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Aterra Surf kayak weeks Peniche

Posted by aterrakayak på 13 november 2016

Its a windy day and we drive around to find cleaner waves. We park the car on a suprisingly empty parking, though the beach bar seams to be open. Me, Chris, Bart and Mattias walk down to the beach in the lovely sun. Its the fourth spot we check out today, the waves are big, green and looks fantastic. How can it be that we are alone? Well we take a fast descisson that this is a great spot. This is the first day of our traning with World Champion Chris Hobson… Three days training with the best for us who coach down in our courses in Peniche. Oh now i jumped to the second week down there, first week there we had a begginers course…

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I had two very engaged first time surfers in the course, Åsa and Robin. Åsa is a seakayaker and also do ww kayaking as she lives in Norway and Robin is a seakayaker since two years. He is pretty much a beginner but this guy is a fighter and he is allready more skilled than most of the kayakers i meet. Its all about commitment and both really love to learn new things. I feel it direct when we start the theori, the curious eyes and questions. The lust to come out in the water and feel the speed of the waves. As usuall we start ”in the corner” a perfect spot for beginners. Nice clean 1-2 foot waves gives you a smoth start in the most technique demanding of all paddle sport.


After a few days i see the result of the commitment. Two surfers with different style. Åsa is fantastic in her smoth movements and do topturns that you dont see beginners do. So do Robin but he needs more power and harder surf to show of. I am offcourse very impressed (as allways) of these two that do things that tok me long time to learn. Well I have got very little coaching until now when we decided to snap things up a bit…

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Photo Robin Sundin


Photo Chris Hobson

Chris Hobson is a fantastic coach, I have meet him before when he has coached in Denmark so i knew a bit about him. Also Aterra now have a Ride Zenith in the fleet down in Peniche (Chris is one of the owners). I will write a review of the Zenith later. Bart Mattias and I get direct comments on our sessions and we try to change and do what Chris tells us to do. What i feel direct is that the speed increase pretty much and now I understand how some areal movements are done physically. Wow! But now we have to get use to the new speed so we can do the movements! To make a long story short we got an amazing week with Chris in Peniche. I hope i can go down soon again for some more practise… this will take some time to put together.


Photo Chris Hobson

Next year we will continue the project and do more courses with Chris and other World Champion coches. Info you will find at later.


Two fantastic weeks are over and i am totally finnished laying in the sofa writing this! I have had so much fun so its enough for ten people. Thanks to Åsa and Robin for a fun and engaging week. And thanks guys, Bart, Mattias and Chris, amazing to meet you as usuall, looking so forward to next time, also nice to meet up with Edgar Duarte, Luis Pedro and the portugise champion Alberto Miguel. Thanks also David at Captains Log House who boiled my 8 min eggs perfect every morning!😉 See you soon again!

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Photo: Chris Hobson, Mattias Meldert, Leif Davidsson

On the photos: Bart, Chris, Eric, Jimmy, Mattias and me.

Some nice rides:

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The Fly is flying with Mattias Meldert

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Photos above Chris Hobson. Realise that i havent got any photos of Bart in the waveski, will add som movies later.

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Zegul Arrow Bara… airborne!

Posted by aterrakayak på 29 oktober 2016

What an amazing day for a kayaker here in the south westcoast of Sweden. Today we ( had premiar for the new Zegul Arrow Bara. Well actually no one came and tested the boat today… Not supriced as the wind was 14- 18 m/s. Its a bit to much for me also as its so boring paddling out in windspeeds like that. But i waited… and waited a little bit more… my heart was bom, bom, bom, all day for this, should the wind drop a bit?


Yeah it did 12-14, thats my cup of saltwater. Lets rock, lifted the pretty light boat (26kg pretty good for a big tool like this) and tok it out of the shop. Got dressed in My Palm Tsangpo/Seti underwear and the Spark suit. Now wavetime!

Jumped down in the Bara and tok some strokes, ouh feels nice here in the flat. Its suprisingly fast or easy driven to be correct. 8- 9 km/h cruisingspeed should work for a good paddler even longer distance. That is fast for e seakayak, oh have to tell also that last week i paddled the Romany Surf in Costa Brava for five days wich is a very nice kayak but not very speedy. Cant help to compare the both a bit. End stability on the Bara is fantastic, yes its like the Romany Surf. You can lean this Bara close to 90 degrees without being nervous, just as the Surf. And when you can lean its easy to turn, right!


Ok enough of this flatwater, get out in the waves! I put 5 kg ballast in the front of my feet. I am only 169 and 74 kg (some of it is actually muscles) the Bara is amied for at least +75 kg. Small guy in… ah eh, i mean small strong guy in a big boat, does it work? Yes she is so fantastic stable that you can use all the power you have in every situation. But stable means boring right? Yes in flat water, but this is Helsingborg Öresund and the famous superrocky water. When you want to handle a seakayak in rough water stability is the thing, thats why i often paddle Dagger Stratos when its (maybe for you) crapy weather. For a seakayak the Bara works nicelly out against the wave get a bit of surfskifeeling the she lifts just in the right moment. No drama at all in the sidewaves.


