Archive for the 'Rolling' Category

Ten things you need in order to learn to roll a kayak

Monday, July 31st, 2017

  Unless you are in your teens or twenties, learning to roll is generally a time-consuming process, rather than a single lesson.  In order to be successful, there are several things you are likely going to need.  A kayak with thigh braces that fits you properly An understanding of how the mechanics of a roll […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

Paddler’s Fall “To-Do” List

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

On a cold, rainy fall day at the end of the paddling season, here are a few things that a canoeist/kayaker can be thinking about. If you’ve worked on improving your skills all summer, perhaps it’s time to consider purchasing a dry suit to extend your season. If you prefer not to paddle in anything […]

Rolling Clinic

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Just a quick note for anyone looking for rolling instruction this winter in the Milwaukee area.  Badger State Boating Society is offering a rolling clinic on Saturday and Sunday, February 12 & 13, 2011. Times are 3-6pm on Saturday and 2-5pm on Sunday.  You need to register for the rolling clinic in advance.  For more […]

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 […]

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