Friday, 25 October 2013 12:14

Look Who is Kayaking Now: Kate Moss

 

Super model and celebrity dater, Kate Moss was on a family vacation in Jamaica recently and spotted out kayaking. From the photo evidence she has the all important, lean-back technique down like a pro.

I'm not 100% positive but I believe she is paddling an Emotion Temptation sit-on-top kayak.

Photo Credit: INFPhoto.com

 

Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:31

Film Trailer: The Last Baidarka

I stumbled upon this trailer for the soon-to-be-released film, The Last Baidarka after somebody shared it on Facebook yesterday. It looks really interesting.

From the description:

In June of 2013 I had the wonderful opportunity to interview traditional Alaskan kayak builder Mitch Poling. I first met Mitch at the Traditional Arctic Kayak Symposium 2010 in Trinidad, CA, where he gave a presentation on the revival of the Chugach baidarka.

Mitch spent part of his childhood in Chenega, Alaska, a small village where the traditional seal-skin covered kayak (known by the Russian term "baidarka") was still being used for hunting and travel. The art of skin-on-frame kayak construction in Alaska was almost completely lost, as new technology was introduced and fishermen turned to using outboard motors and plywood boats. In 1964, a tsunami wiped out the village of Chenega and destroyed the remaining baidarkas. Fortunately, one kayak was left intact, safely stored in a museum in Cordova. Using this remaining specimen, Mitch was able to revive the practice of traditional skin-on-frame kayak construction in Prince William Sound.

Look for the full-length film to be released sometime in November.

More info: dashpointpirate.typepad.com

 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 16:15

NOAA Will Stop Printing Paper Charts

 

Some interesting news from the map world. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that effective April 13, 2014 they will no longer print paper nautical charts.

For those readers who are panicking and already drafting a letter to congress, there is no need to worry as you will still be able to get paper charts via print-on-demand distributors.

According to the NOAA, the decision to stop production of paper maps was due to several factors including the decline for paper charts, the increase in both digital and electronic charts and finally, federal budget realities.

The big change here is that the NOAA is getting out of storing a huge stock of charts that often take years to sell through. By fully switching over to print-on-demand charts, the NOAA is able to push out updates to distributers significantly faster (with monthly updates) and thus you are ensured that you have the most up-to-date version when purchased.

If you use digital charts you will still be able to get them from the NOAA in a variety of formats including electronic navigational charts (NOAA ENC), raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC) as well as full-scale PDF charts as part of a brand-new pilot project.

The new NOAA PDF pilot project looks very interesting. For the next three months they are offering 1000 of their most popular charts available in PDF format. They want to guage popularity and collect user comments before rolling out the entire catalogue. The biggest appeal of PDF charts is that they are easily viewable on many different platforms including phones, tablets and computers as well as easily printed out at home (though they are technically for reference only, not for navigation).

More info: oceanservice.noaa.gov
Announcement FAQ (pdf): nauticalcharts.noaa.gov

 

 

 

Work is boring so here is tease of 12 people having way more fun outside then you are sitting inside.

 

1) This guy surfing in the waves.


cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by UK Ministry of Defence

Here is our last film as part of our week-long series of vintage whitewater paddling videos.

Back in the early 1990's Paddle Canada commissioned somebody to produce a video to introduce people to the quintessential Canadian activity of canoeing. For many years it got lost in the Paddle Canada backroom but sadly it was found and has now seen the light of day.

Highlights of this video gem include a serious fashion disaster in the form hot pink pants, lots of hockey helmets and a soundtrack would be equally at home either in a corporate training video or a porn film.

You can watch "Canoe Canada" below:

We have a change in direction for our week-long tribute to vintage whitewater kayaking videos. This time we go all the way back to 1984 and visit Mother Russia.

Back then, the Soviet Army was looking at new fighting and travel techniques when somebody suggested rafts and double kayaks as a method of transportation down raging rivers.

To help sell the idea, officials got together a troop, trained them up and then turned them loose down the river with the cameras rolling. They then turn the footage into a short film so the Minister of Defense can make a decision.

The whole thing is just over 6 minutes long and you can jump ahead to 1:20 to see the whitewater action. Highlights include an authentic soundtrack (whatever that means), lots of flips and spills (looks like they were demonstrating how safe they were?) and plenty of double kayak action rolling in the water.

Make sure you stick around for the mock battle at the end where the soldiers paddle downstream, jump out of their boats then start shooting everything they see. The mock deaths are super dramatic.

No word on what the Minister of Defense thought about the film.

You can watch the whole video below:

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 13:40

Black Bear vs. Kitty Cat

Here is positive proof that you should always bring a kitty cat out on your camping trips and set her up as your first line of self-defence against bears.*

*Legal disclaimer: Act like my children, don't follow my advice.

 

Our second clip for Retro Whitewater Week is a fantastic amateur film shot in 1988-89 on the Ottawa River. This film has it all; including great fashions, a wicked awesome soundtrack (including a sexy sax solo halfway through) and more Perception Dancers than ever thought possible.

Keep an eye out for the guy at 2:30 who is having the ride of his life as well as the elusive and rarely seen paddle helicopter spin at 1:20.

Welcome to retro whitewater kayaking week here at the Paddling Headquarters. I dug into the archives and found some real beauties that I will be rolling out all week. So let’s start with a big name first.

Anybody into downhill skiing will have seen or at least heard of Warren Miller and his yearly downhill skiing films dating all the way back to the 1950's. As a kid, I will always remember the thrill of watching skiers tumble off cliffs while at the same time managing to avoid being swallowed up by the avalanche following about 3 feet behind them.

While not as popular, Warren Miller also filmed lots of other extreme sports including surfing, mountain biking and for a brief time, whitewater kayaking.

Here is a short clip narrated in classic Warren Miller fashion. While I’m not sure of when it was released, looking at the boats and the liberal use of fluorescent colours on lifejackets and paddles, my guess is that it was in the early 90's.

Enjoy! Tomorrow we have some classic armature footage of the Ottawa River from 1988(ish). Oh the fashions...

Here is some guy getting a free canoe ride on Lake Nipigon, Ontario circa 1930's after tying a rope to the antlers of an elk caribou.

It came from the historical photo collection of the Thunder Bay Museum.

Thanks to Dave Clements for sharing it on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Thunder Bay Museum

 

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