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Olivier's Blog: kayak, traveling, etc...

Olivier's Blog: kayak, traveling, etc...

Traveling overland to India, building kayaks, paddles and didgeridoos, carpentry!
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Depuis : 27/02/2007
Categorie : Lifestyle

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Building a short surf kayak (2016)

Building a short surf kayak (2016)

After the experience of 2012 when I first built a surf kayak, there were many errors to be corrected on the shape. Overall, the cockpit and the seat were too much in the front, and I also wanted to reduce the rocker and the volume on the stern. That's why I shaped a new kayak in 2016. I don't write many details here about the construction. It is a
Longboarding 2.0

Longboarding 2.0

The season 2016 was quite exciting. Many things happened after riding more or less the same board (Bastl Bolero / Caliber 50 / Orangatang The Keanu) for almost 3 years. First, I discovered the Hoots wheels from Remember. These wheels slide like butter and so they are real fun even at low speed. Second, I discovered surfskating and that's where a ne
Construction d'un kayak de surf en "one-shot"

Construction d'un kayak de surf en "one-shot"

Cet article décrit la construction d'un kayak de surf court (190 cm), inspiré de kayaks tels que le Element (Fluid), le SRR's et le Max (Mega), ou le Squashtail (Dragorossi). Comme c'est le premier kayak de surf que je concois et que je n'ai jamais testé un kayak de ce type, je me suis inspiré de photos et de mon expérience. Mon approche a ét
Cloth diapers and paternity leave

Cloth diapers and paternity leave

Since the birth of Raphael 2 months ago, we've been using mainly cloth diapers instead of disposable ones. There are different types of cloth diapers but we use mainly flat ones, the most simple type. Here is a short how-to manual for folding and swaddling, with a few step-by-step pictures. First, fold the cloth in the middle: Second, take one of t
Longboarding

Longboarding

Since I started longboarding in Sept. 2012 I have almost stopped paddling... This is a bit strange for me because I had been so focused on kayaking for almost 20 years. But honestly I was more and more frustrated with kayaking. The last few years I had spend more time building kayaks and paddles than using them, because I simply found it too boring
Reverting desertification with a simple method?

Reverting desertification with a simple method?

Allan Savory & The Savory Institute (http://www.savoryinstitute.com/) promote Holistic Planned Grazing: a cattle intensification and planned grazing managemant, to stop desertification and regreen the arid regions of the world. Since I started my scientific curriculum, I noticed that there is no single method that can be used all over, but that ada
New mezzanine bed

New mezzanine bed

Here is a photo of our good old tree-bed which we demounted with a lot of nostalgia... ... then we started installing the new mezzanine bed (2m10 * 2m90): Here is a try to give a global view of it: Now there are hooks for hanging hammocks: How to climb on the bed? - The long story of the ladder It started with a helical ladder (about 4-5 days of wo
Empty tomatoes

Empty tomatoes

I mentioned in a previous article that slugs are a nasty pest in our garden... Here the proof: The garden is far away from where we live, and because we had no time to take care of them the tomatoes grew too close to the soil where the slugs are.
Bicycles in Amsterdam

Bicycles in Amsterdam

While visiting the Netherlands, one of the most amazing things for me were the few hundred thousands of bicycles in Amsterdam. First, there are giant parkplaces but generally there are bicycles chained everywhere... there are familybikes... lying bikes... the broken ones which are often abandonned... and also more modest ones which simply have a go
Building a surf & freestyle kayak (2019)

Building a surf & freestyle kayak (2019)

My quest for the optimal "surf & freestyle" kayak blend is continuing. This is an evolution from the previous shape from 2016, which was already much better than the first one in 2012. The picture below shows the new profile (brown cardboard template) compared to the previous shape (black dot line). This time I mainly want to reduce the volume in t