A shout out to Paul Luc Music

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I’d like to send out a HUGE thank you to Paul Luc for supporting me and the American Cancer Society in my upcoming kayak race in Pittsburgh, PA on August 5.

Paul has said that all proceeds from merchandise sold at his online store for the next two weeks will be donated to the American Cancer Society via my race fundraising page.

I met Paul a couple years ago when he was playing a gig in Nashville at 12th and Porter and we were both quite surprised to discover after we started talking that we are both from the same small town outside of Pittsburgh.  It was a weird coincidence.

Since then I’ve become a fan of Paul’s and have both his Bad Seed and Tried & True albums.

So go ahead and buy some of his music and merchandise and discover him for yourself knowing you are supporting a good cause at the same time.

See you in Pittsburgh on August 5 for the Pittsburgh Paddlesports Championships.

 

Racing in Pittsburgh in a few weeks

I’ll be racing in Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 in the Pittsburgh Paddlesports Championships.

Come join me or make a donation to the American Cancer Society on my race page to help raise money to fight cancer.

The race will be on the Allegheny River (my original home river) and starts right in downtown Pittsburgh.

It is going to be awesome!

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Nelo 510 vs. Epic V7 surfski

Paddling Buddy Dave and I finally got out for a training run together with these two boats yesterday. He in his Epic V7 and me in my Nelo 510.

We started out and maintained a healthy pace for a while to see if one boat pulled ahead of the other, given that we are fairly equal paddlers.

The two boats kept even with each other.

Then we switched boats and did a few sprints.  Dave initially thought he got the 510 going faster than he ever had in his V7, at 7.7mph, but I quickly pointed out he was heading down wind.  I mounted his V7 (the first time I ever paddled one) and watched the GPS behave almost exactly how it does in the 510.

We then switched boats back again and continue to log 15.5 training miles with numerous sprints and we were not able to discern any difference in speed between the two boats.

That was good news for me as I was hoping to find a plastic ski that could keep up with a V7 without being a V7.

I found it in the Nelo 510.

I now have a competitive plastic ski for downriver races that is stable and comfortable enough for ultra-marathon races.

The interesting thing to keep in mind, however, is the Nelo 510 is 3″ shorter than the V7 and about 1/2 of an inch wider, so on paper it would seem a slightly shorter and wider boat, therefore slower, but we did not find that.

We conclude the two boats are pretty much equal in speed and we were able to get each one up to 7.0mpg with no wind on flat water.

If I had to give a edge to one boat or the other I would have to give it to the 510 for being a bit lighter, and because it is shorter, might sneak into  lesser race category than the V7 if race classes are separated at the 17′ mark.

The bow design of the Nelo 510 also creates the illusion of a much sleeker boat.  In fact, when I paddled the V7 the bow just seemed like a big bubble there up in front of me.  The higher volume bow of the V7 probably gives it an edge when bobbing back up to the surface through class III rapids.

We shall see.

But for now, we are calling the boats even in terms of speed.

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Lifetime Lancer 100 kayak review

Since I posted this review yesterday I’ve done a little bit of research and found out this kayak sells for ~$180 at Wal-Mart.  A pretty good deal, in my opinion, for an entry level, beginner’s kayak.  Obviously is sells for much less money that I expected because I thought it was probably a $300 kayak.

The rear hatch is not bulkheaded so don’t expect anything back there to stay dry if it isn’t in a dry bag.

I paddled it on French Creek from Rt. 97 between Union City and Waterford, PA to Rt. 6N near Mill Village which was ~9.5 paddling miles and the boat was quite comfortable for that distance.

Homemade DIY compact kayak ergometer

A customer who purchased the video plans for my kayak ergometer was nice enough to send me a photo of the finished product and I think it looks fantastic!

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Completed compact kayaker ergometer built by Alan M. using my plans

Alan took the time to sand and stain the device and it truly looks beautiful.  He also reports the device paddles much smoother than he imagined it would.

Getting feedback like this is great.  Thanks, Alan!

Buy your video plans and part list for only $20 USD.

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The Oscar Chalupsky interview on the Vinnie Tortorich podcast

Absolutely fascinating interview combining several of my passions, diet, exercise and kayaking.

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Update on the Prijon Interceptor project

You may recall me bringing home an old-school, Hyperform Prijon Interceptor last summer. https://davethekayaker.com/2017/08/10/a-vintage-downriver-racer/

I finally finished her restoration in between the thunderstorms and decided to make her pretty rough and ugly.

Here’s the back story.

Since the James River Rundown (JRR) is no longer, a new outfit, The Crosswind Paddle Co., is hosting a new race in August, The Richmond Paddle Cup. Rumor has it they added a 17-mile race to try to attract the JRR long-distance crowd.

Well, I have news for them.

It is going to work.

In fact, it is going to work so well that the elite JRR paddlers have agreed to enter the race but we will all compete with kayaks and canoes we purchase from Craigslist for $200 or less. It is known as the Craigslist Challenge and will be a race within the race.

I finished the restoring the old Prijon Interceptor (purchased for $90 from Craigslist) and took her out for a paddle this evening.

She is the most uncomfortable boat I’ve ever paddled and the cockpit opening is so small it is hard for me to get in and out of.

Nonetheless, she will be my boat and I painted her up nice and ugly so nobody in their right mind would ever think of stealing her.

The boat is now a cross between a Swiss Army knife and a candy cane.

I hope her integrity and my lower back will be able to survive those 17 miles on August 11 on the James River.

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