Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Bible Translation:

Some scholars, with the aid of grants from the BCU and ACA, have combined some obscure passages of the bible with their linguistic and newly learned kayaking and small boat knowledge. With these powerful intellectual tools, they have discovered a rare passage (where inthe bible it is will be disclosed in their upcoming paper in Sea Kayak Magazine), deals with heaven and hell...and clearly states that
evil kayakers who go to hell will be damned to eternal


Paddle safe...

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Another DVD has arrived:

Rolling With Sticks DVD and mannual have arrived, and I have had time to watch some of it. What follows are my initial impressions in no particular order:
1. It is a good quality DVD
2. It is a bit monotonous:
    over 2 dozen rolls are covered
    each is shown and voice overed with the same technique
    no one (as far as I've watched) makes eye contact with me. I gather the off camera voice belongs to the roller.
3. The underwater views are excellent. Not just under the water but way under the water looking up.
4. Most demos are in a pool which, at first, I found a little distracting but quickly ignored as I watched the roller.
5. As the DVD clearly states: This is not a means to learn your first roll. One needs to come to this presentation with a set of skill and understanding of hip snap, etc..
6. Little is addressed toward trouble shooting.
7. The student is advised to watch the tip of the paddle (stick). I am not sure this is good advise as it often leads to the shoulder on that side dipping and the paddler sinking. Looking at Father Sky might serve one better.

Over all, a worthwhile addition to the many others out there. It will be interesting to see how volume 2 evolves.

Paddle safe...

Monday, April 09, 2012

We have a winner here...

This is the Roll with Cheri Pery and Turner Wilson is spot on and one of the best pieces of such work I've seen. There is the usual good photography, etc.; but there is more to this DVD that makes it such a success.
1. It basically only covers 3 rolls and does so well without trying to teach too much.
2. The authors are excellent at their craft and (I can tell you from having met them) fine folks who love to teach.
3. Nothing is assumed. Each step and its reason is explained in a most logical sequence.
4. The trouble shooting section is an instructor's dream come true, especially with the use of split screens to show the error next to the proper way.
I cannot recommend it enough. See you (and hopefully them) at QAJAQ camp)

Paddle safe...

Sunday, April 01, 2012


 Just a pile of well cut boards and pieces, it is now a beautiful kayak. I worked overtime using fast hardener (okay, one neighbor did help out) and built the boat in record time. Off to paddle. pictures to follow.

Paddle safe...