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Women’s Whitewater Kayak Festival

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Once again, I have the pleasure of instructing with Anna Levesque at the Women’s Whitewater Kayak Festival at the Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort on the Wolf River in White Lake, Wisconsin.  The festival is being held from July 19-21, 2013.  If you are interested in trying whitewater kayaking, need to improve on some of […]

Reminiscing “Old School”

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

As I was doing a bit of tidying up in my office, I came across a stack of books that in paddle sports would be considered “ancient history”.  They are my collection of instructional paddling books published before 1980.  I have them listed below. My “Old School” Collection of Paddle Sport Books The All-Purpose Guide […]

Farewell to a Wave Warrior

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I was stunned last evening to see a message that extreme sea kayaker, Eric Soares passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 1, 2012,.  He was only 58 years old. For those of you who may be relatively new to paddle sports or are not familiar with sea kayaking in particular, Eric Soares was […]

USK Greenland Rolling DVD – Part 2

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I just finished watching the second volume of the University of Sea Kayaking (USK) DVD set, “Greenland Rolling with Maligiaq & Dubside”.  It covers 21 of the 35 rolls/skills included in the 2011 Greenlandic National Kayaking Championships.  Most of what I had to say in reviewing the first volume of this 2-DVD set would also […]

USK Greenland Rolling DVD

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

For anyone interested in traditional Greenland-style kayaking, especially the rolling and bracing skills, University of Sea Kayaking (USK) has come out with a new DVD featuring two of the best Greenland rollers on the planet, Maligiaq Padilla and Dubside. I watched the first a 2-part series of DVD’s on Greenland kayaking technique, “Greenland Rolling With […]

What is “acceptable risk”?

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

I’ve been wrestling with this question for many years ever since my brother died in a sky-diving accident leaving a wife and young daughter behind, and our parents with just one surviving child – me.  At the time, I was just starting to get more serious about my own sea kayaking activities, but I had […]

Greenland-style Kayak Braces

Monday, February 7th, 2011

At the last few pool sessions that I have attended, it seems that practically all of the sea kayakers have been working on Greenland-style static braces (balance brace) and the sculling high brace.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, Helen Wilson’s “Simplifying the Roll” DVD has been extremely helpful in providing some very useful […]

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 […]

Another Cool Toy!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I feel like Navin Johnson (Steve Martin) in the movie, “The Jerk”.  “The new phone book’s here!  The new phone book’s here!”  In my case it isn’t a phone book, but rather a new kayaking gadget to play with.  I admit it.  I’m a kayaking gear head. As many of you know, I sold kayaks […]

The Education of a Paddler

Friday, February 5th, 2010

I’ve been reading some kayak-related blogs recently, something I haven’t had a whole lot of time to do before now.  Some are pretty interesting, some just seem to be a clearing house for press releases, and a few are a little scary.  The internet can be a great tool for finding information, just keep in […]

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