Gerhardt Raven of Ravenwoods Paddles and Qajaqs hosted a small gathering of traditional kayaking enthusiasts at Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island last weekend. It was loosely structured and there was no schedule. People showed up Friday and Saturday and there some rolling instruction and practice going on as well as trips out around Heriot Bay or the Breton Islands. We all shared a campsite that Gerhardt had reserved. It was right on the beach and had an awesome view of the sunset.
Alan Dunham and Michael Jackson were out rolling the first thing Saturday morning, fully geared up in tuiliks and very low volume Tahe Greenlander kayaks. Alan brought his special rolling brick that he had prepared by wrapping it in tape and coating it with bright red Plasti Dip. He was sharing a lot of tips and tricks and rolling esoterica. These guys are serious!
I put on a drysuit and waded out to shoot this video. The cove at Rebecca Spit is very shallow for quite a way out from the beach. At low tide it can be a long hike across gravel and clams and oysters to the water. At high tide the water is is a perfect rolling location: calm and protected, unusually warm and crystal clear. I shot this entirely on my iPhone 6 plus. It not only shoots HD at 240 fps, but also has optical image stabilization -- an amazing camera!