Mats Bengtsson Kayak Home Sub part of Mats Bengtsson Home page, focused on kayaking. Different aspects from my kayaking experiences. Pictures and descriptions from different kayak tours, as well as stories and thoughts and learnings from my way from brand new kayaker into a paddler with some experience. (Mats Bengtsson) en-us An overhaul of the site structure and menues The site had grown quite a lot and the original menues were too cluttered. I have now split the menues into more menues, but not yet into more levels (the home improvement projects, do it yourself, and woodworking sections overlap and could all be part of a common level). Same goes for the heating and own heat calculations pages. Kayaking pages are also split between kayak tips and techniques, kayak safety and kayak trips. The site does look a little different with more menues, and also an added hierarchical navigation bar. Technology is changing. I have changed the way flash is handled, not prompting for missing flash player on all pages. The kayak tips and techniques section is a new separation on the site, but only the main page is new. Kayak Mon, 09 Jul 2012 08:53:00 +0200 A kayaker falling into the water outside Malmö harbour turnes out as a real life practice of a well rehersed t-rescue When we where out paddling with the KF Öresund kayak club, one of the new members fell into the water. This turned out to be a real life practice of a well rehersed t-rescue. The new member had participated in the kayak course held by the club and thus all steps where well drilled and worked in the real life situation as well. Kayak Tue, 15 Jun 2010 23:20:00 +0200 Adding two slide shows to the web site, for Fjällbacka and for some unsorted short trips I am using an Archos mp3 player, and to that one I have the movavi Video Suite. In the new version I found that there was a function for creating slide shows, and thus I now have a slide show from Fjällbacka and a slide show from unsorted shorter kayak trips. They where in the end created using proshow. Kayak Fri, 11 Jun 2010 23:20:00 +0200 Paddling outside the harbour of Malmö when one of the big ships passes by On one of the ordinary Tuesday paddling evenings in the KF Öresund kayak club, we passed the harbour (or rather the lighthouse outside the harbour) at the same time as one of the bigger ship passed by. In spite of the size of the ship, it did not generate any big waves, but it was anyway an impressive site. Just two weeks before I had paddled a bit behind a similar ship on its way out of the harbour, so I know that in a limited space, the propellers create a good turmoil in the water. Kayak Thu, 10 Jun 2010 21:20:00 +0200 Paddling in a strange combination: strong gale, foam on the water, but no waves I recently was out paddling in a strange combination: strong gale, foam on the water, but no waves. The reason for the lack of waves was two sided. We were paddling on the protected side of the shore, having a shore between us and the wind. But most important, we where paddling on a shore with very shallow water. Where the water was deeper, the waves started building. This was interesting, I have been paddling at the very same place once before in similar but more calm conditions. At that time, we paddled in the higher waves until we reached the reef, at which time all waves disappeared, and on the other side of the reef, they never built to higher waves again. Kayak Sun, 06 Jun 2010 21:20:00 +0200 some thoughts on what to wear in early spring temperatures in Sweden (5-8 degree Celcius in water and 10-14 degree Celcius in air) that fits kayaking, as well as resting, as well as beeing in the water Added a a short description of some more early spring trips around Malmö 2010. Also some thoughts on what to wear in these temperatures that fits kayaking, as well as resting, as well as beeing in the water if so happens (I did not fall in, I just stepped out into the water to see how it felt). Since I did the same last year, but in other clothes and a little colder weather, I start to get a picture. Kayak Sun, 02 May 2010 17:50:00 +0200 a short description of our first spring paddling 2010 Added a short description of our first spring paddling 2010. Also some thoughts on how well my clothing worked after first spring trip in cold water. The heavier socks worked well, but the same gloves as I used before did not work well immediately after a break (wet gloves resting on the cold ground became cold, and "reheating" them through my finger temperature made my fingers painfully cold). After about 10 minutes when the gloves hade become heated through my hand temperature, it all worked as expected again, but the gloves where probably not enough to be safe if falling into the water. Kayak Sun, 04 Apr 2010 18:10:00 +0200 nice autumn paddle trip in Löddeköpinge together with a fellow kayaker with similar equipment, but a faster kayak We were two persons who went out together for a nice Sunday autumn kayak trip. Both well dressed in drysuits and a good weather for the trip. Starting in the calm water of a small river before reaching the ocean. However, the fellow kayaker was paddling close to the top speed of my kayak. Not that he paddle from me, he always waited, but he was faster and I had to work to keep the same speed. First time in a long time I started thinking of a longer more narrow faster kayak. Kayak Tue, 27 Oct 2009 20:30:00 +0100 it might not be safe to paddle kayak in a group Safety when paddling kayak is important. Paddling alone is often considered the least safe way of paddling, but this is not always the case. Very important is the question regarding how safe paddling in a group is. It is easy to believe it is safer to paddle kayak in a group because there are more people in the group. In fact though, this additional number of people introduces some group dynamics issues, and might lead to a group not being a safe place, unless the group is well organised. Kayak Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:30:00 +0200 improved physical shape for improving both kayaking as well as kayak techniques This is about how improved physical shape can and probably