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Happy Holidays from Greenland or Bust – 2015

Greenland or Bust’s December Newsletter

December News8TH UK STORM GATHERING SYMPOSIUM
GREENLAND EXPEDITION • ICE BEARS AND ISLANDS

Happy Holidays! We at Greenland or Bust wish you, your family and your friends a wonderful festive season.

Here in Northern California the ran has been falling, which is great, because we certainly need it. On top of that, the wind has been howling, which has made it really nice to curl up indoors and work on our 2016 schedule, which is filling fast! We don’t have it all up on the website yet, but for a sample of what’s happening in 2016, click HERE

In November, Helen taught Traditional Paddling and Rolling and Simplifying the Roll at Horseshoe Cove in California. Mark ran some BCU and ISKGA programs in Cornwall, England and on Anglesey, in Wales.

In December, we’ve got classes in San Diego, Marina Del Rey and Dana Point (all in California). And then 2016 starts…

In January we’ve got some local programs running, and Helen will be completing her Wilderness First Responder. In February there’s Paddle Golden Gate. It’s an awesome event, and well worth checking out, if you haven’t done so already. After that, Greenland or Bust and Kokatat are bringing Jaime Sharp to Eureka, California for Ice Bears and Islands, a presentation on Svalbard’s world first sea kayak circumnavigation. For more, please see the flyer below, or e-mail info@greenlandorbust.org.

Later in February, we head to the UK for the 8th UK Storm Gathering Symposium, which takes place on Anglesey in Wales from February 20 to 22. The main event will be followed by BCU and ISKGA Week.

Finally, our next Greenland expedition takes place in the Disco Bay/Ilulissat area from July 20 to 31, 2016, and there are only a couple of places left! Contact us at info@greenlandorbust.org for more information.

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

Happy paddling!

Helen and Mark


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Dr. T’s Coaching Corner

Proper Planning And Preparation Will Prevent a Poor Performance – Get to know the area where you will be tested. Paddle it a few times in different weather/tidal conditions, so your chart is there as a backup, not as your primary means of knowing your location.

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail – Set out lots of ‘desk-top’ plans beforehand, so when on the water you can create several ‘deck-top’ plans in your head, at any one time: a five minute plan, a 30 minute plan and a one hour plan. Your aim is to be implementing the 5 minute plan, working towards the 30 minute plan, and keeping the one hour plan in perspective.

Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing Can Substitute Experience – If you are ‘experienced’ then it stands to reason that you will draw confidence from having built up a breadth of personal knowledge, thus enabling you to make sound judgment calls as and when they are required.

Come Prepared To Take The Helm – If you are not so ‘experienced’ then you need a bombproof game plan or live on your wits, which will be stressful! This is the hardest way of passing; a good examiner will detect a candidate’s lack of flexibility and will try to force judgment calls, potentially then forcing mistakes to be made. After all, they need to see if a candidate is safe in any situation.

To Prepare Is Half The Victory – Be ready to use your safety equipment, especially your towline, more than once and often in quick succession. Sort out an effective roll and be ready with a quick re-entry; this is a set piece and really highlights good paddling skills, or lack of. Make sure the kit you have is functional, accessible but also easily stowed and secured. Stay calm and do what you always do, not what you think someone else wants you to do.

“Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have” – Ed Bradley.


Program Schedule

Simplifying the Roll
December 12, San Diego, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 19, Dana Point, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 20, Marina Del Rey, California

(Programs running in 2016 will be posted soon.)


 

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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Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer • (707) 834-5501

info@greenlandorbust.org

 

Adventures in Wales, England and at the Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium

This year’s travel schedule has been non-stop, and the past few weeks have been no exception. We started the month in North Wales, and were thrilled to have a few days of stunning weather. We took advantage of it, and hiked up Tryfan, which is a mountain in the Ogwen Valley in Wales. Clear skies provided wonderful views in every direction.

Mark enjoys the sun and the spectacular scenery.

Mark enjoys the sun and the spectacular scenery.

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A pile of rocks provided a nice place to take a break. This seagull seemed to be enjoying the day as well.

That weekend we ran some classes on Anglesey, and then we headed to Portmeirion, a village in North Wales, and the location where the hit television show, The Prisoner, was filmed.

Portmeirion.

Portmeirion.

Nothing like strong currents and quicksand to make things exciting.

Watch out for strong currents and quicksand while strolling along the beach.

The following week we headed to Stonehenge, and were once again blessed with beautiful weather.

It was really interesting to walk around this prehistoric monument, and ponder over the many mysteries that it holds.

It was really interesting to walk around this prehistoric monument, and ponder over the many mysteries that it holds.

The stones were much larger than I expected.

The stones were much larger than I expected.

After leaving Stonehenge, we headed to Cornwall for the Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium. It was my first year at this great event.

Many of the participants camped at Tregedna Farm, which served as "base camp" for the event.

Many of the participants camped at Tregedna Farm, which served as “base camp” for the event.

This little guy couldn't wait to get in his kayak.

This little guy couldn’t wait to get in his kayak.

It was great to catch up with Mats (from Sweden), Steve (from Wales) and Jeff (one of the symposium organizers).

