The Spanish are coming

Some large portion of the world speaks and reads the English language, a larger number speak Spanish (even larger populations speak Hindi and Mandarin). Earlier this year I was approached by Iván Lamas to help translate Rolling with Sticks into his native Spanish...

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Masik designs for modern kayaks

When learning to roll one quickly discovers how critical it is to be able to move the kayak with your legs, thighs and hips. A solid connection between the kayak and your body greatly facilitates learning to move the kayak. Few of us are lucky enough to have kayaks...

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Prior Lake Paddling

My wife and I live at the top of a hill over looking Prior Lake. We usually paddle at Spring Lake where we have a cabin. The last few weeks of Summer this year have been unusually warm. The warm weather has caused the water quality at Spring Lake to deteriorate. I...

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The Traditional Gathering

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary. Every year it falls on the same weekend as The Traditional Gathering in Minnesota. This year my good lady suggested we celebrate our wedding anniversary a week early so I could go north to The Gathering and she would go south to...

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Big news from Novorca

I am a big supporter of Novorca Carbon Fiber Paddles so I thought I would share this announcement that I just read on Facebook: "Kayak Ways is very pleased to announce a design collaboration with Novorca Paddles. For those traditional paddlers who are seeking either...

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Make-a-Wish charity open water swim

On Sunday the Make–a-wish foundation ran a fund raising event on the St. Croix River, starting at Still Water and ending at Bayport. 20+ competitors attempted to swim the 3.5 miles down the river. I had been asked to recruit kayakers to act as the spotters to make...

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ISK Picnic and Rodeo

Knackered. That wasn’t the first word that came to my mind to describe how I felt at the end of the weekend. Austin Powers used a better word but it is probably not PG rated. Saturday was the Inland Sea Kayakers Annual Picnic and Rodeo. I had not previously attended...

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Qajaq TC 2012

I was a Qajaq Training Camp virgin this year so knew little of what to expect. Located in the North west of Michigan, it took a little over thirteen hours to get there. The first six hours were spent driving to Milwaukee, accompanied by Tim, another resident of...

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Subtlety not strength

When you don’t have one, a forward finishing roll can seem like a huge mountain to climb. Retraining our bodies to rotate forward and not layback is a challenge for many. I learned the storm roll first. Alex taught me it in the pool a couple of winters ago. After the...

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Physical and Mental Therapy

This weekend I drove the family four hours north to Bemidji to visit the in-laws. A storm had come through recently and devastated their land, knocking down over one hundred trees (they have over 100 acres of pasture and woodland). We spent an exhausting Saturday...

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Why a shoulder-less Greenland Paddle?

Until earlier this year I have been religiously paddling with my 86b Novorca carbon fiber paddle. I recently placed an order with Ron at Novorca for a new paddle. I don’t know what its design number will be but it is going to be a remarkable paddle. It varies from my...

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Roll of the week, #13 – Rolling with hands crossed

Assuming you are successful at roll number 12, the Storm Roll, then rolling with your arms crossed becomes a very useful roll to practice. I find this roll useful not because your arms are crossed but because it decreases your dependency on heaving up on the paddle....

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