Sixten Peterson is my sea kayak, a Cobolt Origo. He is 556cm long, 52cm broad and has a rudder. His former owner installed the same system VKV kayaks have for using pontoons, so now Sixten can also wear them and enjoy big waves more safely with me.
I’m Ellen, a Swedish nurse from Stockholm who loves to explore new places in nature and being outdoors. Kayaking is my main interest right now, but I also like hiking, skiing, ice skating and more or less any way to move in the nature or just being outdoors.
I started kayaking when I was little in my father’s double kayak. Back then, I only really used kayaking for short day trips during the summer as a way to get to the nice islands in the archipelago of Stockholm just so that I could have another excuse to be out in nature. My real passion for kayaking started when I moved to Västerås a few years ago to study and found there a really nice canoe club. I borrowed different sea kayaks and was out a lot on the lake Mälaren all seasons when it was not covered by ice, unfortunately not knowing much about safety equipment or kayaking in general. Then I got Sixten and slowly I started learning things, but still of course have a lot to learn.
Last year I kayaked K2Bandet in my father’s double kayak. Here you can read more about that adventure. This year I want to spend the summer and see the Swedish coast with Sixten. I’m also dreaming about moving to Luleå after the adventure so now I have something real to kayak towards (and then a few kilometers more to Haparanda). If I make it all the way, I will just have to kayak back a couple of days. After that the moving is pretty much done since my most important friend/possession will already be with me.