It was great to catch up with Mats (from Sweden), Steve (from Wales) and Jeff Allen (one of the symposium organizers).

P&H was one of several vendors at the event.

P&H Custom Sea Kayaks was one of several vendors at the event.

Event organizer, Shaun Rodgers, makes some pre-class announcements.

Event organizer, Shaun Rodgers, made some pre-class announcements.

Throughout the weekend Mark and I coached two Traditional Paddling and Greenland Rolling Days.

We found a quiet indoor space to talk about traditional skills and do some on-land stroke work.

We found a quiet indoor space to talk about traditional skills and do some on-land stroke work.

Then we headed to the beach for a short Yoga for Paddlers warm up.

Then we headed to the beach for a short Yoga for Paddlers warm up.

Throughout the weekend, we worked on everything from first rolls to the Elbow Roll.

Throughout the weekend, we worked on everything from first rolls to the Elbow Roll.

VWVWV worked on his forward to forward norsaq roll.

Dirk worked on his forward to forward norsaq roll.

The harbor was a great place to work on Greenland strokes.

The harbor was a great place to work on Greenland strokes.

Large buildings on the harbor provided some shelter from the wind.

The Maritime Museum in Falmouth Harbor provided some shelter from the wind.

There were lots of smiles.

There were lots of smiles.

Another smile.

Another smile.

And still another.

And still another.

Happy rollers!

Happy rollers!

Special thanks to Shaun, Jeff and Simon for taking such good care of us!

Greenland or Bust’s October Newsletter

October 2015
GREENLAND EXPEDITION
8TH UK STORM GATHERING SYMPOSIUM • 2016

We’re writing this newsletter from Anglesey, Wales. Here on Anglesey, it’s starting to feel like Autumn. Temperatures are dropping, clouds are filling previously clear blue skies and t-shirts are being replaced by warm hoodies. Despite the weather change, there are lots of kayaks on the water. We hope that this also holds true in your neighborhood.

September began with us traveling home from a busy summer of classes and events in Norway, Sweden and Denmark during our sixth annual, Rebel Kayaks supported Nordic Tour. After a couple of days of rest and relaxation, Helen then headed to Lake Carlos State Park in Minnesota to mentor during The Traditional Paddlers’ Gathering. She then made her way to Whiskeytown, California for a couple of Simplifying the Roll classes, and then traveled down the coast to run private rolling classes during Mendo Madness in Mendocino, California. Meanwhile, Mark ran a BCU 4 Star Sea Training Week, which was then followed by a BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment. Both were in Pembrokeshire, Wales. In addition to all of this, we’ve been working on our 2016 schedule, which is already filling up FAST.

October started with Simplifying the Roll and some private classes on Anglesey, in Wales. This week we head to Cornwall, England for the Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium. After that, Helen heads to Pacific City, Oregon, for Lumpy Waters, then to Eureka, California for an Intermediate Sea Kayaking class. She ends the month with a Halloween Campout at Stone Lagoon, an event which she’s hosting for our local club, Explore North Coast. Mark will remain in Cornwall to teach various BCU and ISKGA programs before finishing the month with some sea kayak skills development courses back in North Wales.

Most of our winter programs will then be in California (Horseshoe Cove, Crescent City, San Diego, Marina Del Rey and Dana Point). In February, we head back to Anglesey to run the 8th UK Storm Gathering Symposium. Will you be there???

And finally, are you interested in joining us for a Greenland expedition? Next year’s expedition will take place in the Disco Bay/Ilulissat area from July 20 to 31, 2016, and places are filling fast. Contact us at info@greenlandorbust.org for more information.

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


Dr T’s Coaching Corner

Over the past few months, we have been looking at the various factors which make up the ‘TTPP model’ (BCU, 2006) as they relate to paddling performance. In December, we introduced the model. In April, we covered the ‘Technical’ element. In June, we addressed the ’Tactical’ aspect and, in August, we talked about the ‘Psychological’ dimension.

This month we finish by looking at how knowledge of the ‘Physiological’ concepts that apply to all paddling disciplines, and the relationship between how our body creates energy
for exercise and our diet, can also help address performance issues.

To recap, this element represents our ability to develop endurance, maintain flexibility, generate strength as well our balance nutritional needs depending on the level and intensity of the activity we are participating in. It also relates to the application of sound training principles and adopting specific fitness strategies.

For example, a lack of muscular endurance, aerobic fitness, or poor nutrition while paddling could undermine our physical ability. These areas can be addressed by scheduled aerobic exercise, circuit training, along with a review of food and fluid intact during activities to see if any useful changes can be made.

Whether training to compete or training for health, everyone has different needs. People vary in height, size, shape and preference. Therefore, even though they have the same goals they may not reach them by the same means. However, the following areas often need addressing in some form or another.

Core Strength: This can be developed through exercises that enhance the muscles required for rotational movements of the trunk and abdominal areas. For example, you can build strength in your lower body by using squats and leg extensions. For abdominal strength and torso rotation try crunches using a balance ball.

