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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Who Says Only Boys Can Portage?

Fiona from Badger Paddles recently released a limited run of their Girls Portage Too poster and I absolutely love it. Inspired by the portage signs scattered all over Ontario parks like Algonquin, this reminds us that anybody can portage a canoe (with the correct technique). Fiona sent me this sample which my youngest daughter was happy to take charge of. It's getting framed and going up in the landing at the top of the stairs. The 11" x 17" poster is available for a limited time and are $9.95 and any additional posters are only $5 (max 5). You can order yours here.  
If you are the type of person like me who always thought that kayak fishing was as boring as watching grass grow be prepared to have you world-view destroyed. Adam Fisk was out fishing in his kayak in Florida when he accidently hooked onto an 11-foot Hammerhead shark. The being a shark; it wasn’t impressed and proceeded to tow Adam around for the next two hours covering an estimated 12 miles. During that time some of the other sharks in the neighbourhood were clearly jealous of the action decided to follow along as well.
I was really excited to get an email late yesterday from Richard Parkin, the editor of Ocean Paddler Magazine announcing that the latest issue is hot off the press and available for download (print copies were going out in a day or so). I have been waiting for this one as I had a feature article on kayaking around Michipicoten Island on Lake Superior. Since nobody except my mother would be ever interested in reading a pure trip diary type article I decided to talk more about the history of the island and why I think it’s one of the best places to paddle on Lake Superior. I wrote from the perspective that if somebody from the UK is looking to visit Canada and paddle a challenging route, Michicipicoten Island needs to be on your bucket list.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Anatomy of a Sailor

I love this. Now somebody get creative and make one for kayaking.
Well it looks like Heisenberg is still sorting out some distribution issues. Australian police discovered a shipment of methamphetamine worth approximately $163 million (US) this week. What makes this slightly unique is that they found the nearly 400 pound haul stuffed in amongst a shipment of kayaks coming out of China. 19 of the 27 kayaks in the in the shipping container was filled with meth.
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