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Gangnam Style Kayaking Against The Wind From Broadside

November 24th, 2012 @ 11:45pm

It's no secret...Those South Koreans sure know how to party.  However, did they know their dance is not only addictive, but useful for kayakers?  Yes, it is! As many of you have already experienced, kayaking with a wind, coming to you broadside, is a bit challenging when trying to stay on course.  You know the routine...Drop the skeg and adjust from weathercocking or drop your rudder and add an offset to your tracking.  However, what to do if your skeg or rudder fails or you simply don't have one?  Paddle like you are dancing to Gangnam style!  You know the video (NO?  see here at approximately 1 minute and 10 seconds into the video).  Look at their feet when they are stomping at this addictive tune.  This simple technique of  "left", "right", "right", "left" with your paddle strokes will help you stay on course.  Simply paddle using a double stroke on the opposite side of which the wind is blowing from.  Applying less or extra strength in the stroke as needed to compensate. But don't stop there.  Improve your strokes to compensate the strength and balance your strokes as much as possible.  Sometimes, you can consider mixing more technical with... Read More


Cheap DIY Kayak Locking cable for road trips

November 6th, 2012 @ 12:45am

A big smile immediately follows whenever the word "Road Trip" is announced or comes to mind.  Paddling is always fun but let's face gets a little boring after a while going to the same places.  That's why a road trip becomes an exotic vacation to any paddler.  New Scenery, different weather, new people to meet, and so on.  But it comes to no surprise when reality sets in that your road trip likely requires a stay at a hotel. Immediately you begin to think..."What do I do with the kayak on my vehicle?"..."Will it fit in my room?"..."Is the area safe from theft?"... "Is it worth the risk?"  These are natural thoughts and it should be.  That's an expensive item on your vehicle and it will likely grab attention.  In some cases, Yes, it will fit in your room.  However, that is not always the case, nor always permitted. The solution is to buy a kayak lock set from your local or online kayak store.  They are not that expensive.  However, what if you have no time to get it in time or your local store is out of stock?  Have no fear.  There is a cheap, simple, solution... Read More


Hurricane Sandy and a kayaker preparing for the storm at home.

October 30th, 2012 @ 11:15am

Just a year from our minor experience with Hurricane Irene, Sandy has come to remind us just how bad a hurricane can be here in Long Island, NY.  Reminiscent of my experience with Hurricane Gloria in 1985, the strength of Sandy was incredible.  With such high force winds, Sandy has left a wrath of destruction all over our US Eastern coastline. Heeding to the warnings, I immediately secured all kayaks into the garage.  Now securely stored, I immediately went through my emergency kits, candles, and stoves.  Having such a hobby/sport gives me quite an advantage to preparation with little effort.  First aid, always in my kayak, was all set in preparation for the worst.  LED flashlights and lanterns also ready due to my camping trips.  I preferably use all flashlights and lanterns that use "AA" or "AAA" batteries.  At the moment, these two are the least popular for emergencies as many continue to use inefficient halogen/incandescent light sources requiring heavier batteries such as "C" and "D" batteries.  As a result, finding batteries in the supermarkets is more in my favor if I arrive late shopping.  This won't last long, but for now it's to my advantage. Last night power was... Read More


Product Review: The UCO Original Candle Lantern

October 17th, 2012 @ 11:30pm

I love camping.  Particularly when traveling by kayak (backpacking is a close second).  However, I particularly love to do it when the weather is still cool.  Mid to late Fall or Early Spring.  Why?  For one, no ticks in the sandy islands I pitch a tent in... Also, no mosquitos to suck me dry... And don't forget there is little to no boat traffic at this time!  There is one trade off and that's those cold nights.  Temps dropping near freezing can keep you awake by just the breathing in of cold air.  I do keep my body warm with my properly rated pad and sleeping bag, however, the cold air just can't be stopped from keeping me awake.  Well I have found a fix for that!  The UCO Original Candle Lantern.  A compact candle powered lantern that is a great multitasker.  Providing excellent light in my tent and enough heat to reduce the stress of breathing cold air during a sleep in the wild.  I've read how these candles are recommended to help heat up a tent but I was weary of such a claim.  Shockingly, there is some truth to the statement.  With a proper size tent, small... Read More


Paddle Safe. Don't become the next missing kayaker.

October 10th, 2012 @ 9:30pm

"Kayaker missing".  More and more, I am reading such headlines and it opens me to more comments shed by family and friends.  I continuously hear, "Please be careful", "Don't paddle alone", "Can't you simply kayak in the lake?", and my favorite..."Isn't it shark season?".  Darn you Shark Week for your awesome programming. ( Please people, settle down.  Driving a car is far more dangerous and we have all come to terms with the that and live on driving daily. There is a risk in nearly all activities of a person's daily life.  How you succeed in making it through another day is primarily on the fact that, knowledge, experience, and safety, have instilled itself upon your daily routines.  Everyone knows to hold a knife carefully.  Everyone knows to stay out of traffic when walking.  Equally, an experienced kayaker knows to wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) when entering the arena of "the drink".      However, an amateur does not!  This is a result of uneducated or pride driven individuals.  You know...the ones that say, "I know how to swim", "It's not a law for adults", "I can get back in the kayak if I fall out".  Honestly, I have... Read More


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