[Editor: Paul Rosenquist sent us this report on the first ever surfski paddling camp.Swedish surfski paddlers are tough - winter is only just over and the water was still a crisp 4 degrees C.]
Winter this year was pretty severe - nearly all our paddling waters froze over. The odd weekend here and there I still managed to do some paddling but it usually meant long drives to the outer archipelago of Stockholm to find liquid water. The rewards though were always huge...
Erik Wallgren wanted some photos to illustrate the challenges of surfski paddling in Sweden and contacted his friend and fellow paddler Erik Wildenstam who was willing to use his ski as an ice breaker...
[Editor: Paul Rosenquist is from Sweden - and is one of a number of European paddlers taking part in next week's $130,000 Dubai Shamaal race.An avid convert to surfski, he told us of his introduction to our beloved sport.]
We're considering starting a column on the site called, "The Adventures of Oscar the Paddler"... Yep, he's at it again. Oscar Chalupsky is on a European tour to visit the Epic dealers (and to create new ones). Last seen in Wales, he's re-surfaced (briefly) in Sweden where he joined the local "Dawn Patrol" in a warm (0-2degrees Centigrade) paddle with some of the best Adventure Racers in the world.
Oscar sets off with the dawn patrol in Norkopping, Sweden.
[Editor: Peter Ekström, webmaster of www.globalsurfski.se, recently hosted a surfski training camp at Ekon, Sweden. Clearly Swedish paddlers are keen (and tough) - the sea ice melted the day before the camp started...]