Cardiovascular Training: Cardiovascular fitness for kayaking requires some discipline specific training so consider the duration and distance of each trip. For example, plan to kayak for a set distance in one direction and then return to the starting point. Therefore encountering different conditions. On the next outing increase the distance. During the paddle, aim for a consistent cadence of stroke, or pace. Incorporating staged bursts of speed, either for a set time or number of paddle strokes, will also help with improving speed.

Cross Training: As with any activity that requires cardiovascular endurance, cross-training using high-intensity aerobic exercises, such as cycling and running, can improve fitness levels. While the movement patterns for biking or running do not simulate kayaking movements, developing endurance ensures a kayaker won’t be stranded on the water too tired to paddle to safety or back to shore.

Flexibility: This refers to the absolute range of movement in a joint or series of joints that is attainable in a momentary effort with the help of a partner or a piece of equipment. Flexibility in some joints can be increased to a certain degree by stretching. Stretching improves the muscle’s felt elasticity and reaffirms comfortable muscle tone. The result will be a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility and range of motion.

If you are not training for a particular paddling discipline, then you need to consider your height, weight, gender, body shape, and goals before you choose a suitable fitness program. However, it is worth applying the FITT Principle once a training structure has been set. For each type of exercise during your session, think about the following.

Frequency – How often you do the exercise (be it an individual set or the whole session).

Intensity – The difficulty of the exercise: it could be the amount of weight, or the speed you move.

Time – The duration of the exercise: for fitness, this should be at least 20 minutes a day.

Type – What kind of exercise: vary what you do to keep it interesting, and to work all the different muscles.

Nutrition and Hydration: Optimal nutrition is attained with sound dietary practices that are applied on a continuing basis, not just before a long paddle. Getting into a good eating pattern long term and fueling-up with the right energy sources not only provides a nutritious diet but will help prevent fatigue when out paddling and allow you to continue to perform at your best for longer. One aspect to avoid is dehydration, which is one of the most important factors that can cause early fatigue during exercise. It decreases performance, impairs cardiovascular function and can pose serious health problems. For proper hydration, drink before, during and after exercise and before you feel thirsty.

A balanced training programme develops good cardio fitness and body strength while adding finesse to your paddling efficiency. Effective stroke techniques increase as you put in more time on the water.


Program Schedule

Simplifying the Roll
October 3, Anglesey, Wales

Combat Rolling
October 4, Anglesey, Wales

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

Lumpy Waters
October 16 to 18, Pacific City, Oregon

Intermediate Sea Kayaking (for HBAC)
October 24, Eureka, California

Halloween Campout at Stone Lagoon
(for ENC)
October 31 to November 1,
Stone Lagoon, California

Traditional Paddling and Rolling
November 7, Horseshoe Cove, California

Simplifying the Roll
November 8, Horseshoe Cove, California

Crabbing and Surfing (for ENC)
December 6, Crescent City, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 12 and 13, San Diego, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 19, Dana Point, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 20, Marina Del Rey, California


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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Copyright © 2015 Greenland or Bust, All rights reserved.

Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer • (707) 834-5501

info@greenlandorbust.org

Traditional Paddlers Gathering – Minnesota

Yesterday I returned home from the Traditional Paddlers Gathering, which takes place on Lake Carlos in Minnesota. This was my sixth year at the event, and I must say, it is one of my favorites. The place is beautiful, the activities are an absolute blast… and the people… well, they totally rock.

Qajaqs and kayaks fill the lawn next to the warm lake.

Qajaqs and kayaks fill the lawn next to the warm lake.

Throughout the four-day event I taught informal rolling, The Art of Teaching Rolling, Simplifying the Roll, Skin-on-Frame Rescues and an on-land class focused on a discussion of traditional qajaqing. I also ran two sessions of Yoga for Paddlers and did an evening presentation on The Greenland National Kayaking Championship. Typing this, it seems like a lot, but I had so much fun working with the enthusiastic participants that I could’ve kept going for much longer!

A rather scenic parking lot.

A rather scenic parking lot.

In addition to the stuff that I was teaching, there were lots of other classes and activities going on. These included strokes, a really interesting class on making fire, Greenland Rope Gymnastics, a qajaq building demonstration, a harpoon contest and a hand line fishing contest.

Dave Sides works with Andrea on Greenland Rope Gymnastics.

Dave Sides works with Andrea on Greenland Rope Gymnastics.

Fred Randall works on a qajaq during the weekend-long demonstration.

Fred Randall works on a qajaq during the weekend-long demonstration.

Sipke practiced fishing from the dock in preparation for the hand line fishing contest the following morning.

Sipke practiced fishing from the dock in preparation for the hand line fishing contest the following morning.

I participated in the hand line fishing contest. Watching the sunrise on the lake was well worth waking up early for.

I participated in the hand line fishing contest. Watching the sunrise on the lake was well worth waking up early for.

One thing I've learned is that if you're feeling chilly, it's worth finding out where Cindy is. She's great at finding the warmest place in camp :-)

If you’re feeling chilly, it’s worth finding out where Cindy is. She’s great at finding the warmest place in camp :-)

A few people went for a walk in the woods and brought back some tasty mushrooms. This is likely the largest mushroom that I've ever seen, and the picture only shows half of it!

