Archive for July, 2015

Denmark and Sweden, the Nordic Tour Continues

We’re now about nine weeks into this year’s Nordic Tour, and so far it has been a wonderful summer. This year’s Rebel Kayaks supported tour began in Norway, where we had classes through the end of June. To read about that part of the tour, click HERE.

After leaving Norway, we made our way to Copenhagen, Denmark for four days of classes at Kajakhotellet. I taught Simplifying the Roll and Complicating the Roll while Mark ran a BCU 3 Star Sea training. We also ran two skills classes for the local kayaking club and a coach development workshop for the local instructors.

It was great to catch up with Anders at Kajakhotellet.

It was great to catch up with Anders at Kajakhotellet.

While we were in Copenhagen summer arrived, and we had clear blue skies and calm water for the rolling classes.

While we were in Copenhagen the weather shifted and summer arrived. We had clear blue skies and calm water, which was perfect for the rolling classes.

Participants worked on lots of different types of rolls.

Participants worked on lots of different types of rolls.

Mark talks about strokes with the local kayaking club.

Mark talks about strokes with the local kayaking club.

We also worked with balance.

We also worked with balance.

Just one way to cool off on a beautiful summer day.

Just one way to cool off on a beautiful summer day.

We also played some towing games, which involved balance and singing.

We also played some towing games, which included balance and singing.

There were lots of smiles during the Instructor Development Workshop.

There were lots of smiles during the coach development workshop.

While we were in Copenhagen, we took the opportunity to go to the Natural History Museum and marvel at the incredible kayak display.

While we were in Copenhagen, we took the opportunity to go to the Natural History Museum of Denmark and marvel at their incredible Inuit display.

Traditional Greenland kayaks.

The traditional Greenland kayaks display is phenomenal.

This well decorated norsaq was one of many.

This well decorated norsaq was one of many.

Of course, there were harpoons as well.

Of course, there were harpoons as well.

And the paddles are fun to look at.

And lots of paddles.

After leaving Copenhagen, we made our way to Sweden for classes in Grebbestad, Stockholm and Mora.

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It was great to see Mats at the Kajak Center, located in Grebbestad.

In Grebbestad we had two days of Simplifying the Roll, and both days started with yoga.

Participants warmed up with Yoga for Paddlers before heading out onto the water for Simplifying the Roll.

A Balance Brace is born.

Throughout the two days in Grebbestad we worked on all types of rolls. Here a participant cools off with the Balance Brace.

A roll is born.

A roll is born.

Grebbestad is an absolutely gorgeous location and well worth a visit if you're on the west coast of Sweden.

Grebbestad is an absolutely gorgeous location and well worth a visit if you’re on the west coast of Sweden.

Johan Wirsen, owner of Rebel Kayaks, and Ann Hanbert stopped by for a visit.

Johan Wirsen, owner of Rebel Kayaks, and Ann Hanbert stopped by for a visit.

Happy rollers.

Happy rollers.

More happy rollers.

More happy rollers.

Johan plays around with his new kayak design, the Rebel Husky.

Johan plays around with his new kayak design, the Rebel Husky.

The day after classes, Mark, Johan, Ann and I went for a paddle in the archipelago.

The day after classes, Mark, Johan, Ann and I went for a paddle in the archipelago.

We found a nice island with a great view to land on.

We found a nice island with a great view to land on.

The combination of a great paddle, some tasty food, a warm rock and perfect weather created the ideal setting for an afternoon nap.

The combination of a relaxing paddle, tasty food, a warm rock and perfect weather created the ideal setting for an afternoon nap.

Grebbestad is known for its shellfish, and we enjoyed lots of it.

Grebbestad is known for its shellfish, and we enjoyed lots of it. The local beer wasn’t bad either.

After leaving Grebbestad, we made our way to Svima Sport in Stockholm for the Stockholm Sea Kayak Symposium. It was great to meet Shaun Rodgers of Sea Kayaking Cornwall, who was also there as an out of town instructor. Throughout the four day event I ran Yoga for Paddlers, Simplifying the Roll and a rolling class for instructors, while Mark and Shaun ran an ISKGA incident management class, along with several other local instructors. We also enjoyed an evening paddle around the island where Svima is located.

The ISKGA Incident Management class chatted in the shop before heading out onto the water.

The ISKGA incident management class chatted in the shop before heading out on the water.

Daniel, owner of Svima, was presented with his ISKGA Advanced Guide certification, an award that he's worked incredibly hard for.

