Introducing Ipik by Gearlab

Chungshih knocking

How it all happened…Our history with Gearlab

When Gearlab paddles first hit the market, we contacted Chungshih. He graciously sent us paddles to review. We sent him our detailed opinion.  Years passed; we noticed that the paddles were steadily improving...

Then the Kalleq came out. Those sharp lenticular blades got our attention.  Just prior to the pandemic, we asked Chungshih to come visit. And he did.

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Print of octopus by Sarah Perry

The Artist in the Family!

Meet Sarah Perry, the artist in the family, she is married to Cheri's son, Josh.  We are fortunate to have a few artists in our collective families but she is the featured one for this blog post.  Sarah is working very hard towards becoming an art teacher.   On her long arduous path towards cultivating artistic talents in young folks she has created many beautiful pieces.  We have encouraged her to share some of her prints with our Kayak Ways friends, we hope you enjoy them!

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Rafting up with Turner on Cayuga Lake

Oops! But we’re paddling on…

While most of folks think that I look graceful in a kayak, I am quite klutzy by nature!  Turner will attest to this he is always commenting on that fact, “for someone who is so graceful when she rolls, you wouldn’t know it when she is out of her kayak.”  It is true, I often do some dumb thing usually without much consequence, getting by with a bump or a bruise, a strain, or sprain, but not this time.

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Kayak Ways Demo Day at Willard Beach

First Demo Day of 2021

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.

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Cheat Sheet and PowerStretch Hat

New Merch

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. 

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Website Renovation!

 A Big Shout Out to our friend, Liz Johnson!

by Cheri Perry

Liz Johnson

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?

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Snowy mountaintop in Brownfield, Maine

Wow… What year that was!

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.

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Rebel Naja by Portland Head Light

Rebel Naja

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!

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Solo Paddler

Puntas Arenas Symposium

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.

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Skin on Frame kayak interior

Paddle Making

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!

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