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.
Finally is the weather decent enough to do some kayaking. Just in time for the new year and the winter… My friends Pia, Erik, Patric and I had a great paddling in Göteborg Archipelago. The days between christmas and new years eve is pretty soft at work. I could work from “home” and my home yesterday was Valö! A great way of ending the paddling and working year. 🙂
Happy new year everybody. Let 2012 be a great year for kayaking!
The sunset was magnificent.
Dramatic clouds but hardly any wind.
Pia is paddling her green Skim kayak. When she is not paddling, hardly ever happens, she is creating really nice silver jewelry.
Sunrise at Valö
The winter is coming closer. Frost on the deck this morning.
Patric has bought a new kayaking hat! Orange…
I had to break through some ice to get ashore.
Great weather but the ice will make it harder for me to launch the kayak the next coming months. Today it was easy to break through.
Some of the kayak photos I’ve taken from this year. There are more to come from different kayak destinations.
Maria in Lofoten
A bride in a kayak! 🙂
Nice speed when kayaking
Gordon Brown is giving instructions
Arrow kayaks in Vesterålen
Gabbi is taking a swim with the Qanik
Janne Bengtsson is paddling fast
Jens Webster outside Varbergs fortress in a surfski from Fenn
Jonas is paddling Clapotis
Patrick in Lofoten
Maria is paddling in Gothenburg Archipelago
City paddling in Göteborg
Patric in a Griffin
Yesterday it was windy and pretty cold during our kayak trip to Galterö in the archipelago of Göteborg, Sweden. Today it is really warm and hardly no wind. Sunscreen on!
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 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
24 hours of paddling. – How far can you paddle in 24 hours? Urban Wedberg finished at first place in The Malmö 24 Hour Kayak Challenge (M24KC). During 24 hours he paddled more than 190 km (118 miles) in the men’s race. Annika Nielsen won the women’s race with more than 120 km (75 miles). The competition was held last weekend in the channels in the city of Malmö, Sweden.
Ewa Westh from Göteborg finished at second place. She took some photos during the competition. Her result was also impressive, 100 km (62 miles).
Sunrise during the competition
Early morning i Malmö
I have heard rumors that some paddlers used dangerous amounts of sugar to keep alert and strong…
My friend Carin’s facebook status earlier today was “I am heading for Gothenburg”. So I asked her if she wanted to join for a short paddling trip in Göteborg Archipelago during the evening. It was a really short trip with a beautiful sunset and a nice meal together with friends on one of the closest islands.
Patric, Carin and Fredrik in the sunshine late this evening. Great evening on the cliffs in Göteborg Archipelago.
The Qanik is in the water!! 🙂
The spring has arrived and it’s a very nice period in Sweden at the moment. My friends and I traveled to Fjällbacka archipelago for a few days of paddling over Easter. Fjällbacka located on the west coast, halfway (150 km) between Gothenburg, Sweden and Oslo, Norway. The archipelago is absolutely fantastic here. An absolute favorite kayaking destination in Sweden.
Fredrik is heading west from the starting point, close to the small picturesque city of Fjällbacka.
It was very calm days and hardly any motor or sailing boats. This part of the season is great!
Malin has built a Black Pearl during the winter but she chose her second kayak today.
And so did Jonas.
There are many pretty fishing villages in the archipelago.
Väderöarna (Weather islands) just visible in the mist
The water was calm and looked like a mirror
Some of the islands are pretty high. The View from Norra Dyngön is impressive.
Erik and Pia dropped by for a nice evening at St Måkholmen. They have an excellent kayak site, kajak.nu.
There is a fun story about the labyrinths at Måkholmen. A few years ago revealed the secret of the labyrinth. Scientists believed that the labyrinth was from the eleventh century. But it was some youngsters who had build them during the fifties.
Slackers at Stora Måkholmen! 🙂
We were not the only paddlers in Fjällbacka archipelago this weekend. This was a group of leaders from the outdoor organisation Norrviken (really nice pictures) from Stockholm.
The famous Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (staring in Casablanca) used to live in Fjällbacka archipelago. She lived on a small island called Dannholmen. There is a statue of a pigeon that is clearly visible when approaching Dannholmen.
Seakayaking at the High Coast in Sweden. We started our kayaking trip two days ago in Härnösand, Sweden. It is beatiful and we have a nice tailwind! I will follow up this post when I get back home.