Funny

Looking through the online Google's collection of patents turns up no shortage of weird kayaking related inventions. Here is a quick round-up: The Paddlebow Like kayaking? Like bow hunting? Why on earth would you ever consider looking at them as two different sports when you can combine them for a way better paddling/hunting experience. This little invention allows you to clip on a trusty crossbow to the shaft of your kayak paddle allowing you…to…well, let's let the patent description do the talking: The Paddlebow is a bow which can be easily mounted on the shaft of a paddle and used to shoot arrows. The bow is mounted to a paddle shaft by way of a clamp system. The Paddlebow allows its users to shift from the action of paddling their kayak to the action of shooting an arrow in a quick and comfortable manor. All I want to know is how the inventor expects you to comfortably paddle with a giant crossbow on the paddle. Also with the weight all forward of the paddle, it would just keep falling down hitting the deck of your kayak as you paddled. The patent was issued in 2010 so maybe it just hasn't hit the market yet.   Heated kayak canoe paddle shaft From the patent description: Patent Description The heated paddle shaft is a heating device integrated into the shaft of a kayak or canoe paddle. The pads are placed on the shaft to keep the operators hands warm. A rechargeable lithium ionized battery source is the charge for these pads. Maybe it's just me but I certainly don't paddle enough that I thought, “wow, a heated paddleshaft would come in handy right now.” In 2010 the US patent office issued this idea.   Kayak deck rack assembly Here is an idea! Let's add luggage rails to the back deck of your kayak effectively making it impossible that you will ever be able to get up on the back deck if you need to be rescued. Also, let's stack as much junk on top of your boat and make it as top-heavy…
The short answer is yes.
Today I had the pleasure of being invited to Onondaga Camp (just north of Toronto about 2.5h) to do some training with their canoe & kayak waterfront staff. It was fun. When I got home I decided to check out their website and stumbled upon this amazing photo. Sometime last year history was made when a young camper decided to go waterskiing behind a group of burly camp staff paddling a freighter canoe. Oh look, the camper is wearing a cape to boot! This photo is 100% awesome. Photo credit: onondagacamp.com
Each year the Colorado School of Mines hosts their annual Engineers’ Days which is a celebration all the things nerdy university engineering students are into. The day involves a whole pile of stuff like soap box races, gold panning, mattress races and what I can only imagine as super awesome, a Tesla coil demonstration. One of the great traditions of the event is the annual cardboard boat race down the local Clear Creek. The only rules are that the contestant teams must build their boat with a set amount of cardboard and tape and it must carry the while team down the raging class I moving water. Extra points are awarded for creativity, floatability and keeping upright at least until the finish line. This year, two students decided that floating down a river was so last year and decided walking was the way to go. Just wait until they need to negotiate a very small waterfall Go team AT-AT!
If you find yourself racing somebody on the interstate and looking for that little bit of extra boost, make sure you bring your canoe paddle. The definitive proof is here that it really does make all the difference. Here it the link to the original video. Just make sure you have your computer speakers turned down. It's a touch loud.
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