Looks like another paddler was out on a night paddle without a light. As expected, he got run over by a power boat. The kayak was cut in half. It's 1AM, what were you thinking? [Link] Sandy Robson is continuing her circumnavigation around Australia after getting attached by a 3. 5 meter crocodile [Link] Yeah Canada! Canada is doing fantastic at Pan Am Games. We won 39 gold, 43 silver and 55 bronze. In the paddling world, they won 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. [Link] Finally, Casey Pulham from London, Ontario is going to paddle across Lake Erie to raise awareness for organ donation. The crossing is 80km long. [Link]
Monday, 30 July 2007

Kayak Abuse

Think skin-on-frame kayaks are more fragile then fibreglass/plastic/Kevlar boats? This video from Shaman Kayaks might prove otherwise. I thought I was hard on by boat but this takes things to a whole new level... Thanks to the Sgian Dubh blog for the video link.
Sean taking a quick break. Photo credit: Liz Burnside. After 10 hours, we made it to the other side of the lake. As you might have read the announcement a couple of days ago, yesterday we attempted to cross Lake Ontario from Toronto to St. Catharines. The total distance was 54km which was a nice haul. The weather conditions were perfect with a slight tailwind for the first half of the trip. The last half of the trip, the wind completely died resulting in a mirror surface. I figure that we could have cut off several hours we had cut back on the length of the breaks. We took our time chatting and living in the moment. We were in no rush and how often do you get to take a swim in the middle of the lake 25 km from any shore? We weren't going to pass that up! It was foggy almost the entire day so it was weird being out of sight of land in all directions for 8 of the 10 hours. Learned to depend on the deck compass quite quickly. Here is a photo of Sean taking a quick dip. What's next? Not sure. We are looking towards maybe a 70km crossing. We have a route in mind but it will probably be next spring. We have some serious training to do for that! Fall is coming and that will bring the good surf so we are going to enjoy staying close to shore from now on... Here was our route in Google Earth:  Lake Ontario Crossing Update: Forgot to mention the crazy stuff we saw out there. It seems that the center of Lake Ontario is a vortex of birthday baloons as we found two of them along the way. You might ask did you see any wildlife out there? Not much, just a few birds and such but we did see a dead floating pig! It looked like it had been floating for several days. Wouldn't want to hit that with a powerboat. We had to paddle hard for 500-600 feet to get…
Sunday, 29 July 2007

Nude Paddling

Photo Credit: Sarah Lee: the Guardian I saw the press release that Tilly Endurables was sponsoring the Annual American Association for Nude Recreation Convention as their official hat. I smiled to myself when I saw it so I decided to post the press release. In it I discovered that Tilly hats were made right here in my hometown of Toronto. I didn't know that. I guess you would want a good hat for sun protection with all that skin exposed so the partnership makes perfect sense. I started to wonder about kayaking in the nude and wondered if I would be breaking any rules if I started paddling with a skirt on. Never tried it...not sure if I ever will.
For the 4th year in a row, Tilley is proud to be the Official Hat of the Annual American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) Convention. The 2007 AANR Annual Convention will be held August 6-12, 2007 in Marcola, Oregon.

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