Kokatat, the 40 year-old independent paddle wear and accessories company, is proud to support Scotland’s Bruce Jolliffe on his solo expedition to sea kayak the west coast of Scotland to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The trip was designed by Jolliffe’s inspiration to paddle, in memory of his friend who passed away from a rare bone cancer, from his hometown in Largs, to his late friend’s home in Stornoway. The expedition is expected to take 3 weeks and is set to depart March 7.
Check out the trailer for the latest film by Steve Fisher that is about to come out. Halo Effect has got all the proper stuff for the makings of a fantastic film including amazing cinematography, big water and massive sounding symphony soundtrack.
I believe the bar has been raised.
Kokatat, the 40 year-old independent paddle wear and accessories company, is proud to support the expedition efforts of Kokatat Ambassadors Simon Osborne and Jeff Allen, owners of Sea Kayaking Cornwall, an adventure kayak guiding company. Osborne will lead the “Kayaking Korea” expedition, departing Feb. 15, while Allen will lead the “Round Ireland” circumnavigation, departing April 22.
Osborne and expedition partner Marin Medak will attempt to become the first people to successfully paddle the coast of South Korea. The expedition is expected to take 4-6 weeks and cover over 1200 kilometers. Regional political instability could present challenges to the duo, not to mention average winter temperatures below zero.
“With the cold wintery climate and completely new culture this is set to be one of the greatest challenges to date,” said Osborne.
On April 22, Team Expedition Paddler, comprised of Allen, Chris Millington and Harry Whelan will commence their record attempt to circumnavigate Ireland by sea kayak. In 1990, Mick O’Meara and team set the current record time of 33 days; Allen and team are aiming to complete their expedition in 28 days.
Quick, what is the worst injury that a paddler could get while on the water? Is it a blister or a dislocated shoulder? Maybe, but I would put the argument out there that seasickness is one of the worst and also one of the most common plagues for paddlers.
If you have never had it then you don't know what you are missing. The dizziness, nausea and general fatigue from being seasick are a badge worn with pride by all who have had it. I kid people. I kid.
Seasickness is easily one of the worst things you can get on the water as it could happen to almost anybody and sometimes even in the slightest chop. If you do get sick your day is done and often requires the rest of the group towing you back to shore.
So what causes it? It's caused because your brain is confused by the input sensors giving it mixed messages. Your inner ear (which senses motion) is registering the boat going up and down while the paddler is looking at the boat or the waves which are not moving so much in relation to your body.
So how do you treat sea sicknesses? If you know you are susceptible then you can take drugs like Gravol or those fancy wrist bracelets that cruise ship patrons like to put on. The thing with sea sicknesses is that nothing really works well once it has set in.
The real goal is to try to keep yourself from becoming sea sick in the first place and with that, you need to keep your head up and looking around.
Since the dawn of time, sailors have said that you need to keep your eye on the horizon to mitigate the effects and it looks like science is finally catching up with that idea as well. In a recently published article in Psychological Science they found that staring at the horizon makes people steadier while at sea.
"It's the people who become wobbly who subsequently become motion sick" said Thomas Stoffregen, a cognitive scientist at the University of Minnesota.
In the study they measured how much people swayed back and forth both on land and while standing on a ship. They asked volunteers to stand on a force plate that measured the amount of natural sway while staring at either an object about 16 inches in front of them or to focus on the horizon. They then did the same measurements on a large boat.
What's weird about the results of the study is that on land the volunteers swayed more while staring at the horizon compared to the close-up object but the results were the complete opposite while standing on the ship. Staring at the horizon makes you considerably more stable on a ship.
So what does this mean? Keep your head up and you will naturally be a lot steadier (or at least your brain will think so) and somehow your brain is able to reconcile the conflicting sensor messages if you stare at something far away.
What I have observed over the years of teaching is that when beginner gets nervous in waves the first thing they will do is put their head down and either look at the boat or the waves. Remember, looking down is the fastest way to confuse your brain and that's quickest way into get sick. The second you do start to get the prickles of sea sicknesses you need to get your head up and staring at the horizon. You also should tell somebody and get to shore so you can take a break. Standing on shore for 10 minutes while your brain figures out what is going on is a whole lot better than spending the afternoon on shore because you tried to ignore it.
Last quick tip if you don't deal with it early. If you do find yourself puking while in a kayak don't ever attempt to lean out and puke off to the side of the boat. With your impaired balance there is a 100% chance you will end up rolling over into that puke. I know it's gross but puke on your spray skit. It can easily be washed off and you won't find yourself swimming in puke...
Ocean Kayak, the brand that helped pioneer the sit-on-top kayak category, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2011. Since the brand's inception in 1971, Ocean Kayak has become synonymous with the stable, durable and paddler-friendly sit-on-top kayak and has subsequently emerged as a leader in the burgeoning kayak fishing industry.
