Last evening my friends Jonas, Patric and I had a great kayak trip to Valö. We left Göteborg about 7 pm and arrived at Valö just after sunset. Some hours with nice conversations about life, non-important things and kayaks was really nice. An early morning start at 6 am, downwind and I was in time for a meeting at 9 am at the office. This was a perfect start of a weekday!
Besides Danish beer and red sausages is Denmark also a hot paddling destination this year. There have been some attempts to beat the record in circumnavigation Denmark. This attempt ended after 10 days because of equipment problems.
Now is my friend Ulrika Larsson from Green Adventures paddling around the Danish Coast together with her boyfriend Nick Cunliffe (BCU level 5 coach) from Kayak Essentials. Today they will paddle around the headland at Skagen according to latest update at Facebook. They have a great blog in English were you can follow their progress and they update it regularly.
Struggling through the surf zone is a common thing to do on the Danish West Coast. Image used with permisson from Ulrika at Green Adventure
What is most important to know as a new paddler? I haven’t given any kayak classes for a long while and my girlfriend Gabriella is fairly new to kayaking. So it is time to resume my old skills. Today we paddled to Eskilsholmen in the Archipelago west of Göteborg. Previously, we have only paddled short distances, about three times, without any special instructions or exercises. I have just given basic kayak instructions such as forward paddling strokes and reverse paddlings strokes. Gabriella have felt some uncertainty about being able to evacuate from the cockpit and what her reaction will be when she hits the water. I have good experiences to practice wet drills and evacuation from the cockpit early on to increase the development of paddling technique. Early exercises makes the paddler feel secure and increase the confidence.
Gabriella is paddling the Qanik in the harbour of Hinsholmen.
Summer is coming to an end and the boats have decreased in number in the archipelago.
On Eskilsholmen, we had a really good time with good drinks and food. Besides eating and drinking we practiced on basic under water exercises, wet evacuation and basic rescue techniques. Gabriella enjoyed the excercises and was eager to learn more. On the way back home I noticed a big difference in the attitude of pushing the limits in edging the kayak and also the paddling strokes were more powerful and distinct.
Gabriella doesn’t look to unhappy about the kayak drill. 🙂
On the way back was Gabriella’s paddling strokes more powerful.
We have another week off. Hopefully with good weather and some more kayaking.