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Rolling with Helen Wilson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
dinsdag, 21 juni 2011

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The past weekend, 18 & 19 june, marked the greenland style rolling clinics by Helen Wilson at camping het Stoetenslagh.
I went there togehter with my son Marnix to learn some more about Greenland style rolling and pick up on rolling again.
The weekend was irganised by Freek and Andre, who use this location frequently for their Greenland style rolling workshops.
There was no lack of Grenland style kayak for the participants to choose from thanx too generous sponsoring by kajakcentrum Arjen Bloem and Tahe Marine Kayaks.. The participants could choose from various Tahe Greenlands or the Seabird Designs Black Pearl (until recently only available as self built strippers).

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Rollen met Marnix PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
maandag, 28 september 2009

Balance Brace Marnix Eindelijk even tijd om een stukje toe te voegen aan de website. Een week of 2 geleden ben ik met mijn zoon Marnix naar Seumeren geweest, een recreatieplas bij Barneveld/Voorthuizen. Hij wilde nu toch wel eens leren eskimoteren. Oorsponkelijk zou dit gebeuren tijdens de vakantie in Italie, maar dat is er daar op een of andere manier niet van gekomen.

 Na het wennen aan onder de kajak hangen en een paar keer de balance brace en scullen oefenen, begonnen we met het echte werk.
En al bij de eerste keer kwam Marnix nagenoeg zonder hulp boven en zo'n vijf minuten later al zonder enige hulp.
Je kan je voorstellen dat ik naast verbaasd ook erg trots ben.

Ga naar de pagina om het filmpje op YouTube te bekijken.

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Eerste vaart Black Pearl in Zeeland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
dinsdag, 27 januari 2009

Monique in de Black Pearl

Het is zover: zondag 25 januari is de Black Pearl voor het eerst in het zoute water gegaan, op het beschutte Veerse meer. Het voelde fantastisch: uit de werkplaats en nu in het water. Het peddelen was heerlijk: de kajak reageert heel direct, is erg wendbaar en rolde makkelijk ( ik had geen zitje, voetsteun of andere vormen van steun dat was wel een beetje stuntelen) De BP voelt iets wiebeliger dan mijn “gewone” kajak (een Avocet) maar dat en de kleinere kuip is een kwestie van langzaam wennen…..

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A walk in the forest on Ameland (Holwerd - Nes) - 31 mei PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
zaterdag, 04 oktober 2008
An early rise again this morning for the 2 hour drive to the North of the country. At 9 o'clock we have to be present at the ferry pier near Holwerd. Under heavy clouds and the gazes of the tourists that take the ferry to Ameland 6 paddlers start their trip. It is 5 past 10 and we cross to the ferry channel to set course (0°) towards a buoy in the small channel. From this buoy we follow the channel to  benefit from the current of the eb-tide.
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TKBN trip IJ lake PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick van Zanten   
maandag, 31 maart 2008
Even uitblazen achter Pampus
Even uitblazen achter Pampus
Last sunday march 30th, a trip had been plaane by the TKBN paddling union from the Almeerderzand to Durgerdam and back. As Tom had obligations elsewhere, I left for Flevoland very early after a short night's sleep (the clock had been put forward that night for daylight saving). After about a quarter of an hour the first of the other paddlers started to arrive. After the usual hello's and how-are-you's we could unload and pack our boats.
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Seven new paddles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
zondag, 28 oktober 2007

Zeven nieuwe peddels
Seven new paddles (photo: Hans Heupink)
During yesterdays workshop 7 participants carved 7 new paddles from the blank they had carefuly glued together on the thursday before teh workshop.

The day started at nine o'clock with a cup of coffe or tea and some explanatation. After that it was a lot of hard work to execute all the steps to slowly shape a  blank into a paddle.

This years laminates were build up up from red cedar with a core of ash and edge strips of oak. For the tips we had found a nice piece of mahogany. This will eventually give nice red and hard tip, but during the shaving this  mahogany was sometime quite brittle.

After a long day of shaving, marking and shaving the padles are proudly posed and can be taken for some finishing like  sanding and oiling.

 
Paddling around the Roggenplaat - Oosterschelde PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
woensdag, 24 oktober 2007

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On saturday the 14th of october we went for a days paddle with the TKBN to the Oosterschelde. A day of a very early wake-up, little wind, a lot of sun and a very beautiful piece of Zeeland to paddle around the Roggenplaat. From the Zeelandbrug to the Oosterscheldekering (Oosterschelde stormdam). Very enjoyable.

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Rolling with Maarten PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
dinsdag, 23 oktober 2007
scullenToday I went to Bunschoten to teach rolling to Maarten. Maarten had already taken two courses in the swimming pool with my club K.V. Keistad, but still didnot succeed in coming up all the way. We had agreed on this lesson a while back but had been postponing for several reasons until now. Finally I have the opportunity to try the Wavepiecers attitude in teaching.
(we had just catched the orca in the background Wink)
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Clear blue sky, strong winds and Dubside during Stocken Symposium - Orust - Sweden PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
maandag, 24 september 2007

Zon en harde wind

A strong wind on saturday (10 - 14 m/s, 5 -6 Bft) and sunday (14 - 22 m/s, 6 - 7 Bft) characterised the 2007 Stocken Symposium and all under a clear blue sky. A guarantee for large waves and a heavy sunburn.

