Sunday, February 5, 2017

Qajaq and ixyaq building class

Yesterday I finished a great 8 days class with students from near and far.

We built 4 touring ixyaq (baidarka) with hatches, Aleut style paddles and hatches.

We also built 2 rolling qajaq and a racing qajaq for the Greenland international qajaq competition this summer....and a childrens qajaq and a very beutiful ordinary south greenland style qayaq for general use.

Happy students and their proud teacher!

After class, we even had time to test the kayaks. demonstrated some wet exit safety techniques and we did some racing and rolling on the river :)

Thanks to Roger (Kayakid) and Vidar from Trondheim, Vidar and Jon David from Oslo, Erik from Sweden, Johan from USA and Jannie and Cecilie from Denmark! Big hugs to everyone and Happy paddling!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

First class this year

Saturday I had the great pleasure of giving the first paddle making class this year.
Paddle making is a short class, taking typically 9 hours and a class that has been gradually more popular the last 10 years.  Counting last year’s classes reveals that more than 120 people have made their own paddle through one of my classes in 2016! I think that’s a lot of paddles and it warms my heart J

This class consisted of people from Sandefjord Kayak club. Sandefjord is one hour’s drive from here, on the South East coast .

Some had made paddles before, some hadn’t. Some made classic Greenland style all round paddles, some made Aleut paddles, one made a spare paddle and one made a surf paddle, which basically is a short wide Greenland style paddle.

We had a great day together. I can’t complain on either company or food! Thanks a lot, Sandefjord Kayak club. Happy paddling! I’m looking forward to see you again on the water or in the workshop next year!

nw1 from anders thygesen on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Iqyax rolling

It has been such a busy spring. Paddles have been made, classes have been held. And in between, I have built a new Iqyax....

My theory is that rolling any kayak is all about padding.... or at least mostly.

This little beauty is 5,18 cm. long, 52 cm. wide. Canvas covered wooden frame, spruce and oak...19 kilo including sea sock and a pretty flat/square cross section..

I did a little test ride this afternoon. As expected, it was fast and very stable. It fitted me like a glove and I had no difficulty doing pretty advanced Greenland rolls in it.....The video shows elbow roll, forward ending hand roll and static bracing with elbow roll ending.. :)

Iqyax rolling from anders thygesen on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Paddling and kayak build movie...

I just came home from a great trip to "my" island in lake Eikeren...It was cold, windy and rainy, but after 1/2 hour of paddling, the pain in my back that I've had for a couple of days just disappeared! and my mind just cleared....and I felt so the cold, wind and rain....And I started wondering why I don't paddle more often...

Once home, I noticed last year's movie project was spread on the internet, shared and liked 1000 times! warms my heart. Watch and enjoy:

Sunday, December 6, 2015

More SUP...

This clip is from last Sunday, when I tried out my alomst completely finished new SUP board!
 Did a speed test yesterday of same board…..It’s pretty close to kayak speed J
Now I want to refine both board design and work techniques. Maybe I’ll do board building classes sometime year 2016…

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Now, remember the Skin-On-Frame Stand-Up-Paddle board we created a few years ago? Things have developed a bit since then... First we tried out some plywood designs. They have been a great hit all summer. Partly because my back injury made it difficult to enter the kayak, and I wanted to go paddling.

And since the plywood board is kind of heavy, I started wondering about making a new and better (and lighter) skin on frame board. I had the chance to spend some time working on it the last couple of weeks, and yesterday it was almost finished.

The design is entirely my own, and being really uncertain of how it would work, I skipped the skinning and just wrapped it with clear plastic wrap, to take it out for a short paddle.

As you may see on the video, It worked GREAT! It's fast, it tracks well (even without fins on it!) and it's very stable. It's the best qualities of the skin kayak, built into a SUP board. By the way, the beautiful paddle is also my own design, and it will be available for customers in 2016.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kayak events, and a new Norwegian rolling champion

An intense week is coming to an end soon. Last week Dubside, Jannie and I went all the way to Stokk√łya to act as instructors during the traditional kayak event there.

A long day of travelling by car and ferry was rewarded with a great positive meeting with lots of great and positive people. The site is spectacular! So was some of the thing we did! we had some days of teaching, then kayak building competition and Norwegian rolling championship. Not to mention great food, concert, campfire at the beach, guitar and ukulele, and lots of happy faces.

The day program came to a climax when Jon David won the rolling championship. He did a great job - in only 17 minutes he did almost every roll perfect - only missing the stray jacket roll! Best of all - he did it in a rolling kayak he and I designed together last autumn - framework and canvas - a real Greenland qajaq.

I videoed his performance with Dubsides camera. His daughters give comments and cheer!

Back in Vestfossen Dubside and I started our Rolling festival. 3 days of rolling and learning in beautiful lake Fiskum. People have travelled as far as from Kirkenes to this event. The weather has been great and so has the atmosphere.