A few people went for a walk in the woods and brought back some tasty mushrooms. This is likely the largest mushroom that I’ve ever seen, and the picture only shows half of it!

Evening entertainment included movie night, presentations, a silent auction, a raffle and a live auction.

Evening entertainment included movie night, presentations, a silent auction, a raffle and a live auction.

Jeff Bjorgo also kept us entertained with some live music.

Jeff Bjorgo also kept us entertained with some live music.

Evening fires were also fun, and I tried something called a pudgie pie, which was very good.

Evening fires were also fun, and I tried something called a pudgie pie, which was very good.

The qajaq that Fred build was auctioned off on Saturday night.

The qajaq that Fred built was auctioned off on Saturday night.

All in all, it was a fantastic event. Thank you to Michelle, Tony, Jeff, Pete, Cindy, Renee and Sipke for taking such good care of the out of town mentors and to all of the participants who came out for the event. It was wonderful to see/meet you all! See you next year!

Greenland or Bust’s September Newsletter

September 15THE NORDIC TOUR • GREENLAND EXPEDITION •
8TH UK STORM GATHERING SYMPOSIUM

We’re writing this newsletter from a hot and sunny Malmo, Sweden, the second to last stop on this year’s Rebel Kayaks supported Nordic Tour. This year’s Tour ends tomorrow, and we can’t believe that it’s almost over. It has been a wonderful summer! We’ve met lots of great people, seen lots of fantastic places and worked with over 1,000 incredibly awesome people. THANK YOU to everyone that has been part of our summer!

Throughout August we ran Simplifying the Roll and a BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning class during Värmlands Paddelfestival in Karlstad, Simplifying the Roll and an instructor training day in Helsingborg (both in Sweden), Simplifying the Roll in Rungsted, Simplifying the Roll and technique classes in Frederiksvaerk and Simplifying the Roll during the Gronlandsk Symposium in Svendborg (all in Denmark). This weekend we’ll be running Simplifying the Roll, Simplifying the Rescue, Incident Management and Yoga for Paddlers in Malmo and Simplifying the Roll in Karlshamn (both in Sweden).

Later in September, Helen will be teaching Simplifying the Roll at Big Lagoon, in California, and then heading to Minnesota for the Traditional Paddlers’ Gathering, taking place at Lake Carlos State Park. After that she’ll be teaching Simplifying the Roll and Simplifying the Rescue at Whiskeytown Lake in California, followed by a trip to Mendocino to run private rolling classes during Mendo Madness.

Meanwhile, Mark will be running a BCU 4 Star Sea Training and Assessment in Pembrokeshire, Wales, followed by a BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment on Anglesey, also in Wales.

Later in the year we’ll be teaching Simplifying the Roll and Combat Rolling together on Anglesey, then heading to the Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium in Southern England. Helen then heads to Pacific City, Oregon for Lumpy Waters. Most of our winter programs will then be in California, until February, when we head to Anglesey to run the 8th UK Storm Gathering Symposium. Will you be there???

And finally, are you interested in joining us for a Greenland expedition? Next year’s expedition will take place in the Disco Bay/Ilulissat area from July 20 to 31, 2016, and places are filling fast. Contact us at info@greenlandorbust.org for more information.

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


Q & A with Helen

Front to Front Norsaq Roll
(Norsamik Masikkut)

Question: My forward/forward norsaq roll only works the following way. First, I must open eyes and watch the outward sweep until the point of the “back down and under to touch the hull” part. Secondly, I can’t seem to leave the left hand touching the Qajaq. Only when I touch the back of the sweeping hand with the one that’s supposed to be left touching the gunnel, does it work. Thoughts?

Answer: It sounds like you’re doing a two handed norsaq roll. If that’s the only way this roll is working for you, then you’re using too much “arm” and not enough “body.” When I do this roll I find that the power comes from my abs. From your description, it sounds like you’re recovering on the right side of your qajaq, so I’ll describe it with that recovery:

– Extend directly out to the right side of your qajaq as far as you can.

– Reach up with not only your norsaq, but the top of your head as well. Try to get your eyebrows out of the water. This should put a nice arch in your back.

– Meanwhile your left hand should be doing nothing. I hold the bottom of my qajaq. It’ll slide a bit during your extension, but just try to keep loose contact with the qajaq.

– When you think that your body is in the right position, focus all of your energy on the crunch. Basically, picture every internal organ squeezing into a spot a couple of couple of inches to the right of your belly button. Lift your knee to hit that spot, and slide your hunched upper body over the front deck. Your shoulders should stay square to the sea floor and then to the qajaq deck.

– With the norsaq, from the extended position, and while you’re doing all of the body movements described above, push it through the water to get some lift. Follow through until it hits the bottom of your qajaq. By this time, the rest of you should be up. As with any roll, this really has way more to do with what you do with your body than what you do with whatever object you’re holding.


