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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

I just got home from attending a planning meeting for WACKO, which stands for Waterford Area Canoe & Kayak Outing (not a support group for paddling nuts).  The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th, this year.  It’s a great event for all paddlers regardless of the type of boat you paddle or your skill […]

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

I just wanted to get out a quick mention of some seminars that I will be doing in the next few weeks.  They are free and may be of interest to paddlers in the area of Southeast Wisconsin.  No pre-registration is needed. Tonight, April 14, 2011, I’m doing a seminar on “Useful Knots for Paddlers” […]

Paddling is for Everyone

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I was just at Canoecopia in Madison, Wisconsin, this past weekend.  As always, there were tons of great presentations on a wide variety of subjects relating to canoeing and kayaking.  I attended one seminar on “adaptive paddling” which is a term used to describe that group of paddlers who need to make some type of […]

Fun is Just Around the Corner!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

It’s still a little cold for most people to be paddling in Wisconsin since most of the water is still frozen.  But it won’t be long now.  Temperatures going above freezing and the shrinking snow piles incite almost terminal cases of spring fever.  The only real cure for paddlers is the coming of warmer air […]

Rolling Clinic

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Just a quick note for anyone looking for rolling instruction this winter in the Milwaukee area.  Badger State Boating Society is offering a rolling clinic on Saturday and Sunday, February 12 & 13, 2011. Times are 3-6pm on Saturday and 2-5pm on Sunday.  You need to register for the rolling clinic in advance.  For more […]

Know the Differences Between Kayak Types

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

It’s getting to be the time of year when those who are planning to buy a kayak for the 2011 paddling season need to be doing research for their upcoming purchases.  Laacke & Joys usually starts having kayak sales during the Milwaukee Boat Show in January, and Canoecopia will be coming up in Madison on […]

Please Label Your Stuff

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking boaters (including kayakers) to take the time to label their boats, paddles, life jackets, etc. with their names and contact information in order to avoid initiating expensive and time-consuming search and rescue efforts when there isn’t actually a person missing. When someone finds a kayak or other piece of […]

Give Local, Buy Local

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Most of us are probably in the process of buying gifts for the upcoming holidays in our families.  As you make your purchase decisions, I would ask you to strongly consider supporting local, independent businesses in your area.  (As paddlers, you probably have spent some money in at least one of these small, local paddle […]

Winter Pool Sessions in Milwaukee

Friday, November 26th, 2010

**There was a mistake on the times of the pool sessions when originally posted on the Badger State Boating Society website.  Several of us arrived at 7:30pm for the pool session on November 28th and were told by a custodian that the building was closing up and the session had been in the morning.  I […]

Forward Stroke

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Arguably the most important stroke in kayaking is probably the most difficult to master.  Luckily, just about any forward stroke, regardless of how poorly executed, will move your kayak forward.  However, most of us are interested in being able to paddle farther with less effort and fatigue. I just got back from teaching at the […]

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