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┬áthe 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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Kaukauna Joy Ride

Downriver from the power utility dam in Kaukauna, WI, the Fox River passes through a wall-lined channel before exiting downtown. The river then fans out around an assortment of islands, creating creeks and channels before recombobulating to continue its northbound journey to empty into Green Bay. My original plan for this past Saturday was to join more than 100 kayakers […]

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Kayaking Sea Caves of the Apostle Islands

With the right equipment, training and experience (or hiring a guide service), the sea caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are fantastic, other-worldly places to explore by sea kayak. Last week we made return visits to the Mainland sea caves and the caves of Sand Island. In previous trips to the islands we also explored the caves of Devils […]

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The Sisu: An impromptu review

I recently test paddled a new kayak that was not yet announced to the public, thanks to fellow kayak instructor and Current Designs sales person Mike Looman. The boat is called the Sisu and it’s the newest kayak from Current Designs. Last week the Sisu was publicly announced at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, so […]

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Tall Ships enter Sturgeon Bay

Kayaking friend Bill and I paddled from a Lake Michigan beach just north of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Wednesday afternoon to view the parade of Tall Ships as they entered the bay. I couldn’t believe the size of the crowd lined up on both sides of the canal. Here’s my video footage set to music, plus some of my […]

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My Encounter With Traveling Ted

For the past seven years I have served as an instructor at the annual Door County Sea Kayak Symposium (DCSKS), held the second weekend in July and presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports. This year there were 160 participants with more than 40 instructors and assistants. One of those participants was a fellow travel blogger who goes by the name of Traveling […]

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Rescuing a Dude

Last night reminded me that common sense is not all that common. I was with six other kayakers on one of our regular Tuesday evening whitewater runs on the Red River near Gresham, Wisconsin. It was around 7 p.m. We had just finished running the most technical feature, Monastery Falls (also known as Novitiate), a narrow granite chute that compresses […]

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