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Ballast in your Boat

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

It is not a new concept to suggest that ballast, fixed to the bottom keel-line of a kayak, can increase stability and performance.   I’ve watched several of my students and paddling companions in recent years reap the benefits of installing ballast in their own kayaks.  It seems to decrease the amount of “twitchiness” in the […]

What to do at the pool

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Often, there is the perception that open pool sessions are really only for the more skilled kayaker who wants to practice rolling over the winter, or perhaps wants to learn how to roll. While pool sessions are very useful for those two goals, beginning paddlers should also take advantage of pool practice over the winter.  […]

Getting Comfortable in the Waves

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

A week ago I gave a talk on “Managing the Surf Zone and Paddling in Waves”.   It was very well attended and got me thinking that there are probably a lot of kayakers who didn’t make it to the talk who would still like some suggestions on getting more comfortable in rough conditions. Not everyone […]

What’s Different About a Sea Kayak?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Last week I posted a video on the characteristics of recreational kayaks that set them apart from sea kayaks and whitewater kayaks.  Today, I’m posting the second video installment which will talk about sea/touring kayaks and how they differ from other types of kayaks.  Yet to come are videos on whitewater kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ballast and Rolling

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Earlier this week, I was watching Carl Vopal finish up a few shots for a video on how to install the “Paddling Partner” ballast system for kayaks.  He is planning to end this video by demonstrating how the ballast assists in performing braces because the boat has a tendency to want to right itself when […]

The Importance of Instruction

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

If you want to take your paddling skills to the highest level you can achieve, it is extremely important to get good instruction right from the beginning.  This little bit of advice may seem fairly self-evident and not particularly earth-shattering which is maybe why it is so often overlooked and ignored by beginning paddlers. I’m […]

Review of the “Paddling Partner” Stability System

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

My friend and former student, Carl Vopal, inventor of the Paddling Partner Stability System, gave me one of the units to try out.  I installed it in the day hatch of a Current Designs Sirocco that I use for my introductory sea kayaking classes. I have been very pleased with the quality of the system […]

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