After a short break, Kelly and I are really happy to announce the latest episode of our podcast, Kayak Mainline. Sweet, lucky episode 13.
This time we get together and discover
Plus more science fiction book reviews and why Trailer Park Boys is the best Canadian TV show (except for the Beachcombers).
I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did putting it together.
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Have you ever stood on a beach looking out on the ocean and wondered what country is directly over there? If so, this map is for you.
I'm going to send this map to my mother as I have a vivid memory of me and my brothers standing on a beach in Florida during one Spring Break and her telling us that we were staring at Australia. Not sure why that memory stands out...
Pro top: Click on the map above for a larger version.
The kayak forward stroke. We make use of it 99% of the time out on the water but it’s also the one stroke that most people do poorly. Sure we can get from A to B with little difficulty but as soon as you need power or efficiency most paddlers don’t know how to fix it without coaching and serious practice.
Motionize is a new product to help make your kayak forward stroke better by using of technology as a virtual coach.
A new episode of Ken Whiting's online TV show, Facing Waves just got posted their and this time it focuses on my buddy and fellow team P&H Kayak paddler, Ray Boucher from Wawa, Ontario.
This episode focuses on rougher water paddling on Lake Superior. The cinematography looks great and I think you will agree that the camera really brings out Rays eyes.
For years I now I've been wondering (and I know you have to) just how many bags of unopened chips would it take to keep me afloat and take me on an adventure.
Well some Korean students decided to tackle that last great life mystery and discovered that if you tape together 160 bags of chips into a kayak, you and your buddy can paddle off into the sunset and international fame.
More info: wsj.com
I love when people bring technology and the outdoors together in unique ways so I knew this project was right up my alley as soon as I stumbled upon it.
What you are looking at here is called the Tide Machine. It's a simple, internet-connected surfboard that reports the current wave height from your favourite weather buoy.
Here is a quick video to see it in action:
Yes, its super silly and my kids made fun of me for watching but I don't care.
This is brought to you by Ylvis, that same guy who wondered a while back what foxes say.
Just read some really good news tonight, the new organization, Paddlesports North America which replaces British Canoe Union North America has just become the official delivery organization for the BCU here in North America.
Alec and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin explained the impact of this development on their website, Have Kayaks Will Travel:
This is an enormous development, and one that’s been in process for several years. It means that we can now promote, train and support coaches to deliver BCU programming and maintain all achievement records on this continent, and be more responsive to the needs of North American paddlers and coaches.
So congrats to everybody involved in getting this going and I’m really looking forward to watching PNA grow in the coming years.