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Grevelingen 14 juli 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
woensdag, 15 augustus 2007

Grevelingen 14 juli 2007Voor de 14de juli stond een tocht gepland naar de Aardappelbult, maar de weersverwachtingen gooien roet in het eten en de leiding wijkt uit naar het Grevelingenmeer.
Aldus hebben we een rondje Hompelvoet gevaren op de Grevelingen met als begin en eindpunt een surfstrandje nabij de Springersdiephaven aan de Gervelingenzijde.
De wind was behoorlijk stevig. Vanuit de haven zijn we eerst richting Port Zelande gevaren, daarbij netjes om de gele zone heengepeddeld.
Dan ging het met een stevige 5-6 in de rug riching Archipel waar de lunch was gepland. De golven droegen hun steentje bij en kreeg iedreen de kans om af en toe een lekker stukje te surfen.

 

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Seacamp TKBN june 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick van Zanten   
woensdag, 06 juni 2007

zeekamp juni 2007Because Tom and I had decided to do our seakayaking exams this year, we included the TKBN seacamp in june in our planning. After registering we received a lot of information and thus armed we drove to Ellemeet on Schouwen-Duiveland in Zeeland.

Once there, we found ourselves at the aft end of a large group of cars with kayaks of all brands and colors on top.  First we put up our tent and then at 21:15 there was a campmeeting where the instructors got introduced and everybody could enlist in the diverse groups of the camp. Tom and I chose the seakayaking exam group  together with 11 other people. After an introductory round where everybody  could express their experience and wishes for this camp,  the instructors told us we would go to Springersdiep on saturday, for strokes practice at first  and later find some surf on the Aardappelbult. (a  15 km long local sandbank). Then we went to bed to join the morning's meeting after a hearty breackfast.  Everybody found themselves at the water by 10:00.

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Trip voordelta PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
zaterdag, 14 april 2007

VoordeltaThis is the first trip on the sea's salt water this year. We (Dick and Tom) have applied for a trip in the Voordelta led by Hans Heupink. With a group of 10 paddlers we put off at the Brouwersdam's south end. When we're sufficiently far out to sea, we change course northward in the direction of the lighthouse at the tip of Goeree-Overflakkee.  Because of the low  wind there are only small waves and after  one and a half hours of paddling we land through  30 centimeter high  surf, just past the lighthouse, for lunch under a watery sun.

During lunch we're charged left and right by kitebuggies that go quite fast despite the low windspeed. Nice to look at. 

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Qajaq Treffen 2006 report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
vrijdag, 29 september 2006
RoldemoFriday at 14:15 hrs we arrive at the Rhederlaag, to build up for the second Qajaq Treffen in the Netherlands. On the same spot as last year we hang the ropes for the ropesgymnastics under a large tarp roof incase the predicted rain comes. We pitch our tent close by.
At the end of the afternoon Freya arrives in her castle on wheels and soon we are on the water to practice some rolling and of course to try Freya's Qaanaaq ss, the 'sexy hexy'. Our friend Niklas has come especially from Sweden to participate.
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Stocken Träffen Sweden 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
vrijdag, 08 september 2006

Weinig golven

This year we visited the 'Stocken Träff', a seakayak symposium on the island Orust in Sweden. The symposium is organised by Orust Kayak, a seakayak centre and outfitter in the little village Stocken.
Besides the 'modern' seakayak, the 'traditional' seakayak is getting more coverage each year on this symposium. This year for instance the first 'Greenland' style rolling competition was organised. And the people of Qajaq.se (Magnus and Sten).  thought we should also compete, as we are paddling a traditional kayak and we can do more than one roll.

 

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Making a neoprene Tuilik PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
woensdag, 15 februari 2006

tuilik in qajaqTriggered by a discussion on the QajaqUSA forum on a grouporder for material to make a neoprene tuilik and because we had already experienced the advantages of a (neoprene) Tuilik for practicing rolling at the Qajaq Træf in Denamark, we have been busy this winter to make our own Tuiliks from neoprene.
At first we wanted to join the grouporder in the US, but fortunately we were able to get a suitable address for neoprene in Italy. They were able to deliver the neoprene at competative prices. But from Italy the transportcosts are considerably lower and we do not have to pay importtaxes.
We made combined order with a couple of qajaq enthousiasts from Turnhout (B) and we ordered 7 sheets of neoprene from Italy (5 double sided and 2 single sided).

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Qajaq Treffen 2005 report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick van Zanten   
dinsdag, 22 november 2005

ropes trainingThis year Tom and myself have organised the Qajaq Treffen for the first time. We wanted to put traditional qajaq-ing in the spotlight by combining this event with the Veluwe Rally. On friday afternoon we packed our gear and drove to the recreation area Rhederlaag. We had more registrations than we initially expected and the weather forecast for the weekend was pretty good.

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Qajaq Traef Denmark 2005 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
donderdag, 08 september 2005

ImageLate afternoon on september first, after a 9 hours drive, we arrive at the  Havkajak centre Svendborg to visit the annual Danish Qajaq Træf held on 2, 3 and 4 september 2005. This seakajak centre is beautifully located on the south coast of the small island of Tåsinge (just below Fyn or Funen) . We are welcomed by Lenze Middelberg who runs this seakayak centre.

We pitch our tent on the edge of the pasture and have only a small row of trees between us and the see. On the friday our hosts for the Træf are joining us on the Havkajak centre's campground.

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First paddle making workshop successful PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Steenbergen   
zaterdag, 28 mei 2005

ImageLast saturday, 28th may, the first paddle making workshop was held at the club location of K.V. Keistad. Under the guidance of Dick and Tom, three students (Gerard, Hans & Niklas) have successfully created their own traditional paddle.

After Tom, with help of some schematics,  explaines the various steps involved in making a paddle, the students receive their large beam of pine from which they will have to make their paddles. The first lines are drawn on these blanks and before long the electric shaves are humming and spitting out the first chips of wood.

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