Daniel, owner of Svima, was presented with his ISKGA Advanced Guide certificate, an award that he’s worked incredibly hard for.

We did Yoga for Paddlers before every rolling class.

We did Yoga for Paddlers before every rolling class.

Participants worked on lots of different types of rolls.

Participants worked on lots of different types of rolls.

It was fun to teach surrounded by the city of Stockholm.

It was fun to teach surrounded by the spectacular city of Stockholm.

Paatip kallua tuermillugu illuinnarmik (the shotgun roll) is born.

Paatip kallua tuermillugu illuinnarmik (the Shotgun Roll) is born.

Shaun looked uber cool in a tuilik and with a Greenland paddle.

Shaun looked uber cool in a tuilik and with a Greenland paddle.

The incident management class enjoyed some bumpier water and some great play spots.

The incident management class enjoyed some bumpy water and some great play spots.

The happy Incident Management class.

The happy incident management class.

We enjoyed a relaxing paddle around Stockholm.

Saturday evening we enjoyed a relaxing paddle around downtown Stockholm.

Daniel assured me that this tunnel was tall enough. He was right.

Daniel assured me that this tunnel was tall enough to pass through. He was right.

A gorgeous evening in Stockholm.

A gorgeous evening in Stockholm.

After the four days of classes, Mark and I decided to spend some time exploring the city. We enjoyed a cocktail at a bar made entirely of ice.

After the four days of classes, Mark and I spent some time exploring the city. We enjoyed a cocktail at a bar made entirely of ice.

We also went to Grona Lund, an amusement park in Stockholm. Here Mark enjoys optical illusions in the fun house.

We also went to Grona Lund, an amusement park in Stockholm. Here Mark plays with optical illusions in the fun house.

After a fun few days in Stockholm, we headed to Mora, a scenic town located on Lake Siljan, where we ran five sessions of Simplifying the Roll and two sessions of Yoga for Paddlers.

I ran Yoga for Paddlers two mornings.

Yoga for Paddlers.

Participants work on their rolls using the "Human Kayak Method."

Participants work on their rolls using the “Human Kayak Method.” Join us for a class to learn what that is 🙂

Rolling, rolling, rolling.

Rolling, rolling, rolling.

Happy rollers.

Happy rollers.

Magnus kept everyone well fed (thanks Magnus)!

Magnus kept everyone well fed (thanks Magnus).

After three days of classes we stuck around for a couple of extra days to play.

After three days of classes we stuck around for a couple of extra days to play. Magnus had been organizing an art show that took place throughout the town. We enjoyed walking from one place to the next to see both the art and the charming town of Nusnas.

A lot of the art was located on boat houses along the water's edge.

A lot of the art was displayed on boat houses along the water’s edge.

The area is know for the Dala Horse, and we visited two Dala Horse factories to watch the horses being made.

The area is know for the wooden Dala horse, and we visited two Dala horse factories to watch the horses being made.

We watched the horses being hand painted in the factory.

This woman makes each horse unique by painting them by hand.

Part of the art show included watching fishermen use nets to attempt to catch a very special fish called VWVWV.

Part of the art show included watching fishermen use nets to attempt to catch a very special fish called the Blikta.

We also visited Orsa Gronklitt, a wonderful bear park.

We also visited Orsa Gronklitt, a wonderful bear park, where the bears seem happy, healthy and playful.

Another gorgeous bear.

Another gorgeous bear.

There were some tigers as well.

There were some tigers as well.

We ended our time in Mora by going on a shrimp cruise.

We ended our time in Mora by going on a shrimp cruise. It was fun to cruise the lake while eating large quantities of tasty shrimp.

The lake was a great place to enjoy a wonderful sunset.

The lake was a great place to enjoy a wonderful sunset.

Special thanks to Anders (Copenhagen), Mats (Grebbestad), Daniel (Stockholm), Magnus and Anders (Mora) for taking such good care of us!

The Second Side Roll

Question: At what stage do you recommend that students begin trying their Greenland lay-back roll on the opposite side? This is something I would like to try but I wonder if anything is needed before taking that next step. I’ve been diligently practicing (and been successful each time but once) but still feel apprehensive with the first capsize in each session OTW. Once I’ve done that first one, I can dunk myself without hesitation, haha.

