Sesh on the Pesh: 3D Motion Capture with Video

I posted before about 3D motion capture using a Xensr device. Here’s my most recent demonstration, a kayaking session (or “sesh” as the cool kids say) recorded Sunday, Nov. 5 on the Peshtigo River in Wisconsin. To create these videos on my computer, I overlay Xensr moving map and motion data with GoPro video shot at the same time. I […]

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Wisconsin Surfing: When the Waves Call

Here’s a great video about board surfing in Wisconsin and some of the people who do it. I recognize some of the guys in the video because I’ve been out on the waves with them in my kayak. I see many similarities between these guys and the Wisconsin whitewater kayakers I hang out with, especially the reasons we search out […]

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It’s Cold and Getting Colder on the River

It’s cold and it’s getting colder It’s gray and white and winter all around And oh I must be getting older All this snow is trying to get me down* The air was 31F. Water was 37F. The river level was 10″. Time to go boating. Xensr map and motion tracking of our paddle *From Season Suite Winter by John […]

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Big Waves on the Big Pond

It was a wet and wild day for kayak surfing on Lake Michigan yesterday. Young whitewater playboater Jeremiah Kramasz and old me were out at Sheboygan’s Deland Park riding waves, some reaching 10 feet in height (see video). One of my Xensr tracks indicated my maximum speed was 18 mph. Despite cold air, pelting rain and water temperature of 37⁰F, […]

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Bald Eagles: Convocation at the top of the food chain

Last weekend as I looked out our living room window overlooking Green Bay, I saw a pair of bald eagles perched on the ice near the open water. I assumed they were hunting fish. But through binoculars I could see one of them had captured a Bufflehead duck. Bald eagles live at the top of the food chain. Other than […]

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Indoor Kayak Training

Now that rivers are icing up in the Upper Midwest, it may finally be time to declare the end of the 2015 late-fall, early-winter whitewater paddling season. Some hardy sea kayakers will still be at it wherever they can find open water. While most kayakers wait for warmer weather, pool sessions offer a great opportunity to learn and practice strokes […]

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Three Great Days of Boating in Mid-December

Editor’s note: Rob Smage is an accomplished Midwest whitewater paddler and author of many river reports on the American Whitewater website. He was also one of my mentors during my early ventures into whitewater kayaking. The following guest blog post came my way today via Tony Cantania, a fellow protégé of Rob’s. This account of winter whitewater fun is filled […]

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