Arctic Sea Kayak Race 2012

January 25, 2012

I havent decided if I shall go to the Arctic Sea Kayak Race this year but I can strongly recommend it if you havent been there before. My friends and I went to the ASKR last year and had a really good time. The date for this year event is now set to the 22 – 27 of July. More info will be find at the homepage of ASKR.

Vaida is showing some balance skills in a Nuka from Arrow Kayaks at the ASKR.

Cool winter paddling

January 22, 2012

Yesterday I went out for a downwind paddling trip togheter with my friend Jens. Average winds 16 m/s (31 kt) with top winds of 21 m/s (41 kt). Water temperature + 1 C (34 F),  Air temperature -1 C (30 F) and heavy snowing. Great fun but I wish I was on the southern hemisphere…

Winter paddling in Sweden. I had to swim a few times. Good clothing with good insulation is essential. I use a dry suit from Ursuit. Neoprene gloves and hood.

Kayaking trip to Vinga

January 17, 2012

Johan, Patric and I paddled to Vinga last weekend. It was pretty calm weather and I haven’t been to Vinga in January before. The island Vinga is located furthest west in the Gothenburg archipelago. It’s is exposed it is a fairly long day trip, nearly 32 km back and forth. Vinga has one of oldest and also is one the most famous light houses in Sweden. Anders paddled with us the first part of the kayak trip but turned back at Böttö. I was really tired back home.

Johan in his Clapotis Sea Kayak and Patric in his Surfski from Zedtech. Just before we got the headwind at Böttö.

Lunch break by the light house. The light house stairs protect us from the wind.

16 km each way from the harbour to Vinga. I was so tired and fell asleep in the cinema later in the evening.

Paddling in January

January 8, 2012

A year ago I went iceskating in the Archipelago. This year is the Winter late and the sea is still open. That’s perfect. More time for kayaking. :)

Today I went for a short trip chasing the ferries in the Archipelago. Nobody else on the water these days.

The Braca wing paddle for sea kayaking works out really fine.

Where is the best paddling 2012?

January 5, 2012

I have started to plan my paddling year but I need some input on where to go! Do you have any suggestions?

Maybe Norway again?

Maybe Finland?

Sweden?

or perhaps Denmark?

Decisions, decisions… I’m also interested in going completely somewhere else. Europe? UK? North America? South Africa? Have you been to any locations you can recommend? Please let me know!

Kayak year 2011 in retrospect

January 2, 2012

2011 was a great year for paddling. Here are some of my best kayak trips from the past year.

February

Still winter in Sweden. The winter was really long and cold during 2011. I bought a new kayak and my Qanik from Seabird arrived in mid february and no chance to paddle it until late march.

April

Fjällbacka is one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Sweden. We did a great trip in the end of april. Cold but beautiful. Read more about Paddling in Fjällbacka Archipelago

May

I tried a surfski for the first time and I got stucked. Surfski is great fun. Later on I bought a surfski. Read more about Surfski Spring Camp.

A new competition in paddling was held in the harbour of Göteborg at the same day as the world biggest half marathon in Göteborg. I didn’t compete but I got some great photos. Maybe I will compete in May!? :) Read more about Paddelvarvet.

June

My friend Maria and I went for a weekend trip in well known water. This is normally a period when I hardly do any kayaking due to my allergy. Great weather and some new spots discovered. Gothenburg archipelago is really great for paddling. Read more about Paddling in Göteborg Archipelago.

July

The Gothenburg Canoe Association (GKF) had an evening with two really good sprint kayakers who gave us instructions. read more about the Paddling instructions event.

The annual kayak gathering at Valö south of Gothenburg was greatas usual. There was a kayak incident that turned out well. Read more about the Valöträffen.

North of the arctic circle is a great kayak event held every year. We attended for the first time. Loved it! :) Read more about Arctic Sea Kayak Race.

August

Paddling in Lofoten

Paddling holiday

September

The best kayak symposium i have ever been to. Nigel Foster, Gordon Brown, Dubside and many more. Great Instructors, great arrangement and great weather. Read more about the Tjäröfestivalen.

October

I have been more into surfski during the fall than ordinary sea kayaking. Read more about Testing a drysuit andsearching for waves.

November

November was a month with hardly any paddling at all. We had a weekend of gray paddling. Read more about the gray Weekend paddling.

December

The year ended with great weather and we had a beautful paddling trip to Valö. Read more about the paddling trip.

 

 

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