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Sometimes things don't work out the way you picture it but if you keep at it you will eventually be successful. I read that in a fortune cookie at a Chinese buffet once. Image capture and video from sixknots.net.
Shot over a period of three weeks around the South Island of New Zealand, you know that place where they shot those movies. Yeah, those ones. This film highlights some of the amazing scenery found in and around the Catlins Forest Park, Fiordland NP, Queenstown, Mount Aspiring NP, Mount Cook NP, Arthurs Pass NP and Castle Hill Reserve. Just how awesome would this film be if every water shot had a kayak or canoe in it? Super awesome.
This past Monday, a concerned citizen called BC search and rescue saying that a paddle boarder was struggling out in gale-force winds and need help. Crews geared up and went out to save the day only to find it was Canadian Olympic medallist triathlete, Simon Whitfield who was fine and told the SAR techs that he was, "having a blast in the swells." All of the excitement took place in the Enterprise Channel off Oak Bay shores just outside Victoria, BC. "Search-and-rescue [members] are volunteers and I felt badly that they dropped what they were doing and put on all their gear to come out for me," he said, adding they were "all class" on Twitter. While he had all the gear including PFD and a drysuit, his would be rescuers suggested to him that he carry a VHF radio when out on the board as he could have responded to the general marine broadcast on Channel 16 and let everyone know he was not in difficulty. These guys were all class - RT@rcmsar33: Details of 13 JAN tasking involving SUP @simonwhitfield now on FB (http://t.co/shbMQ2FjH1) #RCMSAR — simon whitfield (@simonwhitfield) January 14, 2014 Simon Whitfield has had a hugely successful triathlon career. Before retiring 2013 he won the Canadian triathlon championships 10 consecutive times along with gold in the 2000 and silver in the 2008 Olympics. Glad his adventure turned out ok in the end. Photo credit: Simon Whitfield
Reuben Buerge of The Hurricane Riders was highlighted on the CBC national news yesterday as a successful graduate of a new BC education program called, Take a Hike. The goal of Take a Hike is to take at-risk youth and use outdoor education to help them get their education back on track. Reuben shows up around the 7:45 mark but you should watch the whole thing. It's quite good.
While I am by no means a fan of romantic comedies I did enjoy this clip of Jason Segel from Forgetting Sarah Marshall attempting to get a surf lesson from Chuck (or Koonu, his Hawaiian name according to an internet website) who is played by Paul Rudd. For you paddling instructors out there teaching, the take-away lesson here is to basically do the exact opposite of everything Chuck does and you are guaranteed to be a more effective instructor than him.

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