesday, 14 May, at 23:24




If you spend much time on the water in a kayak or canoe, sooner or later you’re likely to be transfixed by reflections. Sitting so low in a kayak, reflections dominate your view of calm water from even quite close to where you sit. It’s easier to see beneath the surface by looking straight down but in the wider view, without polarized sunglasses, then reflections rule. All that lies beneath the silvered surface is rendered largely invisible.



reflections suggest concrete underwater structures, Nigel Foster
Freeways cross over water Seattle
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Fine dining in a fine setting on Loch Shiel Mountain and Sea Scotland Tuesday, 14 May, at 22:36




Passing Glen Aladale gives a very fine view up the glen, which is in the heart of some really rugged mountain country.  On our late winter trip in 2015 Douglas, Mike and I had camped on the shore here - a cold experience. 






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How Did Port Gamble Stay Off The Radar? Essex Explorations Tuesday, 14 May, at 19:28

Port Gamble Fire Station

Looking for a new adventure? Try taking a right instead of left sometime. In our case, we found a close, quaint little community that for practical purposes have been doing their best to hide from us.

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Skidsäsongen 2018/2019 kajak.nu Tuesday, 14 May, at 18:09

Även denna säsongen blev det lite fjälldräll och skidor åkt. Riktigt gött att få känna på, och se, lite snö och vinter.  Precis som tidigare år köpte vi Säsongskort i Trysil och vardagssäsongskort på Vallåsen. Blev ungefär två veckor i december i Trysil. Riktigt gott att vara däruppe då. Inte så mycket öppet men vitt ... Läs mer...

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Black Pearl – Bjarne Kristiansen Björn Thomasson Design Tuesday, 14 May, at 18:08

Black Pearl – Bjarne Kristiansen

"Hej Bjørn.

Så blev mit første kajakbyggeri endelig færdigt, en BP. Har været ude i den tre gange og synes bedre og bedre om den. Har ikke prøvet at rulle endnu; forlugen har været for utæt – og vandet for koldt! Desværre blev den tungere end ønsket på grund af nogle spartlinger og en vel kraftig sarg, men det mærkes ikke, når jeg ror. Har gjort en masse erfaringer undervejs, dvs. lavet en del fejl, som kan komme mig til gode, hvis der bliver endnu et byggeri. Den er bygget uden finne. Jeg ved ikke om jeg kommer til at savne den. Var ude anden gangen i sidevind og bølger og syntes, der skulle arbejdes noget for at holde kursen. Tror dog nok, at det kun er et spørgsmål om erfaring med kajakken. Den glider fantastisk let og føles ikke ustabil. Bliver uden tvivl glad for den. Tak for råd og vejledning undervejs, Bjørn.

Venlig hilsen
Bjarne Kristiansen
Bisserup"

Black Pearl – Bjarne Kristiansen

A Look in the Mirror The Ikkatsu Project Tuesday, 14 May, at 17:44

Maybe it’s because it’s raining this morning – the past couple of weeks have been sunny and warm – but my thoughts seem a bit darker today. I’ve been thinking about sustainability again, and what meaning this nebulous and confusing term should have in the current environmental community.

The thing is, and I may have said this before, w...

Finnsætherkollen Padlemia Tuesday, 14 May, at 17:16

Jeg fikk det for meg at jeg skulle GÅ en tur, plutselig. Sånn at jeg ikke plutselig har ferie og starter hele packraft 25 kg sekk-sesongen med akkurat det. Lurt å ha gått noen turer i litt oppoverbakke og uten sekk først, og så øke på. Det går an, nemlig. Finnsætherkollen liker jeg. Her kommer man ganske straks over buskasvekster, og det er havutsikt hele veien opp. Ikke minst – utsikt til Bø.

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Monday, 13 May

Lite semester från kajakeriet... Björn Thomasson Design Monday, 13 May, at 21:29

En liten stuga i skogen

Senaste byggprojektet blev en lekstuga åt de nyaste barnbarnen. Den byggdes i sektionen (golv, väggar, delar till taket) hemma i trädgården och transporterades hoppackad som en IKEA-möbel ut till deras sommarstuga i skogen. Nu i helgen var det dags att montera ihop delarna på plats, såga till knutar, vindskivor, vattbrädor, inramninger till fönster och dörrar, veranda, staket mm. När bilderna togs (igår) återstår några ribbor i stakatet,  lite målning, beslag till dörrar och fönster och tryckimpregnerat trallvirke till verandan – och på önskemål från beställarna: en liten blomlåda på verandaräcket ;-)

Stilen är mycket traditionell, för att passa den gamla sommarstugan: röd slamfärg, vita knutar, tjärpapp på taket, halvdörr etc – men eftersom sommarstugan saknar spröjsar i fönstren, fick även lekstugan vara utan.

