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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.

Saturday, 27 October 2012 16:03

The Kokatat Drysuit Option We Really Need

Kokatat dry suit with an epaulette option.

I want to know is why Kokatat isn't getting on board the fashion train and offering an epaulette option for all their dry suits.

It’s time to bring the classy back to the paddling high seas. Who is with me?

I recently stumbled upon an article that was originally published in Collectors Weekly back in July. It looked at how back in the 1900-1920(ish) canoeing was viewed as a very sexy activity. If you were looking to get away from people for a little "private time", the canoe was the only way to do it.

Adolescents took to the waters with the urgency of salmon fighting their way upstream, spawning a veritable canoe craze, particularly in places like Boston along the Charles River and at Belle Isle, near Detroit. While any canoe would do, companies such as Old Town, Kennebec, and White marketed “courting canoes” specifically designed for waterborne lovebirds. “These boats usually had long 4-foot decks and an 8-foot elliptical or oval cockpit,” says Young. “The woman would sit in the bottom of the canoe on cushions with her parasol to shade her from the sun, while her gentleman in his boater hat would paddle and probably croon to her. Or she might read poetry to him.” Make no mistake; these were wild times.

One Minneapolis Tribune headline read 'Girl Canoeists’ Tight Skirts Menace Society'

As further proof that canoeing had become a hotbed for teenage delinquents, in 1913 the Minneapolis Parks Board refused to issue permits for canoes with unpalatable names. Local newspapers published some of the offensive phrases that slipped past the board the previous summer, including “Thehelusa,” “Kumomin Kid,” “Kismekwik,” “Damfino,” “Ilgetu,” “Aw-kom-in,” “G-I-Lov-U,” “Skwizmtyt,” “Ildaryoo,” “Win-kat-us,” “O-U-Q-T,” “What the?,” “Joy-tub,” “Cupid’s Nest,” and “I Would Like to Try It.” The commissioners unanimously agreed to outlaw phrases lacking obvious moral and grammatical standards, though a few of these clever pre-text-message abbreviations clearly had them scratching their heads.

Check out the entire article and learn more about the scandalous image that canoeing had at the time.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:01

The Prank that Ended up in Sea Kayaker Magazine

Andrea Knepper in Sea Kayaker magazine.

Congratulations to friend of the site, Bryan Hansel from paddlinglight.com who got his photo in the latest issue of Sea Kayaker magazine.

The photo is of Andrea Knepper (and fellow instructor) from Chicago doing something with her paddle. The jury is still out if he is doing her best stern rudder, draw, brace or just flailing around.

The buried kayaks were part of a boathenge sculpture I was happy to have a small hand in assembling at the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium this past summer.

Update: It wasn’t me. I had no part in it and don’t know who did it so don’t ask.

Here is a photo of everything from another angle.

Boathenge at the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium

Top Photo credit: Down Wind Sports

Top Photo within photo credit: Bryan Hansel

Bottom photo credit: Down Wind Sports

If you shoot film in the outdoors and looking to get better action shots, you need to check-out this Kickstarter project that is likely going to reach its $20,000 funding goal.

AirTracks is an inflatable all-terrain slider designed for DLSR cameras. It can be quickly set-up over (almost) any type of rough ground for super silky smooth sliding shots (say that 8 times).

The whole system only weighs a couple of pounds so it’s ultra-portable.

I want. Bad.

More info: kickstarter.com

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 16:07

For Sale: Double Sleeping Bag [Funny]

For sale: double sleeping bag

Even if the sleeping bag was free I don’t think I would take it.

Photo credit: criggo.com

Charlie Head was paddling along the shoreline in the UK on his SUP board when he noticed a stranded dog out on some rocks far from shore. The tide was coming in fast and there was an estimated 10 minutes before the rocks (and the puppy) would have been completely underwater.

Charlie just happened to be in the right spot at the right time when he was paddling by as part of a 600 mile SUP expedition from Cornwall to London.

Mr Head, from the Isle of Wight said: 'I was gobsmacked. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

'He was just sat there wondering what the hell to do. He was absolutely terrified.

'In about ten minutes the rock would have been covered with water. I managed to paddle out to him and then get him on my board.'

You can read the full story here.

doritos as kindling

This little nugget of advice could save your life if you happen find yourself car camping at your local state park and run out of kindling. That being said, it would be a real shame to waste those Doritos on a life-giving fire.

I found this handy little tip on the greatest website of all time. Make sure you check out 99 Life Hacks to Make Your Life Easier. You will thank me later.

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