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News from May, 2007

Återkallade paddelflottörer i USA

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 återkallar i samråd med tillverkaren och med omedelbar verkan 1000 paddelflottörer av märket NRS på grund av drunkningsrisk.

Är det måhända ett inlägg i debatten om prylbaserad vs kompetensbaserad säkerhet? Nej, det var elakt. Jag tar tillbaka…

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Euro Paddle Pass

EPP

The new competence classing system for Europe have been published in part. It covers six color-graded levels: white, yellow, green, blue, red and black (the first, white, is an optional discovery level, with very little "competence" involved) and will in time cover all paddling disciplines.

Available now are:

  • General Information on the EPP Awards
  • Level 1 and 2 (All disciplines)
  • White Water Kayak (Levels 3-5)
  • Canoe (Levels 3-5)
  • Sea Kayak (Levels 3-5)
  • Nordic Sea Kayak (Levels 3-5) - somewhat curiosly this seems to be about Scandinavian K1-trainer class

Descriptions of the instructor levels are missing - an agreements on this has not been reached yet. Missing are also descriptions of marathon, sprint, multisport etc.

Someone notice a similarity to the BCU system? Not surpricing since the BCU have been an important advisor for this project.

Here is the link to the EPP site. There you will find most about the system, the disciplines and the levels. It is a work-in-progress though. Some parts are missing, a few links does not lead to the expected etc. And the site is a formidable horror from a designers view – not many of the outdated obsolete practices from the early primitive web pages are missing - not one of this centurys advances have been employed. I am in shock!

Nevertheless it will be interesting to see what impact this will have and how it will be used.

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Summer again…

The car a few meters from the launching

27 deg C, blazing sun, no wind and 18 deg in the shallow waters of Salviken – it doesn´t get much more summer at our latitude. I took a brake in the writing job (an article on kayak building for a swedish magazine) and a trip to the waterfront. A short workout and some rolling, as usual - in Njord for a change. I felt Njord needed some warming up before the longer tours of the coming months.

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Black Pearl - small

A tiny Black Pearl

A new Black Pearl emerged from a workshop in Stockholm recently – the result of a rolling class a couple of years ago. No sea trials yet. The new pearl is small: 481x44 cm.

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Kavat in Finland

Olles new Kavat

Hi Björn

a couple of pics from the launching of my Kavat.

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John´s White Pearl?

John´s White Pearl

A week ago John March took command of a new "White" Pearl, built by Dan Caouette (CSFW). A couple of sea trials later…

Hi All,

After five or six test paddles, I finally got the outfitting mostly worked out today and immediately had standard layback, shotgun and butterfly rolls plus the balance brace working almost effortlessly onside and offside plus the kayak is now readily controllable with subtle movement from the hips. Next issue: how to keep water out of the cockpit, and after that it is on to the throwing stick and forward finishing rolls. Can't wait for the BIK symposium!

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Kajaksurf 9-10 juni

Klitmøller strand

Jag har då och då gnällt över att det sällan blir riktigt bra surfvågor här - Danmark ligger ivägen och tar alla dyning. Vi får hålla tillgodo med små vassa vindvågor, och att det alltid blåser småspik när man skall surfa.

Nu finns chansen att rätta till detta - åtminstone för en liten stund.

Goa surfvågor

Danska kanot- och kajakförbundet bjuder in till surf, lek i vågor och gemyt vid Klitmøller på Jyllands västsida (strax söder om Hanstholm) - Danmarks Surfers Paradise. I rätt förhållanden rullar tung dyning in och bryter mäktigt vid den långgrunda stranden.

Här är inbjudan och anmälningsblankett med lite fylligare information om hur, när och var…

Bilder från kajakäventyr i Klitmøller: Århus havkajakklubb och Gkf - och Gkf igen.

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Launching in Denmark

En ny dansk Black Pearl

From Peter Madsen:

Hello Björn.

This sunday was official launching day in the kayak club "Malik" in Faaborg on Fyn. A beautiful day in perfect weather. Some 40 kayaks appeared, 18 of them new after a winter of building efforts. Most were SOF:s. One had a glass plate in the bottom.

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A Njord from Finland - and then some...

