The Paddler ezine 23 May 2015

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  • CanadaMADAWASKASummer CAMP

    Kayaking Ocean SUP Canoeing

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    From Longboard to SUPTARRYNKing INTERVIEW



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    Not all contributors are professional writers and photographers, so dont be put off writing because you have no experience! The Paddler ezine is all about paddler to paddler dialogue: a paddlers magazine written by paddlers. Next issue is June 2015 with a deadline of submissions on May 10th.Technical Information: Contributions preferably as a Microsoft Word file with 1200-2000 words, emailed to Imagesshould be hi-resolution and emailed with the Word file or if preferred, a Dropbox folder will be created for you. The Paddler ezine encourages contributions of any nature but reserves the right to edit to the space available. Opinionsexpressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publishing parent company, 2b Graphic Design. The publishing of an advertisement in The Paddler ezine does not necessarily mean that the parent company, 2b Graphic Design,endorse the company, item or service advertised. All material in The Paddler ezine is strictly copyright and all rights are reserved. Reproduction without prior permission from the editor is forbidden.

    Andrew Morris, labrador, CanadaPhoto: Pete Marshall

    EditorPeter Tranterpeter@thepaddlerezine.comTel: (01480) 465081Mob: 07411

    Advertising salesAnne EganTel: (01480)

    Covers: Eric Jackson, River Nile, Uganda

    Additional contributor credits: Phil Carr, Aidan Egan Tranter, Tez Plavenieks, Andrew Morris, Dale Mears, Phil Carr, Frode Wiggen, Amy Elworthy, Susan Doyle, Carlos Ares, Claudia Van Wijk andKatrina Van Wijk.

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    Issue 23April 2015

    004 The Paddlers PlanetBy Christian Wagley

    006 The rodeo rollBy Steffan Meyric Hughes

    010 CoachingImproving by Dave Rossetter

    016 Testing, testingTons of new kit reviewed and tested

    036 CoachingBreaking in and out by Paul Bull

    040 Paddling foodBy David Truzzi-Franconi

    048 An interview withEric Jackson

    058 Sulawesi, IndonesiaThe fantastic five by Beth Morgan

    066 CanadaPaddling the Mackenzie River by Carlos Rodrguez

    078 ItalyThe King and Queen of the Alps by Luca Dapra

    088 CanadaMadawaska Kanu summer school by Aldrick Brock

    096 Bailiwick of JerseyLes crhous by Derek Hairon

    106 An interview withSouth Africas Tarryn King

    114 SpainMallorca by Richard M Harpham & Cody White

    126 CanadaThe big lands of Labrador by Pete Marshall

    136 United StatesPaddling Rhode Island by Chuck Horbert

  • Of neighbours and friends and Planet EarthBy Christian WagleyThose who read The Paddlers Planet regularlyknow that I often speak of the value ofcommunity in helping us live in more harmonywith this place we call home. Once basic humanneeds are met and we can expand that to not justliving but living well with great physical andmental health we are best able to make surethat planet Earth is healthy, too.

    As paddlers we get to regularly commune with some ofthe most wonderful people. My paddling friends arebright, helpful, sharing, and show great care for muchmore than just themselves. I often find the same spirit inmy neighbours who recently gave me a good reminderof how healthy communities lead to a healthyenvironment and how leading with action can bebetter than leading with words.

    Spring is bursting-out here on the northwest Florida coast,and like many Im spending more time in my garden as ittransitions from winter crops of lettuce and broccoli tosummer crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. I use asystem of gardening called lasagna gardening, which useslayers of cardboard on the ground topped by layers ofmulch and compost. As I refresh my vegetable beds theylook so vibrant, with fresh hay atop layers of leaves, andnew seedlings rising from neatly-ordered beds. And withthis system there are no weeds and so no weeding!

    A new neighbour took interest in the system and askedme to help her install beds in her front yard. Sheassembled the materials from the list I gave her, and afterjust a couple of hours of work she had two beautifulbeds full of vegetable plants.

    Within a couple of days a young man who lives nextdoor to her showed up in my yard asking all kinds ofquestions about how to build his own beds. I happily

    repeated the instructions for him, and also went to hisyard to direct him in making sure that the beds werebuilt right from the start.

