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

Update: Sorry kids, the boat is sold.

You are looking at one of the greatest kayaks ever built and it could be yours for only $800 firm. Behold the Slipstream designed by the late, great Derek Hutchinson and manufactured by Current Designs.

The slipstream is 10 years old and she has taken me all over Georgian Bay and Lake Superior on trips up to 7 days. She surfs great and really loves to play in and around rocks.

This boat has been highly customized over the years including:

  • fibreglass/graphite reinforced keel strip
  • deck compass (has a crack in the housing but can be replaced)
  • sailing cleat and eyelet for a deck-mounted tow system (rope not included)
  • custom front bulkhead (for an inseam of 32” or shorter. Sorry basketball superstars)
  • Guzzler 400 foot pump (MSRP $200)
  • North Water reflective deck line covers on the bow and stern

I will be straight up with you; I wouldn’t describe this baby as like-new or even in newish condition. The fact is she is well used, so if you are looking for a scratch free boat, keep looking. There are a couple of minor chips in the fibreglass here and there but there are no structural cracks in the hull or anything like that.

She is still a fine boat with years of life still in her.

Please note that with the custom bulkhead it is going to be a tight fit for anybody with an inseam longer than roughly 32”. It’s possible to cut out and move the bulkhead if you find the fit too tight for your monster long legs.

The boat is located in downtown Toronto, Ontario and I can arrange an on-water boat demo at any time.

If you are looking to purchase your first kayak and looking for a high performance boat at a cheap price, you found her.

If you want to see the full collection of photos in high resolution click here.

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Update: Sorry kids, the boat is sold.

Sad to hear that Harlan Taney was forced to abort his attempt to break the speed record for paddling down the 277 mile Colorado River. His goal was to catch a scheduled flood release to help push him down the length in just over 24h. The current record is 36 hours.

Things went wrong at mile 82 when his Epic 18X touring kayak got pinned on some rocks at Grapevile Rapids and he broke his elbow (ouch).

Harlan is ok but he had to swim another three miles before he could hike back out of the canyon.

Here is the press release announcing the record attempt while local Arizona public radio covered the sad news of the accident.

Monday, 26 November 2012 15:55

Look Who’s Canoeing Now: Lance Armstrong

The king of cheats, Lance Armstrong was spotted this weekend in Hawaii out paddling in an outrigger canoe with friends.

Lance Armstrong canoeing in Hawaii.

Image credits: dailymail.co.uk

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.

Kids in the Hall - Voyageur Fur Trappers

In my youth I loved watching the Canadian television show, Kids in the Hall. Over the years they put out some pretty weird yet funny stuff. A great example is their take on modern-day Voyageur fur trappers. As somebody who works in a cubical farm, this really hit home. Good thing I don’t need to wear a suit...

Before we get to the real history lesson below; a pre-history lesson. This little clip is from Season 2 Episode 2 and aired in Fall, 1990.

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Kelly Blades and I are very excited to make episode 8 of Kayak Mainline available to you.

This week on Kayak Mainline we learn about:

  • a marriage proposal in a canoe that ends with a call to 911,
  • Michael Jackson karaoke in kayaks,
  • the epic North American Odyssey,
  • enough paddling stats to come out your yin yang.

We also get Bonnie Perry on the phone to talk about her BCU 5* certification. Did you know she is one of only four woman in North America who have it? Amazing.

For those of you keeping track, you will notice there was no announcement of episode 7 here. The story I’m sticking to is that I uploaded it to the server just as I was going out the door last month to the Gales Storm Gathering with the plans to post a note about it when I got back. Yeah, I forgot.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did putting it together.

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Canada’s funny man, Rick Mercer (host of CBC’s The Rick Mercer Report) took a sea kayak lesson in Algonquin Park from Canadian Olympic champion, Adam van Koeverden.

The episode aired last night but you can now watch it online on CBC’s website. Sadly they don’t allow video embedding but it’s the first piece up in the episode.

I won’t spoil it for you but the whole thing is pretty funny.

Some good product placement by Roots (Adam is sponsored by them) on both his boat and the lifejacket that Rick is wearing. Bending Branches gets lots of logo love as well and Adam specifically mentions the benefits of the kayak that Rick paddles which is an older Swift Caspian Sea.

Thanks to trailswag.ca for the hat tip.

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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