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  I've always enjoyed the videos that the gang from Body Boat Blade. Shawna Franklin and Leon Sommé are super down to earth instructors and their passion to make kayaking fun is clearly there.
If you are just getting into the world of SUP and interested in taking a lesson you don't need to look any longer as SUP Professional, Rod Mentor is here to give you a FREE lesson. In just over 4 minutes you will learn to strengthen your core muscles, learn about the spiritual side of SUPping and learn to dress properly for the water. Even though you will be looking and talking like a pro in 4 minutes from now, actually paddling like a pro might be a different story but hey, that's over-rated anyways.
Here is our last film as part of our week-long series of vintage whitewater paddling videos. Back in the early 1990's Paddle Canada commissioned somebody to produce a video to introduce people to the quintessential Canadian activity of canoeing. For many years it got lost in the Paddle Canada backroom but sadly it was found and has now seen the light of day. Highlights of this video gem include a serious fashion disaster in the form hot pink pants, lots of hockey helmets and a soundtrack would be equally at home either in a corporate training video or a porn film. You can watch "Canoe Canada" below:
We have a change in direction for our week-long tribute to vintage whitewater kayaking videos. This time we go all the way back to 1984 and visit Mother Russia. Back then, the Soviet Army was looking at new fighting and travel techniques when somebody suggested rafts and double kayaks as a method of transportation down raging rivers. To help sell the idea, officials got together a troop, trained them up and then turned them loose down the river with the cameras rolling. They then turn the footage into a short film so the Minister of Defense can make a decision. The whole thing is just over 6 minutes long and you can jump ahead to 1:20 to see the whitewater action. Highlights include an authentic soundtrack (whatever that means), lots of flips and spills (looks like they were demonstrating how safe they were?) and plenty of double kayak action rolling in the water. Make sure you stick around for the mock battle at the end where the soldiers paddle downstream, jump out of their boats then start shooting everything they see. The mock deaths are super dramatic. No word on what the Minister of Defense thought about the film. You can watch the whole video below:
Our second clip for Retro Whitewater Week is a fantastic amateur film shot in 1988-89 on the Ottawa River. This film has it all; including great fashions, a wicked awesome soundtrack (including a sexy sax solo halfway through) and more Perception Dancers than ever thought possible. Keep an eye out for the guy at 2:30 who is having the ride of his life as well as the elusive and rarely seen paddle helicopter spin at 1:20.

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