Mail and pics from Kristian Wessman

Hello from Kari´s Finland!

Njord

Kristian Wessman thanks for the Njord! My wife is very satisfied with it. All tha we need now is a two-seater and a kayak for my daughter. The three kayaks in the pic below are Kristian Wessman´s Black Pearl, Nicklas Perander´s Black Pearl och Nina Wessman´s Njord.

Black Pearl and Njord

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Kayak exhibition in Malmö

Kayak exhibition in Malmö

This weekend was the first kayak exhibition in Malmö (as far as I know). KajakEvent was the initiator and a lot of retailers had answered the call – approx 70 kayaks could be examined and tried on the water, plus paddles, gear, apparel et al. Nigel Foster conducted paddling classes saterday morning, and showed advanced kayak manoevering a couple of times during the afternoon, Ram Silval from Nepal showed tricks in a white water kayak both days and also a new, not even yet released, film from his decent in a white water kayak from Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal: "Source to sea" - and on sunday I talked about rolling as part of a safety strategy in sea kayaking and demonstrated a number of greenland style rolls, as opposed to the white-water-rolls that is often practised also in sea kayaks. I think it went well, despite traffic background noice in the first part, and enduring water of very dubious quality (the canal through downtown Malmö) in the second.

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Photo weather

Launching in Lommaa

What was supposed to be a short practice run in drizzling rain (according to the weather forecasts) turned out to be a nice tour in magnificient weather - with the camera in the hands almost as much as the paddle. Launching in Lomma as often, some rolling outside the beach – discovered that Warren Williamson´s fluid roll in the film clip, was actually quite easy – and a short workout trip along the beach to Bjärred.

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Kajakmässa i Malmö

På lördag-söndag är som jag tidigare nämnt kajakmässa i Malmö. Det är KajakEvent som arrangerar och det kommer att finnas mycket kajaker och annan utrustning att prova plus lite annat smått och gott: Nigel Foster har uppvisning och håller lektioner i kajakhantering och Ram Silval från Nepal visar vad man kan hitta på i en forskajak. Min medverkan är dels att tillsammans med Petrus Kajak visa stripkajaker och hur man bygger sådana – flera olika modeller finns att prova – och dels att prata om och visa säkerhet baserad på roll (eskimåsväng) och stödtag. Det senare blir en kort inledning om rollens plats i modernt säkerhetstänkande, fördelarna med grönländsk roll jämfört med den som vanligtvis lärs ut, och till sist en demo i kanalen nedanför mässområdet.

Platsen är Bastion Uppsala, mittemot KajakEvents affär vid Norra Vallgatan. Tiderna är 11-17 på lördag och 11-16 på söndag med min roll- och säkerhetsdemo kl 14 på söndag.

Mer info på KajakEvents sajt.

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Bilddata på sajten

Bilddata

Jag har fått lite frågor och kommentarer om mina vinjettbilder. Därför har jag lagt in lite bilddata som title-tag i den slumpgenererade vinjettbilden - vilket helt enkelt betyder att om du håller musmarkören över bilden så visas en liten skylt som berättar var bilden är tagen och vem som tagit den.

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Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar

Från Henri kom ett tips om en virkesleverantör som specialiserat sig på Western Red Cedar och ett par andra importerade träslag med god rötbeständighet. I USA är WRC vanligt för kajakbygge och i paddlar, dels beroende på bra egenskaper (rötbeständighet, låg vikt, trivsam rödbrun färg och tämligen kvistfritt) men också för att ceder är ett ganska billigt konstruktionsvirke, i ungefär samma nisch som gran här. I Sverige är ceder ett dyrt importerat virke, som mest används för obehandlade eller oljade husfasader. Enstaka kajaker och paddlar byggs i ceder även här, men då mest beroende på att byggaren uppskattar färgen och den relativa friheten från kvistar.

Jämfört med gran är ceder lättare, mörkare och har färre kvistar, men saknar en del av granens seghet och styrka och är ömtåligare i ytan. Slipdammet från ceder kan också irritera luftvägarna och ge astmaliknande symptom.

Titta in på Cederträ Väst med butiker på Särö och i Hammenhög i Skåne.

