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Winter Fun in Thunder Bay Canada

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on March 8, 2011 at 7:25 PM

   As the days get longer in northwestern Ontario and Spring draws near, we anxiously await the melting of the ice and the opening of our local water ways, Lake Superior most of all. Just a matter of a few short weeks now and our rivers and lakes will again be wide open, ready for us to do what we love the most, both canoeing and kayaking. This year will also see a strong growth in SUP in the region I am sure. Last year, we brought in some of the great boards from Surftech and have been bringing our demo model of the Blacktip over to some of the weekly pool sessions we do through the club we run, https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=74649089911" target="_blank">Superior Kayak & Canoe Club.

The SUPs have proven to be very popular with everybody who has tried them and i think they are set to take off in the region this season.

  Another SUP project we have in the works involves our friends from WoodSurfboard Supply down in California..In the coming days you will find a section on our website dedicated to promoting and selling their fine line of kits for building your own wood-strip SUPs and Surfboards! We just received our frist kit last week with which we will be building up the first of our demo boards, this one the "Malco", designed by my long time friend Malcolm Schweizer of Schweizer Surfboards from the Virgin Islands. I'm very excited to build this board and can barely wait to paddle it! It will be the first of several custom boards that I will be building this season. And of course, the kits for the do-it-yourselfer will also be available from us shortly!

    These beautiful wood-strip boards should go nicely with our new line of hybrid SUP paddles coming out soon featuring carbon fiber shafts, molded carbon fiber grips and a laminated wood blade covered in fiberglass & epoxy.

   The Pool sessions have been a blast for everyone coming out, not just for the SUPs but also for the rolling practices we have been doing, particularly the Greenland Style of rolling whih we heavily promote, especicially since bringing in 5-time gold medalist from the Greenland Kayaking Championships, Helen Wilson from Arcata California three times between August and January alone.

Helen Wilson in our front yard, making a snowman. Darby dog in the background checking things out.

Diane Hogan doing the Balance Brace at our most recent session.

Our good friend Sean Smith, AKA Fat Paddler, from Australia at our rolling clinics with Helen wilson back in January.

  Another long time friend, Seth Wotten. Seth is another Cross Canada solo canoeist and has an awesome site from his 3-year solo canoe trip across Canada 

   After one of our sessions, Diane and i played around with a bit of video footage and put together a little video clip, all tongue in cheek and just for fun. You can check it out here on our on Youtube

   As you can see, we have been having a lot of fun at the pool all winter long! But pool sessions are just part of the fun. We have also been snowshoe events on a regular basis and having a blast with this as well. Next snowshoe outing is this Thursday night, followed by rolling practice on Sunday.


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Reply crhistopher Crowhurst
8:43 AM on March 9, 2011 
Nice post Joe, it's hard to make it through the winter with the water turning solid. Swimming pools keep me sane, plus the occasional skiing.... Keep on rolling...CC
Reply Joe O'Blenis
8:52 AM on March 9, 2011 
crhistopher Crowhurst says...
Nice post Joe, it's hard to make it through the winter with the water turning solid. Swimming pools keep me sane, plus the occasional skiing.... Keep on rolling...CC

Thanks Christopher. We like winter but we are most certainly looking forward to some open water and, hopefully, a good trip to one of our oceans this year again as well for some salt water paddling.

Cheers...Joe O'