Ok out out out and then turn around and direction Tropical Beach. Feels pretty safe but the wave direction was more to the pier, do i feel lucky… Not easy to surf here in the beginnig I got some broaching (its messy and not at all clean waves). But as closer i got to the pier it worked out better and better and when i also got oncomming waves (gives you a bit more air under the boat) then i could get fantastic speed, felt like i was in my Carbonology Vault. Second and third and… session i could handle here nicely. Topspeed today 15,6 km/h!


Very nice boat Nicolai Ilcus and Hans Friedel have designed i must say. Looking forward to test the Dufa in the same conditions wich is a boat more aimed for my size.

Oh airborne, what about that? Hard wind against the pier get you waves also in the other direction. I manage to get a fine surf on the way out against the wind and when the speed increased i meet a wave and i fly, and i mean fly! Over out from the meeting wave. The damn boat was in the air from the stern hatch and forward and when i landed it was so hard that i thought I should crack the boat. Well this is not a playboat its a touringboat, but we test all our boats in hard conditions… just because we want to know what we are talking about.

Hope you also have had some fun in the wind today!

More about the Bara you find here.

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Costa Brava kajakparadiset vecka 1

Posted by aterrakayak på 26 oktober 2016

Förra veckan var jag nere hos Marc Martin och körde kurs tillsammans med ett härligt gäng. Som vanligt fina upplevelser där nere med skiftande miljö, snällt och tufft hav och härligt umgänge och god mat på kvällarna. Text från dag 3: Fantastisk dag här nere igår. Rejäla dyningar rullade in på upp till 1,5-2 meter. Tuff 30 km paddling i messy water där vi kunde vila och få lugnare paddling i de vackra vikarna. Blev en del surf men tungt att få igång kajaken när vi inte hade vindvågor till hjälp. Imponerande av Marie som är ganska ny paddelentusiast och grönast i gänget att köra på i dessa förhållande.

Vi har en ny grupp nere nu, denna vecka är vår nybörjarvecka. Vi har inte bestämt datum för 2017 ännu men troligtvis blir det i april. Mer info finns här:


Tack för en fin vecka Karin, Marie, Claes och Ketil.

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Zegul Arrow Bara Nyhet! Premiär på lördag!

Posted by aterrakayak på 26 oktober 2016

Vi har sett fram emot lite nyheter från Zegul Arrow och har väl haft lite aningar om att det skulle komma lite nytt inför säsongen 2017. Och redan nu kan vi presentera Bara.

Zegul Arrow Bara! Premiär på lördag 29/10 kl 11:00! Vem blir första privatperson i Sverige med att paddla Zeguls nya vackra skepp. Kom till Aterrabutiken på lördag. Provpaddlingen börjar kl 11:00. Såklart är du välkommen att provpaddla våra andra kajaker och surfskis. Mer info om Bara:…/glasfiber-…/zegul-arrow-bara.html


Bara [bára] är en av Öger och Rans nio döttrar i Eddan, nordisk mytologi. Det är också enligt senare tider en av nio delar av en bölja-våg där Bara är toppen på vågen innan den bryter.


Bara är en touringkajak men som har den karektiristiska Arrow lekfullheten kvar i sig. Skrovets halvrunda slag gör henne lättdriven för längre sträckor och såklart har den designats för att vara en säker kajak även i tuffa förhållande. Sittbrunnen är rymlig för att passa även större paddlare. Bara har packvolym för även expeditioner. Zegul Bara is a mid/large-sized sea kayak in the Arrow range. This sea kayak can handle rough water and longer distances. It has good carrying capacity, is easily maneuverable and has a more solid platform. It is designed keeping roomy cockpit in mind. The kayak suits well for a wide range of paddlers who need a high performance touring & expedition kayak. Several storage compartments allow You to load up all Your gear and the day hatch keeps Your essentials close while on the water.

  • Längd 525 cm
  • Bredd 56 cm
  • Kapacitet 156 kg
  • Sittbrunn stl 85 x 45 (innermått)
  • Kapellstorlek Palm 4 eller 5
  • Vikt 25-27 kg.
  • Passar paddlare från 75 kg och uppåt.

Senare i år kommer lillasyster Dufa och båda modellerna kommer att finnas i PE.


Zegul Arrow Bara PE


Zegul Arrow Dufa komposit



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Det är höst, dags för Dagger Stratos!

Posted by aterrakayak på 13 oktober 2016

Hösten är här och snart hoppas vi på vindar så vi kan busa med våra kajaker. För dig som inte redan har en kul lekkajak så puffar vi för som de säger i testerna nedan ”one of the best kayaks on the market” Dagger Stratos.…/plast-polyet…/dagger-stratos.html
Nya fina ord om denna härliga kajak:…


Foto Erik Sjöstedt

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