Sunday, December 14, 2014

Last kayak class this year!

Now look at all these deeply concentrated people! First week of December was the last real work week of my 2014! 6 people from all over the country gathered in the chapel to build 6 different kayaks. 2 Iqyax, 3 modrate south Greenland style roll/play kayaks and one extreme rolling kayak.

There was such a great spirit! Thanks to everyone for contributing with good work spirit, intelligence and humor! More pictures in √ėyvinds web page:

Exhausted as always after such a week of marathon work, I and my good helper Odd Erik started building two beautiful kayaks on Tuesday after the class already. One moderately long and narrow Iqyax and one skinny little rolling qajaq! Such great fun to "just build something". hope to use them on the water very soon.

My great hopes for next week will be a bit of paddling! I hope I can make it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

beautiful footage of Jeff and his Iqyax...

My friend Jeff Allen took part in a photo shoot for Canon this year. Here's the result. Jeff tried to promote the beautiful Iqyax he built in one of my classes, but Canon cut out most of that...

Anyway, worth looking at. Jeff puts words to some great thoughts here, and the footage of him and his iqyax in Senja is extraordinary! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Short evening paddle...

Took my long and very narrow iqyax (baidarka/kayak) for a ride this evening.  Along came my new built replica of the original paddle from Helsinki. Very interesting…..

The weather was a bit wet…the wind was picking up, so I gave up my original destination, and paddled in the direction of wind and waves for a while.

It was incredible how my Iqyax would surf these little 1-1,5 foot waves!!! I could surf them at 9-13 km/hr speed for a distance, just paddling at normal cruising speed. By moving my upper body back and forth, I could easily control the pointy bow of the Iqyax dipping just enough down the wave in front of me to stay there, and be pushed by the wave behind me. The tracking was incredible. Just a little movement of my hips and I would be back on track. It sure was a looong and fun ride.
I’m getting more and more enthusiastic about this old style Iqyax.

The paddle turned out really great too.  Great for speed. Less good for support, since I can’t comfortably grab the wide blade for an extended support stroke/roll. I reminded myself to put some deck ropes on my Iqyax before next trip, so I can bring a spare paddle.

It’s a fun paddle! It has a bit of bend in the shaft, which I believe was made with intention on the original. That gives us not only 2, but 4 different ways to hold the paddle, and a lot more to discuss J after 16 kilometers and 2 hours I have a clear opinion now. Mainly because 2 sides make more noise than other two!

To be continued…

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Video release!

Far too early, but too excited to not get up. We had a little celebration party last night since the job of making the "Greenland paddle promo video" is finished! Thank you all who joined, and especially thanks to Mattia for excellent Italian cooking :) I let the video speak for itself:

The Greenland Style Paddle from S Ensby on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

First outdoor swim in 2014

After a long winter without paddling, we decided to begin the season with a swim and some kayak rescues. 
My apprentice, Mattia from Rome, Italy found this ritual rather peculiar. My son Olav joined us, and found out too late that his drysuit's zipper was not locked properly. So we all got a feel of the 4 degrees "warm" water.

"Testing the drysuits"

"No shit, this smile is real! It actually felt really good to be back in the wet element again"