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This weekend I went kayaking with my friends Patric and Martin. This was the first kayaking trip for Martin in seven years and he just did a trial trip then. At Hinsholmen we ran into Babs Lindman who has circumnavigated the south island of New Zeeland and also the coastline of Norway. Her company kajaktiv was having a demonstration day. I have met Babs a couple of times before when I did some courses in white water paddling and I have also joined kajaktiv to a white water trip in Norway two years ago. I can really recommend the courses and trips. The instructors are among the best white water kayakers in Sweden. Babs is full of life and I really admire her strength, guts and sense of humor.
Babs jumped into my kayak and discovered that the silhoutte is low…
After having a chat with Babs we started to paddle and went out to some islands west of the city. Patric stayed until afternoon and then headed back home. Martin and me continued for another 30 minutes.
Tent spot at Galterö
The conditions were perfect. Hardly no wind and really warm. We have had a really long winter that has affected the spring badly but now, just in a few days, it feels like summer. Even the night was warm.
Martin enjoyed the trip.
Some sheep is still sleeping in the early morning!
We stayed at the island of Galterö. Galterö has a nice fauna with heaps of different birds and also quite a few sheep . When we headed back home we had a nice tailwind helping us coming back home quickly. I think Martin ejoyed the trip. He fell in love with the kayak, the Clapotis, we borrowed from a friend. I wish there was a lower version of the Clapotis. That would be a real nice kayak.
The first kayak trip of the year went to the island of Valö. It is located in the south part of Göteborg Archipelago. Kayaking in Sweden has been a struggle this year. The winter has been really long and most parts of the coastline has been covered with ice. So it is a late premiere. It was a really windy paddling to Valö. Even if the distance is just 12 km I thought it was really hard. The trip back to Göteborg was really nice. A light breeze in the back and a nice fog that made the trip more adventurous.
Patric is having a rest, protected from the wind. When we left Göteborg is was sunny but it was just about to change…
Eric and Pia is having a rest on our way back to Göteborg
The best part of Valö is that we as members of the Göteborg Canoing Association have access to the lighthouse and the cabins. Some of the Cabins have a stove which makes the staying more comfortable. We had rain mixed with snow during sunday afternoon. Then it felt good that we had left the tents back home.
A video clip from the trip. Erik and Pia was already at Valö when we arrived.
Now I’m off for some cross country skiing in the mountains further north of Sweden.
After almost 6 months is the waiting over. The first paddling trip this year is a fact. We started in Göteborg and headed south to the island of Valö. It was quite windy and it felt as the longest trip ever. I have not been a frequent visitor at my gym last winter. I will suffer tomorrow…
At Valö we met Pia and Erik. They started their trip yesterday. I’m glad we are staying indoor tonight. The mix of rain and snow feels cold.
More pics from the trip will be published when I get back home. The picture below is taken with my Iphone and the Hipstamatic app.
This winter has been extremely long in Sweden. I haven’t exeperienced such a long winter before. The lack of open water haven been troublesome for me and other kayakers. Well, some of the extreme kayakers have been kayaking in the inlet to Gothenburg but I’m not that extreme.
Stockholm City Hall. The ice is starting to break up even in Stockholm.
I’m working a couple of days in Stockholm every month. Stockholm offers excellent paddling but it is still cold. Outside the City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held, the ice is starting to break up. My plan is to paddle every now and then when I’m visiting Stockholm. Stockhom is normally really beautiful but today it was a cloudy grey day.
Carin is giving instructions to one of her customers
When I was in Stockholm I took the opportunity and joined Horisontkajak when they held an indoor course. The course was really good and they met the needs and expectations of the participants very well. I haven’t been practising my roll for a while. My goal with the course was to improve my underwater orientation and stress management. Carin had heaps of ideas of new underwater excerices. She prompted and guided me skillfully when I needed it. I learned a lot and I feel much more secure underwater after the course. Thx Carin!
Now I’m really eager to get into the water for some real paddling. Hopefully I will launch the kayak next week! 🙂
I have updated kayakr.net with one kayaking destination in Denmark and one in Norway. Denmark offers good kayaking and you can choose from really good surfing to calm and relaxed paddling in protected water. Norway is so beautiful and offers kayaking in fjords and archipelagos along an amazing coastline with dramatic mountains. Tomorrow I’m going for a longer trip in Stockholm Archipelago and I will update kayakar.net with new kayaking destinations when I get back home. Keep on paddling!
At them moment I’m writing on an article about kayaking in Norway but can’t keep my focus. I’m also planning for my next trip to the Archipelago of Stockholm next week. So to stay focused on my article I started to go through the pics from my trip to Norway. All of sudden my writing went so much easier. Unfortunately I can’t publish my best pics from the trip to Norway here until the magazine, Paddling, has made their choices.
After a tip from kajak.nu I got the information that Björn Thomasson is going to be a new designer for the Norweigan kayak manufacturer Seabird Designs. That will be very interesting. Björn Thomasson already design kayak models such the Black Pearl. I would really like to have one but I’m not that handy to build one by myself. The Black Pearl production shall start during this year according to SeaBird Designs.
I have been practising rolling technique last weekend. I need to improve my technique, especially on my weak side. The hardest thing to me is to stay calm subsurfaced. To my help I had my friend Tomas who is an excellent roller.
Valö is located in the archipelago of Göteborg. It is appox 2 – 2,5 hours of paddling south from Saltholmen. There has been a light house on Valö since 1885. Since 2000 there is a yearly kayak meeting at Valö, Valöträffen, in late June or early July. The Gothenburg Canoe Club (Göteborgs kanotförening – GKF) the organizer of the meeting. GKF has the privilage to be responsible of the light house buildnings at Valö. Members of GKF has access to the buildings all around the year.
Valö in the warm summer evening
This year the Valöträffen gathered about 60 participants. There is no program announced in advance. Different activites is planned during the weekend depending on the weather conditions and also the motivation of the participants. Some kayakers paddle to Tistlarna, some are refining the rolling and rescue technique and some is just having a good time and relax. This year there was a botanist who had an excursion around the island. It was very interesting. Valö has a varying and impressive amount of flowers.