"Joe O' Paddles Blog"
|Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on September 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM|
At 8:22 Pm Saturday evening, Sept. 04th, 2010, exactly 16 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes after launching my kayak in Nanaimo BC on Vancouver Island, I returned to the same location and reclaimed the speed record from British paddler Sean Morley. And yes, this entire trip was done with a pair of my hand crafted Greenland Paddles, proving that the GP's are indeed very efficient for long distance cruising and can set, and maintain, a very good pace. I would not have even tried this expedition with any other type of kayak paddle, the GP is what made it so easy on my body and allowed such full recovery overnight throughout the full journey.
The entire expedition went by in a blur and I'm still trying to sort through my thoughts and memories from the entire event. I leave today to travel eastwards once again and during the trip (by Via Rail for a relaxing way to end the journey), i'll work on the photos and on doing a bit of a trip report which will be posted on the website and blog next week sometime.
Hope to also have a small slideshow ready by the following weekend for my friends back home as well as, later on, a few slideshow presentations back in BC.
A HUGE thank you to the many, many people who helped make this happen and to those who encouraged me along the way. Far too many people to list here but a few of the folks at the top of the list include Diane Hogan, Helen Wilson, Chris Hudema, Dawna & Rolf, my parents back home, Robin & Karen Thacker of Atlantis Kayaks, Nigel Dennis of Seakayakinguk, Tahe Marine kayaks, Kokatat, John Kimantis & Wavelength Magazine/ Wildcoast Publishing, Speedstroke Gym, Kayakpro and many, many more. Also, a very LARGE thank you to my friend Sean Morley who raised the bar so high in 2008 that I just had to come back and take another shot at this thing. Thanks Sean, you rock buddy!
For now, you can view the posts from throughout the expedition that my better half, Diane added to the website here: Vancouver Island 2010
What's in the future? Too early to tell but... after swearing off another speed run around the island last week, I must say that the temptation is still strong to do it again, for speed, but in a different manner. Time will tell but here is a hint at what may be to come in 2011....
More coming in a week or so once comfortably back home.
Cheers.. Joe O'
|Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on August 19, 2010 at 1:27 AM|
It is finally time to get on the water and start the expedition around Vancouver Island to reclaim the speed record. After having to postpone it by a year last summer due to not being able tokeep up with orders for my paddles as I expanded the little home grown business, I thought I'd be on the water in June for this expedition.
But as the season approached, I was again overwhelmed with orders and had to once again postpone, this time though only for a couple of months.
I finally arrived back on Vancouver Island Monday afternoon and am now ready to get out on the water and take a quick little trip around the island.
The goal for this nearly 1200 kilometer trip is just 16 days!
You can follow my progress by clicking the link for my SPOT Mesenger on the Vancouver Island 2010 Expedition page.
Eventually we will post full results, a day to day journal, Google Maps, photos etc...once I'm back home again.
I'd love to write more but I'm exhausted as it is and need some sleep before launching in roughly 8 hours time.
Full report coming in just over two weeks!!
|Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on July 22, 2010 at 10:55 PM|
Well, just under one month to go before launching the expedition to reclaim the speed record for circumnavigating BC Canada's Vancouver Island.
The goal for the roughly 1150 kilometer trip is 16 days.
Just booked my ticket today to British Columbia and I'm aiming for a launch sometime in the third week of August. Time to get to work and finish up the food lists, gear list etc and pick up the new Spot Messenger and a new VHF Marine Radio in the next few days.
Going to be a good time for sure, I can hardly wait to get out there and have a little fun!!
|Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on July 11, 2009 at 5:06 PM|
As I type up this latest Blog Entry, I am sitting in the woodshop with the laptop in front of me. Surrounded by Greenland Paddles in various stages of construction, i am happy to announce that I will be supplying Helen Wilson (the 2008 Greenland Rolling Champion) with some of my handbuilt paddles.
The new sposorship has just come together over the past few days and I am pretty excited about getting my paddles into the hands of somebody like Helen. When it comes to rolling a sea kayak, she is the BEST!
In 2008 Helen took First pllce in the solo rolling competition. First place in Group Rolling. First place in Harpon Throwing for Distance. Based in Arcata California, she travels North Americ and the world teaching kayaking skills. To learn more about Helen, visit her WEBSITE and check it out.
|Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on June 18, 2009 at 8:18 AM|
A few days ago, Victoria BC resident Nick Castro launched his attempt to set a new record for sea kayaking around Vancouver Island. Unfortunately, as of yesterday, Nick has withdrawn due to a severe case of tendinitus in his left arm.
Apparaently the injury flaired up on day 2 and quickly worsened, forcing Nick off the water early on day 3 after about 25 kilometers. He had paddled roughly 65 kilometers on Day 1 and about 45 on Day 2.
The goal was around 80 kilometers per day in his attempt to break the existing record which was set last fall by Sean Morley who broke my record circumnavigation from the previous year. My own attempt to reclaim the record is still set for this September.
You can view a thread on the Vancouver Island Record at www.wavelengthmagazine.com on their Forums Page.
That being said, it is time for me to have a heary breakfast and then get ready to hit the water on Lake Superior for another training session.
|Posted by Joe O Paddles on April 20, 2009 at 9:39 PM|
Lots of news on the local paddling scene here in Thunder Bay Ontario. Teaming up with the good folks at Quetico Provincial Park, the Superior Kayak & Canoe Club is co-hosting the "Paddle Your Friends Canoe or Kayak Symposium" on July 5th.
Preceeding this event is 4 days of marathon canoe racing in Quetico Provincial Park. More details will be psoted online with in the next few days, both on my Blog and on my Club Pages for the paddling club.
My new Greenland Paddle Bags are now in stock and going fast. I currently have Black; Black & Blue; and Burgundy to choose from. Nicely paddled, these are awesome bags for protecting your Greenland Paddle. See the webstore for more information.
Regular club paddles start up in May. Tuesday Night Race series is also set to resume in late May (I'm anxiously awaiting arrival of my new 18'6" kevalr marathon C1 solo race canoe to arrive. 26 lbs of speed and fun).
Also, rumour has it that several new Nigel Foster designed sea kayaks are set to arrive in Thunder Bay next month. The all new Whiskey 16 and the Whiskey 18...designed by Nigel Foster, built by Point 65 North of Sweden. I'm happy and excited to be bringing in these fine sea kayaks to the waters of Lake Superior.
Lots more news coming soon, check back often!