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Welcome to retro whitewater kayaking week here at the Paddling Headquarters. I dug into the archives and found some real beauties that I will be rolling out all week. So let’s start with a big name first. Anybody into downhill skiing will have seen or at least heard of Warren Miller and his yearly downhill skiing films dating all the way back to the 1950's. As a kid, I will always remember the thrill of watching skiers tumble off cliffs while at the same time managing to avoid being swallowed up by the avalanche following about 3 feet behind them. While not as popular, Warren Miller also filmed lots of other extreme sports including surfing, mountain biking and for a brief time, whitewater kayaking. Here is a short clip narrated in classic Warren Miller fashion. While I’m not sure of when it was released, looking at the boats and the liberal use of fluorescent colours on lifejackets and paddles, my guess is that it was in the early 90's. Enjoy! Tomorrow we have some classic armature footage of the Ottawa River from 1988(ish). Oh the fashions...
I have got to admit this was the funniest kayaking video I have seen in a very, very long time. From the Youtube Description: Join us as we follow the world's greatest kayaker, adventure icon Trip Deacon, while he pushes action sports to new limits and creates the concept of kayaking without a kayak. Follow Trip as he searches for life's meaning and attempts to conquer his dream of being the first person to ever kayak down Lombard Street in San Francisco... without a kayak.
I always knew that Seahorses were awesome but the video below puts my love for them over the top.
Sign #122 that you don’t spend enough time in nature: You don’t know the difference between a bird and a barbeque cover. Credit: criggo.com
If you have June 22 free on your calendar you should really consider making your way to Peterborough Ontario and visit the Small Craft Rendezvous currently being organized by the Canadian Canoe Museum. It’s going to be a jam-packed day celebrating all things small craft including demonstrations of canoe canvassing by Carlisle Canoes, back-country cooking, tool sharpening by Lee Valley Tools and wood bending Michael Fortune. What makes this event unique from pretty much everything else in the paddling world is that your MC for the day is actor, woodworker, canoe builder and all-round funny guy, Nick Offerman. You might remember him from the TV show, Parks and Recreation.

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