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We saw this wave come ashore in Emeryville today. Remember it had to go through the Golden Gate first so they must have had a larger wave on the unprotected beach.
Japan needs you. The Huffington Post has an excellent article with a huge pile of resources on how you can help.
Jealous that I can’t make my way to Canoecopia this weekend, I decided to troll through my friend Birgit's Facebook gallery of photos from the
As you can see it’s really more about having fun then anything else.
The dates for the 2011 Paddlefest were just announced and this year it is taking place June 11-12 at
Fun fact: Did you know that MEC Paddlefest Toronto gets more people on the water then any other event in
Here is what I love about Paddlefest. It is completely an urban paddling event taking place in downtown
You can get more fun facts and all the details of the event via their website meca.ca/paddlefest. If you are thinking of going, make sure you book first thing on May 29th when registration opens. Last year all 800+ clinic spots completely sold out in just over 24 hours. That’s a true fun fact.
Alex Matthews sent me a link to his latest video about a recent trip to play to
For those who have never been to
If you are interested in visiting the area and looking for a place to stay, my suggestion is to start with Discovery Islands Lodge. They are located just a quick 20 minute paddle from the rapids and is the go-to place to spend the night.
The video is embedded below:
Jackson Kayak just got a massive marketing boost this week by getting profiled by Apple (yes, that Apple). Jackson Kayak was highlighted as a company that uses Apple products (iPhone and iPad) extensively throughout the entire manufacturing process by JK employees.
Apple produced a very slick 2.5 minute video where company president where Erik Jackson and Chief Financial Officer Dave Olson introduces us to the company and talks about how using Apple products has really changed the way that they do business.
“We’ve been surprised how people have responded when we've given them iPhones and iPads,” says Dave Olson, Chief Financial Officer. “We were getting more time and more engagement from every employee that had an iPhone. So we got everyone an iPhone.”
Two really cool applications they make extensive use of are Facetime and the . For example, the staff use Facetime to quickly communicate with other staff (who might be out of the office) and to get a visual confirmation if the boat in question is a blem or not.
Jackson Kayak also makes use of the super cool Square credit card reader. It’s a small widget that plugs directly into the iPhone headphone jack and turns the whole thing into a portable credit card reader. Perfect for then they are out on the road.
It’s an interesting article and you can read the full thing here.
Image credit: apple.com
I am very pleased to announce that I have been selected to represent Kokatat as a Regional Ambassador.
I’m really excited to be partnering with them for a couple of reasons. They are an awesome company that has been making well designed paddling and outdoor clothing for 40 years now.
Besides manufacturing great dry suits and paddling tops, they are also known for fantastic customer service that is far more superior then many other companies on the market today. Here is my example. About 5-6 years ago I put a hole in my dry suit (booo). I got the repair department on the phone and they gave me the usual expected repair time. Because I was flying out to an event in a couple of weeks, I asked to see if it was possible to get it fixed as a rush item. They were happy and able to accommodate it even though it was completely my fault and not a warranty issue. Great work people!
Here are my three favourite pieces of Kokatat gear:
Here is a sweet three minute SUP surfing film for your Friday afternoon. About 1 minute into the film it flips over to footage shoot with the camera strapped to the blade of the SUP paddle. It makes for a very interesting and unique perspective.
Extreme camping has risen to a new level. Back in June 2010, a group of researchers and guides decided to plumb the depths of Nyiragongo Crater which is in the heart of the Great Lakes region of Africa.
Here are a couple photos from their adventure.
Did you know that Paddle Canada has been actively developing a new Stand-Up Paddling program over the winter?
The final draft of the Flatwater level is now completed and they are looking for your comments. They also released the first draft of the Flatwater Instructor program so also take a look at it as well while you are at it.
The SUP Program Development Committee also announced that they have written about half of the River and Coastal programs so expect the drafts to be released in due course.
Finally, the PDC is developing a resource manual for SUP instructors and are on the lookout for a couple specific resources. If you can contribute anything it would be greatly appreciated.
We are looking for submissions from you for the Resource Manual.
Almost anything goes. Of course, credit will be given to the author!
Last Friday the Toronto Star wrote an article about the new Transport Canada regulations that effect instructors, leaders and guides who are on the water in canoes and kayaks.
The article focuses on the confusion that many Canadian paddlers are having with the new regulations and the fact that Transport Canada has yet to come out with some definitive guidelines and steps on if you need to register and how to do it.
All the media attention finally made Transport Canada publicly respond and clarify several items including the perceived notion that they are trying to hinder people from getting out on the water.