Friday, 20 July 2007 08:05

Paddling Raft-Up

Here is a brief summary of paddling stuff taking place on the internets today.

Bid for your trip: "Voyageur Canoe trip with Ian Tamblyn Aug 5-10" on ebay
We figured if you can buy antiques, cars and spiderman action-figures on ebay, why not vacation packages on Lake Superior. Bidding ends July 22 [More info]

Surf's Up: Canada West Kayak Surf Festival Approved
Tofino, BC town council approved the Canada West Kayak Surf Festival Cox Bay Sept 22 to 23. Organized by the Vancouver Island Whitewater Paddling Society. [More info]

Lost a canoe?
Police reported a red canoe was found in a yard in the 1100 block of East Maple Street in North Londonderry Township, PA. This exciting turn of events took pace on July 12. [More info]

Calling all woman
Thelda and Sug Courtney are starting a Woman's Adventure group in Del Rio, Texas. Here is the ad they placed in their local paper: "Women's Adventure Group. Organizational meeting of women kayakers, canoers, hikers, rafters. Pristine lake is free to all! Let's get together and plan some events. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm to Blackbrush Boat Ramp..." [More info]

And finally...
The Ontario Government is increasing funding for sports and Recreation programs in Ontario. [More info]

The McGuinty government is providing an additional $2.5 million in Communities in Action Fund grants to more than 100 community organizations for programs to help increase sport participation and physical activity in the province, Health Promotion Minister Jim Watson announced today along with Phil McNeely, MPP Ottawa-Orleans.
Thursday, 19 July 2007 19:04

Bill Mason - Waterwalker

Bill Mason, in the essential canoeing film Waterwalker depicts canoeing on the tributaries of Lake Superior, and wilderness living.

Thursday, 19 July 2007 19:02

Bill Mason - Waterwalker Part 2

Filmmaking & Canoeing Near Lake Superior.

Thursday, 19 July 2007 18:39

Canoe Prank

I don't know what I would do if this happened to me. Imagine you park and quickly run into the corner store to grab a few things for home only to discover when you come out, the there is now a canoe sitting on top of your car.

Actually, thinking about it, I think that I would enjoy it...

Thursday, 19 July 2007 18:33

A Musical Journey by Voyageur Canoe

Join Canadian folk musician Ian Tamblyn and 11 other paddlers as you travel along the Lake Superior Coast from Rossport to the Red Rock Folk Festival.

Thursday, 19 July 2007 18:26

Naturally Superior Adventures Commerical

Naturally Superior Adventures on Lake Superior.
Music by Rodney Brown from the CD "The Big Lonely." Videography by David Newland and Molly Donovan. Produced by Molly Donovan for Murray Point Media.

Thursday, 19 July 2007 18:17

Lake Superior goes Greenland

Lake Superior Goes Greenland I just got this poster from my friends at Naturally Superior Adventures. As some of you may recall, I was one of the guest speakers at it in the great summer of 2006.

They just sent this email and I discovered my little face (and boat) on it! Click on the poster to see my smug little face. :)

They also sent along a little letter about this year's event. If you are looking for a great Greenland paddling symposium, you need to check it out.

Hello sea kayaking fanatics,

In just over a month's time we at Naturally Superior Adventures will host our second annual Greenland-style Paddling Symposium here on Lake Superior at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. Dates: Friday, August 24-Sunday, August 26. Price: $275 (all inclusive). Save $50 if you bring your own boat.

We hope you will attend.

In this all-levels paddling festival you'll learn to paddle the old school way with a skinny-bladed Greenland-style paddle. No experience is necessary. We provide handcrafted white pine Greenland paddles to use for the weekend. It's Canada's only Greenland-style paddling festival.

This symposium features much of the same attributes of our other festivals: Small class sizes (maximum 50 participants), expert instruction (from Doug Van Doren, Bonnie Perry and Robin Cook, among others) and great meals and entertainment (a house concert with Mark Dunn and Clay Rooster). What's more, we're also organizing Naturally Superior's own Greenland-style games-a traditional paddling "triathlon" including a sprint race, rolling competition and hunting with "live" targets.

To register or to find out more, call 1-800-203-9092 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out our website for more information:

Transparent CanoeSee Through Canoe, a Colorado based company, is introducing transparent canoes and kayaks. The clear watercraft provide a more interactive experience with nature than their conventional counterparts. The cutting-edge portable products can be ordered either online or at See Through Canoe's home base in Idaho Springs.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 08:47

New Foot Pump

Things have been very busy for me over the past couple of weeks, thus the lack of activity online.

This past weekend, I co-taught a Paddle Canada Level 1 kayaking course with my trusty teaching buddy, Sean. We had a great time, and I'm fairly certain that the students also had a good time. We had great weather for the types of conditions. The water on Lake Ontario was a little cold hovering at 12c (53f) so rescues needed to be quick and slick or else your hands numbed up in no time. Good lesson about remembering to dress for the water temperature rather then the air.

As some of you know, my foot pump broke a while ago. The diaphragm rotted out and split. It was a modified Henderson Chimp pump. I took pump into the sailing shop to order a new diaphragm and discovered that the replacement cost was extraordinary high for that model.

At the time, I decided that the best thing to do was to switch over to an electronic system. To summarize my experience with the electronic system that I built, it was a good less in designing and building something that really didn't work. Basically, it worked great when I didn't really need the pump. The second that I needed the pump in real life, I could be quite confident that it wouldn't work. I gave it a full season to sort out the bugs but to no avail. I then decided to rip the whole thing out.

Guzzler 450S Foot Pump Since pulling out the electronic system, I did hear a few, "Told you so" comments, but that is OK. It was a good learning experience. I still believe that an electronic system could be built bombproof. I just didn't have the patience to do it. Here is a great commercial system that rocks...

So, I'm back to the foot pump again. UPS just delivered to me a brand new Guzzler 450S. I'm kind of excited about getting it in. I should have it installed later this week. I will let you know how it goes.

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