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Kaimaranen provad…

provtur

Den vattenmoppe som utvecklats på KTH och som jag nämnde i en tidigare notis har nu fått sin första provtur – i form av en enkel prototyp, långt ifrån de snitsiga linjer som den färdiga Kaimaranen är tänkt att få. Här är en artikel och ett bildspel från Ny Teknik.

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Dubside igen…

Dubside

Jag har haft anledning att nämna Dubside i olika sammanhang tidigare, men om någon, detta till trots, ändå är obekant med honom och hans remarkabla prestationer i kajaker och på rep, finns denna lilla korta videopresentation (egentligen en trailer för hans DVD om repgymnastik)

Tipset från Kayak Building Bulletin Board forum. Dubside har naturligtvis en egen sajt med mycket mer info.

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Hold your breath a little longer?

Holding breath?

A kayak builder on the first steps towards a reliable roll asked if a had any advice on learning to hold your breath a little longer. The reason for asking was that he could only do one or sometimes two failed rolls before running out of oxygene. He suggested this as a topic for the blog (thanks Jim!).

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Qajaqträff i Stockholm 26-27 maj.

Qajaq Sverige

Qajaq Sverige anordnar en träff för alla som är intresserade av traditionell paddling och traditionella kajaker. Plats är Scoutkårens anläggning på Ägnö strax söder om Saltsjöbaden och tältplats, vindskydd eller stugor finns att tillgå, plus bastu på en angränsande ö. Mer om träffen på Qajaq Sveriges webbsajt som efter lite tekniska problem åter är igång och uppdateras.

Qajaq Sverige kommer också att finnas med på Kajakdagarna vid Sjöhistoriska Museet 12-13 maj med bland annat rolluppvisningar.

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A silent flexible baidarka

A silent flexible baidarka

Harvey Golden just published (Qajaqusa ) a report on his new baidarka. Interesting is that he through x-rays (George Dyson, Joseph Lubischer and Chris Cunningham) and close up pics from inside the hulls of museum kayaks have been able to duplicate the aleutic hunters sophisticated use of bone and baleen in the joints of the hull to increase the flexibility and silence the joints - such noice might scare the hunted mammals. More on Harvey´s site.

Looking forward to reports from the kayaks performance at sea…

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Högsommar i maj...

Stranden vid Lernacken

Högsommar i början av maj? Global warming? En lugn tur till Bunkeflo och en lång paus i gassande sol. Havet medelhavsblått över den vita kalksanden nedanför Lernacken.

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Navigation class...

Navigation class with slide show

Yesterday I wound up my navigations- and metheorology class at KajakEvent in Malmö. Two sessions, three hours each, concentrating on what can be done without any special equipment but a compass and a chart, and using fingers, arms, the paddle, the kayak to fix your position, calculate currents etc and with a little theory on map projections, maps/charts, compasses, interactions with ships, signals, wheather systems and predictions...

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A new Njord in Dalarna

Hazze´s new Njord

Hazze in Falun launched his new Njord in lake Runn.

"Hi Björn.
The Njord is finished and tried at sea and glides easier and is a little tippier than my Kavat. I am very satisfied with the design. The deck is stained, the hull just clearcoated fir from a nearby saw.
regards
Hazze in Falun"

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Black Pearl in Norway

Pål in BP

From Pål Gustad i Norway came a mail with these pics and report. The pics are so nice that I did not like having to reduce them to fit the site. Therefore click on the pics to see then in a larger size (and "back" to get back to the news page). Photographer: Tage Solberg.

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Black Pearl SOF again...

Sof-pearl in process

In Belgium Erik van Woerkens is transforming Black Pearl to a SOF - as Freya Hoffmeister and Magnus Åström before him. Pics and building reports on his site.

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A tiny Black Pearl

a tiny pearl

Official premier on lake Sommen i southern Sweden with one of the smallest Black Pearls I have designed – 480x45 cm – and a happy owner for the first time in a perfectly sized kayak.

The unoffficial launching took place in a pool at a technique and rescue class a couple of weeks ago - where Cajsa demonstrated that she can competently roll her tiny kayak. Petrus (with Petrus Kayaks in Tranås) built the kayak with Cajsa assisiting.

I can imagine one or two paddling girls and boys around being a little envious.

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