It was great to see so many folks at Willard Beach for our first Demo Day of 2021! We had a decent weather window; warm air temperatures tempered the chillier ocean. Cheri mentored paddlers as they dipped into some of their first rolls in our fleet of Tiderace and Rebel Kayaks.
Trying to sort out your first Roll? Need some help? Cheri and Liz have been busy creating a Cheat Sheet for the Standard Greenland Roll. It encompasses a basic key word for each step at the front of each row and a photo of corresponding step both on the land, AND in the water, the final box has a description of what is happening in each phase. Best of all its laminated so it is water ready! Just tuck it under your decklines for easy cheating! Cheat Sheets for the Standard Greenland Roll are $10.
A Big Shout Out to our friend, Liz Johnson!
by Cheri Perry
Lots of you may know Liz Johnson, she is a Maine Sea Kayak Guide and Instructor, she organised the Greenland Gathering on Peaks Island in 2019 that was a huge success. She has worked as a guide and instructor for Maine Island Kayak Co. But did you know that besides kayaking and other outdoor interests she is a website designer?
Just over a year ago, we realized that 2020 would be like no other in anyone’s living memory. Adjusting to new rhythms and circumstances is par for the course. In the last couple of years, even before the virus struck, folks may have noticed that we have taken a break from traveling the world and teaching kayaking. Suddenly, everything around us came to an almost full stop.
Another composite Rebel innovation. With strong greenlandic roots, the Naja is for many that have been looking for a more intimate fit. Kayak Ways is honored to be part of the design team that has brought this little jewel into being. Johan Wirsen and the team at Rebel Kayaks deserve the credit for being open to this small idea and for developing its production. Excited!
In the course of our travels, we do sometimes run into ‘out of the ordinary’ experiences. As sometimes happens, more often that not actually, we get these e-mails out of the blue, inquiring whether we would be available at a particular place and time, to come and share what we know to be Greenland-style kayaking. We generally do our very best to accommodate! After all, we’re both honored to think that someone has sought us out, and we do like an adventure now and again. And again 😉
This is just how we got invited to go to the very end of the Americas, Tierra Del Fuego, Chile. In this post, we’ll sort through the symposium experience and write at a future point about other aspects of the trip.
How long has it been since you put a plane to wood to make something beautiful AND useable? Or saw a shape materializing before your eyes? A shape that is useable in your kayaking, no less!
Visiting the Reed Factory
Fighting off the Chill with Reed Chillcheater: our factory visit with Chris Reed and Company.
How cool would it be to take us with you when you roll? We are now offering Digital downloads on our website of, “This is the Roll” both in full and in segments. So you can get it loaded onto your digital device and take it with you!
Those words bring to mind so many powerful feelings. Panoramas dominated by the the coastal mountains of Northwest Vancouver Island and the mighty Pacific Ocean. The past echoes and the present beat of First Nations peoples continues to resonate. Still great stands of Cedars, teetering on the edge of rocky cliffs, sentinels announcing this remote and remarkable collection of islands, creatures and vibrant sea states all making up the surroundings of Spring Island.