Dawid Mocke and Joep van Bakel in Norway

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.

ASKR – bun paddling?

Arctic Sea Kayak Race (ASKR) is held every year at Vesteralen, Norway. It is far up north, above the arctic circle. It is an event for five days ending in a kayak race.  ASKR are approved for the second time as ICF Surfski World Series Event. It takes lot of preparation to join a race like this and I have hardly done anything so I’m planning to missionary our philosophy to the rush paddlers – bun paddling! Dawid Mocke, Sean Rice and Joep van Bakel are among the participants in the race. I hope they will enjoy the buns! We are leaving tomorrow and will stay in Norway for 2 weeks. 🙂


Buns from Pågen (Gifflar) are perfect for picnic paddling.

View Vesterålen in a larger map

The area of ASKR is held north of the Arctic circle at the islands of Vesterålen. It is just a 24 hour drive from Göteborg.

Afternoon paddling

My friends Patric and Markus joined me today for a short kayak trip in the archipelago. I’m trying to learn how to use my new wingpaddle. It is a used wingpaddle but still a wingpaddle. I’m not sure if I will keep it but why not try something new for a while. At the moment I cant really tell any difference on the speed. I’m more confused when I cant do some common strokes. I will let you know more about my progress or if I will let the paddle be available on Ebay.

Markus joined us for the trip. He is paddling a kayak from Point65.

Patric is paddling a Zedtech Griffin. I joined him last november when he bought the Griffin. He is getting more comfortable in the Griffin now! 🙂

John Linder, who finished second in the 24 hour paddle race in Malmo, has also bought a Zedtech Griffin. We met Johan on our way back to the harbor.

Upcoming kayak events

Kayak orienteering

Kayak orienteering is an annual event and will take place on the 4 June in the archipelago outside Fjällbacka, Grebbestad and Hamburgsund in Sweden. The track will have a length of 20 km. It will consist of three to four orienterring routes, with control markers on land. Route choice between control markers is free and the idea is that participants will be brought to navigation and routing problems. I have been kayaking in Fjällbacka archipelago several times and it is beautiful.

Paddle for the planet

A world wide challenge to unite the paddlers around the world for a one day relay in effort to raise environmental awareness. It’s a great initiative from Dawid Mocke. The magazine Paddling is organizing a paddling event on the 5 june.

Seamasters 2011

Seamasters will take place on the 27 August in Arkösund/Oxelösund, Swedish east coast, Baltic sea and is a 25 km long Ocean race open for Surf ski, Outrigger, Stand Up and Sea kayak paddlers. I’ve never been in the area before, so it might be a trip to the East coast in August. More information will be found at Seamasters.se but is not updated but you will find information about last years race. You will find more information at globalsurfski.com and surfski.info.

More events 2011


Paddelvarvet 2011

Göteborgsvarvet, the world’s biggest half marathon, took place today in Göteborg. Approx 75,000 runners will participate in one of the races during the GöteborgsVarvet weekend 20-22 of May 2011. Today was also the first time the newly instituted paddling race Paddelvarvet took place. The Paddelvarvet is not as big as the Göteborgsvarvet. About 30-40 participants struggled for 21 km in Göteborg Harbour and channels.

The paddlers are crossing the Göta Älv to do the first leg in the Channels.

One paddler passing the fish market Feskekôrka

The winner? Jens Thorild paddling the channels for the second time and is in leading position.

Some parts of the race is really nice

Paddling in the city center

Paddan is the tourist trap. Why go by motor boat when you can use a kayak!

Mostly Sea Kayaks but also some surfskis. Here is an Epic V10 L.

Next to the Garden Society of Gothenburg

A pleased kayaker in the first race!

The course is passing the central station as well.

Two of the paddlers were not in a hurry. They stopped and chatted with friends at city hall.

And for those who didnt felt that 21 km in a kayak was enough. There was some time to recharge the batteries and jump into your running shoes. I took some photos from the Goteborgsvarvet as well.

Results: Top 3

  1. Martin Flinta,
  2. Jens Thorild,
  3. Gunnar Castmo, 1.58.07

Surfski Spring Camp 2011

Last weekend the Surfski Spring Camp 2011 was held at Barnens Ö north of Stockholm. The organizer of the camp was Peter Ekström from Global Surfski.

The camp was really good. There was a mix of lectures, courses and kayaking for all paddlers regardless of level. As a complete beginner I had two missions. First was to get enough instructions to handle and understand the basics of a surfski. The second part was to test different models of surfskis.

Leif Davidsson from Aterra held the beginners course.

There were a lot of different brands of surfskis. Many were new to me. One of the were Fusion. A cool design and cool guys! Martin from Multisportbloggen

As a beginner, I was very well looked after. There was always someone more experienced paddler  near who could give instructions.

A track and field sprinter in a surfski.

Red and White! Danish?


More about the Spring camp

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Surfski Spring Camp 2011 Timelapse

Here is a short timelapse video from the Surfski Spring Camp 2011 at Barnens Ö in Sweden. Enjoy! 🙂

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More photos from the Surf Ski spring Camp 2011

Surfski for beginners?

Which is the best surfski for beginners? I’m going to the Surfski Spring Camp 2011 in Sweden next weekend and I have never tested a Surfski before. It would be fun to be able to do some strokes. I have heard that Honcho Guru shall be forgiving for noobs like me. Is that true or do you have other suggestions for a surfski that is stable for a seakayaker?

