Archive for the 'Paddles' 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Update on Broken Paddles

Monday, August 1st, 2011

In my last post, I talked about a couple of Werner fiberglass paddles in which the shaft broke while students were learning to do a standard paddle float solo re-entry.  The first paddle to break was a five year old paddle with an older ferrule style in which the button sticks up above the rest […]

A Caution About Paddle Float Re-entries

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Call it bad luck, but in the last month I’ve had two students break my paddles when learning to do the standard paddle float self rescue.  Prior to this, I never had a paddle break in 13 years of teaching this skill.  In both cases, the paddles broke at the ferrule.  Both paddles were Werner […]

Introducing Kids to Paddling

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Now that I’m a grandma, I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to teach my new granddaughter to paddle in a few years.  I had a chance to do this many years ago when my son and my nieces were little, but it seems like it’s even more important nowadays to get kids outside and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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