In beautiful Vesterålen, Norway, the Arctic Sea Kayak Race has been ongoing for a week with different activities. Today was the final day with the ICF World Cup Surfski race as the main event.
Last year’s winner Sean Rice together with Dawid Mocke and Joep van Bakel was the favourites for todays race. Sean reported to be ill for some day and had some concerns but he felt much better this morning.
Straight from the start Dawid, Sean and Joep took the top three positions. Today Sean was the strongest. Sean was really happy after the finish. His plan and tactic worked out very well.
Sean Rice 1.49.46
Dawid Mocke 1.53.27
Joep Van Bakel 1.53.51
Gleb Greben 2.02.14
Fredrik Ness 2.05.06
Joep van Bakel
The start at the ASKR Surfski race
Audun Sletten from Norway in his Nelo Ski.
Gleb from Oslo is born in Russia
Fredrik from Norway finished at 5th place.
Joe and Mike from Minnesota, USA.
Gunnar from Norway in a Stellar Surfski
Sean Rice sprints
A happy winner
The three stars in surfski Dawid Mocke, Joep van Bakel and Sean Rice has all arrived and will compete tomorrow in the ICF surfski event in the Vesterålen, Norway. The surfski race is a part of the Arctic Sea Kayak Race held here every year during the last week in July. Since last year has the Surfski race in Västerålen world cup status. The preparation before the race is following the normal routine before a race but it is hard to get used to the bright nights, says Dawid Mocke. It is almost daylight for 24 hours. The surroundings are really beautifulhere and hopefully will the weather be as good as it today.
These two surf-ski paddlers are opponents in tomorrow’s surfski race. Dawid Mock and Joep van Bakel are enjoying the sun in Skipnes, Norway. Both Dawid and Joep are very humble. Someone will win tomorrow, Joep replies on the question on who will win. I’m looking forward for the race tomorrow and hopefully I will get some nice shots from the race.
I’m having a day off from paddling today and are enjoying the preperation in Skipnes before the race tomorrow.
Im attending the Arctic Sea Kayak Race in Vesterålen, Norway. My friends Patric and Maria took the car and drove nonstop from Göteborg in Sweden to Vesterålen in 24 hours last friday. We are now doing a route called the long ramble with 35 participants. The surroundings are stunning and I really love this place.
We are having a lunch break in Vesterålen
Henrik from Denmark is paddling his Silhouette. The water is crystal clear but not as warm as it looks…
Arctic Sea Kayak Race (ASKR) is held every year at Vesteralen, Norway. It is far up north, above the arctic circle. It is an event for five days ending in a kayak race. ASKR are approved for the second time as ICF Surfski World Series Event. It takes lot of preparation to join a race like this and I have hardly done anything so I’m planning to missionary our philosophy to the rush paddlers – bun paddling! Dawid Mocke, Sean Rice and Joep van Bakel are among the participants in the race. I hope they will enjoy the buns! We are leaving tomorrow and will stay in Norway for 2 weeks. 🙂
Buns from Pågen (Gifflar) are perfect for picnic paddling.
View Vesterålen in a larger map
The area of ASKR is held north of the Arctic circle at the islands of Vesterålen. It is just a 24 hour drive from Göteborg.
Hilleberg the tentmaker introduces 3 season tents for 2012. Hilleberg has always been uncompromising about their tents to stand all four seasons. Now they introduce two new 3 season models. Both models are really light. Anjan is a tunnel tent and comes in two sizes (for 2 and 3 person), with minimum weights of 1.7 kg and 1.9 kg. The Rogen is a dome model inspired by the Allak and has a minimum weight of 2.0 kg.
They are still very solid. The biggest advantage besides low weight is ventilation. The outer tent stretches nearly, but not completely, to the ground allowing a large volume of air flow in all weathers. This will increase the ventilation. Espcially the Anjan seems great and might be a tent I will consider next year.
(The new Hilleberg Rogen. Used by permisson from Hilleberg)
More about Hilleberg tents:
Read my review of the Allak.
Read my review of the Akto.
Press release from Hilleberg about 3 season tent.
It is all about kayaking and rowing adventures at the moment. Two days ago I wrote about Fylkir Sævarsson’s record attempt in circumnavigation
Denmark. Now I have been told about more ongoing or planned long kayaking adventures or rowing adventures undertaken by experienced paddlers.
Chris Duff, the first person to circumnavigate Great Britain alone in 1986 has just started a rowing trip from Scotland to Iceland via Orkney, Shetland and Faeroe Islands. He has a custom-built row boat called the “Northern Reach”.
