Archive for the 'Kayaking Equipment' Category

Gift Shopping for a Paddler

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

While I strongly advocate supporting your local paddle sports shop, the unfortunate reality of our current economy is that there are fewer and fewer really good local paddle sports shops.  As a result, many of us have no choice but to order at least some of our gear from online sources.  In the interests of […]

Revisiting the Issue of Tandem Kayaks

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Without a doubt, the most controversial blog post I’ve ever written is the post about “10 Things to Consider When Purchasing A Tandem.” That was over 7 years ago, but the number of comments has been staggering and people still continue to read and comment.  At times, I’ve been misinterpreted and accused of being “anti-tandem”, […]

2017 Canoecopia Presentations

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

I will be giving the following presentations at Canoecopia 2017 held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin Friday through Sunday, March 10-12, 2017: Choosing Your First Kayak 5:30-6:15pm, Friday, March 10, 2017 9:30-10:15am, Saturday, March 11, 2017 Proper Care and Feeding of Your Boat/Board (Drop-in Clinic) 1-4pm, Saturday, March 11, 2017 Things I […]

Recreational Kayaking Fatality

Friday, April 1st, 2016

In the interests of trying to disseminate accurate information about a incident that is certainly important to kayakers in southeast Wisconsin, I have pieced together the following from a variety of sources including WITI, WTMJ, WISN, CBS-58, The Ozaukee Press, and The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel. On March 16, 2016 around 3:30pm, two brothers from West Bend […]

Choosing a Kayak Paddle

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Your paddle is arguably the most important piece of gear when it comes to the performance of your kayak, your endurance, your speed, and the enjoyment that you get out of paddling.  If you think of your body as the engine for your kayak, then the paddle is the propeller blade.  Serious power boaters can […]

Podcast of January 7th Interview

Friday, January 8th, 2016

If you weren’t able to listen to the broadcast yesterday, you can listen to the podcast of the interview at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/silentsportsguru/2016/01/08/a-conversation-with-an-outstanding-certified-kayakcanoe-instructor.  The discussion focused mainly on getting started in paddling with information about the different paddling disciplines and a few important points to keep in mind when buying equipment and looking for instruction.  If you […]

All Hail, the Lowly Paddle Float!

Friday, March 27th, 2015

It seems that it is currently fashionable among some sea kayak instructors to bash the standard paddle float solo re-entry as a useless skill.  I am not of that camp, but even if you are, I urge you not to throw out your paddle float just yet.  There are numerous ways that a paddle float […]

10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Kayaking

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Kayaking of all kinds can be a lot of fun, but anytime you are venturing out on the water, you are entering a foreign environment for air-breathers.   While it is true that you are probably safer in a kayak than you were in the car that drove you to the water, there is still a […]

Looking for a used kayak?

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

If you are in the market for a used sea kayak, this time of year you may have some opportunities to pick one up from outfitters and rental operations.  You may need to do a little calling around or research on the internet. Laacke & Joys in Milwaukee will be having a rental sale later […]

Replacing a Broken Hatch Rim – Part 4 (Gluing the new rim)

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

So you’ve finished removing the old rim and preparing the surface to accept the new rim.  Now it’s time to glue on the new rim.  I chose to use Sikaflex 221 as it is the adhesive that was originally used to attach the old rim and has the advantage of being removable should a future […]

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