As part of the 40th anniversary celebration Ocean Kayak will be running some exciting promotions starting March 1st, as well as orchestrating numerous contests and giveaways on its Facebook page throughout the year. The brand is also preparing to launch its 2012 collection at the summer Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah this summer.
Back in the fall of 2010 Transport Canada formally released an update to their small vessel regulations which; for the first time in a long time impacts canoe and kayaks.
The most controversial element of the new regulations centers around the idea that any type of paid or volunteer leadership on the water (including teaching or guiding) is now deemed as a commercial venture. This, "Guided Excursion" means that your canoe or kayak now falls under the commercial regulations for small vessels which includes commercial vessel registration.
I will be honest with you. Since the announcement I have seen some of the most ridiculous posts by people on canoeing forums. Post by people who know nothing about the regulations but still very willing to tell the world how Paddle Canada and Transport Canada are destroying our canoeing heritage.
I will admit that when Transport Canada announced the changes there were lots of questions to be answered as the regulations are very vague and open to a lot of interpretation. To help understand them better I worked with several other Paddle Canada Program Development Committee volunteers to go through and sort out what everything means. It took a while to sort through which included many, many calls and emails with Transport Canada representatives but I think we created a good summary document with an FAQ that is posted on the Paddle Canada website.
Even though there is still some uncertainty about some areas here is what I know for sure:
This is a great short piece of extreme whitewater footage.
From the video description: Astral paddler David Fusilli reminds us that when in doubt you should always roll over and stick it in the middle.
It was shot somewhere in Chile in 2010.
On Friday, January 28, 2011, Opportunity Knocks announced that The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) is one of the 15 best nonprofits to work for nationwide.
In its Annual Peoples’ Choice Best Nonprofit to Work For Awards, Opportunity Knocks invited nonprofit employees submit a brief essay on why they consider their organization to be a great place to work. Nominators could take into consideration factors that are important to them, such as quality of work/life balance, their organizations’ adherence to its mission, camaraderie of employees, unique benefits, training programs and career paths.
A submission by a NOLS employee earned NOLS a spot as one of five of the best nonprofits to work for in its operating budget category, along with prestigious institutions such as Stanford University. The full list is available at http://content.opportunityknocks.org/best-nonprofit-to-work-for/.
The International REEL Paddling Film Festival Coming to Parry Sound is coming to the Charles W. Stockey Centre. Parry Sound April 2, 2011.
The Film Festival showcases the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.
Come early for happy hour and see new kayak, canoe and camping displays as well as a spectacular Outdoor Gear Charity Auction starting at 5:30. Proceeds will be donated to Global Medic*, one of Canada's most dynamic and effective non-profit aid organizations. High school students are especially encouraged to attend with a special student rate of $5!
Date: April 2
Time: 7–10 pm (Happy Hour, Boat Displays, Charity Auction from 5:30 - intermission)
Tickets: $15./adult & $5./student 18 & under. Call Stockey Centre Box Office 1-877-746-4466
Hydro-Photon Inc, makers of SteriPEN®, has been honored as a recipient of a 2011 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance.
Backpacker Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn and his staff of editors and testers presented the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti with the award at the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, January 20th.
The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards, bestowed annually since 1993, honor the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the year based on months of trail testing by teams of highly experienced hikers and climbers. With no set categories for the awards and no set number of recipients, the products and the testing process drive the award categories.
SteriPEN Adventurer Opti was one of only 13 innovative products that have been honored with a 2011 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award. The innovative Adventurer Opti uses an optical LED water sensor and purifies 16 oz (0.5L) of water in just 48 seconds—or 90 seconds for 32 oz. (1L). The germicidal ultraviolet light destroys bacteria, viruses and protozoa such as giardia and cryptosporidium. As a bonus, the LED serves as a flashlight when the purifier is not in use. This pocketsize device weighs only 3.6 oz.(103g) with the included batteries and the long lasting UV lamp provides 8,000 treatments.
"BACKPACKER gear reviews have many imitators, a few competitors, and no equals," said Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Dorn. "That's because no other magazine or website conducts in-depth field-testing as vigorously or impartially as the crew led by Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter. With a core team that has several centuries of combined trail time, along with first descents, decades of retail experience, and expertise in every backcountry discipline, Kristin puts new products through an unprecedented level of real-world abuse in every terrain and weather imaginable. She also oversees a transparent process that has earned an unrivaled amount of trust from readers, retailers, and manufacturers. The results are reviews that lead consumers to smart, durable products that consistently prove their worth with years of best-in-class performance."
“The entire team at Hydro-Photon is absolutely thrilled about the SteriPEN Opti’s 2011 Backpacker’s Editor’s Choice Award. While any recognition from Backpacker is great – winning an Editors Choice from such a widely known and deeply respected organization is just huge!!! Many, many thanks from all of us to everyone at Backpacker for this truly amazing honor!” said Miles Maiden, Hydro-Photon’s Founder/CEO.