Program Schedule
Nordic Tour 2015:

May 23 to August 30, Norway, Denmark and Sweden

May 23 to 24 Asker, Norway

May 29 to 31 Oslo, Norway

June 5 to 7 Fitjar, Norway

June 9 Bergen, Norway

June 10 to 11 Glesvaer, Norway

June 13 to 14 Austevoll, 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

And The Rest…

Simplifying the Roll
September 5, Big Lagoon, California

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

BCU 4 Star Training
September 14 to 18, Pembrokeshire, Wales

BCU 4 Star Assessment
September 19 to 20, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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

BCU 4 Star Assessment
September 26 to 27, Anglesey, Wales

Simplifying the Roll
October 3, Anglesey, Wales

Combat Rolling
October 4, Anglesey, Wales

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

Lumpy Waters
October 16 to 18, Pacific City, Oregon

Traditional Skills Paddle (for ENC)
November 1, Stone Lagoon, California


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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Copyright © 2015 Greenland or Bust, All rights reserved.

Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer • (707) 834-5501

info@greenlandorbust.org

The end of this year’s Nordic Tour

Sunday was the last day of this year’s Rebel Kayaks supported Nordic Tour, and I have to say that it felt strange. The tour started in Asker, Norway on May 23, and for over three months we’ve ran classes in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. We’ve seen the weather go from cold and snowy to hot and sunny, and now the autumn rain seems to be settling in. We’ve coached over 1,000 students, and have had an absolute blast the entire summer. This was year six of the tour, and we’re already looking forward to a year seven.

My last BLOG ended with classes in Helsingborg, Sweden, and from there we took a ferry to Denmark and headed to Rungsted for four rolling classes in some incredibly clear water.

A little yoga is a great way to start a class.

A little yoga is a great way to start a class.

In Rungsted we worked on everything from first rolls to forward finish hand rolls.

We worked on everything from first rolls to forward finishing hand rolls.

Clear skies and calm water created a very tranquil environment.

Clear skies and calm water created a very tranquil environment.

It's nice to stop, reflect and enjoy the sunset.

It was nice to stop, reflect and enjoy the sunset.

After leaving Rungsted, we made our way to Frederiksvaerk, also in Denmark. This was our third year running classes here, and over the years we’ve become good friends with the enthusiastic club members. It was great to be back.

Throughout the two days, I ran four sessions of Simplifying the Roll, while Mark ran technique classes.

Jacob helped me to anchor the kayaks in a fun teaching spot.

Jacob helped to anchor the kayaks while everyone hopped into the water.

We worked on rolls, laughed, played around and had a great couple of days.

We worked on rolls, laughed, played around and had a great couple of days.

Participants in Mark's class are smiling… the sign of a great day.

Participants in Mark’s class are smiling… the sign of a great day.

We had a little competition to determine who had the best inside edge turn. The winners got Rebel Kayaks buffs.

We had a little competition to determine who had the best inside edge turn. The winners got Rebel Kayaks buffs.

Happy paddlers.

Happy paddlers.

Saturday evening we went to a local brewery to taste some different types of beer, all of which were very good.

Saturday evening we went to Halsnaes Bryghus for food and to taste some different types of beer, all of which were very good.

After saying our goodbyes in Frederiksvaerk, we headed to Copenhagen for a few days of exploration. For us, a visit to Copenhagen always includes a trip to the Inuit display at the Natural History Museum of Denmark.

One of many fantastic display cases.

One of many fantastic display cases.

A display of ulus, or "women's knives."

A display of ulus, or “women’s knives.”

It's always fun to look at the paddles, and examine all of the different shapes.

It’s always fun to examine the different paddle shapes.

The cockpit shapes are really interesting too.

The cockpit shapes are really interesting too.

This well decorated norsaq is one of my favorite objects on display at the museum.

This well-decorated norsaq is one of my favorite artifacts on display at the museum.

The upcoming hand line fishing contest at The Traditional Paddlers' Gathering has stirred up quite a bit of interest in Inuit hand lines, so we took some pictures of the ones on display.

The upcoming handline fishing contest at The Traditional Paddlers’ Gathering has stirred up quite a bit of interest in Inuit handlines, so we took some pictures of the ones on display.

After "researching" hand lines, we headed to Bakken for some brainless fun riding roller coasters and playing games.

After “researching” handlines, we headed to Bakken for some brainless fun riding roller coasters and playing games.

We didn't take pictures from the rides, so here's a different type of picture. What is it that makes sticking your head in a hole for a picture so much fun?

What is it that makes sticking your head in a hole for a picture so much fun?

Then we headed to Svendborg, Denmark for the Gronlandsk Symposium, organized by Kajak Inn.

Both days started with yoga.

Both days started with yoga.

Rolling was a great way to cool off during the hot day.

Rolling was a great way to cool off during the hot day.

Many participants at the event were working on very advanced rolls, such as the Spine Roll, the Behind the Back Roll and the Straightjacket Roll.

Many participants at the event were working on very advanced rolls, such as the Behind the Back Roll and the Straightjacket Roll. Here a Spine Roll is born.

Dubside was also teaching at the event, and it was great to catch up with him.

Dubside was also coaching at the event, and it was great to catch up with him.

Greenland Rope Gymnastics were part of the event.

Greenland Rope Gymnastics were part of the event.

I ran a Stupid Paddle Tricks race, complete with prizes.

