This is suddenly a more expensive hobby.
I’ve managed to break two cherished paddles in three days. One a carbon fibre euro, the other a handmade wooden GP.
I was ay Shoalhaven Heads at an NSWSKC instructor’s weekend ( well no, I’m not an actual instructor yet) and we were surfing in the shore break on Seven Mile Beach, in an Aquanaut with the Werner Corryvrecken. I found myself caught up planing sideways on the rapidly rising face of a dumper and decided a quiet roll would be in order, let it all blow over. Tucked , brought the paddle in close along the gunwale and went over. Bugger me but halfway through the tumbling the paddle suddenly becomes a lot less formal and one half disappears. I rolled up with the remaining half and found myself the proud possessor of half a paddle with a splintered edge.
|Hmmm. Pause for reflection.|
Still in the surf zone, of course, so a stimulating little surf in, paddling Canadian style and bracing and ruddering Greenland style. The other half washed up on the beach a kilometre away.
|The plug snapped out of the male side of the joiner, staying secured in the socket.|
|I wasn't the only one to feel a bit damaged that day. John Wilde and his newly configured rudder.|
That was Sunday.
This morning set out for work in my Dancer with my beloved #7 handmade Greenland. As I have said in an earlier post, I got the blade just perfectly in this paddle but became a little fixated on the shape of the loom, to its detriment in volume. IE small but perfectly formed.
Ferry goes past, lovely (but small) wake, put in a few quick strokes to catch the wave and become the proud possessor of two very long norsaqs.
|The #7 on the right against the neanderthal #5|
Bit sad about that blade, it was always doomed by it was a thing of joy.
Been googling what to do with a broken Greenland paddle. Ideas?
|Very very very long norsaq?|