Ett riktigt kul jobb med lagom ambitionsnivå – och så kunde jag skjuta upp det inte lika spännande jobbet med att underhålla/renovera mina gamla slitna kajaker ytterligare en vecka (ja, prokrastinering är jag rätt bra på ibland – för några år sedan blev det en lekbåt för de nu lite äldre barnbarnen, i stället för tråkiga med nödvändiga arbetsuppgifter ;-)

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April 2019 kajak.nu Monday, 13 May, at 18:17

Ännu en månad som drog förbi 😉 Vi hann få in en pyttelite paddling, bland annat en runda runt Hallands Väderö och en sväng i Blekinge där även Winzent fick hänga med. Var även på Tranutflykt i österled och så fick vi till en dryg vecka i Trysil med go skidåkning och bäckbad. Utenatt slarvade ... Läs mer...

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River, by Elisha Cooper Frogma Monday, 13 May, at 14:24

Been neglecting the blog again as I've had quite a bit going on both at work and in my personal life (mostly good, including some fun plans shaping up for another step in my post-cancer paddling skills redevelopment this coming June, but keeping me busy). But I did just want to do a quick post about a book that Orchard Publications (a Scholastic house, and in fact the one where I began my Scholastic career with an unexpected temp job in the chaotic days after 9/11 - I'm still so grateful that that happened!) is bringing out this Fall.

I'm just a tiny tiny tiny bit excited about this book by Elisha Cooper. It's a story about a woman doing a solo paddle down the Hudson River. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you will understand exactly why this just makes me smile from ear to ear just saying that - it reminds me so much of my own solo t...

Dreamy Days on the River Woman on Water Monday, 13 May, at 13:00

Jeff and I are back home on the Mendocino Coast preparing for Liquid Fusion Kayaking's spring and summer season.  As I work through my projects, I occasionally allow my mind to day dream of our dreamy days on the river.
Evenings on the river - playing the ukulele by the campfire.
For our spring run-off trip this year, we did 2 self support kayak camping trips on the Eel River.  The first trip was a 5 day 70 mile trip on the main fork of the Eel with our friend Jerry. 
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Video - Resipole, Loch Sunart. Highland Openwater Swim SimonWillis.net Monday, 13 May, at 11:32

We wondered how many people would turn up for Saturday's swim.

45 had registered but, after a long period of settled weather, the forecast was not great.  Two days before the swim, there was talk of having to call it off.

So when 34 people turned up we were slightly surprised and completely delighted.

Swimming across Loch Sunart to the Resipole Holiday Park (OK, campsite) is an unusual and deceptively difficult swim.  We ferry the swimmers to the other side, which adds a little adventure to the proceedings, as they jump from boat to boat and eventually reach the shore.


The swim is 1.6km for the best swimmers, those who can hold a straight line, and considerably further for those who get drifted by wind and tide.  Their route more resembles a banana shape.

I spoke to one of the first out of the water, a good swimmer who normally covers 4km in an hour, yet who had taken 36...

Curso intensivo 25 y 26 de mayo Manolo Pastoriza Monday, 13 May, at 08:41


El 25 y 26 de mayo organizaremos  en la playa de Areamilla (Cangas) un curso intensivo de nivel intermedio donde se aprenderá y practicará la técnica de palada y roll (esquimotaje).

Indicado para personas que habéis hecho el primer curso de iniciación conmigo y para los que no habéis hecho cursos conmigo pero lleváis algún tiempo paleando y queréis seguir mejorando las técnicas y aprender otras nuevas.

Las plazas son limitadas a un máximo de 6 participantes.



May 9-12 - Gulf Islands (#s 17-20) Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal Monday, 13 May, at 02:13

Sarah and I led a group of 7 grade 9 students on a 3 night, four day, camping trip in the gulf islands. We camped on Portland Island, Rum Island and D'Arcy Island, and landed on Moresby and Sidney Islands as well. We had spectacular conditions until the last morning when it was a bit windy and wavy... no capsizes!

