Fall Surfing - Thank goodness the nude beach was empty! Saturday, 13 October 2007
Sean checking the weather. Out for a quick paddle this morning. We jumped on the water first thing in the morning as there was a small craft wind warning that was supposed to die down around noon. That morning when we checked the weather again, the system had changed. Winds were 15 knotts from the west increasing to 30 knotts by noon. Seas 1m increasing to 2-3m by noon. Yummy. Here in Toronto, winds from the west mean that you are forced to surf near the nude beach. Thank goodness that the cold winds have arrived blowing the sun worshipers back indoors with their artificial sun lamps. Trust me, there are never super models there. Like normal, it wasn't as big as what they were calling for but it was pushy enough. We surfed for a couple of hours getting trashed several times. Later, we practiced deploying and setting up our tow systems in big water. It is always a little bit more of a challenge than in flat conditions so it is good to practice it. On the way home, we played around in the large waves which were around 3-4 feet at this time. We tucked our paddles under one arm, closed our eyes, laid back on the back deck and waited to see what happened. Yes, we got knocked over quite a few times. It was a bunch of fun. Oh yes, we also paddled for a while with our eyes closed. That was weird. We are kind of geeks about that sort of stuff.
The Binibottle - Easy fill water bottle Friday, 12 October 2007
It's about time. 15 year old Anna Axelsson recently invented a water bottle with a second filler cap on the side. The second cap allows you to fill up your bottle in a shallow sink. Apparently it can already be found in Swedish sporting good stores for around $5. The "Binibottle" was created as part of a inventor's contest. She won the gold medal. More info: boing boing gadgets
Eastern Lake Ontario Barrier Beach to Become State's Newest Natural Heritage Area Friday, 12 October 2007
A 17-mile stretch that encompasses one of the largest inland dune systems in the eastern Great Lakes would become New York's latest Natural Heritage Area under a proposal announced today by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis.
ACA - Executive Director Job Posting Thursday, 11 October 2007
Looking at the American Canoe Association website recently, I noticed that there is a job posting for a new executive director. Review of applications started back on October 5th so if you are interested, you should get it in ASAP as the position will remain open until filled. The outgoing executive director, Pamela Dillon was the ED for 5 years. I'm sure that they are huge shoes to fill! More info: American Canoe Association