And I ran a Stupid Paddle Tricks competition, complete with prizes.

Several people tried out the Rebel Husky, a new kayak that we've been using for the Tour.

Several people tried out the Rebel Husky, a new kayak that we’ve been using for the Tour.

A happy camper.

A happy camper.

After the symposium we took a ferry to Bornholm, an island far off the coast of Denmark.

A little down time on a far away island was a really nice vacation.

A little down time on a far away island was a really nice vacation.

We enjoyed the view from a lighthouse.

We enjoyed the view from a lighthouse.

And visited Hammershus, Scandinavia's largest medieval fortification.

And visited Hammershus, Scandinavia’s largest medieval fortification.

We also visited Gaarden, The Bornholm House of Food Culture, which featured a working farm and fresh produce.

We also visited Gaarden, The Bornholm House of Food Culture, which featured a working farm and fresh produce.

This napping hedgehog had us a little concerned, but a gentle poke woke him, and he strolled off into a safer location.

This napping hedgehog had us a little concerned, but a gentle nudge woke him, and slightly irritated with us, he strolled off to a safer location.

We also went to The Bornholms Birds of Prey Show.

We also went to The Bornholms Birds of Prey Show.

The remarkable birds were wonderful to see up close.

The remarkable birds were wonderful to see up close.

Mark and I left the island feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for more classes.

Mark and I left the island feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for more classes.

Our next stop was in Malmo, Sweden.

We started the day with Yoga for Paddlers.

We started the day with Yoga for Paddlers.

I taught two Simplifying the Roll classes, while Mark taught Simplifying the Rescue and Incident Management.

Then I taught two Simplifying the Roll classes, while Mark taught Simplifying the Rescue and Incident Management.

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A roll is born.

One way to move about the canal.

One way to travel about the canal.

Mark's class worked on maneuvering strokes.

Mark demonstrates an inside edge turn.

Mark takes a break while looking at Oresund Bridge, the bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark.

Mark takes a break while looking at Oresund Bridge, the bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark.

Happy paddlers.

Happy paddlers.

After a day in Malmo, we headed to Karlshamn, Sweden to run two Simplifying the Roll classes for KajakSyd.

The classes took place at a beautiful lake in Karlshamn.

The classes took place at beautiful Lake Langasjon.

A beautiful roll.

A perfect roll in crystal clear water.

Success.

Success.

Much to my horror, Mark expressed an interest in trying Surstromming, fermented Baltic Sea herring potent enough to expand the can it comes in.

Much to my horror, Mark expressed an interest in trying Surstromming, which is fermented Baltic Sea herring potent enough to expand the can it comes in.

The smell coming from the fish was quite possibly the worst thing that I've ever smelt.

The smell coming from the fish was, simply put, awful!

Most people think that the smell is worse than the taste, and when served this way, the flavor blends in. Mark ate his… I had the smallest bite I could take, but enjoyed the other things on the table. Thanks Goran and Veronica for setting up this tasting for us :-)

Most people that have tried this traditional Swedish dish claim that the smell is worse than the taste, and when served this way, the flavor blends in. Mark ate his… I had the smallest bite I could take, but enjoyed the other things on the table. Thanks Goran and Veronica for setting up this tasting for us :-)

Thanks to Annette and Preben (Rungsted), Jacob, Lene, Gitte and Soren (Frederiksvaerk), Pernille and Jacob (Svendborg), Anders (Malmo) and Goran and Veronica (Karlshamn) for taking such good care of us during this leg of the tour. Thanks also to everyone that took care of us on previous legs, to Johan Wirsen of Rebel Kayaks and, of course, to everyone that came out for the classes. You all made us feel very welcome, and we really enjoyed our summer. THANK YOU, and see you next year!

Photos by Mark, Helen and Anders Kristensson.

Sweden, the Nordic Tour Continues

We are now 12 weeks into this year’s Rebel Kayaks supported Nordic Tour, and having an absolute blast! Since my last BLOG we have had classes in Nynashamn, Sandhamn, Karlstad and Helsingborg (all in Sweden) and Rungsted and Frederiksværk (both in Denmark – and both will be covered in the next blog).

After leaving Mora, we made our way to Nynashamn, which is located on the east coast of Sweden, about an hour’s drive south of Stockholm. It’s always wonderful to catch up with Pelle and Carina of Nynas Kajak & Upplevelse. During the five days that we were there, I ran several sessions of Yoga for Paddlers and Simplifying the Roll, while Mark ran a BCU 3 Star Sea Training, a BCU 3 Star Sea Assessment and a BCU 4 Star Sea Training.

Stunning scenery, and Yoga for Paddlers. Is there a better way to start a day?

Stunning scenery and Yoga for Paddlers, is there a better way to start a day?

At this point in the tour, the water had heated to a nice, comfortable temperature. Perfect for rolling classes.

At this point in the tour, the water had heated to a nice, comfortable temperature. Perfect for rolling classes.

Mark's class working on navigation.

The BCU 4 Star Sea Training class worked on navigation.

A gorgeous day to be on the water.

A gorgeous day to be on the water.

Working on rescues is a great way to cool off on a hot day.

