Camper Quest Part 1: Expanding Our Kayaking World with an RV

My wife and I have been kayakers for about 12 years. Over the years, as we paddled rivers, Great Lakes and oceans, I expanded my knowledge and love of kayaking and today I share it with others as an instructor and volunteer. These days Lake Michigan is literally in our back yard, making it possible to walk down to our […]

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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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Diving Adventures in Wisconsin

By Corine Smith, guest blogger Looking for the best places in Wisconsin for your next big adventure? Want to uncover a whole new world underwater or you just want to experience scuba diving or any other water sports? Whether you’re new to the state, this article will point you in the direction of the rightfully water adventures in Wisconsin. So […]

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Double sealing Valley Kayak hatch covers

It’s a cold day in January so here’s a winter garage tip that may get you thinking about paddling again. In the 1980’s Valley became the first company to develop a watertight hatch system especially for kayaks. The Valley system remains the benchmark. Their round cover for the day hatch are also used on many other manufacturers’ kayaks including Current […]

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When in Aruba, Dive with Clive

Friends of ours posted photos of their trip to Aruba this week so it reminded me of our trip there nearly four years ago. Coincidentally our friends are diving with the same shop we used — Dive Aruba. What follows are photos and video I shot and a review I posted on TripAdvisor back in March of 2013. Diving with […]

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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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Kayak Surfing in a Whitewater Boat

Here’s a quick video of some of my kayak surfing this past Friday afternoon. Earlier my wind-surfing neighbor, David, texted to let me know the forecast called for waves out of the south, which meant we would have big waves on the NW side of the Big Pond. We headed to Door County’s Whitefish Bay where waves were easily 6+ […]

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Motion Tracking for Kayakers Too: Xensr Air

For the past 10 months I’ve been using a sports motion-tracking device called the Xensr Air 3D GPS (pronounced “sensor”), the product of a Green Bay, WI-based company. As company founder David Troup once told me, “In order to make it unforgettable, we made it unpronounceable.” The Air is touted as the world’s smallest and smartest 3D sports motion tracker supporting […]

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Bird’s Eye View of Wausau Whitewater

I’ve posted video before showing Wausau Whitewater Park from ground/water level. Here’s another vantage point. This unique perspective shows what a gem this place is. The video was shot by Ryan Keihn of Aerial Pulse at the last open recreational release of the season on Sept. 17, 2016. If you’re a regular paddler at Wausau you may recognize yourself in […]

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