A trifecta of Qajaq USA events

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Across the United States and around the globe new traditional paddling events are appearing. Many commercial events are taking advantage of the growth in popularity of the Greenland paddle and Greenland kayaks and including focused sessions to attract these passionate paddlers. It is perhaps a little unfortunate that the main area that these events focus … Read more

Eastpole Paddle test

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Not long after my recent article about my pursuit of my perfect Greenland paddle was published in Ocean Paddler Magazine, I was contacted by Eastpole Paddles, a Greenland paddle maker, to take a look at their paddles and give them feedback.   Eastpole Paddles are situated in the town of Miiduranna which is located on … Read more

Pursuing the perfect Greenland paddle

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When the ancient Inuit first took to their craft along the shores of Greenland their paddles were already influenced by generations of previous paddle carvers. The Inuit migrations from the east and west bought traditions and techniques developed along the shores of the northern Atlantic and Pacific nations. Predominately double bladed, the Inuit’s paddles evolution … Read more

Building an ultimate rolling kayak

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“Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.” – Henry Ward Beecher.   It is possible that the kayak can make the roller, or at least greatly improve her or his rolling?   For me, this has been a three kayak building year. First the … Read more

Qajaq Camp 2014

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It’s easy to find kayaking events to attend in the mid-west of the United States, it is harder to find events specifically focused on traditional paddling skills. The ISK, our local paddling club, is no exception. Of the numerous training events offered throughout the year few, if any, are focused on traditional paddling skills. Many … Read more

Launching the Shrike Kayak

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In November I had finished building the Qajaqpak and so had idle hands. My father and I had been working on a concept of an adaptable stitch and glue kayak design that would allow people to build a great sea kayak with limited funds and experience. Adaptability was key as we know that people come … Read more

Kayak cockpit ergonomics for rolling

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Independent of the style of kayak rolling you partake in it is very helpful to have a kayak that fits you. Kayaks roll because we apply force to the kayak through the connection between our body and the hull and deck, and this force is resisted by the opposite force created by our buoyancy and … Read more

Greenland kayak rolling, fad or functional?

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Greenland rolling is like yoga, you can go through life without doing it, but if you do it your life will improve. That sentence alone should have been enough for some to stop reading further. Many people that I speak with have dismissed Greenland rolling for a variety of reasons; they can roll already, Greenland … Read more

My wife doesn’t camp, but if she did she would use a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm.

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I love camping, I especially love kayak camping. Traveling by kayak allows one to carry far greater loads than on foot. When I pack my kayak I rarely have an issue with weight, but I do occasionally run into a space issue. When I took my very first kayak camping trip I was advised to … Read more

Getting your first roll.

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Over the past couple of years I have written many articles and blog posts about different aspects of learning your first Greenland kayak or qajaq roll. Many of these have been published in leading sea kayak magazines around the globe. Rather than regurgitate this content I thought I would provide a comprehensive set of links … Read more