    As he got things going in his yard, my favourite neighbour ofall a 73-year-old man who has lived in the home next tome for over 50 years knocked on my door to see howhe could join this growing trend. This is the neighbour whofaithfully goes out every morning in his truck to gather cast-off metal cans and appliances to sell to the scrapyard, andquietly knows all that is going-on around us, without beingnosey. I did the same with him he picked-up all thematerials and I showed him how to lay it all out. He nowhas two beautiful beds along the street where all can enjoy.

    I never once preached to any of my neighbours that theyneeded to have a vegetable garden. They all simplyadmired the beauty of mine, and decided that a gardenwas right for them, too.

    The end result is that we will enjoy more fresh, healthyfood and the physical and mental benefits of working ourhands in the soil. But through the gardens we also nowhave better friendships among all of us, which is a hugebenefit to our well-being.

    We know that we are social creatures, and we tend tobe healthier when we spend good time with others.Researchers have also found that neighbourhoods whereresidents are more connected are more resilient todisturbances and change like the hurricanes that oftenstrike my town. In times of need, people who know eachother are better prepared to help each other.

    Our little collection of front yard gardens and thefellowship they build helps create a community in whichhumans live happy and well. That allows us to extend ourfull care to the natural community that sustains us all.

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    For more information on howyou can participate whereveryou may be on the Planet

    Stay tuned for my weeklypodcast of The PaddlersPlanet with my guest host

    Christian Wagley,

    Where we are Standing Upfor the Planet!

    Photo: Joan Vienot



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    No, Im going to be the word guy the residentnomenclature and etymology geek. In forthcomingissues, Ill guide us through the maze of ill-definedterms that litter our sport. Like grade or class?Canoe of kayak? Phonics or Phonix? And why themonkey? At times, I will moan about the encroachingAmericanisms in paddlesport, not because I dislikethem, but because I think they have no place on theUpper Treweryn or HPP.

    Sometimes, its just nice to speak properly and use theright terms. Language is important, and nearly alwaysoverlooked in kayaking. Sometimes, the wrong termcauses genuine confusion, and thats the case with thisfirst instalment, which tackles the beautiful roll knownalternately as the rodeo, dry-head, and back-deck roll.Ive taken the liberty, on this occasion, of going into afew of the myths surround it as well its asmisunderstood as its misnamed.

    Not really knowing what to call it confuses not onlywhitewater kayakers but, potentially, C1 paddlers andsea kayakers too. Like many things in kayaking, there isno official right or wrong on this. But I suggest westick to the terms below, as they are the only way tologically define these three subtly differentmanoeuvres.

    The back-deck roll is millennia old, one of the manyrolls used by the Inuits and others. It refers simply to aroll where the power blade is swept forwards fromthe stern, with the corresponding body throw movingforwards; the opposite to a normal (screw) roll.

    The rodeo roll is a trick variant of this in which theentire 360-degree rotation is carried out in onemotion, skipping the set-up stage.

    The dry-head roll is a refinement of the rodeo roll, inwhich the technique has advanced to the stage wherethe paddler keeps his head dry by flicking his boatover his head as he rolls.

    The mythThe rodeo roll is surrounded by bad press and badknowledge. Firstly, a number of its fans describe it asan easy roll, which is misleading and not very helpful ifyoure still struggling (as I was) after 500 attempts totruly nail it! The truth is that its quite an easy move topull off, but harder to master. From that shoulder-wrenching first attempt to having the move well-sussed can be a long journey.

    The rodeo roll

    The kind folk at The Paddler have given me a platform to whine on aboutgrammar and words on a regular basis here in the magazine, which will comeas a relief to paddling companions stuck in cars, who have so far been myonly captive audience. My aim is not to tell you how to paddle (Im far toocrap), where to go or what gear to buy (although thats easy stick to a two-tone palette and youll look great and remember, red and green should neverbe seen).


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    Photo:Dale Mears

    Steffan has beenpaddling on and offsince 1988, when hefirst stepped into aPerception Mirage.He is a keenhistorian of thesport and author ofCircle Line: aroundLondon in a SmallBoat (2012). Thesedays, he paddles adark blue JacksonAllStar (2010). He isa full-time yachtingjournalist in his dayjob.

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    firstly, it is a disorientating move that feels improbablefrom the uncomfortable start position. This is a movethat only starts to make sense once you areperforming it, so it is difficult to plan; its partly acommitment thing. Secondly, as an uninterruptedbarrel roll, the momentum gained makes it possible toperform the rodeo roll without a hip flick (hip snap toUS readers). This sounds like good news, but it is thedownfall of the many who can perform the move, butnot perform it well. A good flick is vital to coming upfast and positively and keeping your shoulders fromstrain.

