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If you haven’t seen the charming and very funny sea kayaking expedition film, Paddle to Seattle then you have been missing out on a real gem.It’s the story of J.J. Kelly and Josh Thomas’s 1,300 mile adventure down the coast from Alaska to Seattle in sea kayaks they built before starting the journey. It’s a great film with fabulous scenery and extremely witty commentary thrown in throughout to keep it light hearted.Paddle to Seattle has also been very successful on the Film Festival circuit winning many “Best of” awards over the past year.If you haven’t seen Paddle to Seattle yet we have some good news. PBS is streaming it live until the end of January, 2011 so get comfortable and prepare yourself for a good time.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Fun facts of the day [Ducks]

Did you know that a group of ducks in the water is called a paddling?1 For ducky facts for extra points and admiration from your friends: Ducks' feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means ducks never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water.2 All of the Peking ducks in the United States are descendents from three ducks and one drake imported to Long Island, New York in 1873.2 Update: Rob gave it 32 seconds more thought then I did and quickly concluded that it doesn't make sense that ducks feet wouldn't have blood vessels as the tissue would just die. I can't believe I got dupped by funshun.com! The story as to why ducks feet don't get cold is interesting. There are a bunch of good links below in the comments. Apparently they have a type of vein heat exchanger to warm up the cold blood as it flows back into the core.Sources: (1) (2)Image credit: coverbrowser.com
Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Duly Quoted: Wrestler Mick Foley

Q: What have you been hit with over the years?A: A two-man kayak was one of the stranger ones. Some fans had brought it into the arena and passed it into the ring. They went to so much effort I felt obliged to use it. I hit my opponent with it and he hit me back. There also used to be a fan who’d pass his prosthetic leg into the ring for us to hit each other with.- Wrestler Mick Foley (and all-round super nice guy) as part of an interview he recently gave to the Metro.I will be honest, I would have liked to have seen that match.
Last week we talked about a new custom kayak option that Folbot Kayaks rolled out. You can read the full article explaining the process but the short version is that Folbot now offers custom printed kayaks for some models. All you need to do is to email them a photo or pattern and they will custom print it directly on your folding kayak. At the end of the day you get a kayak that is as original as your fingerprints. This got me thinking that it’s about time that PaddlingInstructor.com run its first contest. So it makes me very proud to announce (in partnership with Folbot) the, “Design your own Folbot” contest.It’s easy to enter. Grab one of the official Folbot design templates below. If you have photoshop you can make use of the layered file. If you don’t, grab the .jpg image and fire up your trusty graphic design software. (See the Q&A section below).
Anti-drug people talk about gateway drugs. You know, basic drugs (like Popeye candy sticks) that eventually lead you into the darker world of hard drugs (like Swedish Berries).I’m completely convinced that kayaks is another tool of the devil to get you in trouble. Don’t believe me? Prepare to have your mind opened and blown.Example one: A Michigan man was sentenced this week to two years in jail, 3 years probation and ordered to pay 56,000 in restitution after he was caught faking his death. How you ask? He decided to throw a his kayak, lifejacket and paddle in lake Michigan in hopes that he would be declared lost at sea.After the Coast Guard searched for several hours, he was caught when he decided to return the messages that were left on his cell phone.Example two: A month ago Lou Zimmer (kudos to his Mom for the great name) pleased guilty in Kingston, Ontario to creating a public disturbance by being intoxicated.He got himself in trouble when he decided to go out kayaking one afternoon last spring. He remembered his booze but forgot his clothes.He had the best excuse as to why he was paddling naked that day. Zimmer said, “I have psoriasis, a troublesome skin condition. The sun helps."I bet it does.So what’s the common thread amongst this massive list of hard core criminals? Yep, kayaks are clearly the Swedish Berries of the world.Remember kids, stay away from your kayak because if you dance with the devil you are bound to fake your death or at least be compelled to take off your clothes and worship the sun. Don't cry that I never warned you.Flickr Photo Credit: Étienne Ljóni Poisson

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