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kayakr.net – Page 3 – Kayaking in Sweden, Kayaking in Norway, Kayaking in Finland, Kayaking in Denmark
Last week has been really long because I have been longing to paddle my new surfski. The forecast was really good for surfski paddling today with winds from north about 10 m/s (37 km/h or 20 knots). Trent Victor and I decided to paddle downwind from Göteborg. My friend Maria was really nice and agreed to pick us up about 20 km south of Göteborg. When we arrived at the harbour the were hardly any wind at all. We changed our plans and went searching for waves from the bigger boats in the archipelago instead.
Trent Victor in the harbour after the paddle trip. I forgot to bring the camera today. This is taken with my iPhone.
We got some really nice runs from the waves produced of a couple of boats. My top speed was 19,4 km/h (12.1 miles/h). New record to me! 🙂 It is getting colder in the water. The temperatures is still ok but pretty soon the wet suit I’m using will be to thin. Trent is using a dry suit from Ursuit that looks really nice for surfski paddling. I have ordered a different drysuit from Ursuit that I think is more suitable both for seakayaking and surfski paddling.
I have bought a new kayak, a surfski. After testing a number of surfskis recently, it’s a process in choosing a surfski, I decided for a surfski from Fenn Kayaks, the Mako XT. I really like the mix of stability, the speed and the sit comfort in the Mako XT. Surfsking is a new way of kayaking for me. I’m turning 39 next year and this is a part to prepare myself before my mid-life crisis start. Some people buy a fancy car or a HD. I bought a surfski! 🙂
My new Fenn Mako XT (Photo: Jens Webster)
Jens Webster in his Fenn Elite SL. I bought my Fenn Mako XT from Fenn.no. Jens is the Swedish distributor to Fenn.no. Thanks for all the help and support! 🙂
Tjäröfestivalen 2011 was held at the island of Tjärö in south of Sweden and was a great success to the organizers. About 200 participants from all over Scandinavia and Europe attended the festival. I have put together a videoclip with pictures from the event. A full report will be published later on this week.
Danish paddler guarding the festival! 🙂 (photo by Gabriella)
Gordon Brown was one of the instructors this year. Now in a Play from Arrow kayaks.
Nigel Foster is back in Sweden. This year with a new haircut… 🙂
Dubside is cooling down. He had many participants in his classes.
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!
Patric in his surfski ZedTech Griffin. I’m getting more and more interested in buying a surfski.
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.
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
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.