Friday, July 7, 2006

So Where's Freya?

If you've been wondering what happened to Freya Hoffmeister after she finished paddling Newfoundland's south coast with Wendy Killoran way back in May, well, be sure she hasn't been laying about! I understand she's now in Sisimiut, Greenland participating in the National Greenland Qajaq Rolling Competition. These championships, held every summer, bring Greenlanders and international competitors together to try their skills at a variety of kayak rolling maneuvers, distance races (some of which include tough portages) and the famous rope gymnastics.
Most competitors build their own boats themselves, customizing them so they fit like a pair of stretch jeans and have only a few centimeters of freeboard behind the cockpit! You know, cheater boats. Well, almost, anyway, like I hope to finish building some day when the rain stops and my wrist feels better and I stop making up lame excuses...!
I'm not sure if Freya will be able to post from Greenland, but it's worth visiting her site at 'Freya Underground' (see right). The 'Greenland blog' site and 'Dubside's Communiqués' site, both listed in the column to the right as well, will also be posting content from Greenland during the competition. Check them all out!

1 comment:

Michael said...

*** NEWS FLASH ***

I just heard that Freya came in 6th in the pre-competition marathon race held. The race was won by Maligiaq Padilla, the long standing Greenlander champion from Sisimiut.

Well done to both of you!