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40 km, YTD 196 km

May 8th - Cadboro Bay (#16) Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal Monday, 13 May, at 02:09

Sarah and I led a practice day for the group of grade 9s we were taking on a 3 night, four day, camping tip in the Gulf Islands. We practiced strokes, paddling and wet exits!

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3 km, YTD 156 km

Sunday, 12 May

Lördagsmys på Rönneå kajak.nu Sunday, 12 May, at 20:35

Efter vildväxtvandringen och lite storkspan och promenader kring Fulltofta hängde vi hemomkring en stund innan vi körde in till Ängelholm för en lite solnedgångstur på Rönneå. Riktigt gött ljus, riktigt gott om fågelkvitter och som vanligt nästan helt stilla. Lite folk ute i trädgårdar och på promenader och på restaurangerna, hoppas de hade paddlat tidigare ... Läs mer...

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Vildväxtvandring i Fulltofta kajak.nu Sunday, 12 May, at 14:08

Igår var vi med på en Vildväxtvandring vid Fulltofta Naturcentrum. Det var inte vilka växter som helst utan sådana som går att äta. Kul att lära sig mer om att plocka mat ute i naturen. Guide var Angelina Naturalis och bakom arrangemanget stod stiftelsen Svenska Landskap. Drygt 50 personer samlades för att under ett par ... Läs mer...

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Saturday, 11 May

First I Drink the Coffee, Then I do the Things The Ikkatsu Project Saturday, 11 May, at 18:51

The Tacoma Shoreline Survey is on the calendar for one week from today. The pieces are all coming together, more or less, and the response of volunteers has been awesome! Almost 100 registered to this point and I can already picture the positive impact that we a...

Friday, 10 May

Trysil april 2019 – påsk & säsongsavslutning kajak.nu Friday, 10 May, at 21:24

Precis som de senaste åren hade vi bokat en fjällvecka i Trysil sista veckan för säsongen. Planen var att sticka upp den 22 april, alltså efter påsk, men vi fick möjlighet att hyra stugan några dagar extra så vi landade i Trysil på Skärtorsdagen. Ojojoj, vad mycket bilar på parkeringen, är inte vi vana vid. ... Läs mer...

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Wednesday, 08 May

Adventures in Sailing, Part 2 Paddling Otaku Wednesday, 08 May, at 23:03

The Bad.

This may piss some people off. Take it with a grain of salt, keeping in mind that I am outsider to the world of sailing, and the comments I am about to make are based solely on my experiences. I will also say that I am difficult, because of three things. My advanced level of outdoor experience, my training as an educator with a focus on outdoor education, and my understanding of how retail and outdoor education mix.

Okay, with that out of the way, the sailing community in the United States - at least in my experience - doesn't understand its potential customers, how to get them, and most importantly how to educate them. Let's break that down.

Sailing doesn't understand its customers or how to get them. Just about every reputable kayaking dealer knows the importance of educating kayaking customers. I live in the southeast US, and near me I can take kayaking lessons from no less than three different outdoor retailers. One of those retailers offers kayaking lessons from Alaska to Florida, and Boston to San Diego. I use kayaking as an example because that is what I do, but it is equally true for mountain biking, rock climbing and backpacking. I had a very hard time finding access to sailing instruction. I finally found a wonderful instructor based out of a yacht club that is very welcoming to new sailors - and I had drinks with a friend who had a similar experience in Georgia. Once you are hooked up with a yacht club, life is prett...

A Different Direction The Ikkatsu Project Wednesday, 08 May, at 17:49

Years ago, not exactly sure how many, I used to help set up beach cleanups out at Yowkwala Beach, in Northeast Tacoma. It’s possible to get in and out of there by boat, but if you are looking for land access, you hav...

Tuesday, 07 May

Sea kayak award with two special guys... Tatiyak Tuesday, 07 May, at 22:13

It was a pretty special starting point.
That was a strange call: "I've always heard about you but I've never heard you... so, it's like I'm hearing the voice of Mick Jagger right know!" I've always tought my voice is much more similar to a duck rather than a singer and I felt honoured to be compared to a well-known male singer with a very distinctive voice! A good start indeed.


Last week I've run an old three star course with two new students, two very different human beings: one in his thirties and the other in his fifties, one from Bergamo (far from the North) and the other from Rome (close to our new town), one was a rugby player and the other was a musician, one activist/theorist learner and the other reflector/pragmatist learner, one in a too smal plastic boat and the other in a perfect size fiberglass boat. A perfect match I was not perfectly sure where it should has lead us to...