will lead to improved kayaking experiences, as well as to a capability to improve your kayaking techniques. It also connects this with how kayaking itself, and improved kayaking techniques, are likely to improve your physical shape. Thus, it describes the positive wheel between kayaking and physical shape, and suggests a number of activities to practice from both angles. Kayak Wed, 30 Sep 2009 19:00:00 +0200 Thoughts on kayak safety and rescue techniques needed for kayaking Added a page in which I try to summarise my thoughts on kayak safety and rescue techniques needed for kayaking. There is often a need to compromise between high safety and enjoyful water sports. Kayaking is a water sport which can be practised quite easily in many places. But at the same time, the kayak can carry you to places or situations where you no longer should feel safe. Depending on your interest and skill level, safety can be achieved in different ways and to different levels. This page describes a number of possible ways to view such levels. Kayak Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:30:00 +0200 Hopefully now working summary of my thoughts after yesterday having attended a one day kayak course held by Nigel Foster in Malmö, Sweden Released on September 6 news on a course but with an incorrect pointer to the page. Old text from the release was: Summarized my thoughts after having attended a fantastic one day kayak course with Nigel Foster. I have always consdiered Nigel Foster as one of the kayaking gurus, so I am biased. The course was arranged by KF Öresund in Malmö, Sweden. I live in the area and could not miss the chance to attend a course held by such a knowledgable and skilled person as Nigel Foster. Kayak Tue, 08 Sep 2009 12:00:00 +0200 summary of only the special points to consider when choosing a kayak for tall people Added a separate page which condenses the previous story of how I selected my kayak by making a summary of only the special points to consider when choosing a kayak for tall people. This means that there is now a base kayak selection checkklist and this new added kayak selection checklist for tall people. Kayak Mon, 07 Sep 2009 22:00:00 +0200 Added a general description of gore-tex drysuits and there parts I have a page where I have summarised my experience from using gore-tex drysuits and in which temperature I so far have tried them and how comfortable they are. This new page is instead describing the parts a drysuit consist of and is quite general. Kayak Sun, 06 Sep 2009 09:30:00 +0200 beginners guide to when and how to use the kayak skeg Summarized a beginners guide to when and how to use the kayak skeg. The skeg is a very simple tool to use. But when seated in the kayak, what you see is the bow. If you try to adjust the skeg thinking of what the bow is doing, instead of what the stern is doing, then tuning the skeg becomes harder to figure out. Thus, the key point is to focus on what the stern is doing, although you do not see it when seated. Kayak Wed, 02 Sep 2009 07:00:00 +0200 A summary of my main points on how to choose kayak Added a summary of my main points on how to choose kayak. There was a long description on how to choose kayak if you are tall. This one is focusing on a summary of the key points to focus when choosing kayak that are valid also if you are not tall. It is very much the same choices to do and same issues to consider independent of your own size. The probably biggest difference is that you have less kayaks to select from if you are large, and also that you are more likely to be outside what some of the kayaks are designed for Kayak Sun, 30 Aug 2009 22:00:00 +0200 First set of pictures from 4 day kayak trip to Fjallbacka, Valön, Grebbestad, Hamburgsund 20090813 Vacation is over, so there is now too little time. Also, by some reason, my server is out of disk, although there should be plenty. Thus, rather than holding until some undefined point in future, I am now releasing the pictures that are ready from the 4 day kayak trip to Fjallbacka 20090813, and will add more later. What is almost already complete is the first 27 km trip from Valön to Grebbestad and back. Kayak Mon, 24 Aug 2009 22:00:00 +0200 How to learn the kayak eskimo roll when you are old and no longer as limber Added a section on how to learn the kayak eskimo roll when you are old and no longer as limber as before, but focusing on the mind and relaxation as true important factors rather than lack of flexibility and age Kayak Fri, 21 Aug 2009 22:12:00 +0200 How I went about choosing kayak paddle Describes how I went about choosing kayak paddle Kayak Mon, 10 Aug 2009 20:21:37 +0200 My Werner Athena kayak paddle Added some information about my Werner Athena kayak paddle, replacing my old Werner Camano Kayak Mon, 10 Aug 2009 20:21:36 +0200 kayak tour from Hellerup to Tårbaeck in Denmark 20090801 Description of our kayak tour from Hellerup to Tårbaeck in Denmark 20090801 having some problems with getting the photos to appear by default in google earth, will have to look into that later. Kayak Mon, 03 Aug 2009 23:00:00 +0200 Useful bracing, focusing on balance through paddling Description of what is often mentioned in litterature on paddling and balance, but seldom expressed clearly for a beginner Kayak Sun, 02 Aug 2009 23:00:00 +0200 kayak excursion the club made around skanör/falsterbo 20090725 Added a description of the kayak excursion the club made around skanör/falsterbo 20090725. Kayak Thu, 30 Jul 2009 23:00:00 +0200 One week kayaking vacation around Havnsö and Nexelö in Denmark From our one week vacation in Denmark, including kayaking around Havnsö and Nexelö. Kayak Sun, 05 Jul 2009 23:00:00 +0200 Suggestions on where to get weather forecasts in southern Sweden When kayaking, it is good to have a reasonably probable picture of the weather to be. In southern Sweden there is good sources for this, through Denmark. Kayak Sat, 04 Jul 2009 22:00:00 +0200 Experience from a dry suit in warm summer Dry suits are often used for paddling in cold weather. This is about using the dry suit also in warmer weathr, and the experience from that. Kayak Sat, 04 Jul 2009 22:00:00 +0200