Industry Stuff

Kokatat has unveiled a brand new system to design your own custom dry suit so you no longer need to look like everybody else on the beach. I remember hearing rumours of this about a year ago so I’m glad to see it is finally available. The process is pretty simple. After choosing the base model you want, you are presented with a wide variety of options where you can adjust everything from the fabric colours (both top and bottom) to gasket size to the ability to add (or remove) a hood. Of course different options will add to the overall cost of the suit but if you need to have it your way, now you can. If you are a dreamer jump in and design away to year hearts content. Just don’t copy the gorgeous set-up I designed above or else I will total call you out next time I see you. More info: Kokatat.com
Monday, 25 February 2013

How it’s Made: SUP Boards

SUP and surf board manufacturer, Blue Planet recently released a comprehensive factory tour showing the manufacturing process of their SUP boards from end-to-end. I find it amazing that the stickers are all hand-cut with scissors and applied to the board after a good soaking in in water just like model airplane kits you built as a kid. For some reason I always pictured this step as being done with giant robotic arms.
Sad outdoor industry news to share. The manufacturing shop for Sterling Kayaks in Bellingham, WA burned to the ground today. The building and all its contents was a complete loss. Early reports speculate it could be from something faulty in the electrical wiring. I really hope they are able to get back on their feet soon as they have put out some really cutting edge designs over the past couple of years. So good in fact that Outside Magazine named their Reflection as best boat of the year for 2012. I got to demo one this fall and boy was it fun to surf with. More info: Sterling Kayaks Facebook page. Photo Credit: Sterling Kayaks
Conor Mihell from Canoe & Kayak Magazine posted a great little interview with Kelly and me about our podcast, Kayak Mainline. If you haven’t seen it already check I out. I would like to thank Conor for working his magic and making us sound kinda like adults. It must have taken hours working to numerous editors to get the job done. If you haven’t heard the latest episode of Kayak Mainline you still have time to download it.
You might remember James Castrission (Cas) and Justin Jones (Jonesy) when they became the first paddlers to complete the epic kayak crossing from Australia to New Zealand a couple of years ago. They have just partnered up with Microsoft to create a very cool television commercial for Windows 8 as part of the national campaign throughout Australia for the new operating system. Cas and Jonesy’s most recent major expedition last year is another major first. They now have the honour of being the first two people to walk from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again without any support. They chronicled their adventure in the book, Extreme South.

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