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Wednesday, 01 August 2007

Shipping Disaster Photos Part 2

Still kind of hooked on large shipping disaster photos. Not sure what it is but just can't look away. I think that it is the shear size of those vessels. [Link] When I was 10, I remember walking around the port in Halifax, NS on a family vacation. We were invited aboard a cargo ship from Pakistan. They gave us the full tour, which was way better then any museum ship, as it was real and working right in front of us. I have vivid memories of walking through the bridge and meeting the captain. The crew were very excited that we were on board. My dad was just as excited as they were.
Wednesday, 01 August 2007

Paddling Raft-Up - August 1

A summary of local news today. Fees are going to increase for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is currently $10 per adult per night with a proposed increase to $16 per night. Increase would be implemented next year. [More Info] Lake Superior is the place to kayak. A great travel article says so. If it is in print, it must be true. [More Info] Get Outside Kids! Main is has unveiled a new initiative today to encourage young people to get outside. It looks like an interesting PR campaign. [More Info] Renaissance Adventure Guides from Lakewood, CO is highlighted at yourhub.com. [More Info] Outside Magazine online edition has a great interview with Marlow Long who was hired to be an instructor and stunt double with the upcoming movie "Into the Wild". He was hired to teach actor, Emile Hirsch how to paddle in the Sean Penn directed movie. My favourite question: Outside: So they must have paid you the big bucks. Marlow Long: Let's just say I made the same amount in two weeks working with the film crew as I normally do in an entire year as a pro paddler, earning a salary from my sponsors. [More Info]
Monday, 30 July 2007

Kayak Surf Clinic

I saw this video on youtube and it looked really interesting. It's an ad for a kayak surf clinic that the Nantahala Outdoor School is offering this October. Here is the description: Nantahala Outdoor School has teamed with two of the nation's top kayak surfers to offer an instruction program that is the first of its kind - The NOC Outer Banks Kayak Surfing Class. Two-time National Surf Kayak Champion, Spencer Cooke, and Two-time US Surf Kayak Team qualifier, Philip Aschliman, will be teaching beginner-advanced paddle surfing skills at Cape Hatteras North Carolina on October 19-21, 2007. North Carolina's Outer Banks are known for their favorable surfing conditions and have been the site of multiple surf kayak national championships.
Confluence Watersports announces the restructuring of its sales organization. The new structure features four regional sales managers who will be responsible for the sales representatives and sales activities in their respective territory and will report to Kelley Woolsey, EVP Marketing and Sales. Additionally, Patrick FitzGerald will shift back to handling international sales as VP International Sales and Marketing.
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]

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