Wednesday, March 31, 2010
If you don't already know about it, try this site. It is a compilation of several blogs from all over the world. Many are in foreign (to English speakers) languages. I wish I could read them all. Of particular interest to me are the boats I see there but cannot research because I do not know what they are. Click on the title above and give it a try.
On another note: The zoological tests were a success (see yesterday's post0. I am negotiating (read: begging) for the use of at least one picture from the test.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
It involves wind and
Water and unexpected animals,
Monday, March 29, 2010
Home Field AdvantageNo matter how often you paddle or how many places you visit, there is usually one place where you most often launch and paddle. We have such an area here at South Shore where, due to low water, there is a small beach protected by a break water.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Day of RestIt is not an accident that most belief systems advocate for a day of rest, or Sabbath, as part of a healthy life style. Whether observed on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, a day away from one's usual work and stress helps rejuvenate mind, body and soul, and it makes sense on physiological, medical and spiritual levels.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Faces and Sights
CanoecopiaThere have been some heavy discussions and responses of late, especially to the question on speed v. length of water line. BTW: to follow up on yesterday's post, I went out with the Cetus with a Greenland paddle and never experienced an easier or faster paddle.That narrow beam ahead of the hips is made for a traditional stroke. Better than a SOF...but I digress. Here are some things that I found of note, interesting or just eye-catching at the big show: First, the testers...
And, some faces you will recognize (and some you won't):
Hint: He is an instructor from Wisconsin
Sam (Marquette, MI)
Hint: Another Wisconsin instructor
And, finally (for today, at least), the most beautiful face I never saw.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The Learning Curve
Mixed into all of this was my obsession with longer and longer paddles (?shaft envy). I had, in the past, gone from a 220 to a 230 low angle blade and was thinking it worked better. In any event, I began to change things recently.
Danny always told me to use a shorter paddle. So what? I mean just because he lives and breathes paddles doesn't mean he knows it all. I added this to everything I've seen Ben Lawry do. Finally, yesterday, I really took a look at the boat. As you can see in the picture, it is narrow just ahead of the cockpit, especially where the blades enter the water. Would it not make sense that the most efficient stroke would be right along the beam of the boat? Yes!
So, I took my 210 high angle paddle out with me yesterday and put the 220 low angle on the deck as a spare. (Maybe now would be a good time to confess that I had talked to the folks at Rutabaga about testing out some 215 high angle paddles). Out I went paddling into a NE wind and into the outer harbor where there was a 1-2 foot confused chop. All the while I concentrated on good form and keeping the blade close to the hull. Then out the gap onto open water where it was rolling 3-4 feet with a few breakers. All this time, mind you, I am adjusting the skeg to match the direction of the wind. Then I looked at the blades as I paddled ( I know, that's a no-no, but this was a scientific experiment that required observation. But I digress). I wanted to be sure I was burying the blades and noted that I was, indeed. In fact, I was putting a bit too much of the shaft under the surface.
I still plan to go to 'baga to try out paddles, but it will be a shorter (205) high angle one I will be interested in testing. So, there it is, the learning curve. Can you believe how much smarter my boat is now?
Monday, March 22, 2010
Canoecopia ProductsI saw some new products this year, some good and some just interesting. This is not an endorsement of any of them, however, I did take home a 3-boat Suspenz storage rack. The "lip" of the rack lays flat. When you put the weight of the boat onto the strap the lip is pulled vertical. You then connect the safety strap.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Off to Dallas tomorrow to lecture. Hope to post next Monday.
Dispute Resolution @ CanoecopiaJB is going off on.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Do You Know This Man?
(take another look)University of Seakayaking booth that I reasoned, it must beWayne Horodowich. And it was.
I reintroduced myself and asked what had happened to change his appearance.He explained (remember, he has a backround in exercise physiology, but I digress) that about a year ago he decided to lose 90 pounds. Using an i phone app that keeps track of his caloric intake, he exercised and lost about 2 pounds each week up until he reached his goal. Incredible.
He states that he feels great and is never hungry (he does drink Diet Dr. Pepper, but I digress...again).
Just one of the interesting things I came across at Canoecopia.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Really Big Show
I have to mention the fantastic staff at Rutabaga (again). They really took care of business. They went beyond competent and, much to my delight, gave wonderful good old-fashioned customer service.
Moving on, the show had the usual suspects including the now famous U-tube star.