The two students are completely different but... they work together in an extraordinary approach!
I'm always deeply surprised how much the passion for the same outdoor activity do connect people!
Sea kayaking is one of those sports that put people together in a very special way!

Said that, the course was one of the most intensive, accurate and funny I've never run. Indeed....

Sebago Canoe Club Opening Day, May 4, 2019 Frogma Tuesday, 07 May, at 19:20

Setting out for the pre-meeting paddle. Click on any photo for a better view.

So yeah, it's been drizzling on NYC for the entire week, but the club's Opening Day goes down rain or shine! And what a good turnout of all different sorts of club members. 

New thing at the club this year - Steve the Paddling Chef is leading a skin-on-frame kayak building workshop. Saturday was their very first gathering and as i arrived, they were just completing their paper patterns for the first rib of t...

Magisk påsk i Fjällbacka GOTT UTE OCH INNE Tuesday, 07 May, at 19:15

Påskpaddlingen 2019 startade på grusparkeringen strax innan bron norr om Fjällbacka. Vi har haft flera väldigt fina påskturer på västkusten, men den här slår allt. Bara så magiskt bra. Nu var det skärtorsdag och vi paddlade förbi de första fiskebodarna i norra Fjällbacka. Himlen var blå, solen strålade och det fanns inte den minsta lilla pyttekrusning på vattenytan. Så fortsatte det på fredagen. Och på lördagen. Och på söndagen. Och…. ja – ni fattar, eller hur? Bara så magiskt bra. 🙂

Katarina och Karin begick sin Fjällbacka-premiär så vi passade på att visa dem några av de speciella ”sevärdheter” som finns i skärgården: statyn vid Ingrid Bergmans stuga, grytorna på Långeskär, fiskaffären i Grebbestad, den lite märkliga Björnåsen. Givetvis en promenad till lotsstugan på toppen av Dyngön. Som turens clou lyckades vi till och med ta oss ut till Väderöarna och en sväng ner till stugorna på Hamnerö. Det blir liksom inte bättre än så, eller hur?

Höll i paddlarna gjorde Helene, Katarina, Karin, Björn, Challan, Jesper och jag. Övernattningar och gott om häng på Lökholmen, Långeskär, Stora Måkholmen och Porsholmen.

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The Explorer vs. Tempest PaddlingLight.com Tuesday, 07 May, at 05:04

NDK Explorer

Back in 2013, I asked about switching from an Explorer to a Tempest on an online forum. I loved the Explorer, but I knew exactly what I didn’t lov about it. And, I was hoping to find a sea kayak that was better than the Explorer but still felt Explorer-ish. I tried several boats and liked the Vaag and Tempest best. The Vaag didn’t click with me with its stability profile and the Tempest clicked with me.

I eventually bought a Tempest to use in my sea kayaking business (read: Why I Got Out of the Se...

Returning to my roots: motorcycles Gnarlydog News Tuesday, 07 May, at 03:06

Sea kayaking is no longer what it once was, for me. I used to have a close-knit group of enthusiastic kayakers that would be interested in challenging paddles, camping trips or advancing skills. It was the driving force for me to be on the water. Between those pivotal events I would also fill-in my desire to be outside with day paddles, often in calm waters. Unfortunately the day paddles became

Monday, 06 May

Boats on the Brain Extreme Sea Kayaking Adventures Monday, 06 May, at 20:50

by Tsunami Captain Jim Kakuk and Lt. JG Nancy Soares Lt. JG Nancy: It was a celebratory weekend. I drove down to Guerneville on Friday to help with the setup. Capt. Jim and his lovely gal Patti were having a party, and what a bash it was! Jim and Patti had recently returned from an […]

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Reality Bites The Ikkatsu Project Monday, 06 May, at 18:20

Allier et Loire PAGAYEURS DU LEVANT Monday, 06 May, at 17:01

Belle semaine de rando canoë de Vichy au Bec d'Allier puis la Loire jusqu'à La Charité sur Loire.

L'Allier sur cette section permet le canotage dans un environnement très sauvage, avec une faune riche d'oiseaux en tous genres : cygnes, oies bernaches et cendrées, balbuzards pêcheurs, cigognes, et le mystérieux œdicnème criard (le bien nommé) dont nous avons pu observer deux couples. Nombreuses traces de castors, un seul observé.
Quelques ruminants en prime !
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