Answer: It’s best to have a very solid roll before starting your second side. This means that you’re hitting the roll just about every time and not having to think about it too much (it sounds like you might be at that stage already). People who start working on the second side too early often end up with inconsistent rolls on both sides (not a good thing). – Helen

Greenland or Bust’s July Newsletter

July News

MORE NORDIC TOUR ADVENTURES

We are writing this newsletter from a hot and sunny Sweden, although most of June was far from hot and sunny. Here in Scandinavia summer had a late start, but we took advantage of it and even had the opportunity to go hiking in the snow. Despite enjoying winter fun in June, it is nice to see the sun. We are now six weeks into this year’s Rebel Kayaks supported Nordic Tour, and having tons of fun.

Throughout June we ran a BCU 3 Star Sea Training and Assessment and Simplifying the Roll in Fitjar, The Art of Teaching Rolling in Bergen, Simplifying the Roll in Glesvaer, Simplifying the Stroke and Simplifying the Roll in Austevoll, Simplifying the Roll in Skudeneshavn and Simplifying the Roll in Stavanger. All of these locations are on the west coast of Norway, which is an incredibly scenic and friendly place. After all of that we hopped on a ferry to Denmark and made our way to one of our favorite cities, Copenhagen, to teach Simplifying the Roll, Complicating the Roll, a BCU 3 Star Sea Training and a couple of classes for the local kayaking club. While we were there the clouds parted, making room for intense sunshine and blue skies… and summer seems to have decided to emerge, at least for a few days.

Now we’re on our way to Grebbestad, Sweden, where we’ll be teaching two days of Simplifying the Roll this weekend. After that we’ll head to Stockholm, Mora, Nynashamn and Sandhamn, all in Sweden. In August we’ve got more classes in Sweden, then we’ll be back in Denmark before finishing the tour in Sweden. Click HERE for our complete 2015 Nordic Tour schedule.

As usual, visit www.greenlandorbust.org for more information and our current Events calendar and Blog postings. You can also follow us on Twitter. For questions, comments or to schedule us in your neighborhood, e-mail: info@greenlandorbust.org.

Happy paddling!

Helen and Mark

Helen’s Mentoring Madness


Question: I recently learnt to do the Storm Roll, but it doesn’t always work. I can do the exercise where you lay the paddle perpendicular to the kayak, capsize and roll up. The “real” Storm Roll works mostly, but not always. One problem I have is that my left shoulder always hurts afterwards. I think I must be making some mistake, since I have the feeling I have to use a lot of force to pry up. A roll cannot be correct if a lot of force has to be applied. What could this be due to?

Answer: A good general rule is to keep your elbows bent. If an elbow is straight, you’ll put a lot of pressure on that shoulder. When recovering, rotate your shoulders so that your chest is perpendicular to the water. This will help you to use your “chest” as the “paddle,” thereby reducing the need for force from your arms. Make sure that you’re rotating your kayak with a firm lower leg. You might also want to check that your head is relaxed and forward during the recovery, which will also reduce the need for force from your arms.

Program Schedule

Nordic Tour

May 23 to August 30, Norway, Denmark and Sweden

May 23 to 24 Asker, Norway

May 29 to 31 Oslo, Norway

June 6 to 7 Fitjar, Norway

June 9 to 11 Bergen, Norway

June 13 to 14 Bekkjarvik, Norway

June 18 Skudeneshavn, Norway

June 20 to 21 Stavanger, Norway

June 26 to 29 Copenhagen, Denmark

July 3 to 4 Grebbestad, Sweden

July 9 to 12 Stockholm, Sweden

July 16 to 18 Mora, Sweden

July 22 to 26 Nynashamn, Sweden

July 28 to 30 Sandhamn, Sweden

August 1 to 3 Karlstad, Sweden

August 8 to 9 Helsingborg, Sweden

August 11 to 12 Rungsted, Denmark

August 15 to 16 Frederiksværk, Denmark

August 22 to 23 Svendborg, Denmark

August 29 Malmo, Sweden

August 30 Karlshamn, Sweden

Simplifying the Roll September 5, Big Lagoon, California

Traditional Paddlers’ Gathering September 10 to 13, Lake Carlos State Park, Minnesota

Simplifying the Roll September 19 and 20, Whiskeytown, California

Simplifying the Rescue September 19, Whiskeytown, California

Private Rolling Classes during Mendo Madness September 25 to 27, Mendocino, California

Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium October 10 to 11, Cornwall, England

 …And Finally

Working on your roll and need a little help? Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson and Yoga for Outdoor People are available from our on-line store HERE

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