First registration for the year 2024
On February 9, 2024, Ronny Alfonsson registered to start his paddling on May 25, 2024. Ronny also started in 2020, but had to cancel due to illness. We wish him the best of luck with his preparations and look forward to his start.
Mästarnas mästare on SVT
Johanna Davidsson participates in the competition "Mästarnas mästare" on SVT. She began her adventure career by paddling the Havspaddlarnas Blå Band in 2008 in 62 days.
In 2014, Johanna and her sister Caroline skied across Greenland. The next big challenge was to ski alone across Antarctica all the way to the South Pole in 2016.
Watch when Johanna Davidsson wins the sub-moment "jägarvila" in SVT Play.
Happy New Year!
From 2024, Jim Danielsson has left the chairmanship and the chairman's gavel to Peter Sjödin. In addition, we now have a new jury with both some old and a new name.
New edition of the book ´Kusten är klar !´
|Bengt Larsson's book ´Kusten är klar !´ now out in a 5th edition - don't miss the chance.
The book has become a classic that many have had as inspiration for their HBB paddling.
Right now BOOK SALE: Prices incl. postage now until April 1 for 1 book "Kusten är klar !" is SEK 159 and for 2 books SEK 259. To abroad extra postage 60:-.
Read more about how you can order a copy of the book.
Jim Danielsson 90 years
|Jim celebrated his birthday on October 28th with his family, but today, October 31st, we in the HBB jury had the opportunity to congratulate Jim on reaching the impressive age of 90 years. We were invited to Thorvald Nielsen's home where we presented beautiful flowers and a folder with congratulations from 119 HBB paddlers. We had sent out emails to everyone who completed HBB and we received an overwhelming response. Jim was very happy and sincerely thanks everyone who sent greetings. He will now spend a lot of time carefully reading everything written.
Thorvald treated us to a delicious lunch followed by coffee and cake.
Jim has received the folder with all greetings.
From left: Lennart Bergström, Mats Grindvik, Jim Danielsson, Sven Berggren, Thorvald Nielsen and Peter Sjödin behind the camera
Coffee and cake.
Here are some examples of greetings in the cover.
The binder with all the greetings.
Lena and Håkan Jernehov with HBB-number 2 and 3.
David Lindgren and Henrik Lindblom with HBB-number 78 and 79.
Peter Magnusson with a total of 7 HBB conquests.
Marie Eklöf and Ben Strengell with HBB-number 187 and 188.
Jury meeting 2023-10-19
|Then it was time for the last jury meeting of the year for Mattias Söderberg. The jury this time consisted of Jim Danielsson, Thorvald Nielsen, Sven Berggren, Lilja Nikulásdóttir and Peter Sjödin.
Mattias reported the route on his computer. He paddled the entire distance in an excellent 46 days without a rest day. The jury was able to unanimously approve Mattia's paddling, which becomes conquest no. 199 and his second conquest.
After the briefing, Jim offered in the usual order a sandwich with a drink and then coffee and a fancy cake with an inscription.
This was not just the last jury meeting of the year, but Jim's last as chairman. We thanked him for his inspiring and important mission.
The jury is studying the route
Mattias receives his miniature kayak
The beautiful cake.
Jim signs his book.
The core team in the jury, Thorvald, Jim and Sven.
Lilja Nikulásdóttir, who is the newest member of the jury.
TIME TO DISEMBARK
Since HBB was established in 1990, I have been active on its jury for 33 years.
It feels right to now step back at almost 90 years of age and after various paddlers together have soon been noted for 200 conquests.
That's why I'm happy that Peter Sjödin in Västerås has declared himself willing to take over from the year 2024. Peter has himself paddled HBB twice and as Webmaster he also takes care of HBB's website in an excellent way.
So it feels good and safe to leave "my baby" in Peter's capable hands.
At the same time, I would like to thank all those who have been jury members in HBB during these years for their voluntary participation in the many jury meetings.
Jim's handwritten letter
Jury meeting 2023-09-01
|On Friday 1 September there was a jury meeting for Jesper Eklöf. The jury this time consisted of Jim Danielsson, Thorvald Nielsen, Sven Berggren and Peter Sjödin.
Jesper's account of the route took place on a large map of Sweden. Together with the daily posts on Instagram, it was easy for the jury to approve the paddling.
After the briefing, Jim offered a sandwich with a drink in the usual order, followed by coffee and a carrot cake
Jesper and part of the jury
Jim hands over the miniature kayak to Jesper
The nice miniature kayak and Jim's book signed by the jury.