Stoke what is it really?  Part 1

The tagline of end of session is ” capturing the stoke of the ride”. Websters defines stoke as:

stoke verb \ˈstōk\
: to stir or add fuel to (something that is burning)
: to increase the amount or strength of (something)

transitive verb
1: to poke or stir up (as a fire) : supply with fuel
2: to feed abundantly
3: to increase the activity, intensity, or amount of <limiting the number of cars available…will help stoke demand for the car — Keith Naughton>

I’m not quite sure any of these definitions fully capture what I, and I think many of you, define as stoke.  I think of stoke as an emotion, like anxiety, like joy, which can consume us and be the core of our wellbeing, at least for a period of time.    While clearly brought on by something (conditions, the session to come, etc) the emotion isn’t tied to it.  It isn’t like a fear or the love of a thing, which is connected to the presence or absence of that thing.

I don’t claim any right to the definition, most likely it is slightly different for each of us.  Since I have chosen to use it in the EOS tagline, I feel obligated to explore it a bit deeper.

Over the next series of posts I’ll explore the concept of stoke a bit more.


About the author


Tighe Belden has been riding the wind for over 30 years. He has been active in the windsport community for over 3 decades, as an instructor, event coordinator, creator of Lakawa and now End of Session, and stokes people on the latest gear as a Tech Ambassador for Slingshot Sports.