Monday, February 28, 2011

Sam's Kayaks

These pictures are actually a couple of years old, and I think it's time to put them on the blog.  Sam, an Alaskan and co-owner of La Vie, the popular foreigner bar in Jeju, has taken up an unusual hobby for someone living in on the Korean island, making kayaks.  These photos were taken during the Jejustock festival and it was the first time I'd seen the kayaks on the open water.  They are fully made of wood, with canvas exterior.  I might be wrong, but I believe they are based on a Nordic design for speed.  The paddle is particularly interesting design with a much narrower blade as you see in modern kayaks.  It was really fun to paddle this one.  It was surprisingly fast but also surprisingly unstable, as Phil found out in the bottom picture!!

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