    The second bit of misinformation about this roll is thatits potentially dangerous, and only suitable in freestyle.This only comes from those who cant perform it orcant perform it well. Some of these detractors arereferring specifically to the rodeo roll, some to therodeo and back deck rolls. As they call them by thesame name, its impossible to know what they aresaying, hence my wish to sort out the terminology!The truth is that the rodeo roll is largely a trick move its not often used in anger but looks wonderfulwhen it is but the back deck roll is something everypaddler should learn. And the rodeo roll is a fun wayto learn it.

    The reason it is potentially dangerous, say thedetractors, is that the paddlers underwater positionexposes his face to the river bottom. Something thattop US paddler Ken Whiting pointed out makes acomplete nonsense of this. If you flip lying back (themost common scenario), then in order to set up for atraditional roll, you have to lean all the way forwardsinto a tuck anyway, thereby exposing yourself to thebottom of the river considerably more than by simplyflipping up from the back deck.

    Other points to consider are that, if performed well, arodeo OR back-deck roll is much shallower than atraditional roll and much quicker, again lessening thatexposure. And finally, a rodeo or back-deck roll willbring you up in a neutral position with your strongside blade planted at the bow of your boat, ready topull through.

    The third myth about the rodeo roll is that it is astrain on the shoulders. Until you nail the moveproperly, that much is true. But once the move isperformed correctly, its as easy as any other roll. Ivecertainly never experienced any problems, and Ivebeen doing 50 a week for a few months now.

    Whats the back deck roll for?The back deck roll is well-known among freestylepaddlers (or playboaters) as well as surf kayakers, as atrick move. Its the basis of the entry move(performed while dropping into a stopper/hole); theairscrew (one of the iconic wave surfing moves), andthe kickflip, a downriver move. Its also just a cool-looking roll to perform as youre flipping back up inthe wave train.

    If you are a river runner, these wont be of interest toyou; but its the safest, quickest way to right yourselfafter an inversion lying back, and that should be ofinterest. In an ideal world, kayakers would come upfrom an inversion in whatever position they wereflipped. In over half the cases, this would mean a backdeck or rodeo roll. As a very fast move, its also agood way to get used to the dynamism of playboatingmanoeuvres, where many moves (the cartwheel is aclassic) happen so fast, they leave your reaction timeslagging. Its interesting to note that those with a goodrodeo roll or back deck roll usually use it as a firstchoice. And its also interesting to note thatplayboaters and surf kayakers, the two most dynamicdisciplines in kayaking, and who flip with the mostregularity, use it almost exclusively.

    Ken Whitings instructionalvideo on how to rodeo roll,despite being in 240p, is thebest on YouTube.

    Next issue: America and the UK twocountries separated by acommon language? Hip snapor hip flick? Grade or class?Eddying out or breaking out?

    The reason for itsdifficulty is two-fold:

  • Kayaking is funBruce Jolliffe Kayak Coaching

    Kayaking Catalonia Spanish PyreneesIn 2015 we will be offering our:

    Revolutionary Week for budding freestylers, freeriders and freedom fight-ers. Focussed on playing, both park and play and downriver fun. (Freestyle 3Star and possibly 4 Star available on request). 4-11th July.Improvers Evolution Week for river runners that wish to push their gradein as forgiving a learning environment as is possible. 11-18th July.Learn to Guide Week for those that wish to grow their river sense andlook after others on the water, this includes the BCU WWSR and 4 Star WWLeader course. 18-25th July.

  • There are a differing ways in which we can go about ourplay/practice time. There are plenty of times when yousee the same paddlers use the same bit of water and dothe same moves constantly. While this familiarity breedssome confidence and sense of satisfaction of being ableto reproduce certain moves it can let us down when wehead off to somewhere new.

    Dont get me wrong, this reproduction of moves doeslend itself to improving the muscle memory andattaining new knowledge. However, paddling takes usto new and exciting places where we our skills andknowledge are put to the test. As well as this massedpractice we should be compelled to add variety to ourpractice. This variety sees us challenge our skills andhelps when we find ourselves on the different side ofthe boat, different angle of wave or wind. By looking toachieve our favourite moves in differing ways sets usup well for when thi...