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Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today announced the attendance of Mayor Royce Pollard at the OIA leadership and learning conference at the Vancouver-Hilton, in Vancouver, Washington this week. He will provide opening remarks at the event which draws nearly 300 hundred top level outdoor industry professionals to Vancouver for a three day conference called Rendezvous. Mayor Royce Pollard is scheduled to speak at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 3, at the Vancouver-Hilton.
Drowned Wildebeest Copyright, National Geographic How is that for an attention-grabbing headline? Well it is true. National Geographic posted a news report today from Kenya where they estimate up to 10,000 Wildebeest died while trying to cross a fast moving river during their annual migration. The animals jumped into the river and when they couldn't get up the bank on the other side, they quickly drowned or crushed with the 1000's of animals jumping in the water behind them. Conservation officers in the area said that animals drown every year but never at this type of scale. The 10,000 animals represent around 1% of the total herd.
After months of rigorous testing, Outside magazine announced today the 2008 winners of the coveted Gear of the Year awards to be featured in the first-ever Winter edition of the Outside Buyer's Guide. The Buyer's Guide is available on newsstands October 2.
Saturday, 29 September 2007

North Water Sponsorship

I am very excited (and proud) to announce that North Water Paddlesports Equipment had decided to sponsor me! They recently sent me the upgraded Sea Tec Tow Line , a set of reflective deck line covers and by absolute favourite, the Guides Vest. The Tow Line is fantastic. Over the years, I have used several different types of tow systems from a waist mounted, coaming mounted and recently a deck mounted system. I love the deck mounted system. Here is an article on deck mounted tow systems. Up until now, the biggest draw back (for me) was that my tow system couldn't be passed to a different paddler unless they had a deck system already in place.  North Water has solved that problem by making their new tow line convertible. The waist loops tuck into a Velcro flap when you are towing form your rear deck. If I need to pass it to you, then you just pull out the waist straps and you are off. Smart I approached North Water because I have been using their gear for instruction as well as my own personal paddling. I have always felt they have built some of the best products on the market today for both kayakers and canoeists. North Water has products out there for the entire market, from absolute beginners floating around in rec. boats all the way up to the high end paddlers who are looking for well designed and bombproof gear. I recently posted a review of the North Water Guides vest. Look for a full review of the Sea Tec Tow Line later this fall once I have put it through some testing.
Saturday, 29 September 2007

Gear Review: North Water Guides Vest

I was very excited recently when North Water Paddlesports Equipment sent me the guides vest recently to try out. Several of my friends have been using them for a couple of seasons now so I have looking forward to actually using it for some time.  To get PFD's certified by the government, the manufacture must design it to meet specific bouncy standards. When a manufacture decides to add pockets or accessories, they also need to increase the bouncy in the jacket to compensate for the potential increased weight (water in pockets, accessories, etc.). Generally speaking, the more pockets and storage on a PFD, the bulkier and cumbersome it is.

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