Upcoming presentations and sessions at Ocean River Sports

Discussion in 'General Paddling Discussions' started by Dave_Barrie, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. Dave_Barrie

    Dave_Barrie Paddler

    Jan 23, 2005
    Here is some info I received from Ocean River Sports about some upcoming sessions. Thought I would share for those that may not be on their distribution list:

    Sea Kayaking Newsletter from Ocean River Sports
    May, 2005

    The great weather appears to have arrived, and the summer kayaking
    season has begun. Here's a reminder of a few events to get you excited
    and ready for the upcoming paddling season!

    Greenland Weekend

    If you've ever been curious about those long, skinny, wooden Greenland-style paddles and those skin-on-frame sleek kayaks, you'll be interested in coming down to Ocean River Sports for a presentation from an authority on the matter. Harvey Golden will be visiting us from Portland, Oregon, this Friday night, April 29, 2005, to give a presentation about Greenland-style kayaking. Remember, much of what we know about kayaking today has been passed down over the centuries by skilled kayakers from Greenland who have hunted and travelled in these skin boats for thousands of years. Harvey has travelled the planet taking measurements of surviving examples of Greenland-style kayaks, then tediously built exact replicas of each so that he could paddle these designs and see how the they actually performed. The replicas are a piece of art, and you'll have a chance to see some.

    Harvey is also in the process of writing the authoritative text on
    Greenland-style kayaks. The book is in it's final stages, but has been
    temporarily sidelined by the birth of his first child, who is coming
    along for the ride. For all his accomplishments (he can roll more than
    30 ways), Harvey is a modest, engaging person, well worth the time to
    come listen to, even if you never plan to slip yourself into one of
    these nimble, sleek, traditional kayaks.

    Greenland-style paddles are very interesting to try. They function in
    water similar to how an airplane wing functions in air: lift is created
    around the blade, allowing greater ease in rolling and sculling
    techniques. I've found that trying a Greenland-style paddle has helped
    me to develop new paddling techniques, and I can then transfer these
    techniques to my regular "Euro" paddle. You can watch Harvey
    demonstrate some fascinating techniques on Saturday, April 30. We'll
    have some Greenland-style paddles available to try. If you'd like to
    get some instruction on using these paddles, Harvey will be teaching an
    Introductory course Saturday afternoon, and he'll be teaching a rolling
    and bracing course in the heated pool on Saturday evening.

    Greenland-Style Kayaking Presentation
    Friday, April 29, 7 pm - 9 pm at Ocean River Sports - Free!

    Greenland-Style Kayaking Demonstration
    Saturday, April 30, 10 am - 12 pm at Ocean River Sports' dock - Free!

    Introduction to Greenland-Style Kayaking
    Saturday, April 30, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Ocean River Sports - $69

    Greenland-Style Rolling and Bracing
    Saturday, April 30, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Crystal Pool in Victoria - $79

    For more information, visit our website or give us a call.

    Chris Duff on Expedition Paddling Techniques

    Back by popular demand (and I mean it!), on Friday, May 6, Chris Duff
    will give us a presentation on Expedition Paddling Techniques, then
    take interested folks out on the ocean the next day for a real hands-on
    experience. I was out last year on this course with Chris, and I found
    it fascinating! Chris spoke about how he packs his kayak, how he
    mentally prepares himself, and some of the interesting skills he
    practices to prepare for longer journeys. If you're not aware, Chris
    has done some pretty amazing expeditions, such as paddling around
    England, Ireland, the south island of New Zealand, and, most recently,
    Iceland. During his presentation, Chris will talk about expedition
    paddling in general terms, then talk about his specific trips. Chris
    has written award-winning books about his exploits, so if you're
    looking for a nice read to bring along with you on your next kayaking
    trip, consider "On Celtic Tides" or "Southern Exposure."

    Chris will be visiting us from Port Angeles, Washington. He's a
    sincere, thoughtful presenter; great to listen to whether you're an
    armchair adventurer or planning your own expedition.

    Expedition Paddling Presentation
    Friday, May 6, 7 pm - 9 pm at Ocean River Sports - Free!

    Expedition Paddling Techniques
    Saturday, May 7, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at Cadboro Bay.

    Spring Tune-Up

    If you kayak has been in storage over the winter or if it's in need of
    a little tender, loving care to get it ready for the season, remember
    that Ocean River Sports has some very capable guys in our repair shop
    that would love to buff up your boat and get it all ready for a summer
    of fun. Give us a call if you'd like to drop off your kayak for a
    spring tune-up!

    Ocean River Sports
    1824 Store Street
    Victoria, BC, Canada V8T 4R4
    Toll Free: 1-800-909-4233
    Phone: (250) 381-4233
  2. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

    Mar 8, 2005
    Beautiful BC
    I would really like to attend both of those presentations but unfortunately, I don't think there's any way I could pull it off. Too bad it was such short notice. :cry: