Not just another “Kayak Night” at Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club—special guest and good pal, Luke (aka kayakhipster), presents a show-and-tell about traditional paddling and its “downside,” rolling. The audience is transfixed. Including this guy (can you name him? Please tell us!):
While you’re down there, fetch me a bunker?
Birds’ eye view?
Post-Thanksgiving sends most folks into a shopping frenzy. We prefer a different sort of free-for-all—especially when the water’s a balmy 51°F and the air a record-breaking 63°F. “If I’m not up in 20 minutes, call a plumber!” shouted Jerry, tightening his tuilik. (Click for videos.)
Behind Jerry is tiny Columbia (as in Columbia Broadcasting System) Island, and (still under construction) the only private island residence off the coast of NYC. The topic of a future post…as soon as we learn that forward-finishing roll. 🙂
Late summer fun and homage to Kayak Hipster’s “Flipped-Over Fridays”… David tests his new Rockpool Isel (it’s marvelous from every angle) while Felix entertains the crowd at Cockenoe Island near Westport, CT. (Click for video)
More photos from the 8/8 Sea Kayak Connecticut tour (click for slideshow) 🙂
Oh, to be able to roll as effortlessly as this… Below, our friend Gwen tries out her new Water Field Kayaks Mosquito, a Greenland style qajaq that’s built to roll (just like Gwen). Click for video (NOTE: this soundtrack is entirely at odds with Gwen’s sweet disposition!)
This week’s TBD (“To Be Done”): Ask Gwen to teach us some forward finishing rolls at the lake this summer, where mosquitos actually do want to suck your blood.
Jean tries her tuilik on for the first time. She is thrilled. Floyd (left) is oblivious.
Sorry, Ralph Lauren. But this is the new “it” thing for winter. Jean’s made-to-measure tuilik has finally arrived! Just in time for seal-hunting season (Greenland) and indoor-pool rolling practice at the YWCA (Greenwich).
A tuilik is an Inuit invention. Traditionally, it’s a sealskin garment that seals the paddler into their kayak via strings that are pulled tightly around the wrists and face and cockpit to create watertight seals. (A record number of “seals” in one sentence!)
Jean’s new Reed Chillcheater tuilik, by contrast, is polyurethane/polyester Aquatherm versus seal epidermis. But, like the original article, it keeps cold water out of your ears (important) and is so insulating that you quickly become Your Own Personal Steam Sauna. As the manufacturer’s website says, “it’s like having a paddle jacket, spray skirt and hood all rolled into one!”
Speaking of rolling, a tuilik also adds an element of buoyancy. Click arrow for video (1/10/15 at Greenwich pool; film credits to Jorge for swimming all over the deep end with camera!):
You know you want one! Order your own made-to-measure tuilik through the Kayakways online store.
Jean achieves rolling zen and facial zinc.
As advertised, a new day. With warm mid-70s temps, mild wind and a bright sunny attitude: become one with the sweep roll. (Make that two—you do want to get both sides.) Today, PFD-less Jean “found her float” and “became one with the paddle” (i.e., upon capsizing, she squared her shoulders to the water, looked at the sky, engaged her waterside leg while dropping her head back, then “swept” the paddle blade firmly but lightly as if flinging a Frisbee, and used her core muscles to slide onto the now-upturned back deck. 20 times both sides. Omm.)
Here are a few of today’s moments of Southern zen, including Jean’s sweep roll, plus sights and sounds of Tybee:
Tomorrow’s goal—rolling with an un-extended paddle and an element of surprise (i.e., “finding the set-up position”). And “finding a cold one” to enjoy on this here porch. Goodnight, y’all! 🙂
Alex likes to say, “Life is non-linear.” And guess what? Learning to roll is no exception. Just because you had success on both sides yesterday doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll simply pick up where you left off today. You might start overthinking your pivot hand, which can make you forget you even have legs that should be driving the kayak upright, and where should my [name of body part here] be now? thoughts come flooding in with the tide.
No worries—just review the basics. A lot. See the two video clips below, featuring Cheri and Turner and lots of Tybee sand:
So….Jean’s to-do list for tomorrow: 1) “find her float,” sans lifejacket, 2) keep her pivot hand on her pivot shoulder instead of pushing the paddle away or down or who-knows-where, and 3) scull for support. Tonight’s to-do, however: Remember that “tomorrow is another day.” (Pictures below from this evening, Thursday 10/16, Tybee Island, GA).