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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

More Sad Reminders

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I was going to work on the fourth video in my series on different types of kayaks, but as I was doing my usual check of blogs and Facebook this morning, it became clear that this might be the time to give another reminder about the dangers of paddling in cold water.  Dick Silberman’s blog […]

Essential Gear for Recreational Kayaking

Friday, May 7th, 2010

I know that I tend to focus mostly on gear for sea kayakers in many of my posts.  Partly that is because I do a lot of sea kayaking myself, and partly because there is a lot of gear used by sea kayakers.  Recreational paddlers often get overlooked when it comes to gear discussions.  I […]

The Care and Feeding of Your Drysuit

Monday, March 29th, 2010

In my last post, I stressed the dangers and risks associated with paddling in cold water.  I hope that no one feels like a am being an elitist, “holier than thou” kind of kayaker when I tell people that they shouldn’t be out on really cold water without wearing a drysuit.  My intent is to […]

Dressing for Paddling (Part 3)

Monday, September 7th, 2009

In my last post, I mentioned a garment called a “rash guard”.  Apparently, this is not a piece of clothing that everyone is familiar with.  I think it might be wise to include some definitions in  my post today. Rash Guard – a short or long sleeve shirt made of relatively light-weight lycra material intended […]

Dressing for Paddling (Part 2)

Friday, September 4th, 2009

A couple of the students in my class today referred to my previous blog post as the “scary blog”.  Well now that I have your attention, I’ll move on to the particulars of how to dress in order to avoid the kinds of problems I talked about in the “scary blog”. The first thing you […]

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