Three experienced paddlers, Patrick Winterton, Mick Berwick and Olly Hicks will start a kayak trip from the Shetland Islands to Norway in a couple of days. It will take at least 4 days and three nights to do the crossing. The major concern is ensuring to stay together during the nights as well as the cold, injury, sea sickness and shipping.
The British kayaking instructor and adventurer Simon Osborne will take part in a rowing together with Marin Medak and Nikkie Brown, across the Atlantic, Atlantic Row 2012. Simon Osborne is running Sea kayaking Cornwall together with Jeff Allen. Simon is an experienced kayaker and has circumnavigated both Ireland and England. This will be different and requires a different approach and preperations. Sleep deprivation, salt sores and fatigue must be some concerns for the team.
The 44 year old icelandic paddler Fylkir Þorgeir Sævarsson, who lives in Denmark, have started a kayak trip a couple of days ago. Fylkir is attempting to beat the old record in circumnavigation Denmark, in a kayak, which is 1200 km (746 mi) in 23 days. What I think is most remarkable is that Fylkir have not paddled much until last year. He attended a beginner’s course in paddlin 2006 but he didn’t began to paddle more seriously until 2009. In 2009 he paddled 300 km (186 mi) and in 2010 he paddled 2000 km (1242 mi). But he seems to be a good athlete. He has a history as a member of the Icelandic National team in Open Water Swimming and has also done some impressive mountainbike races.
- Read more about his progress around Denmark here. Unfortunately it is in Danish but translate with Google.
- Here is a link to google maps were you can follow him on the map. At the moment he has just left Klitmoller.
It will be fun to see if he will beat the record. 🙂
Today the Göteborg Kayak Association had an organized paddle training with Anders Svensson, sprint specialist and member of Swedish national team and Tomas Norrman. About 30 members from our club came to the event. In addition to individual advice, also theoretical instructions were given.
It was a great mix of both exprienced and fairly new paddlers The variety of kayaks was also great. From fold up kayaks to surfskis and racing kayaks.
“How to paddle” instructions were given on land from Tomas and Anders
Jonas Fors in his Feathercraft
Patric in a Zedtech Griffin
Anders Svensson in a Zedtech, racing kayak.
Johan Linder has also a Zedtech Griffin
Tomas Norrman has a Zedtech aswell
Ewa Westh in her Clapotis Sea Kayak
Eskilsholmen is a small island, just 30 min paddling. That is a perfect way to spend an evening together with some good friends. This was the first time that Gabriella tried the Qanik. She is not an regular paddler but she enjoyed it. She discovered that the course stability was quite different comepared to the Silhouette. I used my old Silhouette for the first time. That was also nice.
Gabriella in the Qanik for the first time
Good friends at Eskilsholmen, discussing life in general, paddling and having a great time.
Patric in his Zedtech Griffin.
Valöträffen 2011 was really nice but this year, I am most happy that everyone came home alive. During the sunday a kayak incident occurred that could have ended very badly. Thanks to a very good initiative and resolute action, particularly from Jonas Forkander, it all ended well.
Johan reaches the man in right time to save him. About 1 km from Valö.
On Valö there was an older gentleman who we didn’t know that well has been paddling for many years. He decided to paddle home alone on Sunday morning. The conditions were modest winds, estimated at about 8 m/s, and small waves. He had packed his kayak with the cargo on deck. His start was wobbly and it was with concern that we saw him paddle away. No one intervened or tried to stop him from paddling straight away which afterwards had been the best option. Instead, just after a few minutes, Johan Forkander jumped into his kayak and started to paddle after the man. Just when Johan reached the man, about 1 km from Valö, the old man capsized. He could not evacuate from the kayak, probably due to stress but somehow he managed to got hold of the bow of Johan’s kayak.
Johan is coming back with some of the cargo that was carried on deck. The weight of this bag was about 10 kg.
Shortly afterwards, Johan got assistance from Jörgen and four other paddlers. Everything ended happily, and we helped the man to re-pack his kayak and he had a rest on land before heading home. After re-packing the kayak was much more stable and everything went much better.
Jörgen heading out to assist Johan in the rescue. Later on Anders, Margareta, Mona and AnnMarie helped them as well. Good job!
We discussed afterwards how the situation could have been avoided. It is difficult to take decisions against the free will of man. Not that many of us really knew the man. He wanted to paddle home and obviously he had managed to paddle to Valö in similar conditions. We got us a real eye-opener. In retrospect, we should have stopped him and re-packed his kayak straight away.