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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Camping with a TRAK Kayak

Can a TRAK folding kayak safely carry more than 60 pounds of camping gear? I was fairly certain it could but I had to check it out for myself. So that’s what I did this past Labor Day weekend while camping at Wisconsin’s Rock Island State Park. I organized this event for the Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers kayak club. Last Friday, […]

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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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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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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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Black River Narrows Trip Report

By guest blogger John Hart The temperature dipped little by little, hour by hour as I drew closer to the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With every drop in temperature my excitement ticked up a notch, knowing I was getting closer to the start of an amazing weekend. As I rolled into Wakefield and swung through the […]

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Prairie Paddling: Whitewater Comes to Iowa

When it comes to having an eye on the future, three towns in Iowa have their stuff together. Charles City, Manchester and Elkader each have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to create whitewater parks. For someone who spent his first 30 years in Iowa, this is an amazing development to witness. During my time in the Hawkeye State there […]

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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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