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7 Good Reasons for Taking Up a Paddling Challenge

August 28, 2017 – 9:56 pm | Comments Off on 7 Good Reasons for Taking Up a Paddling Challenge

I am sorting my old blog posts and moving some of them into a new format. This one was originally posted almost 10 years ago on October 11, 2007.

It is good to read time to time a motivational article. Dawn Stewart (WaterTribe’s SandyBottom) in …

Midwest Kayak and Canoe Racing?

February 17, 2013 – 7:59 pm | Comments Off on Midwest Kayak and Canoe Racing?

Joe Mann (aka Dark Horse Paddler in racing circles) is developing a new website devoted to Midwest kayak and canoe racing. He asked me about my view of Midwest paddling racing. What is Midwest paddle racing?
Midwest …
The region consists of 12 states …

4th Annual Dillon Lake Challenge – August 5, 2012

July 22, 2012 – 9:42 pm | Comments Off on 4th Annual Dillon Lake Challenge – August 5, 2012

More information from Frisco Rowing Center at Lake Dillon

Related posts:
9 Pictures from Paddling Lake Dillon, Colorado – Mountains, Sails and Dead Forest
Paddling in the Rain – Dillon Lake in Colorado Rocky Mountains
November Paddling at 9,000 feet – Dillon Lake in Summit County, Colorado

3 Kayaks: JKK Supernova, WSBS Thunderbolt-X and Sisson Nucleus 100

November 7, 2011 – 12:23 am | Comments Off on 3 Kayaks: JKK Supernova, WSBS Thunderbolt-X and Sisson Nucleus 100

I am still testing Jeremy’s JKK Supernova, a racing sea kayak from New Zealand. I did a couple of 5-7 mile runs on the Horsetooth Reservoir in a winter scenery including pretty windy conditions. Paddling was much drier than it would in my Thunderbolt kayak. The Supernova feels much more comfortable with my bumfortable foam seat. However, for a better comfort, I would have to trim the seat hangers as I did in my Thunderbolt.

I shot a few pictures of the Supernova together with Thundebolt-X kayak designed by Doug Bushnell from West Side Boat Shop. Supernova appears to be a few inches shorter than Thunderbolt, but much wider, and has much higher volume. Thunderbolt cockpit is placed more forward than in Supernova. I am going to measure these kayaks by myself. Data listed by manufactures are not very accurate.

Next, I added Sisson Nucleus 100, a multisport kayak from New Zealand, to the picture for a reference. I like that Grahame Sisson is specifying the sizes of cockpit opening for his kayaks.

These three kayaks have very different cockpits:
– Sisson Nucleus: a very roomy cockpit with a small opening (shorter than Supernova), but quite wide, tiller bar steering
– Thunderbolt: a long open cockpit, tiller bar steering,
– JKK Supernova: a roomy cockpit, but a very narrow opening, sea kayak fit, pedal steering

One Year of Kayak and Canoe Racing Magazine

January 15, 2010 – 4:47 pm | One Comment

Dan Grubbs just released the 6th Issue (January/February 2010) of Canoe and Kayak Racing Magazine. So, it has been already one year. Congratulations!

There is a lot on paddling and virtual racing using ergometers in this winter issue the including incoming US Indoor Kayak Championships in Oklahoma City.

I don’t really have a room of kayak ergometer in my house, so I would have to use it outside … I prefer to drive to the South Platte River for some cold water paddling. Fortunately, the river is still flowing while everything else in northern Colorado is frozen.

You will also find an interview with an outrigger canoe champion, Karel Tresnak, Jr, and more on the ICF women’s canoe program. Rob Bean, my local paddling partner, talks about Passion in the Paddle – how to turn your race into more meaningful experience by using it to raise funds for charity.

Previous issues:
March/April 2009, May/June 2009, July/August 2009, September/October 2009, November/December 2010

Starting Winter Paddling and Racing Season on the South Platte River

December 31, 2009 – 5:21 pm | One Comment

Yesterday, I finally started my winter paddling season on the South Platte River.

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