Rescue scenarios are great way to cool off on a hot day.

We had our own private brewery tour at Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri, which including a tasting of the breweries award winning beers.

We had our own private brewery tour at Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri, which including a tasting of the brewery’s award winning beers.

VWVWV did a fantastic job of telling us about all of the different types of beers, and answering all of our questions.

The owner of the brewery did a fantastic job of telling us about all of the different types of beers.

After leaving Nynashamn, we were picked up by a boat and taken to an island off the coast of Stockholm to run a guide training program for Sandhamns Kajakskola. Sandhamn is a beautiful island, consisting entirely of sand. It has a relaxed feel, and it was great to circumnavigate the island and see its beautiful shoreline.

Kayaks were secured on a boat, which took us to the island.

Kayaks were secured on a boat, which took us to the island.

I ran The Art of Teaching Rolling, and Simplifying the Roll.

Participants learn how to teach rolling during “The Art of Teaching Rolling.”

Guides had the opportunity to learn to teach rolling.

Guides had a first hand opportunity to teach rolling.

Participants also had the opportunity to learn how to repair a kayak in an emergency situation.

Participants also learned how to repair a kayak in an emergency situation.

Just one way to tow a kayak...

Just one way to tow a kayak…

We had the opportunity to play with stand up paddle boards.

We tried out a couple of stand up paddleboards.

And seven-year-old Noah taught Mark how to sword fight.

And seven-year-old Noah taught Mark how to sword fight.

It was nice to walk into town for dinner at a tasty restaurant on the harbor.

It was nice to walk into town for dinner at a tasty restaurant on the harbor.

Sandhamn has some of the biggest toads that I've ever seen.

Sandhamn has some of the biggest toads that I’ve ever seen.

It also has some of the prettiest sunsets.

It also has some of the prettiest sunsets.

After leaving Sandhamn, we headed to Karlstad to run classes for Vanerkajak during the Varmlands Paddelfestival.

Lake Vanern was warm and sandy. The perfect place for classes.

Lake Vanern was warm and sandy. The perfect venue for a festival and classes.

I taught two days of rolling classes in the warm lake.

I taught two days of rolling classes in the warm lake.

During the rolling classes we worked on all types of rolls. Here a Chest Scull is born.

During the rolling classes we worked on all types of rolls. Here a Chest Scull is born.

Others worked on a first roll.

Others worked on a first roll.

A few people tried out Rebel Kayak's newest kayak, The Husky, which we're using as part of the tour.

A few people tried out Rebel Kayak’s newest kayak, The Husky, which is one of the kayaks that we’re using during the tour.

Mark ran a BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning class.

Mark ran a BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning class.

After the festival, we lingered around and went paddling.

After the festival, we stuck around for a great paddle.

After leaving Karlstad, we made our way to Helsingborg, which is on the west coast of Sweden, where we ran two sessions of Simplifying the Roll and an instructor development day for Helsingborgs Kanotisterna. It was great to be back, and the weather was spectacular!

The rolling classes took place on a very popular beach across the street from the kayak club.

The rolling classes took place on a very popular beach across the street from the kayak club.

A Balance Brace is born.

A Balance Brace is born.

On Saturday evening, the Club hosted a crayfish party, which is a common celebration in Sweden during the month of August. The party included games (shown here).

On Saturday evening, the Club hosted a crayfish party, which is a common celebration in Sweden during the month of August. The party included team games (shown here).

Each "team" got extra points for every team member that could get to the top of this structure. I might not have done it the intended way, but I got up :-)

Each “team” got extra points for every team member that could get to the top of this structure. I might not have done it the intended way, but I got up :-)

The tasty crayfish.

The tasty crayfish.

As part of the Instructor Development Workshop, I ran Yoga for Paddlers.

As part of the Instructor Development Workshop, I ran Yoga for Paddlers.

Team building games are always good too.

Team building games are always good too.

More team building.

More team building.

Instructors worked on maneuvering strokes and how to teach them.

Instructors worked on maneuvering strokes and how to teach them.

Happy instructors.

Happy instructors.

Special thanks to Pelle, Carina, John, Mans, Bjorn, Jakob, Ronny, Lars and Anneka for taking such good care of us!

Greenland or Bust’s August Newsletter

AugustTHE NORDIC TOUR • GREENLAND EXPEDITION • ISKGA

For us here at Greenland or Bust, it has been a wonderful summer. We hope that you’re having just as much fun as we are, both on and off the water.

We’re writing this newsletter as we leave the east coast of Sweden and head west, running classes as we make our way to Denmark. Time flies, and we can’t believe that we’re already ten weeks into this year’s Rebel Kayaks supported Nordic Tour!

Throughout July we ran Simplifying the Roll in the charming fishing town of Grebbestad; Simplifying the Roll, Incident Management and Intermediate Boat Handling in the magnificent city of Stockholm; Simplifying the Roll in Mora, a place which is often referred to as “the heart of Sweden”; Simplifying the Roll, a BCU 3 Star Sea Training, a BCU 3 Star Sea Assessment and a BCU 4 Star Sea Training in the beautiful archipelago surrounding Nynäshamn; and a guide training program on the stunning island of Sandhamn, which is located off the east coast. All of these locations are in Sweden, and yet all of them are very different from one another, and the diversity has made this year’s tour incredibly fun. In addition to on-water classes, we’ve also ran 15 sessions of Yoga for Paddlers.

