The kayaker above is Rene, the man behind the Zeekajaksite.nl. This picture was taken almost a year ago, during a rolling photo-session with the Rotomoulded Valley Avocet and a Lendal Kinetik Wing Paddle. That explains the flattering scull cap, nose clip and sunglasses. Mostly we paddle less overdressed.
Last week Rene added the review of the Avocet to his website. Rene takes his testing serious and -as we say in the Netherlands - "doesn't walk on one night's ice". When Rene tests a new kayak, he uses it for months on long and short trips, in all kinds of conditions, loaded and unloaded. His testreports are very extensive and precise. Always test a kayak for yourself, but the information of Rene is a very good help in making up your mind. See it for yourself on the Zeekajaksite. Beside the test of the Avocet you will find on this site dozens of reviews of other seakayaks, some technical notes on seakayaking stuff, sea related Dutch poetry and lots of useful weblinks. Sorry for foreign visitor's: most texts on the Zeekajaksite are in Dutch (some reviews have a summary in English (North Shore Mariner) or German (Godthapp)).
It's nice to meet people that are infected by the same kayakvirus as yourself (perhaps I should better not say that this way, in times of fear for H5N1 - bird-flu; but I mean the harmless and healthy kayakvirus). Rene is one of the people, I can talk with for hours on kayak design, paddles, navigation-tools, seakayaking places and other very interesting things. Sometimes a little bit to the frustration of my partner, especially when she wants to use the phone :-) !
And finally to one of my own little frustrations (myself being a clumsy internet user): actually I wanted to add a moving picture of Rene rolling to this post. But I didn't manage to do it. When uploading an "animated Gif" to Blogger, only the first layer of the picture appears on the Blog. I have been searching all night long on the internet for tips how to do it, and found out it should be possible, but how? The only result was Hans going to bed too late and having a bad temper next day...
It must be simple. Can anyone tell me how to do??
Btw: You can see an animation on the Zeekajaksite (Zeekajaktests-> Valley -> Avocet -> Veiligheid)