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Valentines Day Exchange

Posted: February 13, 2011 by Jeff Fabiszewski in Cartoon
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In the USA when the 14th of February comes around loved ones exchange tokens of their affection.¬† We have a developed sense of humor in our family when it comes to gifts.¬† And in many ways humor is the best gift in a relationship.¬† That is why I am sharing with you this comic my wife sent me about a “possible” Valentines Day gift.¬† I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.¬†¬† – Jeff

When I was younger, I dreamed of doing this…My son is a year old and¬†I wonder if one day he is going to try this…

TheBuckets-kayak-02Dec2001…If he does, I will find it hard not to laugh.

I hope you enjoy this comic – Jeff

The last few weeks I have been working with a guest that wanted to learn how to roll their kayak.¬† It is always interesting to learn why someone wants to learn this skill.¬† I have also been reading Pam Forsyth’s blog posts about her journy of learning to roll: Rolling as religion, Both sides of the story, . And these things got me thinking on my own evolution as a kayaker into a paddling coach.

Some people roll for attention, others roll for necessity, and a number of paddlers know how to lessen the need of rolling.  I roll for the body awareness, stretching, and abdominal strengthening that can occur when the maneuvers are done correctly.  It can be like yoga with a boat attached to you.  However, Sean thinks that the below cartoon is why I roll.  See, he does not know how to roll…


Bubble Street - 06 June 2006

…without a paddle float…LOL

I never thought I needed a roll until one day the motion of the ocean taught me humility.¬† I had been paddling for two years‚ĶI came out of my kayak in four foot breaking swells between Mullet Key and Egmont Key, Florida.¬† I was shocked because I had paddled in more challenging waters.¬† But this time I went over, came out of my boat, and could not get back into it without the assistance of Sean.¬† I doubted myself, and I was a little fearful of paddling again…

After that I put my energy into perfecting emergency reentries in rough water, and learning how to roll.  It took me a long time to learn to roll.  I just could not get the rhythm down and it was painful.  Then after several rolling instructors, I met a paddling  coach that told me a secret to rolling.  It was that rolling should not be painful; furthermore, rolling was not important.  A successful roll was a sign of an unsuccessful brace.  Hence, a brace was the key to having fun on the water.  For braces truly let you naturally move without thinking.

I practiced my brace in rough and confused waters near friends that could assist me with a bow, stern, or put-across rescue.  I practiced sculling for support with a modern euro blade paddle.  Then I discovered Greenland Qajaq traditional kayak techniques and learned how to perform side sculling and chest sculling with a Greenland paddle.


balance brace

After all of those hours of practice playing on the edge between clouds and sea grass I discovered that I had not had an unplanned capsize for over a year.  But I had also developed water on the brain.  I fell in love with the allure of Greenland kayaking because it rejects modern technology to embrace the technology of history.  I also think I could have been a seal in a past life… so I started to learn how to roll with a Greenland paddle.


Bubble Street - 12 Feb 2008

I can perform, as well as teach, twelve capsize maneuvers.  But I have realized that the perfect roll always looses against the perfect brace in real life applications.  Rolling improves balance, timing, and bracing.  And a perfect roll in eye shot of a non kayaker can scare off or entice them into trying out this lifestyle.

Nevertheless, playing between air and water does put things into an interesting perspective, and I always have fun when a guest learns how to lessen the chances of an unplanned capsize.


I am adding fuel to the fire of debate with this post.

Bubble Street 12 Feb 2008

Greenland paddlers like to say we “qajaq”.¬† We sometimes wear a tulik that make us look like a talking seal.¬† The paddle we use looks like a thin-down two by four piece of lumber.¬† We prefer to play between the edge of where air and water meet.¬† It is totally “Old School”. And for some it is all about the show of rolling.

Is going Green’ a cult?¬† By definition it is.¬† One of the common definitions of cult is “An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic, or intellectual interest”.¬† The rejecting of modern technology to embrace the technology of history is the sine qua non of relating to the water in a way that land lovers may never understand.

In the next few posts I will share with you why I am a Greenland style paddler.  The logic behind why I see value in paddling with several styles of paddles.  And why I enjoy teaching this traditional style of kayaking to Florida paddlers who want to improve their paddling form and feel of the water.  РJeff