TC Surfski Immersion, Day 1 (6/2): Just when you thought your forward stroke was solid… Oscar Chalupsky, 12x Molokai Champion and CEO of Nelo Surfski takes the ultra-light composite stage at Hilltop Lodge’s living room. Click video for tips on catch, power, and take-out. (Just add water):
More photos from TC Surfski weekend are here. Click for slideshow:
Coaches L to R: Nick Murray, Rob Hartman, Erik Borgnes, Oscar Chalupsky, Greg Greene
Paul, Marcus, and their surfski fleet
Paul couldn’t decide which of his skis to bring, so he brought them all!
Grand Traverse Bay, seen from Hilltop Lodge
A study of water, fog, clouds: Grand Traverse Bay
Um, did we mention we have a surfski? “Surfskis” are featherweight sit-on-top racing yaks designed to scream downwind on ocean swells…provided you can paddle a balance beam. To get the basic idea, click for video:
Therein lies the challenge. So last weekend, Jean joined 22+ other paddlers in Traverse City, Michigan—way north, the 45th parallel—for the 5th Annual TC Surfski Immersion Weekend. Three glorious days (newbies welcome!) with the illustrious Oscar Chalupsky, 12x Molokai Champion and CEO of Nelo Surfskis (yep, same waterman in the video, above).
The surfski is officially in our lives. But we promise never to use the word “stoked!” Even if we’re flying along at double-digits. Stay tuned for a series of rather technical posts from 1 Girl Geek @ 10+ Knots. 🙂 🙂
April showers bring May flowers and hundreds of racers (Jean included) to the Run of the Charles, Boston’s premier paddling race and signature event of the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA). Wanna win? Bring your “wing” — and a pair of geek engineers (Alex and bro, Curt, mechanical and aerospace, respectively) to explain:
Enough with the orbital mechanics! Gimme that paddle, the race is starting!
Six miles, 1:10:28 and one downpour later Jean crossed the finish line and sprinted for the food truck. She placed first in the Sea Kayak K1 (Women) and won the raffle! A lovely rainjacket from Charles River Apparel. (Hmmm, coulda used that earlier…) More photos from our day below 🙂 🙂
A beautiful April morning in Artesani Park
How many engineers does it take to affix a race number?
World’s best wingmen, Alex and Curt
Name of the band and probably the whole endeavor
Scorekeepers at work
We started in April and ended in “November”–brrrr!
Where’s Griet? High tide at Marshlands Conservancy. Griet takes a pic of us taking a pic through the salt marsh spartina. See more interpretations of this week’s Photo Challenge: Dense 🙂 🙂
Bea’s Avocet weathers the wintry mix. But why let a nor’easter stop you? There’s plenty to do indoors while you watch icicles melt! Like, practicing staying right-side-up in a racing kayak. We’re inspired by this video, “Core Stability and Balance Progression For Kayakers” i.e., staying atop a balance ball without smashing your head into that bigscreen TV behind you! Click for awesome video by kayaker Ivy K:
P.S. We are getting better at this… stay tuned for our own video, albeit with different music and padded surroundings. 🙂 🙂
I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
—John Masefield, Sea Fever: Selected Poems
This photo is from last summer, at Olympic National Park; Washington. Wish we were there! See more interpretations of this week’s photo challenge, Wish 🙂 🙂
May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
—Chief Dan George
See more photos from this week’s challenge: Solitude.