A visit from the bog monster

This weekend a bog came visiting and bumped into our dock then our neighbors.I tied my tow rope onto some of the reeds.And started to paddleAnd PaddleAnd paddle,Until the bog was well down wind of our beach and able to drift into the reed banks at the south west end...

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An analysis of 2010 USCG Kayak incident statistics

The full document can be found here I have done my best to extract all the relevant data for Kayak paddlers.52 people died and 34 people reported injuries in kayak incidents.6 deaths and 3 reported injuries occurred in rented kayaks.The peak age range for deaths was...

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What do you give the man who has everything?

I am fortunate to have a good income, and a wife with a great income. And even more fortunate that my wife seems (still) to be understanding about my need for kayak accessories. This year foir my birthday I was treated to several excellent additions:Number one gift...

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Birthday paddling

We celebrated my 42nd birthday with a weekend at our Cabin on Spring Lake. Paddling numerous times. We collectively took a trip up the creek that feeds the West side of the lake. It was great to see how much stronger our girls have become in the past year, they both...

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Minnesota kayaker dies in Apostle Islands

Reported today in the Duluth News Tribune: "An afternoon kayaking trip by four friends in the Apostle Islands turned tragic Tuesday after waves put two — one of whom died — in the water. Authorities are not releasing the kayakers’ names pending notification of family....

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Qajaq Rolls is dedicated to passing on the traditional art of Greenland kayaking. Greenland kayak rolling can be a relaxing, yoga-like exercise. Rolling is also a tremendously valuable self-rescue technique, and should be the go-to recovery for any serious kayaker. Greenland kayak rolls are steeped in the history of the Inuit people, whose very survival depended upon their ability to roll up and recover while hunting. But Greenland kayaking encompasses much more than just rolling, qajaq building, paddle carving, throwing the harpoon and rope gymnastics are just some of the many skills that make up this ancient subsistence culture. If you are interested in learning more about all aspects of Greenland kayaking consider supporting Qajaq USA and Qaannat Katuffiat:

Qajaq USA is a nonprofit membership organization that is officially recognized by Qaannat Kattuffiat (The Greenland Kayaking Association). Qajaq USA is committed to supporting Qaannat Kattuffiat and their efforts to preserve, study and promote the traditions and techniques of Greenland kayaking while seeking to further the appreciation and development of Greenland-style kayaking in the United States.
Please consider joining Qajaq USA and supporting the organizations efforts.

If you are looking to prepare yourself your equipment and then learn your first roll please follow this link to a series of articles put together to help people get started: Getting your first roll. Nothing beats in person training, especially one-on-one training. If you are looking for mentoring check out the Qajaq USA Events where you can become immersed in the culture of traditional paddling.

Free Guidebook and DVD

Rolling with Sticks® started as a project to document the progress I was making as I learned the different Greenland style kayak rolls. This work evolved into the water proof guidebook and DVD. The project has paid for the costs of production so I decided to make them freely available for download in English, español – Spanish and 中文 – Chinese. Please download and share them with your paddling friends, and help to promote the art of Greenland rolling.