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Adapting your current paddling program is a lot easier then you think. Here are a couple of small ideas that you can use to help different people with disabilities.

Tuesday, 05 June 2007 18:47

Mailing List Reading

To keep on top of what is going on, I find myself getting lots of mailings from outfitters and paddling schools from around the world. I'm on lots of mailinglists and to be honest, I usually disappointed with about 98% them. I'm mean come on, it is your primary mean of advertisement and promotion and you don't even take the time to send a lousy photo or a funny story to keep me interested? Hey company owners, want to see a good example? Go to Naturally Superior Adventures and get on their mailing list.

Enough ranting. I don't know what got into me. Sorry about that...

Two things caught my eye in NSA's latest mailing.

The quest for the most urban couple... They are helping to sponsor a contest looking for the most "Urban" couple. Here is the description:

The panel-selected winning couple will be taken on a guided, all-inclusive five-day kayaking adventure on Lake Superior. A cameraman will follow along, filming the adventure, with the footage later being released on the Internet as a series of reality-TV style "webisodes".

Think you could make the cut? Nominate yourself here. Don't tell your partner just in case you get picked. Now that will make for some great reality TV...

What else if fun in their newsletter...Oh yes, they are planning a really cool trip. They are offering a Voyageur Canoe Musical Tour from Rossport, Ontario to the Red Rock Folk and Blues Festival. You get to travel in a 36 foot Voyageur Canoe with everybody in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. The best part is that this musical journey will be hosted by Ian Tamblyn.

Voyageur Canoe Ian Tamblyn has been a musician, songwriter, playwright and producer for many years. He has recorded several albums and countless soundtracks for theater and film. In recent years, Ian has had a close association with adventure travel and scientific expeditions. These travels have taken him from the icebergs of Greenland to the underwater world of Antarctica.

I can imagine what the campfire sing-songs would sound like. Awesome. As somebody who has guided several trips using a voyageur canoe, there is no better way to travel. Hand-down the most relaxing trip I have ever worked on. More info here.

Sierra Designs LogoSierra Designs, an environmental stewardship advocate, adventure seeker and authentic technical leader in developing innovative outdoor products including tents, sleeping bags and clothing announced its 2007-2008 alliance partnership programs to maximize product awareness and support sustainable practices.
Jackson Kayak LogoFor the second time in the three-year history of the event, freestyle kayaking World Champion Eric "EJ" Jackson was honored for his achievements with an Everest Award presented during the Teva Mountain Games at Vail.
Thule, the world leader in Sports Utility Transportation, announces the closing of the Case Logic acquisition after approval of relevant anti-trust authorities. The transaction was originally announced on April 30th, 2007.
Sunday, 03 June 2007 18:47

New Site Template

I finally got a chance to release a new site template that I have been working on for the past several months. I have been quite busy with other projects and family that this has been pushed back least 200 times.

I hope that you find it a little easier to navigate through. I still have some minor tweaking to do and I should have most things sorted out this week. Let me know if you notice any "disconnects".

Trade Association of PaddlesportsBoth events, underwritten by Kokatat, will be held from 12 - 1pm on Days 1 and 3 of the show and will feature women's paddling gear and skill training for experienced and newbie female paddlers.

"TAPS is very excited to be working with OIWC and Kokatat at this summer's Outdoor Retailer trade show. Promoting paddlesports to women is important for the health and growth of our sport. We appreciate what OIWC does on the industry side to promote women in paddling and all outdoor activities," stated TAPS Administrator Nikki Rekman.
Confluence Logo Looks like Confluence is having problems with some of their Tarpon sit on top kayaks. They recently sent out this letter to some of their dealers in early May. They effect a small number of boats that issues with "unanticipated leaking".

Click on the graphic below for a larger view. More info at SNEWS.

Recall Letter

eTrex GPS Garmin is updating their famous eTrex Series of GPS units with High-Sensitivity versions. Look for the eTrex Vista HCx, eTrex Legend HCx, eTrex Summit HC, eTrex Venture HC and the eTrex H.

What is the difference? The high-sensitivity GPS receiver enables the unit to not only acquire satellite signal quicker, but to also hold and maintain the signal better in heavy foliage and deep canyons.

More info: Garmin Blog
Thursday, 31 May 2007 16:34

NRS Paddlefloat Recall

Recalled Paddlefloat NRS has recalled one of their paddlefloats. I guess the inflation tube was breaking off causing the entire thing to deflate when you needed it most. They are offering a replacement to the 1000 or so that got past the quality assurance at the factory.

If you have been having trouble, I would suggest this type of float.

More info on the recall here.

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