We are very pleased to announce our 2013 Pool Program with Lee’s Adventure Sports.
If you want to learn to roll or do some rescues, we look forward to seeing you on Sundays starting Jan 6, 7-9 PM.
December 13, 2012
December 3, 2012
You should head over and check out David Johnston’s rebrand of his website Paddling HQ. David has an uncanny knack for recognizing a paddling story when he sees one. In the ecosystem of paddling blogs, David is definitely our hub, he will know about something before the rest of us, even if it is a Charlie Sheen canoeing in a river of tiger’s blood type of story. It is still a canoeing story.
November 1, 2012
This video pretty well nails surfing the great lakes in a storm. Music by radiohead. Courtesy of Tom Deater.
October 29, 2012
This short video of sea kayak surfing on the west coast. The on deck camera doesn’t do full justice to the wave, luckily there is a shore based cam that caught the scale and speed of the ride. The paddler, from THR does a nice job of grabbing a down the line run in the top of the wave, he get’s unlucky on a close out at the end of the wave and is tossed top to bottom. I have been trying to do some filming of the control you can maintain in the top of the wave vs. the bottom. Pacific coast waves always help.
My other notice is the speed he picks up prior to the kayak beginning to plane. So often paddlers let waves catch them and throw them, rather than the reverse.
October 29, 2012
It was around this time last year when a young man made a very poor choice. Above is a graphic representation of all hell breaking loose. Winds exceeding 30 knots, and waves in excess of fifteen feet.
John Milton picturing Satan’s first view of hell,
Into this wild Abyss/ The womb of Nature, and perhaps her grave–/ Of neither sea, nor shore, nor air, nor fire,/ But all these in their pregnant causes mixed/ Confusedly, and which thus must ever fight,/ Unless the Almighty Maker them ordain/ His dark materials to create more worlds,–/ Into this wild Abyss the wary Fiend/ Stood on the brink of Hell and looked a while,/ Pondering his voyage; for no narrow frith/ He had to cross.
October 24, 2012
After my trip in Pukaskwa I thought I would throw up these thoughts on the flagship of the Tiderace fleet, the Xcite. It lives in perpetuity in our review section,
we have added a new Tiderace Xcite Review.
October 19, 2012
Due to the unrelenting and unbearable angst of our participants and friends, we have made our Gales Custom Tee-Shirt and Hoody available for order on the Gales Storm Gathering Website.
The hoody and tee design comes courtesy of Shawna Franklin of Body Boat Blade in Orca Island Washington. Shawna has been an inveterate print maker and artist with charcoal, watercolor and drawing for a long time. After the popularity of last years design, we asked Shawna to make a custom 2012 Gales Design. My friend Bryn Boulter from Biggs-Gilmore helped us design the layout and lettering for the shirt and off we went. We offered them in classic black with white lettering for our trend-setting crowd. A deep and pithy quote from the inimitable Signor Neruda is on the chest pocket area reads, “I need the sea, because it teaches me” should impress your friends with your knowledge of world literature and prose. You will be the talk of the town, no matter what town you are in.
Picture yourself sipping a soy decaf latte at a Northern Michigan gas station where deer feed, hunting knives and turkey jerky are sold, being able to quote a Chilean Poet to your Speedway attendant, pretty cool huh?
The Tee-Shirts are $27.00 All shipping costs are covered in USA
The Hoodies are $41.00 All shipping costs are covered in USA.
Custom Prints on signed, limited edition, original linoleum block prints, hand-printed by Shawna Franklin on archival paper with a black backing, and wrapped in plastic. Up to 20 are available cost $87.00 All proceeds go to the artist.
October 16, 2012
This is a guest post from Alec and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin of Have Kayaks Will Travel My thanks to them for posting this article here on Go Kayak Now. Editor: Keith Wikle
“Let’s be careful,” Leon Somme said as he left for the beach. “It’s getting dark and we’ve been out all day.” We had finished a full day of coaching at The Gales, and the tide race next to the Rock Island Lodge was rocking. “We’ll be back in 20 minutes,” Alec shouted over his shoulder.
Keith Wikle set off in his surf kayak; Leon and Alec Bloyd-Peshkin followed in their sea kayaks, riding the current from the Michipicoten River into the surf. Shawna and Sharon, having already taken hot showers, stood with cameras on the rocks above the race.
On Keith’s first ride, a breaking wave tumbled his boat and imploded his spray deck. With a boat full of water, he paddled to the sand spit, but when we got out near the dumping beach, he was pulled into the current.
Leon and Alec paddled over to help. With exposed hands in cold water and air, Keith was at first unable to keep his grip on Leon’s deck lines, Alec’s end toggle or his own boat.
The surf capsized Alec twice; be rolled up just as Keith established a solid grip on Leon’s end toggle.
Leon made slow progress toggle-towing a swimmer and a swamped boat against current. Alec clipped in to Leon’s deck lines for an in-line tow, and the three made for the eddy behind the sand spit.
Part of the way there, Alec felt his tow belt loosening. Soon it came off and dangled from Leon’s front deck lines. The three made it into the eddy, where they were able to deposit Keith on the sand spit, empty the boat, and remove and stow the tow belt. It had been only about 20 minutes since they left for the beach, but it felt like a lot more.
We decided to write about this incident because it reminded us of the need to practice rescues in all the varied conditions we paddle in so that when they occur, they aren’t as stressful. Stress leads to tunnel vision and mistakes, and makes the already complicated process of coordinating a rescue that much more difficult. Equipment malfunctions are often caused by small oversights, such as failing to check that a buckle is fully closed (as happened to Alec). Through practice we can work out the kinks, find what works best (and what doesn’t) and learn how to effectively coordinate with others. When the conditions become dynamic and the consequences to a failed rescue are real, it is helpful to be able to draw upon the experience gained from controlled practice. As coaches, we focus on making our strokes “demonstration quality” and performing them in all conditions with grace and style. We think the same should be true of all we do on the water, including our towing and rescues.
So many things went well in this scenario. Three paddlers were together and looking out for each other. Communication was good in spite of the noise caused by the wind and waves. Everyone had the boat handling skills necessary to accomplish a rescue. And yet, some things went wrong. Looking back, we’re convinced that regular rescue practice, including practice in dynamic conditions — the kinds of situations when nobody really wants to practice rescues — makes real rescues like this far less stressful and, ultimately, more successful. –Sharon & Alec Bloyd-Peshkin
October 15, 2012
Beautiful video on Northeast surfing. I echo these sentiments about the Northeast, but for the great lakes. I love where I live, and love that I can get some unsalted waves when the storms roll through in oct.
October 2, 2012
Totally exciting news on the Tiderace front. 4 New models from Tiderace. You can check out the full details from Tiderace on their website. There is a bit more beauty info in this Finnish dealer workbook as well.
The short of this is that Tiderace can finally crack the poly boat market and grab some more intro level paddlers with their stellar Vortex Poly play the sea range. Further, the new Xtra will be an LV model which I know a lot of midwest folks in my area are stoked to grab onto.
The fitness boats, the Pace, continues to grab attention as more and more paddlers get into paddling for fitness and racing, the Pace series of kayaks has an exciting range of opportunities with three sizes of fitness boats. The Pace 18-21 looks pretty darn sweet.
I look forward to demoing these kayaks soon.
We will have the existing models up @ the Gales Storm Gathering.