Upcoming kayak events

May 29, 2011

Kayak orienteering

Kayak orienteering is an annual event and will take place on the 4 June in the archipelago outside Fjällbacka, Grebbestad and Hamburgsund in Sweden. The track will have a length of 20 km. It will consist of three to four orienterring routes, with control markers on land. Route choice between control markers is free and the idea is that participants will be brought to navigation and routing problems. I have been kayaking in Fjällbacka archipelago several times and it is beautiful.

Paddle for the planet

A world wide challenge to unite the paddlers around the world for a one day relay in effort to raise environmental awareness. It’s a great initiative from Dawid Mocke. The magazine Paddling is organizing a paddling event on the 5 june.

Seamasters 2011

Seamasters will take place on the 27 August in Arkösund/Oxelösund, Swedish east coast, Baltic sea and is a 25 km long Ocean race open for Surf ski, Outrigger, Stand Up and Sea kayak paddlers. I’ve never been in the area before, so it might be a trip to the East coast in August. More information will be found at Seamasters.se but is not updated but you will find information about last years race. You will find more information at globalsurfski.com and surfski.info.

More events 2011

 

Paddelvarvet 2011 More photos

May 25, 2011

I have uploaded some more photos from Paddelvarvet 2011. The first half marathon kayak race in Göteborg. I was to lazy to paddle but I enjoyed watching others struggle in the channels.

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The Season – Five lives

May 22, 2011

Here are some inspiration for sea kayakers. The Season is a new web television project following five athletes through the course of a single season in the Pacific Northwest. One of them is a young sea kayaker, Paul Kuthe, with a troubled past sets out to reinvent his sport. You can download and watch all episodes at the SeasonTV website. Really nice footage.

The Season Episode 8 from Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith on Vimeo.

Paddelvarvet 2011

May 21, 2011

Göteborgsvarvet, the world’s biggest half marathon, took place today in Göteborg. Approx 75,000 runners will participate in one of the races during the GöteborgsVarvet weekend 20-22 of May 2011. Today was also the first time the newly instituted paddling race Paddelvarvet took place. The Paddelvarvet is not as big as the Göteborgsvarvet. About 30-40 participants struggled for 21 km in Göteborg Harbour and channels.

The paddlers are crossing the Göta Älv to do the first leg in the Channels.

One paddler passing the fish market Feskekôrka

The winner? Jens Thorild paddling the channels for the second time and is in leading position.

Some parts of the race is really nice

Paddling in the city center

Paddan is the tourist trap. Why go by motor boat when you can use a kayak!

Mostly Sea Kayaks but also some surfskis. Here is an Epic V10 L.

Next to the Garden Society of Gothenburg

A pleased kayaker in the first race!

The course is passing the central station as well.

Two of the paddlers were not in a hurry. They stopped and chatted with friends at city hall.

And for those who didnt felt that 21 km in a kayak was enough. There was some time to recharge the batteries and jump into your running shoes. I took some photos from the Goteborgsvarvet as well.

Results: Top 3

  1. Martin Flinta, 1.55.09.1
  2. Jens Thorild, 1.55.09.2
  3. Gunnar Castmo, 1.58.07

Malmö 24 Hour Kayak Challenge

May 17, 2011

24 hours of paddling. – How far can you paddle in 24 hours? Urban Wedberg finished at first place in The Malmö 24 Hour Kayak Challenge (M24KC). During 24 hours he paddled more than 190 km (118 miles) in the men’s race. Annika Nielsen won the women’s race with more than 120 km (75 miles). The competition was held last weekend in the channels in the city of Malmö, Sweden.

Ewa Westh from Göteborg finished at second place. She took some photos during the competition. Her result was also impressive, 100 km (62 miles).

Sunrise during the competition

Early morning i Malmö

I have heard rumors that some paddlers used dangerous amounts of sugar to keep alert and strong…

Links

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Qanik Review

May 15, 2011

I have tested the Kayak Qanik from Seabird Designs. Is it the dream kayak I have been searching for? You can find the full review under the misc button or press here

Is the Qanik a dream kayak? Find out here

Shortest kayak trip

May 14, 2011

I went out for a short day trip with my qanik. First island outside the harbour. Just about 15 min of paddling each way. :) Lovely weather!

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Surfski Spring Camp 2011

May 11, 2011

Last weekend the Surfski Spring Camp 2011 was held at Barnens Ö north of Stockholm. The organizer of the camp was Peter Ekström from Global Surfski.

The camp was really good. There was a mix of lectures, courses and kayaking for all paddlers regardless of level. As a complete beginner I had two missions. First was to get enough instructions to handle and understand the basics of a surfski. The second part was to test different models of surfskis.

Leif Davidsson from Aterra held the beginners course.

There were a lot of different brands of surfskis. Many were new to me. One of the were Fusion. A cool design and cool guys! Martin from Multisportbloggen

As a beginner, I was very well looked after. There was always someone more experienced paddler  near who could give instructions.

A track and field sprinter in a surfski.

Red and White! Danish?

Video


More about the Spring camp

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Facebook status update resulted in paddling trip

May 9, 2011

My friend Carin’s facebook status earlier today was “I am heading for Gothenburg”. So I asked her if she wanted to join for a short paddling trip in Göteborg Archipelago during the evening. It was a really short trip with a beautiful sunset and a nice meal together with friends on one of the closest islands.

Patric, Carin and Fredrik in the sunshine late this evening. Great evening on the cliffs in Göteborg Archipelago.

The Qanik is in the water!! :)

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Surfski Spring Camp 2011 Timelapse

May 8, 2011


Here is a short timelapse video from the Surfski Spring Camp 2011 at Barnens Ö in Sweden. Enjoy! :)

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More photos from the Surf Ski spring Camp 2011

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