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I love when people bring technology and the outdoors together in unique ways so I knew this project was right up my alley as soon as I stumbled upon it. What you are looking at here is called the Tide Machine. It's a simple, internet-connected surfboard that reports the current wave height from your favourite weather buoy. Here is a quick video to see it in action:
Friday, 26 September 2014

Design a Better PFD and Win $10,000

Think you can design a better PFD than the one you currently wear in your canoe or kayak? If so, you could win up to $10,000 in a contest organized by the BoatUS Foundation.
Yes, its super silly and my kids made fun of me for watching but I don't care. This is brought to you by Ylvis, that same guy who wondered a while back what foxes say.
Just read some really good news tonight, the new organization, Paddlesports North America which replaces British Canoe Union North America has just become the official delivery organization for the BCU here in North America. Alec and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin explained the impact of this development on their website, Have Kayaks Will Travel: This is an enormous development, and one that’s been in process for several years. It means that we can now promote, train and support coaches to deliver BCU programming and maintain all achievement records on this continent, and be more responsive to the needs of North American paddlers and coaches. So congrats to everybody involved in getting this going and I’m really looking forward to watching PNA grow in the coming years.
Looking through the online Google's collection of patents turns up no shortage of weird kayaking related inventions. Here is a quick round-up: The Paddlebow Like kayaking? Like bow hunting? Why on earth would you ever consider looking at them as two different sports when you can combine them for a way better paddling/hunting experience. This little invention allows you to clip on a trusty crossbow to the shaft of your kayak paddle allowing you…to…well, let's let the patent description do the talking: The Paddlebow is a bow which can be easily mounted on the shaft of a paddle and used to shoot arrows. The bow is mounted to a paddle shaft by way of a clamp system. The Paddlebow allows its users to shift from the action of paddling their kayak to the action of shooting an arrow in a quick and comfortable manor. All I want to know is how the inventor expects you to comfortably paddle with a giant crossbow on the paddle. Also with the weight all forward of the paddle, it would just keep falling down hitting the deck of your kayak as you paddled. The patent was issued in 2010 so maybe it just hasn't hit the market yet.   Heated kayak canoe paddle shaft From the patent description: Patent Description The heated paddle shaft is a heating device integrated into the shaft of a kayak or canoe paddle. The pads are placed on the shaft to keep the operators hands warm. A rechargeable lithium ionized battery source is the charge for these pads. Maybe it's just me but I certainly don't paddle enough that I thought, “wow, a heated paddleshaft would come in handy right now.” In 2010 the US patent office issued this idea.   Kayak deck rack assembly Here is an idea! Let's add luggage rails to the back deck of your kayak effectively making it impossible that you will ever be able to get up on the back deck if you need to be rescued. Also, let's stack as much junk on top of your boat and make it as top-heavy…

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