Kokatat Paddlesports has just posted a new video hosted by professional sea kayak instructor, Paul Kuthe.
Packing a Sea Kayak walks you through the fine points with tips and tricks to get more stuff jammed in there.
The Tiderace Xcite sea kayak is one good looking boat. Speaking of Tiderace friend of the site and fellow nerd, Keith Wikle over at gokayaknow.com just announced that he has joining team Tiderace. Good work son! Good work.
Do you have $10,000 to spend on a vacation but have no idea where to go? Do I have the trip for you…
Algalita Marine Research Foundation has partnered with Pangaea Explorations for a 21 day scientific voyage through the North pacific Gyre. For $10,000 you and 14 other people can ride aboard their 72-foot racing sailboat, Sea Dragon (good name btw) and head out to visit the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Why would you want to go out there you might ask? It’s in the name of science.
"We'll be looking for changes in the accumulation of plastic in the North Pacific Gyre," says Marcus Eriksen, who will lead the expedition's research as Algalita's Director of Project Development. "We suspect there's greater accumulation, which means more harm to sea life and potentially to humans."
"On this voyage, you'll earn your sea legs and rough hands hauling in lines and hoisting sails, but you'll also be "doing the science" side-by-side with researchers," says Eriksen. "You'll need to be fit as you prepare to trawl the sea, sort plastic, preserve samples and catalog it all."
All sarcasm aside it looks like an interesting trip but at the same time I can’t imagine you would come home with uplifting and positive vacation photos that your family and co-workers will be keen to sit down and look at after all, they don’t call it the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for no reason.
More info: underwatertimes.com
Browsing around on Flickr, I found these really cool series of photos from Naturally Superior Adventures. They are mainly known for their sea kayak courses and guided adventures but they also offer trips along the north shore of Lake Superior in their 36 foot Voyageur Canoe.
Photo credits: Naturally Superior Adventures
Here is what the space shuttle looks like when viewed from a plane. Simply awesome.
The video is embedded below.
Wavelength Magazine has just released their Spring 2011 edition. The free sea kayak magazine has been around for 20 years now which is no small accomplishment indeed.
To celebrate the anniversary, they announced that they have changed the magazine name to Coast&Kayak Magazine. The reason for the name change is mainly because there are several other magazines out there also called Wavelength Magazine. This was never a problem back in 1991 when the internet didn’t exist except for super, super nerds.
Magazine editor, John Kimantas explains it best. "This was fine 20 years ago, but the world is smaller now and the titles are colliding. If you look at the official Wavelength Magazine Facebook Page it's actually a Brit surfing magazine. Not to mention that things like bluetooth technology are based on wavelengths, which really cloud the search function in finding us. So we needed a name that better expressed what we're all about. I think Coast&Kayak summarizes it nicely. It would be Coast&Paddlesports, but unfortunately Paddlesports is a very cumbersome word."
You can read more about the announcement on their website wavelengthmagazine.com (they are rolling out the new domain mid March). Also look for information on how you can win a $4,500 Atlantis Titan VI with a custom Kevlar layup.
Whitewater clothing and gear manufacturer, Immersion Research is currently on the hunt for a European Ambassador for 2011. If this tweaks your fancy then all you need to do is post a promotional video of yourself online and why you would be the best IR ambassador ever.
If you get picked you get all the glory including $1500 worth of IR gear with the expectation that you will post somewhat regular reviews and stories of you’re (paddling) exploits on their .eu website.
I love their tip: We receive lots and lots of videos of people throwing loops and running waterfalls. You may want to consider that while putting together your entry, we understand that you want to show us what you can do in a boat, but we’re also interested in how you interact with the paddling community.
Click through to their site for all the good details.
I noticed last week that several bloggers have posted notices by the climbing gear manufacturer Petzl. It seems Petzl has discovered counterfeit safety gear showing up for sale overseas. So far nothing has shown up in US shops but they are getting the word out to climbers to be on the lookout and to only purchase gear in authorized shops. The reason is fairly simple. The tested counterfeit pulleys and carabineers shows serious performance/strength issues so you are really taking your life in your hands by using it.
The good thing is that it doesn’t happen very often in the paddlesports world though it does sometimes pop-up. You might remember a couple of years ago when Werner Paddles reported that a company in China had stolen their designs and were selling cheap knocks-offs. Also about six months ago I got an email from somebody selling carbon whitewater helmets super cheap. It was pretty clear that they were also a knockoff from somebody.
Counterfeit products tend to show up more in outdoor clothing world then hardgoods. That’s just because there are more people interested in purchasing a cheap gore-tex jacket then bulk orders of whitewater helmets. There is a lot more cash to be in clothing.
Years ago I used to work at Mountain Equipment Co-op in customer service. I encountered a counterfeit Mountain Equipment Co-op jacket when the customer tried to return it saying the stitching was defective. The manufacturing was pretty shoddy but other then that, it looked exactly like the real thing. The real tip-off was that the jacket material was a different colour then the jacket should have come in and after some questioning the customer admitted that they bought it overseas but claimed they had no idea that they were buying a fake.
Sadly it happens in almost every single industry from cosmetics to electronics to DVDs. The worst part about counterfeit stuff is that it’s almost impossible to stop it. There are several different ways that fakes flood the market. The products are purchased, dissembled and the patterns are copied and easily replicated. Another common way is that the offshore manufacturing plant sometimes make a couple “extra” or “loan” out the plans to somebody else who quickly and easily produces the counterfeit product.
Pretty much all the major clothing manufactures including The North Face, Arc'teryx, Patagonia have counterfeit products scattered around eBay. thenorthfaceguru.com is a website specifically dedicated to outing fakes on eBay and is a fascinating read with lots of good examples of how close to the real thing the fakes look.
Finally, researching this I found an interesting article about Canadian winter coat manufacturer Canada Goose who’s has been aggressively battling counterfeits over the past year. They are worried that people buying the fakes will get sick because when they analysed the down they found they weren’t stuffed with the high quality, sanitized goose down but was in fact, “stuffed with mulched up chicken feathers, beaks and chicken feet.” They also discovered the hoods on the fake jackets were from German shepherds, rabbits and even house cats in an attempt to get the "authentic" look Canada Goose is famous for, the company says.
Found a cheap deal on eBay? If it is sold as a new item and it looks to good to be true it probably is. Buyer beware.
Below are two examples of why its way safer to just stay at home and watch Wheel of Fortune on your sofa. Nature is just dangerous these days.
This guy just got away with his life when the top of a tree blew off while he was camping and crashed through the windshield.
You can see the complete damage here. Thanks to Andrew for passing the link along.
Next time you are out beware of the land shark lest you get bitten.
Image credit: failblog.org
Gerber Legendary Blades, a leader in the knife and tool industry for over 70 years, is pleased support the Boy Scouts of America and the regional Cascade Pacific Council of the BSA.
With a promotion at the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gerber was able to raise over twenty-two thousand dollars though the sale of Gerber’s new Bear Grylls Compact Scout knife over the course of the four-day show. Proceeds from the sale went directly to the Boy Scouts of America Cascade Pacific Council, which provides services and youth-development programs to families and community organizations in eighteen counties of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington states.