We’re currently on our way to Lake Vänern near Karlstad for the Värmlands Paddelfestival, after which we head to the west coast for two days of classes in Helsingborg before hopping on a ferry to Denmark for classes in Rungsted, Frederiksværk and Svendborg. We’ll be in Denmark for most of August, and then we end the tour in Malmö and Karlshamn (Sweden) before heading home in early September. Click HERE for our complete 2015 Nordic Tour schedule.

This is the sixth year of the Nordic Tour, and every year it’s great to be back and catch up with our Scandinavian paddling friends. It’s also great to make so many new friends each year. Special thanks to Rebel Kayaks for supporting the tour, as well as the clubs, businesses and organizations that put the classes together in their neck of the woods, and a HUGE thank you to all of the participants.

The tour ends in September, but “kayaking season” will keep going full swing. We hope that you’ll consider joining us for a class in California (Trinidad, Whiskeytown Lake, Mendocino, Dana Point, Marina Del Rey) or Wales (Pembrokeshire, Anglesey), or perhaps we’ll see you at one of the symposiums that we’ll be teaching at in the remainder of 2015 (Traditional Paddlers’ Gathering – Minnesota, Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium – England or Lumpy Waters – Oregon).

In other news, Greenland or Bust is excited to announce that we are now an authorized center for the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) in the United States (located in Arcata/Trinidad, California). We’re both ISKGA guides and are really excited to be running ISKGA training modules and observations.

And finally, are you interested in joining us for a Greenland expedition? The dates and location have been set! Next year’s expedition will take place in the Disco Bay/Ilulissat area from July 20 to 31, 2016. Contact us at info@greenlandorbust.org for more information.

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

Dr. T’s Coaching Corner

In April’s newsletter we talked about the ‘technical’ element of the BCU’s TTPP model, and in June’s edition we covered the ‘tactical’ aspect, as they relate to the development of a paddler’s performance.

This month we focus on how a kayaker’s use of psychological tools can help achieve successful outcomes. To recap, this element represents our ability to overcome anxiety, manage arousal, determine confidence levels and understand motivational reasoning.

At times, a paddler may find themselves in challenging or highly-dynamic waters that will cause them to react both physically and mentally in a manner which could negatively affect their performance. Stress, arousal and anxiety are terms used to describe this condition. It might be that they ‘talk’ themselves out of making a maneuver or feel their heart beat faster than normal, experience the sensation of ‘butterflies’ or just get ‘gripped.’

Adopting good psychological strategies and using goal setting techniques can help moderate these emotional states, thus enabling a person to perform under pressure. To assist an individual to master their anxieties, somatic techniques (e.g. relaxation) and cognitive techniques (e.g. imagery) can be used.

Goals setting can help us gain greater control of achieving our paddling objectives because they specify what we need to work towards (thus giving direction) and the amount of effort required to achieve that target (levels of intensity). This in turn will increase our levels of motivation and self-belief.

Goal setting provides structure to a training program and is a useful tool in measuring progress. Establishing short, medium and long-term goals creates an opportunity for rewards (if you succeed in meeting each goal) or for reviewing your training needs (if you don’t meet a goal).

Relaxation techniques are seen as powerful aids to managing our emotional states and can have a direct affect upon our confidence levels. Progressive relaxation methods, along with energizing activities, prior to paddling, can have a positive effect on anxiety levels while on the water.

Imagery, visualization, mental rehearsal and mental practice all refer to creating or recreating an experience in the mind. This approach involves either retrieving an experience from memory and using it in a meaningful way, or creating an image of a new experience from cues or visual aids.

Imagery, as a tool, can be used to center the mind and help us focus on what we want to achieve. It involves mentally rehearsing a performance and can be done on the beach; in a car park; even while paddling. Visualization involves picturing what a successful performance of a task might feel like.

Some people like to hold the paddle and physically go through the motions of the maneuver they are about to perform (e.g. rolling; entering the flow), while others prefer to build a picture in their minds-eye of how they might apply a technique or complete a maneuver successfully.

Applying Psychological tools, such as arousal management and mental rehearsal, along with the use of goal setting, will enhance our paddling performance and improve our Technical ability as well provide us with greater confidence in being Tactical when kayaking.

The final element to be looked at in the TTPP model is that of a paddlers’s Physiological development, including endurance, flexibility, strength, hydration and nutrition… but more on that next time.

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

And The Rest…

Simplifying the Roll
September 5, Big Lagoon, California

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

BCU 4 Star Training
September 14 to 18, Pembrokeshire, Wales

BCU 4 Star Assessment
September 19 to 20, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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

BCU 4 Star Assessment
September 26 to 27, Anglesey, Wales

Simplifying the Roll
October 3, Anglesey, Wales

Combat Rolling
October 4, Anglesey, Wales

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

Lumpy Waters
October 16 to 18, Pacific City, Oregon

 …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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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!

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