Stockenträffen 2010

August 29, 2010

Stockenträffen at Orust was, as always, a very pleasant event. I haven’t heard any numbers but I guess the number of participants was about 200. The weather was quite good. Sunny and just a light breeze.

Besides good paddling and opportunities to meet lots of fun kayakers there was arranged paddling trips and different courses. Courses was held by Björn Thomasson. We went to the light house at Måseskär and some circumnavigated the island of Härmanö. On Saturday night was the traditional dinner at the Tofta Gård. Bengt Rodin showed his photos and talked about the kayaking trips he has done in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

The Kayak Association of Tjörn, arranged trips both days.

Björn Thomasson held courses in paddling technique and rolling technique.

The coolest skirt at the symposium this year! :)

It was crowded at Hermanö.

Some had  a looong lunch break

CJ and Marie raced against this old beautiful ship

Åsa, who joined us at the trip to the High Coast a couple of weeks ago, is getting ready for a shorter trip!

Måseskär lighthouse

Video clip from Stockenträffen

Upcoming kayak events in Sweden

August 22, 2010

Next weekend, 27 – 29 of August, is the annual Stockenträffen at Orust. I’m usually there every year and it is the biggest kayak event in Sweden. Last year it was attended by approximately 250 kayakers. Freya, Dubside and Nigel Foster are among former instructors but unfortunately none of them are coming this year. It is always great fun and often it is good opportunities for those who wants to play in white water.

The Stockentraffen is free of charge but it is a camping fee. Registration for participation in some courses and/or trips might be needed. If you want to join join the the Saturday night dinner/BBQ you must make a reservation in advance.  Check out the information at Orust Kajak.

Here is a videoclip from last year that I found at Youtube. Best part is from 3.50 in the clip.

Lars from Horisont kayaks in Stockholm at Stockenträffen 2008.

The 3 – 5 of september it time for the Rävholmsträffen (in Swedish) in Göteborg Archipelago. It has no program. The weather decides the activities. Some years there has been paddlingtrips to the light houses of Vinga and Tistlarna and some has been surfing in the bay at Rävholmen. The atmosphere is relaxed and about 50 – 60 kayakers are ususally attending if the weather is good. Come as you are! No registrationen is needed. It is free of charge. Just bring your kayak stuff, tent, food and something to drink.

The bay at Rävholmen

Final kayak event this year  held by the magazine Paddling at Tjärö in Blekinge. The Tjäröfestivalen is held 10 – 12 of september and has a nice program and activities, both interesting talks from Swedish adventures and kayak designers and work shops. Unfortunately is the information only in Swedish. There is a registration fee of 795 SEK. In that price is all activities on land and sea, BBQ and Camping included. To bad I can’t join Tjäröfestivalen but I am Hiking in the North of Sweden!

Sea kayaking to Tornö

August 6, 2009

Tornö is located outside the third biggest island in Sweden, Orust. Orust is a great place for all levels of seakayaking. I wanted to visit the local kayak shop, Orust Kajak, and when the weather forcast predicted really nice hot weather it was not a hard decision. Some friends joined and we had a really good weekend. The water was really warm and hardly no wind so we had perfect conditions for just playing around.

Marie had her new kayak from Point 65 and it was a pleasant experience.

Patric and Karin in the labyrinth inside Hermanö

Åsa is getting through a small passage.

With this really hot and calm weather it was possible to camp on the normally exposed seaside of Tornö.

Patric is testing the balance in the Whisky 16 from Point 65.

Marie in her new Kayak

Marie, why dont you smack him? ;)

Whisky 16 is easy to roll.

Orust Seakayaking Symposium

July 23, 2009

28 – 30 of August it is time for the annual Stockenträffen at Orust. Orust is located at the Swedish west coast, 100 km (62 miles) north of Göteborg. This symposium is the largest in Sweden and last year it was over 200 participants from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, USA, UK, Canada and maybe some more countries:)

The area is perfect for all kind of paddling. For beginners there is always protected places to go to. For the more experienced the strait between Vallerö and Härmanö is often a good spot for surfing and rockhopping. Last year a few of us were lucky to spot a humback whale. Unfortunately I was to excited to think about the camera. Well, I did but I just took the picture in same second as the fen was subsurfaced. Luckily for us that Erik had his nerves under control and took some pictures.

This year Nigel Foster is planned to have courses. Last year Freya Hoffmeister had courses but she is still downunder and will not make it this year. The program updates by Orust Kajak. Orust Kajak is the organizer of the Stockenträffen.

stocken lars

For those who want to play in white water there is often very good conditions

gullholmen

There is also good opportunities to have a more relaxed paddle. Maybe to Gullholmen and to have an ice cream in the charming surrondings

maseskar

The light house at Måseskär is a daytrip away from the camp

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