Going fast with my Aquabound Whiskey paddle

I got a new kayak a month ago. It's a Rebel Ilaga, a narrow and long kayak that I mainly is going to use for rolling and short day trips. It has been a long and cold winter and I have been out every week kayaking but not with the Whiskey paddle. It's a too nice a paddle to break the ice with! 

But, now finally, the ice is gone and I tested the Ilaga kayak with the Whiskey paddle for the first time. And boy does it move! I don't think I have ever paddled a kayak as fast as I did this day. I did not bring a GPS or other instrument to track my speed but that is something I absolutely will test.

March 16 Aqua-Bound GoPro

Cold day in March but first day this winter without ice


Back in black!

I also got a new tuiliq from Reed Chilcheater that fits with the smaller cockpit of the Ilaga. I feel more comfortable with a tuiliq than a dry suit as a tuiliq is not as restricted to roll in as a dry suit and spray skirt.

March 16 Aqua-Bond 3

I'm very fond of my black kayak and paddles.


The Rebel Ilaga is a low volume, Eskimo style kayak. 

Length: 545 cm (17'10")
Width: 50 cm (19.7")
Weight : ca. 17,5 kg
Capacity approx: 125 kg
Cockpit rim : 57 x 40 cm (22" * 16")
Hight rim : 17cm (6.7") from top of rim to bottom, rear of rim
25cm (9.8") from deck to bottom, front of rim

Low, narrow and long. Not a racing kayak but very fast nevertheless.

I have several kayaks and the Ilaga is the smallest (almost the longest) of them all. There is not much space for my feet in it and I can't use the boots I usually wear when winter kayaking. So I have to do with some more narrow neoprene boots with no extra socks in. And I got very, very cold feet when out this day. The air was 3°C (37°F) and about the same in the water.

A nice fire to warm my feet and some hot coffee helped a bit.

Making coffe on open fire
Making coffee on open fire


About The Author
Jonas Alexandersson Bio
Jonas Alexandersson

I was born to be on the sea. I grew up in the Swedish countryside with a lot of trees around, but I spent most of my free time in a canoe. At 15, I went to sea to work and eleven years later I was a Captain in the merchant marine. 20 years ago I quit the seaman's life because I was tired of being away from my family for months and got a job as a ship pilot on the Great Lake Vänern in Sweden. About the same time I discovered kayaking!

After a few years without any instructions, I slowly got the hang of it and when I finally got some great instructors my kayaking improved a lot. I did my first roll on a NOLS kayak expedition in Alaska and that was like a boost for me. I try to do a longer expedition at least once every year. Alaska, Greenland, Norway, and Croatia are some of the places I've been to. Alaska and Greenland are very close to my heart.

I lead groups on expeditions today and hold classes in paddling technique and rolling, but I find that there are a lot of more accomplished paddlers out there that I humbly learn a lot from.