Kayak exhibition in Malmö
Sunday, May 20, 2007, 8 comments
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.
Nigel´s class in rain on saterday morning. Sold out of course - not everyday you can learn paddle technics from Nigel Foster in the canals of Malmö.
Petrus Kajak´s display tent with a bunch of brand new strip kayaks – my old and worn ones were outshined as exhibition pieces and were deported to the float as test objects. After lunch the rain clouds vanished and we had sun for the rest of the day.
Ram Silval on his way for a demonstration.
Nigel and Ram handles their kayaks superbly – one in two dimensione, the other in three.
A few in the audience, having seen a 6 ft Ram Silval with his kayak on land, expressed some concern over how he found room for his legs in that tiny kayak - to which Ram have been known to answer that one leg could be folded into the front of the kayak, the other into the back.
Time for my short talk on the benefits and fun in rolling prior to demonstrating the same thing on water.
A couple of handrolls is an obvious part of a greenland rolling demonstration - in retrospect it may be noted that the water in the pics looks a lot cleaner than it does close up (or in) and in real life. And luckily not even new digital technique can convey the smell...
Sun from a clear blue sky and hot during sunday - and most of the test kayaks were on the water most of the time. My Black Pearl on its way.
Thanks, KajakEvent for a very nice arrangement.