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Capn Jimbo Offline
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Posted: June 30 2005,20:12

Allow me to quote Joe Glickman, well regarded as a premier long distance paddler and instructor (From "The Kayak Companion"):

"The ease of forward propulsion gets you out on the water, and the difficulty of mastering the mechanics, balance, and subtleties of reading water keeps you there.  To refine your stroke for maximum glide, to use the dynamic properties of water to your best advantage, to relax in and enjoy rough water - well it's an addictive challenge, a never-ending learning curve."

"For millenia, people have considered rivers to be magical and holy...as Rachel Carson wrote in The Sea Around Us: 'For all at last return to the sea - to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever-flowing stream of time, the beginning and the end'."

"Here's the cool thing about paddling:  While it is a relatively easy thing to do, doing it well consistently is surprisingly hard. Perhaps that's part of the enduring appeal, and why it's called a "lifetime" sport."


"Ed Gillet, who made the first solo crossing from California to Maui in a sea kayak observed that: 'Contemporary kayakers are merely following in the wake of early paddlers who understood more than we do about the harmony of self propelled travel'"

"The more refined your skills and the more you learn about water... the more you will appreciate this pursuit that has its roots in the survival of the species".

And last -

"The bad news is that virtually all beginners - and many kayakers that have been at it for years - paddle inefficiently". (yet) "...improved technique is 'free speed'... sound technique means you can paddle longer without getting tired."  "Even more important, better technique can save your life."

I would like to close with an observation by our own dear Sue Sea (who many who've seen her smoothly paddlin agree she is a a great paddler):

"...i agree with this gentleman...about paddlin'...paddle with your middle..(torso)...to keep your yak straight...i think one of the best pointers taught to me...by our beloved capn jimbo was "spear the water"....with your paddle....try not to move water....oh so quietly...and as you concentrate on NOT making noise ...NOT moving water....spearing the water with your paddle...moving your torso...all the way left..then all the way right...that's when you get to that place....the yak just flys...in the strongest of winds...in the deepest swells of the ocean....and the yak goes straight...because they have been ingeniously designed...and because....your paddlin'.  so...here's to getting to that wonderful...beautiful place.....one and all.....always....sue sea....hope to get paddlin' over this weekend coming up....maybe sunrise ...would be the best bet ...to combat this rainy season blues. god bless us all. "

I think that says it all.  I do hope this is a productive section that will benefit us all and continue the tradition...


Edited by Capn Jimbo on July 01 2005,06:45

Tight lines,
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Kodiaz Offline

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Posted: July 01 2005,04:08

great post jimbo cant count how many times i leave my house to fish and just go paddle and leave the poles in the car
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Posted: July 01 2005,06:54

The best part of yak fishing is being on the water. Catching fish is a by-product, the best is paddling and reflecting the bounty of nature.
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Posted: July 01 2005,19:58

There is a lake in the High Sierra Mountains of California, Echo Lake. Fed by the winter snows, it lies in a cradle of granite mountains,cut and polished by passing glaciers at about 8,000 ft. elevation.  My grandfather homesteaded a cabin here, long before it became national forest land, along with a handful of others escaping the press of San Francisco and the Bay. Built on a low cliff overlooking the narrow channel that seperated the upper and lower sections of the lake and only to be reached by a 3 mile boat ride from the road and chalet which served as the gateway to the Desolation Wilderness.  My earliest memories of grandfather are from the bow seat of his wooden Willits canoe, a fishing rod in my hand, listening to the long, measured strokes of his paddle coming from the stern.  Early in the morning, we would head down the lake to pick up the morning paper at the chalet, about a 45 minute paddle down, and more often than not, as the winds picked up through the mountain passes, about a 2 hour trip back.  He had a motor boat tied to long dock below the cabin but that was only used for packing in at the start of the season and out before the first snows started; he hated the bouncy ride and the noise, and quite frankly, it was always about the gettin' there, not the destination.
    Years passed and I could hear those same measured strokes coming from the stern, the paddle now in my father's hands.  He would pause and in the still quiet of the duck pond in the first morning light, the only sound coming from the drops of water off the paddle blade and a quick rush of wings.
    Now I ride the stern.

(Capn's Note:  beautiful contribution. Thank you)

Edited by Capn Jimbo on July 02 2005,00:12

... and that's why I hate treble hooks...
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