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About billvoss

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    Being upside down in my kayak is better than my best day at work
  • Birthday June 12

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I consider myself an L3 paddler based on NSPN's rating system. I'm rated for class 2 and class 3 white-water by the New Hampshire AMC Paddlers. My first time in a sit-inside kayak was September 7th, 2009 at The Wooden Boat School's Elements of Coastal Kayaking I course taught by Mike O'Brien. I then learned how little I knew from attending NSPN’s moving-on-the-water sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. I also have canoe experience going back to a very young age, and my white-water experience includes a month long Outward Bound course while I was in graduate school.

In the sea kayak world I’m known for rolling and for paddling a skin-on-frame kayak.  I especially enjoy surf sessions where I can practice my combat rolls while paddling my skin-on-frame.

My first roll was on my third day in a sit-inside kayak September 9th, 2009.  My first pool session was November 1st, 2009, and my first combat roll was June 26th, 2010.  I’ve been practicing my roll essentially every day I’ve attached my skirt to a kayak since sometime in 2010.  Besides practicing my own roll and giving casual rolling advice at pool and pond sessions, I also teach rolling through the Appalachian Mountain Club http://activities.outdoors.org/, at the Hudson River Greenland Festival https://www.hrgf.org/, and at the Delmarva Paddler’s Retreat http://delmarvapaddlersretreat.org/.

I currently own more than one kayak. My go-to sea kayak for many years has been a skin-on-frame Cape Falcon Kayak F1.  I built my first F1 at the Delmarva Paddler's Retreat in 2010, replaced the skin in 2014, then promptly crashed it into the coast of Maine.  So I built a replacement F1 in my garage and earned the NSPN Hard Knocks award for 2014.

My newest skin-on-frame is a Baidarka that I built with Anders Thygesen at the 2017 Delmarva Paddler’s Retreat.  As I write this, it is not quite finished yet.

The first sea kayak I owned was a Chesapeake Light Craft stitch-and-glue Chesapeake 18 with a "bright" wood deck and a blue hull that was about 10 years old when I purchased it in need of repair from Craig's list in November of 2009.

My white-water kayak is a Wave Sport Fuse 64. It is a bright orange plastic kayak purchased used on Craig's list in February of 2010. It weighs 35 pounds.


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