My friend has a Zedtech Griffin. I think that will be too challenging for me at the moment. We will find out if Surfski is my cup of tea next weekend.


Global Surfski the surfski community

Surfski test – Zedtech Griffin

Some days ago my friend Patric and I went to Marstrand to test ZedTech Griffin Surfski. Patric has recently been in New Zeeland where he tested a few surfskis and when he got back home to Sweden he was eager to try a surfski here. Although it is getting cold in Sweden, we set off to Marstrand to try the ZedTech Griffin. We picked up the surfski at the company Paddelkraft, which imports the kayaks to Sweden.

It was freezing cold so I didnt try the surfski. Why try a surfski for the first time during winter?  I thought it was too cold in the water and I had no desire to swim. I had the opportunity to play with the camera instead. 🙂

Read Patrics impressions and his short review of the ZedTech Griffin.

“Some words, too many I know 🙂

My name is Patric and I’m a paddler who doesn’t have a background in kayak racing. But I have been active, and very happy, in quite “fast kayaks”. My main paddling hours have been made in sea kayaks, quite narrow sea kayaks that is.

“Fast kayaks”, firstly, that is if I compare to any normal sea kayak. And secondly, “fast” is not really the correct word for me. It’s not a matter of speed, but the feeling of flow. Just like I love a loaded tourbike for a multiday tour – I love a strong and sweaty trip on my light racer. Just as I like the slow and persistent walk with a backpack in the mountains – I do l like running. To enjoy a fast kayak for me is as the trip on the bicycle racer or the run. It’s really a different animal compared to the sea kayak.

I have owned the danish kayak Escape, it’s like a Zedtech TT or a Nelo Viper 51, and I have used it for intense trips in the Gothenburg Archepelago. I have been very pleased with the low resistance and the ergonomics in that kayak. But I have never felt really secure with regards to getting up in the kayak again. This have somewhat hindered my development and pleasure. At the same time this have given me adrenalin and on-the-limit-experiences… 🙂 The Escape have anyhow been av very good kayak to me. So far.

I have lately tried a few surf skis. I tried the the Epic V10 Sport and the Epic V10L in New Zealand. The basic go-nogo-question to be answered first was if I even like sitting “naked”… And that was okey. First question was about stability… And if that hadn’t been good enough for me, it would of course become the basic question in a very obvious way. 🙂 Second question about ergonomics and third about the flow, or “fast”, or my feelings on the match between my power and the resistance. I never use any other tool than my feelings when doing sports. I don’t compete, I just enjoy. 🙂

The Epic kayaks did get good points on everything but the last and third question. I believe that the Sport was a bit to wide and stable to be really “fast” for me. And the V10L is probably a bit too long for my strength. At least in flat water. But since I don’t live in Hawaii, South Africa or Australia I reckon I don’t need to bother too much about the surf on the ocean swell. I’m not aming at the Surf in Surf Ski, rather the Ski-part with an easy remount.

Ok, that was a long introduction.

I’m very pleased with the little test day in Marstrand. I got, again, a very good impression from Magnus Sivenbrant at Paddelkraft, he has been helpful before. I’m happy with the weather direction generating almost no waves which is good for a start a kayak like this. We started of with some minor hardware issues which I’m also greatful for, now in hindsight. It made me try out my balance a bit more. Ok, ok, ok….no more words…. What about that darn surf ski?

Well, the Zedtech Griffin is my kayak. Or rather, my kayak to become. At least if the good dialogue with Sivenbrant continue, which I do believe… 🙂

The Griffin felt great.

It was tippy the very first minute. But it felt, surprisingly, a lot more stable just some minutes later. I didn’t have any problem at all with the stability in the absence of waves. And I have some waves in New Zealand in my memory, and I feel safe to say that the “wave-thing” is a totally different thing in a Surf Ski than in a Escape. Then the ergonomics; yes I could work it with my legs. You can even see this in the little film. I did not sit to deep as in the large majority of the sea kayaks, which for me leads to a bent lower back and a hindered motion. I sat very good. And the kayak felt “fast”. Just as easy to paddle, resistance-wise (for me that is), as the Escape. And a bit or two easier than the Epics I tried. I did really like the sharp and narrow fore, that’s a wonderful sight from the cockpit.

What about the rest? Hrm… I would like to have a less colorful kayak. I normally fall in love with white kayaks or black&white kayaks. And I cannot really enjoy being a billboard for Paddelkraft and Zedtech. Not that I like these companies, I do, but I even more like kayaks (or bikes, jackes, etc) as they are in their raw shape without advertiments, logos or different patterns.

What more? Yeah, I do wonder how I will solve some kind of storage in my Griffin. That process will contain a big hole somewhere and a lid to the same hole. And a solution that makes my over-night-stuff dry on the way to the island Valö. Still to be solved.

So now I’m waiting for Christmas Eve and the big old generous Mr Santa Claus. No, I can and must handle without him… 🙂 I’m only waiting for the demo kayaks to come back to Paddelkraft. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and my paddling muscels active.

It’s been a long time since I longed so much for the paddling season to begin again.”

Here is more info from The Swedish Surfski Community Global Surfski about the surfski from Zedtech.

Thanks a lot Patric!